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APSI Aged Care and Community Services Dress Code

For Female Students   |   For Male Students   |   For both Male and Female Students   |   Examples of Acceptable Attire

Please see the latest Student Code of Conduct and Rules HERE.

Dress Code Requirements

As a student of APSI, we prepare you to become aged care and community service professionals of the future.  Students must maintain the highest standards of grooming and cleanliness.  This dress code applies to aged care, disability and community service students who attend workplace training.  There will be classes onsite where you will be asked to wear the APSI uniform.

Within all community service organisations there will be defined standards that apply to staff.  Whilst a student with APSI you are required to maintain our dress code at all times.

We encourage you to purchase these items  before starting your course.  If you are an international student we suggest you do so in your home country before your departure for Australia.

  • 2 pairs of black trousers
  • 1 pair of flat fully covered non-slip black shoes (make sure they are very comfortable)

APSI will provide you with a polo shirt with the APSI logo embroidered on.  If you require a second shirt you will be expected to purchase it through Student Services at a cost of $35.00.

  • While in a specified class, or attend any events or functions
  • On shifts or functions associated with your studies
  • During open days and new student orientation

For Female Students

  • Headscarves are to be black only (used for cultural, religious or medical reasons).
  • Cultural jewellery is acceptable but must be worn under uniform.
  • Make up should be simple and natural.
  • Use perfumes sparingly to smell clean and fresh. Avoid overpowering musk perfumes.
  • Nail polish is not permitted.
  • Only one small earring, plain stud or sleeper is to be worn per ear (on the ear lobe only). Wear gold, diamond, pearl or silver studs no larger than 10mm in diameter.
  • No necklaces are to be worn.
  • Females will be required to remove any item of jewellery considered inappropriate, unsuitable or excessive.
  • A maximum of one conservative wedding or commitment ring per hand. No rings on thumb or index fingers. No raised stone rings.
  • No excessive hair accessories are permitted.
  • Female hairstyles and colour must be conservative, worn off the face, clean and neat. Hair colour must be a “natural colour”, defined as one that could be grown naturally, though not necessarily the natural colour.
  • Footwear is to be plain, black leather, non-slip shoes with a rounded toe, (work boots are permitted, as are trainers, flats are not acceptable,). There should be no decorations of any kind, including bows, coloured stitching, or decorative buckles. For safety reasons, heels must not exceed two and a half centimetres and may not be wedge heels, foam rubber heels or platforms. No suede, patent leather or elastic fabrics allowed.
  • Shoes must be leather, in good repair, clean, comfortable and well-polished at all times.
  • Business socks are to be plain black when wearing trousers.

For Male Students

  • Beards or moustaches must appear to be fully grown, neat and trimmed. However, students should be aware that the grooming standards of the majority of health care organisations stipulate that males must be clean-shaven and without facial hair. Those choosing to have facial hair may negatively affect their chances of securing a position for workplace training. Sideburns must not extend beyond the earlobe nor may they be flared in a “mutton chop” style.
  • Shoes are to be plain, black-laced, leather business shoes or business style slip on with non-slip soles or trainers. There should be no decorations of any kind. Buckles are not permitted, nor are buckles, excessively pointed toes, coloured stitching (such as on Doc Martins) or slip on open heeled shoes.
  • Plain black business socks only to be worn.
  • One conservative ring is acceptable as is one plain small stud in the ear lobe. No earrings (other than stud) or other visible jewellery to be worn with uniform. No rings on thumb or index fingers.
  • Males will be required to remove any item of jewellery considered inappropriate, unsuitable or excessive.
  • Hair must be conventional and neatly trimmed to above the collar. Male hair colour must be a “natural colour”, defined as one that could be grown naturally, though not necessarily the natural colour.
  • Only black belts may be worn.

General Personal Grooming – For both Male and Female students

  • Ensure your uniform is always clean, well ironed and worn correctly with no stains, holes, or buttons missing.
  • Fingernails should be clean and trimmed.
  • Name badges must be worn on the left lapel of the shirt and cared for (shiny and unscratched) or if they are on a retractable lanyard secured on the upper left hand side of the shirt.
  • Footwear must be in good repair, clean, comfortable and well-polished at all times.
  • Sunglasses are to be removed when inside the workplace organisations and training rooms.
  • Male and Female shoulder-length hair should be fully tied back (no pig tails). All hair accessories are to be suited to match natural tones of the hair. Hair is to be fully tied at the back of the head (not on top).
  • Shower daily and use deodorant.
  • Visible body piercing is not acceptable (including facial area and tongue). You are required to remove them while in class and during industry placement.
  • Tattoos are to be covered and never visible when in uniform attire.
  • Smoking is only permitted at the designated smoking area, which is at the end of Moore Street, in front of the cable gate of the staff carpark. You are not permitted to smoke anywhere else around the outside or inside of the building.

Non Acceptable Attire for both male and female students

  1. See through or low cut shirts
  2. T-Shirts or long sleeved shirts
  3. Any visible shirt worn under the APSI logo shirt
  4. Mini Skirt
  5. Tight leggings
  6. Black, brightly coloured print and obvious lace-patterned undergarments are not acceptable.

Please note when you are doing workplace/industry training, you are required to wear the uniform as directed by the individual host employer.

Acceptable Attire Examples

Example of acceptable black pants

Example of APSI logo polo shirt

Examples of acceptable footwear

Example of a female student

Example of a male student