Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2015

Course Code: LAW5205C

Course Title: Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4328 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact : Mandy Morrison

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4065

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Chris Walters


Nominal Hours: 50

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

Not applicable

Course Description

This course 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:

CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework


2. Follow identified policies and practices

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Perform work within identified policies, protocols and procedures

2.2 Contribute to the review and development of policies and protocols as appropriate

2.3 Work within position specifications and role responsibilities

2.4 Seek clarification when unsure of scope of practice as defined by position description or specific work role requirements

2.5 Seek clarification of unclear instructions


3. Work ethically

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Protect the rights of the client when delivering services

3.2 Use effective problem solving techniques when exposed to competing value systems

3.3 Ensure services are available to all clients regardless of personal values, beliefs, attitudes and culture

3.4 Recognise potential ethical issues and ethical dilemmas in the workplace and discuss with an appropriate person

3.5 Recognise unethical conduct and report to an appropriate person

3.6 Work within boundaries applicable to work role

3.7 Demonstrate effective application of guidelines and legal requirements relating to disclosure and confidentiality

3.8 Demonstrate awareness of own personal values and attitudes and take into account to ensure non-judgemental practice

3.9 Recognise, avoid and/or address any conflict of interest



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

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Demonstrate in all work, an understanding of the legal responsibilities and obligations of the work role

1.2 Demonstrate key statutory and regulatory requirements relevant to the work role

1.3 Fulfil duty of care responsibilities in the course of practice

1.4 Accept responsibility for own actions

1.5 Maintain confidentiality

1.6 Where possible, seek the agreement of the client prior to providing services


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

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Support the client and/or their advocate/s to identify and express their concerns

4.2 Refer client and/or their advocate/s to advocacy services if appropriate

4.3 Follow identified policy and protocols when managing a complaint

4.4 Recognise witnessed signs consistent with financial, physical, emotional, sexual abuse and neglect of the client and report to an appropriate person as required

4.5 Recognise and respond to cultural/linguistic religious diversity, for example providing interpreters where necessary

Learning Outcomes

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

Details of Learning Activities

The learning in the course has been designed to reflect current, holistic practice around working with people who have complex support needs. As such, there is a combination of workshops, field trips and an interactive Hypothetical designed in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.

Stage One:  you will spend a day at the neighbourhood Justice centre in Collingwood. This field trip will involve accessing the specialist magistrates court, meeting and speaking with legal and community support staff and sitting in on any cases being presented on the day. Following from this visit you will have five (5) workshops where theory and practice will be presented to you around legal and ethical challenges when working in the complex care sector.

In semester Two your in class and practical placement experience will come together to allow you to participate in a one-day facilitated hypothetical session where staff from the neighbourhood Justice centre will introduce and explore a specifically-designed case study with you. This workshop will allow you to feed into the support requirements of a client facing legal issues.
Following this hypothetical you will be required to develop a case management plan for the client in the case study. This plan can be developed by yourself or in small groups. The final management plan will be presented to staff from the neighbourhood justice Centre and an award will be presented for the plan deemed most innovative and responsive.

Teaching Schedule



Semester 1 - Activities
Session 1Field trip to Neighbourhood Justice Centre
Session 2 - 6 Introduction to legal and ethical concepts, clients rights and responsibilities, workers rights and responsibilities, legal and ethical dilemmas in the workplace, relevant legislation, duty of care and confidentiality.
Work placement block July/August During placement you will be expected to reflect on the in-class learning’s and observe how they play out in practice. This will be drawn out via a reflect journal entry required to be submitted online via blackboard.
Semester TwoActivities
Session 1

In Class Hypothetical

Session 2Mock court hearing based on Hypothetical



Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems and access to specialised facilities and relevant software. You will also have access of the library resources.

GUSS Skills Central ( is a site developed specifically for students in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT. It provides links to a range of resources for supporting student work on assessments and negotiating university studies more generally.

