Legislative Awareness Procedures

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Approved

These procedures support the Legislative Awareness Policy and assign responsibilities to specific positions in order that the College implements its Legislative Awareness Policy.

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Approved on: 06 Feb 2014
Review cycle: 3 Years
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Operations

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Principal

Category: 
Policy Contact: 
Chief Operations Officer
Purpose: 

These procedures support the Legislative Awareness Policy and assign responsibilities to specific positions in order that the College implements its Legislative Awareness Policy.

Scope: 

This procedure applies to the Dean of Academic Administration, the Chief Operation Officer, VET Co-ordinator, staff members inducting new staff members, and staff members interviewing new students.

Statement: 

Key legislation governing and guiding the College

  • Associations Incorporation Reform Act (2012)
  • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act (2011)
  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act (2011)
  • Education and Training Reform Act (2006)
  • Higher Education Support Act (2003)
  • Work Health and Safety Act (2011)
  • Disability Discrimination Act (1992)
  • Disability Act (2006)
  • Privacy Act (1988)
  • Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act (2012)
  • Racial Discrimination Act (1975)
  • Sex Discrimination Act (1974)
  • Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (2006)
  • Working with Children Act (2005)

Responsibility for ensuring legislative awareness

It is ultimately the responsibility of every staff member and student to be aware of any government legislation that applies to their work place/study environment. However, given the myriad of legislation that applies specific staff members have been given the responsibility for being aware of, and then communicating the legislation to staff and students. This responsibility is incorporated into their job descriptions and can be summarised as follows:

Responsibilities of the Dean of Quality and Student Administration

  • Monitor legislation which specifically mentions the delivery of education courses and training programs.  This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Higher Education Support Act (2003)
    • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act (2011)
  • Subscribe to education and training industry mailing lists to assist in this process.

Responsibilities of the Chief Operations Officer

  • Ensure that all staff are advised of any changes to government legislation that impacts them and/or students in a timely manner. This communication may include staff meetings, supervisory meetings, email, or other forms of written and verbal communication
  • Ensure that any Memorandum of Understanding with a third party organisation involved in the delivery of College units explicitly states the need to comply with all relevant government legislation
  • Monitor legislation that applies to employers and incorporated bodies. This includes, but is not limited to:
    • Associations Incorporation Reform Act (2012)
    • Work Health and Safety Act (2011)
    • Disability Discrimination Act (1992)
    • Disability Act (2006)
    • Privacy Act (1988)
    • Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act (2012)
    • Racial Discrimination Act (1975)
    • Sex Discrimination Act (1974)
    • Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act (2006)

Responsibilities of the Vet Co-ordinator

  • Monitor all legislation that applies to the delivery of VET training programs and units competency.  This includes, but is not limited to:

    • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act (2011)
  • Subscribe to education and training industry mailing lists to assist in this process.

Responsibilities of staff inducting new staff members

  • Show how to access the College Policy Portal
  • Make aware of all relevant legislation
  • Tick the relevant check box on the Induction Checklist.

Responsibilities of staff interviewing potential students

  • During the New Student Interview detail appropriate government legislation and where to find policies and procedures related to this legislation on the College’s website
  • Tick the check box on the New Student Interview Form with the statement I have provided the potential student with the above information.