Confidentiality, ethics and workplace rights


Where you have access to privileged or confidential information during your Work Integrated Learning (WIL) activity, the partner organisation may require that you sign a confidentiality agreement.

After signing the confidentiality deed, you must not disclose the partner organisation’s confidential information except for the “Approved Purposes” in the confidentiality agreement itself.

Note: Both students and workplace supervisors are required to abide by their professional association’s regulations and by relevant organisation rules regarding confidentiality.

For placements:

  • The partner organisation may require you to sign a specific confidentiality agreement prior to the commencement of the placement.
  • Supervisors should orientate you with the relevant information regarding organisation’s confidentiality regulations prior to commencement of the placement.

For students in Vietnam confidentiality requirements are included in your Internship Agreement Forms which must be completed.


Legal services have developed 5 templates for handling confidentiality.

Ethics and workplace rights

A number of ethical and professional practice risks may arise when you undertake WIL activities. These include:

  • having access to confidential data, research, products and designs;
  • interacting with or questioning employees and the public; and
  • recording, reporting and sharing information as part of coursework and assessments.