1.  Introduction
  2. Course Fees, Refunds, Cancellations, Changes
  3. Student Support
  4. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  5. Government and Legislative Matters
  6. Student Code of Conduct
  7. Complaints, Academic, and General Appeals
  8. Work Health and Safety
  9. Certification and Record Keeping
  10. Housekeeping

Introduction

Site offers a range of Australian recognised and international best practice tailored training, assessment and competency assurance for trade specific and industrial skills in the oil and gas, mining, construction, and services industry.

For a full range of the training and assessment services offered by Site please refer to:

Flexible Delivery

Site offers a range of training delivery and assessment modes and methods:

  • Training modes: – face-to-face – classroom, online, distance, through workplace training or a mixture of different modes – blended
  • Assessment methods: – Theory, Practical, Case Studies, Scenarios, Assignments, Third Party Reports, RPL

Training and facilities locations

Site has training centres in Australia and overseas, in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.  Site’s facilities have been specifically designed to enhance the learning experience of students.  The facilities locations in Australia include:

BRISBANE
Brisbane CBD                                                                                        Brisbane Southside
488 Queen St, Brisbane CBD 4000                                                       1 Nestor Drive, Meadowbrook Logan 4131
Tel 07 3177 9912                                                                                   Tel 07 3177 9912
Email brisbane.training@site.edu.au                                                      Email brisbane.training@site.edu.au

Sunshine Coast
Landsborough
219 Forestry Rd, Landsborough 4550
Tel 07 5494 8924
Email landsborough.training@site.edu.au

Gladstone
17-19 South Tree Drive, South Trees 4680
Tel 07 4979 1722
Email gladstone.training@site.edu.au

Pilbara
Karratha
Pilbara Institute Karratha Campus
900 Block Seminar Centre Dampier Road Karratha WA 6714
Tel 08 6500 0114
Email perth.admin@site.edu.au

Perth
Belmont
72-80 Belgravia St, Belmont 6104
Tel 08 6500 0114
Email perth.training@site.edu.au

Morley
6 Dewar Street Morley Perth 6062
Tel 08 6313 2929
Email perth.training@site.edu.au

DARWIN
Winnellie
142 Coonawarra Road, Winnellie 0821
Tel 08 8947 5050
Email darwin.training@site.edu.au

Enrolment and Orientation

Enrolment in courses at any Site facility is completed prior to the commencement of the course.  Students must ensure that they are enrolled into the correct unit of competence and have met any pre-requisite requirements prior to enrolling into the course.

Once an enrolment into a course has been received, either by telephone or through Site’s website, students will receive a confirmation of enrolment booking.  Students will not be accepted into a course until confirmation of enrolment has been received prior to commencement of the course.

For enrolments with third party providers delivering services on behalf of Site, students will be provided with accurate and factual information prior to enrolment on whom the third party provider is and the services they will provide on behalf of Site.

Students may be eligible for enrolling in Government funded courses that are offered by Site. Contact the respective Operations Manager for up to date information on Government funded courses offered by Site and details of student eligibility and any associated student contribution fees.

All students undertaking nationally recognised training through Site will be required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).  USIs are free and easy to create.  Students will be required to create their own USI, or sign a USI creation form at the relevant facilities, which will provide Site with authority to create USIs on behalf of the student as part of the enrolment process.

Orientation embraces an overview of the program, administration procedures, basic housekeeping and safety issues and introductions to staff, as well as an opportunity for you to meet fellow students.  Orientation will be carried out at the beginning of the course which supports the requirement for punctuality.

In some instances, additional study and/or work placement arrangements outside the face to face contact hours will need to be completed. Guidance on external study requirements and work placement arrangements (unpaid) will be provided to students prior to commencement of relevant courses.

Course fees, refunds, cancellations, changes

Payment Policy

Fees include:

  • Facility and program orientations
  • Programmed Classes
  • Course Materials, Training and Assessment Materials
  • 1 copy of Qualification or Certification achieved following a successful outcome
  • 1 x wallet card for nominated courses as per course outline (as required)

Additional costs not included:

  • Travel to and from location of training
  • Travel to and from vocational placement facilities (if applicable).
  • Daily living expenses
  • Stationery (books, pens, photocopying etc.)
  • Applicable textbooks
  • Re-attendance of classes (if deemed not competent after second attempt)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning application (if applicable)
  • Replacement study guides or training and assessment materials
  • Uniform/PPE requirements (i.e.: footwear, trousers, hardhat, hearing protection etc.) unless outlined as provided in course information pack
  • Replacement or copies of certificates
  • Licence applications may apply (if applicable)
  • GST may be applicable if the service does not fall under Subdivision 38-C of the GST act (1999) where applicable to items listed above

Course fees will be invoiced upon the confirmation of enrolment. Terms of payment will be included on the invoice.  For each student, Site does not hold in excess of $1500 for services not yet delivered.  All fees must be paid and any payment terms and conditions must be approved by the respective Operations Manager prior to course commencement.

