Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: EMPL5930C

Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

School: 365T Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4264 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work

Course Contact : Xenia Girdler

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4660

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

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

This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work within a legal and ethical framework that supports duty of care requirements

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCCS400B Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework


1.Demonstrate an understanding of legislation and common law relevant to work role

Performance Criteria:

1.1Demonstrate in all work, an understanding of the legal responsibilities and obligations of the work role
1.2Demonstrate key statutory and regulatory requirements relevant to the work role
1.3Fulfil duty of care responsibilities in the course of practice
1.4Accept responsibility for own actions
1.5Maintain confidentiality
1.6Where possible, seek the agreement of the client prior to providing services


2.Follow identified policies and practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1Perform work within identified policies, protocols and procedures
2.2Contribute to the review and development of policies and protocols as appropriate
2.3Work within position specifications and role responsibilities
2.4Seek clarification when unsure of scope of practice as defined by position description or specific work role requirements
2.5Seek clarification of unclear instructions


3.Work ethically

Performance Criteria:

3.1Protect the rights of the client when delivering services
3.2Use effective problem solving techniques when exposed to competing value systems
3.3Ensure services are available to all clients regardless of personal values, beliefs, attitudes and culture
3.4Recognise potential ethical issues and ethical dilemmas in the workplace and discuss with an appropriate person
3.5Recognise unethical conduct and report to an appropriate person
3.6Work within boundaries applicable to work role
3.7Demonstrate effective application of guidelines and legal requirements relating to disclosure and confidentiality
3.8Demonstrate awareness of own personal values and attitudes and take into account to ensure non-judgemental practice
3.9Recognise, avoid and/or address any conflict of interest


4.Recognise and respond when client rights and interests are not being protected

Performance Criteria:

4.1Support the client and/or their advocate/s to identify and express their concerns
4.2Refer client and/or their advocate/s to advocacy services if appropriate
4.3Follow identified policy and protocols when managing a complaint
4.4Recognise witnessed signs consistent with financial, physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect of the client and report to an appropriate person as required
4.5Recognise and respond to cultural/linguistic religious diversity, for example providing interpreters where necessary

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

In this course you will be provided with a range of opportunities to enhance and extend your skills, knowledge and attitude in the field of AOD work. Classes are run three days per week. A detailed timetable is also available on the RMIT website. Most classes run for three hours and are facilitated by recognised professionals in the community services sector and RMIT staff. A variety of learning styles are catered for and learning will take place via interactive experiential tasks combined with more didactic theory based exercises. All in-class learning will compliment the practical placement competent of this course where you are required to complete a total of two hundred (200) hours over the course of the year. There will also be two course-related field trips - Arradale psychiatric institution and Dax Collection gallery - scheduled in March. These trips are intended to provide you with important insight into the socio-political and historical context of the community services sector in Victoria.

All courses and learning activities will be supported and complimented by RMIT’s e-learning tool "Blackboard".

Teaching Schedule

DayTime StartTime EndCourseDate
Monday1.30pm4.30pmProvide services to clients with complex needs19/3/2012, 26/3, 2/4, 16/4, 23/4, 30/4, 21/5
 Monday 6pm 9pm Work effectively in the AOD sector
 6/2/2012 - 5/3/2012
 Tuesday 9.30am 12.30pm Use targeted communication skills to build relationships
 21/5/2012 - 11/6/2012
 Tuesday 9.30am 12.30pm work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
 21/5/2012 - 11/6/2012
 Tuesday 1.30pm 4.30pm work effectively in mental health settings
 13/3, 27/3,17/4,24/4, 1/5, 22/5 - 12/6
 Wednesday 9.30am 12.30pm work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
18/4, 2/5, 23/5 - 13/6
 Wednesday 1.30pm
 4.30pm work within legal and ethical framework
 18/4, 2/5, 23/5 - 13/6
 Thursday 9.30am 4.30pm Apply advanced first aid
 9/2, 16/2, 1/3, 8/3

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

There are a variety of tools used to assess this course including two hundred (200) hours of practical placement providing you with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the skills knowledge and attitude required.
Other assessment tasks may involve:

  • Short essays where you will be expected to write an answer to a question in detail, and to draw conclusions about issues.
  • Class presentation where you will be expected to conduct a brief session in class, to lead discussion and to provide information for other students.
  • Participation in class discussions and activities.
  • Reflective Journals you will be expected to provide a written record of your experiences during the year - in class and in practical placement.
  • Blackboard/On-line assessment you will participate in regular on-line forums, blogging and small assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment tasks for this course will be outlined to you by the facilitator at the first timetabled class

Assessment Matrix

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