The Occupational Health and Safety Act (2004) requires the University to ensure that staff and students are not placed in harmful situations. Staff can meet this requirement in WIL contexts by having evidence of reasonably certainty that offsite WIL activities and environments are safe and support student wellbeing.
The TEQSA 2016 Guidance Note for Work Integrated Learning also requires universities to quality assure offsite settings as being ‘fit for purpose’.
These requirements might be met by documenting site visits at least yearly, gathering feedback from students on their experiences, and monitoring responses to incidents. The more risky the environment (e.g. physical risk, wellbeing and mental health) the more safeguards would be expected to be in place.
Educating students about what they need to know and assessing the suitability of host environments can be most easily managed by developing a student checklist that suits your WIL program and student cohort. OHS staff can assist you with this task and with any further questions.
Log a request with P&C Service Centre
Phone: +61 3 9919 5999
OHS incident reporting
The University’s student critical incident protocol is a flow chart guide for incident reporting. All incidents need to be reported through QuickSafe, the University's online reporting form.
Anti-discrimination legislation, University statutes and policies provide the framework for our equity and equal opportunity obligations. They guide staff and students on their rights and responsibilities in regard to unlawful discrimination and harassment. See the University's Student Equity and Social Inclusion policy for more details.
Safer Community should be used for reporting and actioning incidents, such as stalking, bullying and sexual assault, that require a non-immediate response.