Students who are experiencing financial difficulties will need to speak with the respective Operations Manager as soon as they become aware of such a situation.

If students are unable to pay their fees they must contact the respective Operations Manager as soon as practical.  Site reserves the right to suspend a student’s enrolment in the program when fees remain unpaid and will follow legal processes for monies outstanding.  Suspension of enrolment will include the removal from all courses, services and placement opportunities.

During industry/work placement arrangements (required for specific courses) students will not be paid.

Overdue fees

All fees must be paid in accordance with the invoice terms. Students will not be permitted to commence the relevant course until all fees for that course (plus any outstanding fees) have been arranged to be paid in full. Site will not issue a student with their Qualification or Statement of Attainment whilst the student has outstanding fees.

Resit Fees

  • In the event that a student has been deemed not satisfactory in an assessment they will be given the opportunity to resubmit or resit the assessment once at no charge. Legislative or regulatory changes may result in there being a time period before the student can resist (please consult your trainer regarding this timeframe, generally 21-60 days). The resit date will be scheduled at the discretion of Site.
  • Further resits will occur at the sole discretion of the trainer and Operations Manager and an additional fee may apply.
  • Should the Student miss an assessment due to illness or other extenuating circumstances they can resit / resubmit at no charge if a medical certificate is provided. This will be scheduled at the discretion of Site.

Refund Policy

Cancellation of a course by Site

If Site is responsible for cancelling a course, and no alternative dates have been provided to complete the course, students will be entitled to a full refund.

Withdrawal or cancellation in a course

Site will grant an appropriate refund of fees when a student amends their re-enrolment or enrolment status, if the following conditions are met:

If written advice of withdrawal is received by a Site facility more than 7 days prior to course commencement, Site will make a full refund of any paid course fees within 4 weeks of receipt of written cancellation.

Once a course has commenced there will be no refund of any course fees paid

In the case of extreme hardship or extenuating circumstances preventing participation in the course, an application can be made to the Operations Manager for a refund. Submitting an application does not guarantee a full or partial refund.

Changes to agreed services

Where there are any changes to the agreed training and assessment services, Site will advise the student as soon as practicable, including any new third party arrangements, or changes to existing third party arrangements, and any changes in Site’s ownership.

Student Support

Students will be provided with the educational and support needs required for the course that they are enrolled in.  Qualified Trainers and Assessors, training and assessment materials and associated equipment required for the course will be provided unless specified otherwise.  Additional educational and support needs will be available for students, as required.  This may include, but not limited to:

  • Language Learning and Numeracy (LLN) Skills Indicators
  • Self-assessments
  • Training and Assessment Strategies
  • Vocational/Industry Placement assistance

Site’s trainers and assessors will accommodate all reasonable requests for academic support and reasonable adjustment, including but not limited to providing:

  • Additional tutorials
  • Assistance with technology

Site recognises the range of learning capacity of students especially regarding reading, writing and mathematical abilities (LLN) and will assist in cases where Site has the expertise. If Site is unable to provide the LLN support that the student requires, Site will advise the student of their best options and any associated costs.  Any associated costs with LLN and student support will be the student’s responsibility.

At any stage of the training and assessment process, the student is able to escalate their specific support needs to the Operations Manager.

Student progress

Student progress is dependent on attendance and submission of assessment material. Site will monitor this with the intention to support student progress to assist in obtaining a successful training outcome. During training and assessment progress will be recorded.

Training environment

Site offers safe, compliant and comfortable training facilities. Our training centres simulate real workplaces with all training equipment meeting legislative requirements, relevant Australian Standards and the requirements of the unit(s) of competency and/or licence requirements.  The training plant and equipment reflects industry and best practice requirements.

Each training room is equipped with the resources required to deliver the courses being undertaken. This may include but not limited to the following: data projector, television, video recorder, DVD player and white board.

Access and Equity

Site’s management and staff provide assistance to all students regardless of race, religion, sex, socio-economic status, disability, language, literacy or numeracy.

Site will address specific needs as they are identified. Site will make reasonable adjustments to the assessment process to address specific needs. Site will adapt assessment material and training where possible to address specific needs. Students will need to inform the Trainer/Assessor as soon as possible so that modifications/reasonable adjustments can be made.

Student’s rights

In the event that Site, or a third party operator on behalf of Site closes or ceases to deliver the agreed training and/or assessment Site will meet all regulatory and legislative obligations to protect the student’s rights and ensure a smooth transition for the student to a provider that meets the training and assessment needs of the student.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Site offers student recognition of prior learning (RPL).  If a student can provide evidence that they have the relevant skills and knowledge to meet the training package requirements of the specific unit of competency, they may be able to use this evidence to gain recognition for all or part of a course.  This is known as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Some courses may not be eligible for RPL due to the regulatory requirements.  Any intention to RPL can be discussed prior to enrolment or at time of enrolment.  Please speak with the Operations Manager.