Overview of Assessment

This course is to be assessed in relation to the specific legal and ethical context of the work role/s and requirements.
The assessments will take into account a range of legal and ethical responsibilities and requirements that you as a worker in the field will need to consider as part of practise and support for clients with AOD issues.

Assessment Tasks

 Assessments in this course are either formative, summative or both. Formative tasks form the basis of ongoing feedback and may be considered the building blocks for the more substantial summative tasks. Summative tasks for this course are graded in accordance with competency based grades:
• CA - competency achieved
• NYC - Not yet competent
• DNS - did not submit for assessment
To demonstrate competency in this course you must complete each of these tasks to a satisfactory level -

Formative Assessments
• Task One (semester one) You are required to write a reflective journal entry following your visit to the neighbourhood justice Centre. This reflection must demonstrate your understanding of the role the NJC plays within our legal system and a reflection on any legal or ethical issues which you found challenging.

• Task Two (semester two) You are required to participate in a one-day hypothetical facilitated by specialist staff from the neighbourhood justice centre

Summative Assessment
• Task One (semester two) You are required to submit a case management plan for the client presented in the facilitated hypothetical. This management plan must demonstrate your understanding of the support needs of a client in the legal system.

Note: Further details of how assessment tasks are mapped to individual units of competency are available from the Program Coordinator.


Assessment Matrix

An assessment matrix demonstrating alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant course is available from the course contact person (stated above).

Other Information

The major learning experience involves a combination of in-class exercises complimented by practical placement. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

You will receive feedback verbally for verbal presentations and written for written presentations by teachers on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency.
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Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy :;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Cover Sheet for Submissions
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Applying for Special Consideration
If you are seeking an extension of more than seven calendar days (from the original due date) you must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form, preferably prior to, but no later than two working days after the official due date. Late applications will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances. For information about Special Consideration and how to apply, see:

Penalties for Late Submission
If you have not been granted an extension or special consideration, late submission will be penalised as follows:

Assessment tasks submitted after the due date of submission shall receive a penalty of five per cent of the grades available for that assessment per day for each day late.
No assessment task shall be accepted more than three weeks after the due date without special consideration.

Assessment Appeals
If you believe your assessment result or final result is wrong please contact the course coordinator and provide the reason why you think your result is incorrect. Valid reasons for seeking a review of results include:

You believe an error has occurred in the calculation of the grade; or,
You believe the assessment did not comply with criteria published in the Course Guide; or,
You believe the assessment did not comply with University Policies on Assessment (i.e. an error in process has occurred).
Full details of the procedure (including appeals procedure) can be located at this RMIT site:

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity means honesty and responsibility in scholarship through respecting the work of others whilst having the freedom to build new insights, new knowledge and ideas. RMIT University upholds the values of academic integrity as fundamental to the scholarship undertaken by all members of its community. Whenever you refer to another person’s research or ideas (either by directly quoting or paraphrasing them) you must acknowledge your source.
If you are even in doubt about how to properly cite a reference, consult your lecturer or the academic integrity website: The RMIT library provides tools to assist with your referencing

Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious academic misconduct, and are forms of cheating. You are reminded that cheating, whether by fabrication, falsification of data, or plagiarism, is an offence subject to University disciplinary procedures. Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data, and oral presentations. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. Plagiarism is not acceptable.
Examples of plagiarism include:

Copying sentences or paragraphs word-for-word from one or more sources, whether published or unpublished, which could include but is not limited to books, journals, reports, theses, websites, conference papers, course notes, etc. without proper citation;
Closely paraphrasing sentences, paragraphs, ideas or themes without proper citation;
Piecing together text from one or more sources and adding only linking sentences;
Copying or submitting whole or parts of computer files without acknowledging their source;
Copying designs or works of art and submitting them as your original work;
Copying a whole or any part of another student’s work; and
Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
Enabling Plagiarism: the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work is also an offence.

For further information, please see the RMIT Plagiarism Policy –;ID=sg4yfqzod48g1 – and the RMIT Student Discipline Statute and Regulations -;ID=11jgnnjgg70y

Plagiarism Software
The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:


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