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Workplace Learning Procedures
The Workplace Learning Procedures 2016 are approved and endorsed for use across the 3 schooling sectors.
Workplace Learning Procedures Forms
- parents / caregivers
- workplace providers
outline roles and responsibilities and important information
When the workplace provider is a large corporation, statutory authority, government department or instrumentality, and stands its own risk in terms of public liability in the event of injury to the student or damage or injury to a third party arising from the actions of the student, but which is attributable to negligence on the part of the proprietor or his/her workers or agents.
The government self-insures to cover liability up to a maximum of $15 million for property damage or third party bodily injury arising from the negligent actions of students and Department personnel when performing duties associated with the school's approved student work placement program.
Below is the letter supplied by DECD for a workplace that requires documentation of proof of the insurance cover.
General Resources including WHS
Child Protection Resources
Equal Opportunity Resources
Workplace Learning for Students
Prior to going out to a workplace for either Work Experience or a Work Placement for VET, etc, it is a legal requirement that students successfully undertake a minimum of 5 hours of workplace induction including Workplace Health and Safety, Equal Opportunity in the Workplace and Child Protection.
The work presented on this Moodle is based on the Workplace Learning Procedures (2016).
The flow diagram above shows the general outline of the course. It includes online quizzes, videos and worksheets. It should be noted that at times you will have the opportunity to print Certificates indicating that you have successfully completed a section of work. These must be printed, stored and shown to your teacher upon request as proof that you have completed the section of work.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to talk to your teacher for clarification.
Topic 1: Work Health and Safety
What is a workplace?
A workplace is anywhere a person does their job and includes any place where they go while at work, ie: including Factories, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels and cafes, construction/building sties
Why is the Workplace Orientation Program important?
The orientation program is a legal requirement for all students participating in structured workplace learning or work experience. The program provides information to students about relevant workplace laws and makes them aware of their roles, responsibilities and rights in relation to WHS in the workplace and what to do if they experience any issues in the workplace.
Work related injury and illness:
There are a variety of work related injuries that not require workers to take time away from work, but have the potential to cost billions of dollars a year through ReturnToWorkSA claims, death and the possibility that the injured worker may never fully recover – especially from such workplace accidents as injured backs. Injured workers may also suffer from the fact that they are forced to rely on family and friends for things such as preparing meals, unable to play sports and being required to remain in the house all day.
A Safe Working Environment:
NOTE: To access each of the Topics to undertake the work, you simply need to 'click' on the Topic heading.
Topic 2: Equal Opportunity
The Equal Opportunities Section is the second part of the work that needs to be completed be students prior to undertaking Work Experience/Work Placement. Remember to print out and safely store any Certificates so they can be presented to your teacher when requested.
What is discrimination?
Discrimination means the noting of differences between things.
We discriminate every day when we make choices. For example, if you were buying a car, you would need to factor in your budget, the make and model of the car, and so on.
Discrimination is not always wrong but some discrimination is unfair and can be against the law. It is unlawful to discriminate against people because of their personal characteristics or because they belong to a certain group.
Equal opportunity is a positive way of describing the absence of discrimination. People are provided with equal opportunity if they are not discriminated against because of irrelevant characteristics.
Topic 3: Child Protection
Child safe environments:
All students have the right to feel safe and free from harm at all times during workplace learning. Workplace providers should ensure that all their employees are aware of the special responsibilities associated with working with young people and of the consequences of any abuse. Child protection legislation applies to students undertaking workplace learning programs. Students must not be treated in a manner that may be psychologically harmful or that would constitute physical assault. This would include pushing, grabbing, pulling or hitting a student as well as berating, humiliating or belittling the student.
deliberate exposure of students to the discriminatory or sexual behaviour of others
inappropriate conversations and obscene language
suggestive remarks and actions, including showing of publications, electronic media or illustrations which are inappropriately suggestive
jokes and gestures of a discriminatory or sexual nature
inappropriate personal correspondence with a student
unwarranted and/or inappropriate touching of a student.
If you feel that in your work experience placement, you are experiencing any of the above, immediately report it to your school and parent/guardian.