Applying for RPL

The application for RPL is an assessment process.  Please contact the Facility Administration for an RPL application kit or speak with your Trainer/Assessor.

RPL Fees

Fees will be charged for an RPL application process at an agreed rate at the time of enrolment. These fees are non-refundable and the RPL applicant must make payment in full prior to the commencement of the RPL process.  Please contact the Facility Administration for an RPL application and associated fees.

National Recognition/Equivalency (Credit transfer)

National recognition involves assessing a previously completed formal course or subject to see if it provides equivalent learning or competency outcomes to those required within your current course of study. The process is called a credit transfer.

The purpose of credit transfer is to ensure that the student does not need to complete the same course/s twice. This provides enhanced flexibility for the student.

Site accepts and provides credit to students for units of competency (unless licensing or regulatory requirements prevent Site from doing this) where there is evidence that the AQF certification documentation issued by any other Registered Training Organisation or AQF authorised issuing organisation and is an authenticated VET transcripts issued by the Registrar.

To apply for credit, transfer for units of competency, student’s must submit a certified copy of the qualification or statement of attainment to Site prior to enrolment. An administration fee will apply.

Government and Legislative matters

Legislation

Participants of Site training and assessment and staff have a responsibility to adhere to relevant laws and regulations and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. Your responsibilities and rights under these Acts are explained during your orientation program (training centre induction).

Different courses delivered at our facilities across Australia are regulated by various authorities who may govern the content, the delivery mode and the assessment of the courses in addition to the requirements of the training package. Authorities such as Workplace Health and Safety, Work Safe and Transport and Main Roads issue guidelines by which Site has agreed to comply. Non-compliance with these guidelines may jeopardise licensing agreements and/or registration and as such Site will only deliver training and assessment that strictly adheres to these guidelines.

If you are unsure, at any time of the procedures or requirements of a course that come under a specific category or legislation i.e. High Risk Work Licences, please speak with your trainer / assessor or feel free to contact the appropriate regulatory authority.

Privacy Act

Site Skills Group Pty Ltd (“Site”) and its related entities are committed to the protection of personal information as defined under the Privacy Act 1988 and complying with the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs).

This privacy policy ensures that Site meets its obligations under Privacy Act 1988, the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) and the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework. Site ensures compliance with Commonwealth, state/territory legislation and regulatory requirements relevant to its operations is integrated into its policies and procedures and that compliance is maintained.

Site recognises the importance of protecting personal information, which it may be required to collect from individuals and organisations who become associated with its business.

For the purpose of this Policy, “information” is described as:

“Personal information” means information relating to an individual, including an opinion, which may be provided to Site as part of its business requirements either in material form or not, and whether true or not. Such information may personally identify an individual or make the person’s identity reasonably apparent.

“Sensitive information” means information or an opinion about an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, membership of a political association, religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, membership of a professional or trade association, membership of a trade union, sexual practices, criminal record or health information.

Site takes it obligations under the Privacy Act seriously, and as such, will take all reasonable steps in order to comply with the Act and protect the privacy of personal information that it holds.

Site adheres to the thirteen Australian Privacy Principles (APPs), which include:

APP 1 — Open and transparent management of personal information
APP 2 — Anonymity and pseudonymity
APP 3 — Collection of solicited personal information
APP 4 — Dealing with unsolicited personal information
APP 5 — Notification of the collection of personal information
APP 6 — Use or disclosure of personal information
APP 7 — Direct marketing
APP 8 — Cross-border disclosure of personal information
APP 9 — Adoption, use or disclosure of government related identifiers
APP 10 — Quality of personal information
APP 11 — Security of personal information
APP 12 — Access to personal information
APP 13 — Correction of personal information

Collection and Use of Information

For the purpose of providing pre-enrolment and enrolment information to prospective and enrolling students, employers and organisations, Site will collect certain personal information through our student enrolment systems which can be collected directly via online enrolment, application forms completed at facilities or third parties whom deliver services on behalf of Site. Generally, information collected includes:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Contact Details
  • Payment Details
  • Financial Details
  • Electronic details such as email address and IP address
  • Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) information to comply with the Data Provisions Requirements 2012 such as: disability (if applicable), educational history; ethnicity; English, literacy and numeracy proficiency.

Where possible, Site will collect the information directly from the individual. Personal information may be collected via enquiries through our website, by phone, email, social media or in person using enquiry forms, enrolment forms and related enrolment application documentation, eligibility requirements for funding, or any other form that enables Site to provide its services to an individual or organisation. At all times we try to only collect the information we need for the particular function or activity we are carrying out. For example, we may only require a name and email address to provide pre-enrolment information.

