Course Title: Manage legal and ethical compliance

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: VE 2020

Class Number: 1975

Class Section: DACL

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Course Code: LAW5736C

Course Title: Manage legal and ethical compliance

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5331 - Diploma of Youth Work

Course Contact: Dianne Mackay

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4454

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

In this course you will gain the skills and knowledge required to research information about legal compliance and ethical practice responsibilities, and then develop and monitor policies and procedures to meet those responsibilities

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance


1. Research information required for legal compliance

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify sources of information about compliance requirements 1.2 Evaluate own area of work and determine scope of compliance requirements 1.3 Access and interpret information relevant to area of work 1.4 Identify risks, penalties and consequences of non compliance 1.5 Assess and act on need for specialist legal advice


2. Determine ethical responsibilities

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify the ethical framework that applies to the work context 2.2 Incorporate scope of practice considerations as part of ethical practice 2.3 Evaluate responsibilities to workers, clients and the broader community 2.4 Model ethical behaviour in own work


3. Develop and communicate policies and procedures

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Clearly articulate and document policies and procedures to support legal and ethical practice in readily accessible formats 3.2 Integrate documentation and record keeping requirements into policies and procedures 3.3 Ensure systems protect client information 3.4 Nominate the roles and responsibilities of different people in meeting requirements where multiple people are involved 3.5 Distribute policies, procedures and legal information to colleagues and peers in a timely fashion


4. Monitor compliance

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Evaluate work practices for non-compliance on an ongoing basis, and implement modifications 4.2 Maintain and update required accreditations or certifications 4.3 Refer issues or breaches of ethical or legal practice to relevant people


5. Maintain knowledge of compliance requirements

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Identify and use opportunities to maintain knowledge of current and emerging legal requirements and ethical issues 5.2 Share updated knowledge and information with peers and colleagues. 5.3 Pro-actively engage in process of review and improvement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In this course and within the cluster, you will participate in a variety of learning activities including class tutorials, discussions and questioning.

Teaching Schedule

Course ScheduleClassTeacherTopicContentElements of CompetencyResourcesAssessment Due Dates



Introductions to unit


  • Introduction to unit
  • Learning intentions - Overview of Skills and Knowledge required
  • Workplace and work role context
  • Assessment overview
  • Compliance: sources of information and advice on compliance
  • Youth Work & Health and Community Service Context
  • Risk Management

1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5

2.1, 2.4, 2.5

5.1, 5.2, 5.3





Frameworks, policies, procedures and protocols


  • Reflection on learning intentions and knowledge gained from previous session
  • Legal and ethical frameworks (international, national state/territory, local), how these apply in the workplace, and the responsibilities of managers in the development and monitoring of policies and procedures
  • Policies, procedures and protocols:
    • What are they
    • Why are they important
    • Importance of policy frameworks in community work
  • Workplace exploration
  • Monitoring and Maintaining Compliance
  • Access and Equity Considerations

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

2.4, 5.1, 5.2

4.1, 4.2, 4.3





Child Safe Standards

  • Royal commission to family violence and the minimum standards
  • Child Safety Standards Child First
  • Assessment: Child safe standards and assessment task 1

3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5

5.2, 5.3


In class assessment task 1. 


  Failure of Duty of Care
  • Case study - Fitzpatrick vs Moira Shire group activities
  • Child Safe Standards and assessment Task 1 continued


  • Assessment Task 1 in class presentations



Ethical considerations

Monitoring your organisations compliance

  • Ethical responsibilities
  • Monitoring compliance
    • Evaluate work practices for non-compliance on an ongoing basis, and implement modifications
    • Maintain and update required accreditations or certifications
    • Refer issues or breaches of ethical or legal practice to relevant people
4.1, 4.2, 4.3  

In class assessment task 2. 


  Staying up to date
  • Maintaining compliance
  • Monitoring changes
  • Environmental scans
  • Cycle of compliance and accreditation
  • Assessment Task 3
5.1, 5.2, 5.3    Assessment Task 3 due


  • Assessment Task 4
  • Review of unit
  • Reflections on knowledge gained

 Assessment Task 4 due


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:
The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops

Overview of Assessment

To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all of the following pieces of assessment to a satisfactory standard. You will receive written feedback on all assessment.


Assessment Task 1

Knowledge Questions

Assessment Task 2

Case Scenario

Assessment Task 3

Developing and Communicating Policies

Assessment Task 4

Strategic Responses

Grades that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:   CA: Competency Achieved NYC: Not Yet Competent DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

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Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency.  To be assessed competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard expected in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Assessment Matrix

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