Legislation

The trainers and staff of The Change Academy strive to provide you with the opportunity to study, learn and develop skills in a safe and supportive environment.

When you enrol you agree to adhere to the policies and procedures of The Change Academy. You also agree to behave in an appropriate and acceptable manner.

All students and trainers have rights and responsibilities.

These rights and responsibilities cover a range of areas so you are encouraged to read them carefully. Some are described in more detail below.

Anti-discrimination

Discrimination means treating someone less favourably because they happen to belong to a particular group of people. Many types of discrimination are against the law. It is unlawful to discriminate against people on the grounds of:

  • age (including compulsory retirement)
  • carers’ responsibilities (caring for or supporting a child or other immediate family member)
  • disability (including infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS)
  • homosexuality (gay or lesbian or someone thinks you are gay or lesbian)
  • marital status
  • race (including colour, ethnic or ethno-religious background, descent or nationality)
  • sex (including sexual harassment or pregnancy)
  • transgender (transsexual) status
  • who you are related to or who you associate with.

You can access information about this legislation from the following sites:

Human rights and anti-discrimination – Australian Government
Australian Human Rights Commission

Copyright

The Copyright Act 1968 is an Act relating to copyright and the protection of certain performances, and for other purposes.  As a student, you must be very aware of copyright legislation, your work needs to be your own.  You must only copy materials when you have appropriate permission.  If in doubt, please talk to your trainer.

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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (all states) gives you the right to access many documents held by most government agencies. Under the Act you are also able to ensure that records held concerning your personal affairs are not incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.

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Privacy and personal information

When you enrol with The Change Academy the collection, storage, use and disclosure of the personal information you provide is protected under the Privacy Act 1998.

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Federal Australian Privacy Principles
ACT Information Privacy Act 2014 (ACT)
QLD Information Privacy Act 2009
NSW Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (NSW)
SA Has issued an administrative instruction requiring its Government Agencies to generally comply with a set of Information Privacy Principles
TAS Information and Protection Act 2004
WA The state public sector in Western Australia does not currently have a legislative privacy regime
VIC Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014
NT Information Act (NT)

Any information we ask you to provide will only be that which is necessary for the purposes of your course enrolment, learning and study records. We are obliged to tell you the purpose of collecting personal information, who receives this information and where it is held. We protect your personal and private information and will not disclose it without your approval. We also allow you to access your information and make corrections if necessary. For all State and Commonwealth funded courses – we share your information with the relevant government department – this is called AVETMISS data.  Ask your trainer if you would like more information about this.

Protection of children and young people

In line with Government legislation, The Change Academy is committed to promoting the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people (defined legally as people under 18 years of age) whether they are students, apprentices or trainees in schools and workplaces. The Change Academy team members are required, by law and/or by departmental policy, to report children and young people suspected to be at risk of harm.

For more information, refer to the The Change Academy Policy – Student Protection Policy or visit these web sites:

Jurisdiction Principal Act Other relevant Acts/Legislation
Australian Capital Territory
(Office for Children, Youth and Family Support, Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services)
Children and Young People Act 2008 (ACT) Adoption Act 1993 (ACT)
Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT)
Human Rights Commission Act 2005(ACT)
Public Advocate Act 2005 (ACT)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
New South Wales
(Department of Community Services)
Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Parental Responsibility Contracts) Act 2006 (NSW)
Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 (NSW)
Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)
Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW)
The Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)Reform: Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill 2009—
introduced to make further provision with respect to out-of-home-care designated agencies and the provision of information to the Children’s Guardian and the Director-General of the Department of Community Services
Northern Territory
(Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Families)
Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (NT) (NOTE: Not all provisions are in force) Information Act 2006 (NT)
Disability Services Act 2004 (NT)
Criminal Code Act 2006 (NT)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
Queensland
(Department of Communities)
Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld) Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Act 2000(Qld)
Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld)
Public Health Act 2005 (Qld)
Adoption of Children Act 1964 (Qld)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
South Australia
(Families SA; Department for Families and Communities)
Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) Young Offenders Act 1994 (SA)
Adoption Act 1988 (SA)
Children’s Protection Regulations 2006 (SA)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
Family and Community Services Act 1972 (SA)
Tasmania
(Child Protection Services, Department of Health and Human Services)
Children, Young Persons and their Families Act 1997(Tas) The Family Violence Act 2004 (Tas)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
Victoria
(Children Protection and Juvenile Justice Branch; Department of Human Services)
Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic) Working with Children Act 2005 (Vic)
Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005(Vic)
The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)
Western Australia
(Department for Child Protection)
Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA) Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 (WA)
Family Court Act 1997 (WA)
Adoption Act 1994 (WA)
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth)

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a Government initiative to allow students to have full access to their training history, and provides data for Government to target the skills that industry needs.

In line with Government legislation, Evocca cannot issue any Qualifications, or Statement of Attainments, to students who do not supply a USI number.  Students will be asked to supply their USI upon enrolment.

Creating a USI is free and easy.  Please see this link for step by step instructions www.usi.gov.au

Workplace health and safety

We all have a duty to act in a safe and healthy manner within the workplace and also in the training environment.

To help us provide a safe environment for all staff and students, workplace health and safety legislation also reinforces your duty to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others. You must not interfere with or misuse anything provided for you in the interest of health and safety. You should report any safety issues or concerns to your trainer as soon as possible.

For further information about occupational health and safety visit these web sites:

Federal Safe Work Australia
ACT Work Safe ACT
NSW Work Cover
NT Work Safe NT
QLD Work Safe QLD
SA Safe Work SA
TAS Work Safe TAS
VIC Work Safe VIC
WA Work Safe WA

Vocational Placement

Some students will be required to complete a vocational placement as part of their course, this is a structured and documented industry placement.  You need to discuss this with your trainer.

Vocational Placement legislation is under the Fair Work Australia.  You can access information by clicking here.

Some courses and placements will require a successful industry screen prior to commencement of the course or placement.  This may include a police check, blue card, or yellow card. Check with your trainer, or course advisor prior to your enrolment.

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