Site acknowledges that there is no obligation for an individual to provide it with personal information. However, if an individual chooses not to provide Site with personal details, we may not be able to provide the individual with a full range of services or access to any applicable Commonwealth or State, or industry funding.

Disclosure of Personal Information

Personal information about students (including international students) studying with Site may be shared with the Australian Commonwealth and State Government Departments and Agencies, and designated authorities, including the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in accordance with the Data Provision Requirements 2012. This information includes personal and contact details, course enrolment and attendance details and changes relating to your enrolment.

Where applicable, Site may also provide information to your Employer where you are enrolled as an Apprentice or Trainee under an Australian Apprenticeships scheme or where you have provided us with permission to share your course information with your employer.

Site will not disclose an individual’s personal information to another person or organisation unless:

  1. the individual concerned is reasonably likely to have been aware, or made aware that information of that kind is usually passed to that person or organisation;
  2. the individual concerned has given written consent to the disclosure;
  3. Site believes on reasonable grounds that the disclosure is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the life or health of the individual concerned or of another person;
  4. the disclosure is required or authorised by or under law; or
  5. the disclosure is reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of the public revenue.

Where personal information is disclosed for the purposes of enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the purpose of the protection of the public revenue, Site shall include in the record containing that information a note of the disclosure.

Any person or organisation to whom personal information is disclosed as described in this procedure will be required to not use or disclose the information for a purpose other than the purpose for which the information was supplied to them.

In the event that sensitive information is collected by Site, it will not be used for any purpose without the express permission of the individual or as required by law.

If in the case, a student’s family member or someone else to get training results or personal information the student must make prior arrangements and provide a letter with the student’s signature to Site stating the information they authorise to be released.

By participating in a course that is paid for by an employer and on behalf of an employer, the student consents and acknowledges within their enrolment form that information relating to the student’s training and assessment being undertaken on behalf of the employer may be provided to their employer.  Site will provide, if requested by the employer results of assessment which may be in the form of a copy of the final certificate to the employer. Should a student wish this not to occur, they must supply a written request to their employer and a copy to Site’s relevant Operations Manager.

Storage, Access and Retention of Personal Information

Site will take all reasonable steps to protect the security of the personal information that it holds. This includes appropriate measures to protect electronic materials and materials stored and generated in hard copy via our Student Management System, Learning Management System and/or our records management systems.

Site will store securely all records containing personal information and take all reasonable security measures to protect personal information collected from unauthorised access, misuse or disclosure.

Site will take all reasonable steps to ensure that any personal information collected is relevant to the purpose for which it was collected, is up to date and complete.

Site will make available for inspection all personal information that it holds in relation to an individual upon written request. There is no charge for an individual to access personal information that Site holds about them, however we may charge a fee to make a copy. Individuals will be advised of how they may access or obtain a copy of their personal information and any applicable fees within 10 days of receiving their written request.

Privacy Concerns

If you have any concerns about the treatment of personal information, please contact the Operations Manager or the following:

Compliance Officer
Site Skills Group Pty Ltd
Email compliance@site.edu.au
Telephone: 1300 700 080

Student Code of Conduct

Site is committed to providing a fulfilling and rewarding learning experience that enables all students to achieve their full potential. This commitment is underpinned by an expectation that all students will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Site’s code of conduct.  By enrolling in a Site course and reading this handbook you accept responsibility for maintaining a safe, harmonious and tolerant environment.

Student Code of Conduct

Site is committed to the delivery of a quality training service. This Code sets out Site’s expectations of students with respect to their training and personal conduct and outlines Site’s responsibilities.

The primary objectives are:

  • An obligation to act with integrity in academic work, to ensure that all training is conducted ethically and safely
  • An obligation to observe standards of equity and respect in dealing with every member of the facility / organisation
  • An obligation to use training and assessment resources in a lawful and appropriate manner, and not to diminish Site’s reputation in the carrying out of training and other associated function activities and or related clients
  • Adhere to all National and State and Territory legislation

Student Obligations & Responsibilities

  • Students have an obligation to inform themselves and adhere to Site’s policies and procedures, guidelines and any associated rules affecting them.
  • All contact details must be kept up to date.
  • Students are required to enter and exit the buildings and or classrooms, and move around the facility as instructed by any member of Site’s Training’s staff adhering to any traffic management tools implemented such as safety signs, barriers, pathway marking etc. Site Training’s facilities are operated as live worksites, and have, from time to time, members of the public, plant and vehicles accessing the grounds.

In exercising their obligations, Site’s students are expected to accept the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct themselves honestly.
  • Not engage in plagiarism or other training misconduct Plagiarism is – inclusion of written material that is not your own work in other words. Using other people’s words in your assignments without acknowledging the original author (note Academic Misconduct)
  • Conduct themselves in a manner conducive to the proper functioning of the facility / organisation, which is dedicated to the pursuit of quality training delivery
  • Actively participate in the learning and assessment process
  • Attend scheduled classes, training activities and submit assessment tasks on time, unless unforeseen or exceptional circumstances arise
  • Behave ethically, avoiding any action or behaviour that would unfairly disadvantage or advantage either themselves or another participant
  • Ensure their training activities are conducted safely and do not place others at risk of harm, including abiding by all ethics requirements in relation to the industry and meet workplace health and safety responsibilities
  • Be familiar with the programs and resources available to assist them in conducting their training
  • Not behave in any way which impairs the reasonable freedom of other persons to pursue their study or training.

Academic Misconduct

  • Plagiarism is the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as your own. Plagiarism is unacceptable and regarded as ‘Academic Misconduct.’
  • Collusion is the practice of secretly or illegally cooperating or conspiring to cooperate illegally in order to deceive others. Collusion is unacceptable and regarded as ‘Academic Misconduct.’
  • Cheating is the practice of acting dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage. Cheating is unacceptable and regarded as ‘Academic Misconduct.’

In the case of suspected Academic Misconduct the staff member will report the incident to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  The CEO, in consultation with the staff member will discuss the matter with the student, who has the opportunity for a right of reply.  Consequences of academic misconduct may include, but not limited to:

  • A formal warning letter being issued to the student
  • Being required to resubmit the piece of assessment evidence by a specified date
  • Being required to undertake additional, equivalent assessment by a specific date
  • that the trainer/assessor deems the student

Equity and respect

Students are expected to:

  • Treat all Site’s staff, management, other students, and visitors to the facility with courtesy, tolerance and respect. This extends to staff in venues off-campus, supervisors and others involved in workplace placements.
  • Respect the rights of others to be treated equitably, free from all forms of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment
  • Respect the rights of others to express views and not engage in behaviour that is obscene, dangerous or could reasonably be considered to be offensive to others
  • Not engage in behaviour that is unlawful, discriminatory or may constitute harassment or bullying.
  • Not engage in behaviour that is perceived to be threatening or intimidating or causes any person to fear for their personal safety or well-being
  • Not behave in a way that disrupts or interferes with any training or assessment activity of Site

Training and Assessment resources

Students are expected to:

  • Use and care for all Site’s resources such as; buildings, equipment, grounds, learning and assessment materials information and communication technology resources, in a lawful and ethical manner.
  • Be mindful of the need for resources to be shared by all members of the facility / organisation.
  • Ensure their actions or inactions as a participant do not harm, or bring into disrepute, Site’s reputation or good standing
  • Not engage in behaviour that is detrimental to Site’s training property
  • Not participate in any facility activity, while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Students may be required to partake in drug or alcohol testing prior to the commencement or during the course.
  • Not use, possess or supply any prohibited drug, substance or weapon
  • Not misuse computing or communications facilities in a manner which is unlawful or which will be detrimental to the rights and properties of others

Site’s Training Responsibilities

  • In pursuing its mission, Site recognises students have the right to:
  • experience high quality training;
  • expect that the learning experiences provided will be challenging and stimulating;
  • expect that course content will be relevant and in accord with current developments in industry;
  • be treated with respect and courtesy by facility / organisation staff and fellow participants, in an environment free from harassment of all kinds including that based on gender, ethnicity, age, disability or background;
  • be informed about what is expected of them in each area of study;
  • receive fair, timely and useful feedback on their performances and progress;
  • provide feedback to Site on its training delivery.
  • receive reasonable support from training staff when needed;
  • have access to quality facilities, equipment and resources necessary to complete the enrolled course
  • expect courses will satisfy the requirements of industry and relevant professional bodies;
  • have access to adequate procedures for dealing with grievances;
  • have access to current and accurate information about courses, administrative procedures and financial implications;
  • expect legal entitlements, in terms of confidentiality, processing and access to personal files.

Site Misconduct Policy

Site’s aim is to promote a sense of responsibility amongst students and recognise that mistakes will occur from time to time.  However, inappropriate behaviour is not tolerated.  Students have the right to repair harm caused by any such actions.

Consequences for inappropriate behaviour may range in severity depending on the nature of the behaviour.  Ongoing and repeated behaviours that cause concern to Site’s training will have a cumulative effect on the level of consequence that will be given.  Inappropriate behaviour is likely to result in suspensions, expulsion or withdrawal without refund.

Site reserves the right to refuse entry to, ask to leave or reject any person that behaves in a manner that breaches policy. Site will exercise its lawful right without prejudice to call authorities and peruse action should it be deemed necessary.

Complaints, Academic, and General Appeals

Complaints and Appeals Policy

  1. Site seeks to continuously provide a high quality education and training services. The complaints and appeals policy aims at managing and responding to allegations involving the conduct of the RTO, its trainers, assessors or other staff, and includes any third parties providing service on behalf of Site, its trainers, assessors or other staff, or the conduct of other students, and all matters covering training and/or assessment services provided by Site.
  2. Site has a defined complaints and appeals process that will ensure all complaints and appeals are addressed effectively, efficiently and in a timely, fair, unbiased and confidential manner. The Site complaints and appeals policy is publicly available.
  3. This policy applies to all students (including current, prospective and existing students) undertaking study or training in courses offered by Site, including trainees under a contract of training. Students under a contract of training will also need to seek advice from the relevant government department in their State about their rights and responsibilities. This policy also applies to staff, trainers and assessors, Co-providers and their trainers and assessors, industry representatives and employers.
  4. Confidentiality will be maintained at all times. All parties have a right to confidentiality and privacy, subject to necessary legal responsibilities, and the complaint will be forwarded to the most appropriate qualified person (as determined by the CEO) to assist the effective and rapid resolution of any complaint.
  5. Complaints and appeals are acknowledged and dealt with fairly, efficiently and effectively. At all times, parties to the complaint may be accompanied by an advocate of their choosing (at their own cost), except where that advocate is a legal practitioner. Each party will have opportunity to present their side of the matter.
  6. A complainant has the right to withdraw a complaint at any stage.
  7. If a student is utilising the complaints and appeals process, their enrolment will be maintained whilst the complaints or appeals process is ongoing unless the student is in breach of another Site Policy.
  8. Decisions or outcomes of the complaint handling process that find in favour of the student shall be implemented immediately.

Definitions

Complaint – A complaint is an expression of dissatisfaction that a person’s rights, existing interests and/or reasonable expectations have been adversely and unjustifiably impacted because of an action, decision or omission within the control or responsibility of Site.  Any circumstance related to Site’s operations, services and decisions, training and assessment, or the conduct of Site’s staff, its students, or people associated with Site or using Site’s facilities may be the subject of a complaint.

Appeal – An appeal arises when a person is not satisfied with a decision made as a result of an enquiry or a complaint.  An escalation step is open when a person associated with Site is dissatisfied with an adverse decision, or perceives an adverse outcome has been made.

Academic appeal –  An academic appeal arises when a student is not satisfied with the outcome of an assessment decision.  The student has the right for the assessment outcome to be reconsidered.

Procedural Fairness & Natural Justice

Site applies the principles of procedural fairness and natural justice throughout the Complaints and Appeals handling process.  All decision-makers within Site will inform people of any cases against them or their interests and will give them a right to be heard (the ‘hearing’ rule).  The decision makers will not have a personal interest in the outcome (the rule against ‘bias’) and they will act only on the basis of logically probative evidence (the ‘no evidence’ rule).  This means that:

  • Any person subject to a decision by Site, or anyone who has allegations made against them, will be informed and has the opportunity to tell their side of the story before a decision is made.
  • Appellants, or anyone who has allegations made against them, will be provided with an opportunity to formally present their case.
  • The decision maker will be independent of the complaint/decision being reviewed
  • Decisions made by Site will be done so in an unbiased and fair manner based on facts provided or determined through investigation of a compliant.
  • Site will address each complaint in a confidential, effective and timely manner.

Victimisation

All complaints will be handled with fairness in accordance with the principles of natural justice. Site is committed to ensuring that participants do not experience any victimisation as a result of making either an informal or formal complaint.

Whether a complaint is formal or informal, steps will be taken to ensure that neither party is victimised or disadvantaged as a result of a complaint being made. The nominee appointed to manage a formal complaint will be responsible for ensuring that no victimisation occurs.

Defamation

Defamation may be defined as the publication or making of false statements about another, which damage that person’s reputation. The defamatory statement must be untrue and also intended to be taken seriously. Its effect must be damaging to the reputation of the person.

A defamatory statement may be in one of two forms – libel or slander. Libel is a defamatory statement in written words, pictures or other visual form, or broadcast over radio or television with an element of permanence about it. Slander is a defamatory statement in spoken or written words or other transitory form.

All parties to a problem resolution process should ensure that they limit their discussions to details of the complaint and that they act within their role in pursuing Site’s Complaints, Grievance and Appeals policy.

Resolution Timelines

All parties involved in any formal complaint or appeal will be advised of the outcome in writing within twenty (20) working days of the date of the complaint/appeal.

Where a complaint takes more than 60 calendar days to process and finalise a complaint Site will:

a) Inform the complainant in writing, including the reasons why more than 60 calendar days are required and
b) Regularly update the complainant on the progress of the matter.  Updates shall be provided to the complainant at a minimum of four (4) weekly intervals

Record Keeping

Secure records of complaints and appeals, and their outcomes are maintained electronically.  Records of all complaints and appeals and their outcomes will be recorded within ‘Sites’ Continuous Improvement System (site.phkapa.net).  All records relating to complaints and appeals are treated as confidential and meet Site’s Privacy Policy obligations.  These records are managed by Site’s Senior Management and by Compliance.  Complaints are subject to review by senior management during Operations meetings, which will identify potential causes of complaints and appeals and by taking appropriate corrective action to eliminate or mitigate the likelihood of future reoccurrence.

Complaint Resolution Process

There are two types of complaint: informal and formal. Students, RPL participants, industry representatives and staff may choose either process.

Informal complaint

A complaint is considered to be informal when it is made verbally, and addressed to the person against whom the complaint is being made.  An informal complaint must be able to be resolved at the local level with a minimum number of people involved.

Formal complaint

  • Students may make a formal complaint by forwarding a signed written complaint to the Operations Manager of the respective Site office within one month of the incident to which the complaint relates.
  • The Operations Manager will forward a copy of the complaint to Compliance (compliance@site.edu.au) and will notify the CEO that a complaint has been received.
  • The Operations Manager will commence their review of the complaint within seven (7) working days from the date the complaint was submitted. The Operations Manager will make enquiries about the matter or may task another person on their behalf to research the matter against the relevant policy.  All parties have a right to confidentiality and privacy, subject to necessary legal responsibilities, and the complaint will be forwarded to the most appropriate qualified to assist the effective and rapid resolution of any complaint.
  • The Operations Manager will finalise their response to the complainant and provide the complainant a response as soon as possible but no later than twenty (20) working days from when the complaint was submitted.
  • The Operations Manager is to communicate the response in writing to the complainant, and is to seek feedback from the complainant about their level of satisfaction with the complaint outcome. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome the Operations Manager is to advise the complainant of their options, as detailed herein (refer Review by external independent party/agency)
  • The outcome of the complaint and all associated records must be on forwarded within seven (7) days of the outcome to:

a) Compliance (compliance@site.edu.au) for updating in the associated records management system (note: record keeping)
b) Site’s CEO for senior management corrective action

Academic appeals

All students have the right to make an academic appeal.  Where a student is dissatisfied with an assessment the student/participant should discuss this informally in the first instance with their assessor.

Where a student/participant is dissatisfied with the outcome of assessment of practical work and/or vocational placement assessments performed in the workplace, the student should discuss this informally in the first instance with their workplace mentor/supervisor.  If the student remains dissatisfied, the issue should be discussed informally with their assessor.

If the issue cannot be resolved informally, a student can submit a formal academic appeal in writing to the relevant Operations Manager within twenty (20) working days of receiving the reviewed academic result.

The appeal must outline why the student has requested a formal review of the result.  The student will be advised in writing that the appeal has been received.  The relevant Operations Manager will seek to resolve a formal academic appeal through the appointment of an independent and impartial assessor to conduct an investigation and make a recommendation.

The relevant Operations Manager will make the final decision on all formal academic appeals.

All parties involved in any formal academic appeal will be advised of the outcome in writing within twenty (20) working days of the date of the appeal.  If a student’s formal academic appeal is successful, the academic result will be amended.

A student/participant whose formal academic appeal is not upheld by the relevant Operations Manager will be advised in writing of the option to either access the appeals procedure or the process for external mediation.

  • The Operations Manager is to communicate the response in writing to the appellant and is to seek feedback from the appellant about their level of satisfaction with the outcome. If the appellant is not satisfied with the outcome the Operations Manager is to advise the appellant of their options, as detailed herein (refer to Review by external independent party/agency)
  • The outcome of the academic appeal and all associated records must be on forwarded within seven (7) days of the outcome to:

a) Compliance (compliance@site.edu.au) for updating in the associated records management system (note: record keeping)
b) Site’s CEO for senior management corrective action

Appeals process

If a complainant is dissatisfied with the outcome of their formal complaint or academic appeal they may lodge an appeal against the decision.  Site provides the right of appeal against decisions made following the resolution or completed investigation of a complaint or academic appeal, whether informal or formal or a breach of Site’s Policy. At all times, parties to the appeal may be accompanied by an advocate of their choosing (at own cost), except where that advocate is a legal practitioner.  Each party will have opportunity to formally present their case should they wish to do so.

An appeal must be lodged in writing within twenty (20) working days of the date of notification of the original decision. Any appeal must set out the grounds for the appeal.

The Operations Manager or nominee may convene an Appeals Panel to assess the appeal, and act as Chairperson. In addition to the Chair, an Appeals Panel will consist of at least 2 staff of Site Skills Training.   The appellant will not normally have the right to be present when the Appeals Committee convenes.

Non-academic appeals do not ordinarily require the convening of an Appeals Panel; however, the Operations Managers may seek the input of suitably qualified staff that are independent of the grounds of the appeal. Where the grounds of an appeal involve statutory issues such as harassment or discrimination the Operations Manager will participate in the appeals process

The appellant will be notified in writing of the outcome of the appeal outlining the reasons for the decision within twenty (20) working days of the date of lodgement of the appeal.  The report will further advise the appellant of their right to access the external mediation process if they are not satisfied with the outcome of their appeal.

Resolution Timelines

All parties involved in a formal appeal will be advised of the outcome in writing within twenty (20) working days of the date of the complaint/appeal.

Where an appeal takes more than 60 calendar days to process and finalise a complaint Site will:

a) Inform the appellant in writing, including the reasons why more than 60 calendar days are required and
b) Regularly update the appellant on the progress of the matter.  Updates shall be provided to the appellant at a minimum of four (4) weekly intervals

  • The outcome of the appeal and all associated records must be on forwarded within seven (7) days of the outcome to:

a) Compliance (compliance@site.edu.au) for updating in the associated records management system (note: record keeping)
b) Site’s CEO for senior management corrective action

Review by external independent party/agency

Complainants can choose to utilise resources outside Site to resolve their complaint/appeal if they are not satisfied with the process applied by Site.  Site has engaged Resolution Institute, which incorporates LEADR and IAMA to facilitate independent reviews of complaints and appeals.  Information can be located on their website http://www.resolution.institute/.  Any fees charged by an external agency will be the responsibility of the complainant or appellant.  The complainant/appellant will incur all associated costs or fees charged by the external agency

Each complaint and appeal outcome will be recorded in writing and each party to the complaint/appeals will be given a written statement of the outcomes, including reasons for the decision.

If the complainant is not satisfied with the external independent party/agency they may refer the matter to the national regulator of Australian vocational education and training (VET) providers – Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) http://www.asqa.gov.au/complaints.  Complainants are to be advised that ASQA will require that ‘Site’s’ formal complaints process has been completed prior to considering all or part of the complaint.

Work Health and Safety

Work Health and Safety is sometimes referred to as occupational health and safety and welfare.

Site is committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of its staff, contractors, participants, visitors and volunteers whilst working for or participating in activities and courses.

All students and other participants have the responsibility to:

  • protect their own health and safety and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of any other person
  • not wilfully or recklessly interfere or misuse anything provided by Site in the interest of health, safety or welfare
  • cooperate with health and safety directives given by staff
  • ensure that they are not, by the consumption of drugs and alcohol, in such a state as to endanger their own health and safety or the health and safety of another person.

If a student has a personal health condition that may become acute while attending your course, please advise the Operations Manager before commencement of enrolment. All information will be treated in confidence and is only needed so that appropriate support or treatment can be provided should an emergency arise.

Should you be involved in any incident or accident during training which results in personal injury and/or damage to equipment or facilities, please notify the Trainer/Assessor immediately, who will report it to the Operations Manager.

Alcohol and other drugs

Site is committed to providing a worksite and learning environment which is free from any kind of substance abuse. To maintain this, students and staff are not to indulge in the consumption of alcohol and/or illegal drugs during business/training or assessment hours, including break times, on or off site.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Due to the nature of the training and assessment undertaken at our facilities basic PPE is required for all courses – enclosed footwear, long pants, sun protection and additional PPE is required for most courses – High visibility shirt/vest, Hard Hat. Some courses require specialist PPE – rigging gloves, safety harnesses, hearing protection, and eye protection. If you are unsure of the PPE requirements for your course, please contact your training facility.

Plant and Equipment

Plant and equipment is supplied for the explicit purpose of training and assessment and should not be accessed or used for any other purpose (other than by appropriately licensed staff). Any student who does not operate the machine safely according to the manufacturer’s requirements, regulations and trainer/assessor’s instructions will not have further access to plant and/or equipment.

Certification and Record keeping

Site is responsible for issuance of AQF certification documentation.  The AQF certification documentation is issued to a student within 30 calendar days of the student being assessed as meeting the requirements of the training product if the training program in which the student is enrolled is complete, and providing all agreed fees the student owes to Site has been paid in full.

Site maintains records of each student’s involvement with the Registered Training Organisation.  This includes, but is not limited to assessment results, personal details and financial records. These records of qualifications and statements of attainment issued by Site are retained for a period of 30 years.  All records are held in an electronic secure location.

It is the student’s responsibility to keep Site informed of their contact details.  If, at any stage personal contact details change, the student is to inform Site, preferably at the facility where they undertook training and/or assessment.

Housekeeping

All students are expected to comply with the following conditions:

  • NO smoking is permitted in any buildings, including the lifts, verandas, toilets, stairways and any entrance or exits to buildings.
  • mobile phones MUST be switched off/silenced in classrooms.
  • no eating or drinking is allowed in the training rooms – water is the exception
  • Common areas are available for breaks at all facilities. Snack, drink and coffee facilities are located in the area with the microwaves and a refrigerator for your use. Please keep the common areas neat and tidy.
  • All students are required to assume responsibility for their own property e.g. bag, books, mobile phones, personal clothing items, laptops etc. Items must be clearly marked for easy identification. Site accepts no responsibility for lost, damaged or stolen articles. This applies to all venues where training, assessment or placement occurs for the duration of a course.

 

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