Course Title: Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: HWSS6011C

Course Title: Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4349 - Certificate IV in Education Support

Course Contact: Soosan Kian Robyn Blaikie

Course Contact Phone: 03 9925 9183 03 9925 4383

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jacqueline Cheng 



Nominal Hours: 35

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

No specific pre-requisite and co-requisite.

Course Description

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to maintain compliance with legislation, policy and industrial instruments that relate to the education support worker role. The unit applies to education support job roles in a variety of education contexts including schools and other educational settings.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCEDS001 Comply with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment


1. Identify legislative and policy requirements

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Access current workplace information that covers the range of legislation and guidelines relevant to the job role 1.2 Clarify and confirm understanding of legislation with supervising teacher, to ensure consistency of interpretation and application 1.3 Obtain advice from supervising teacher when conflicting legislative directives are found


2. Comply with legislative and policy requirements

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Undertake work in accordance with requirements of legislation and organisational policies 2.2 Promptly report incidents of non-compliance resulting from breaches of legislation 2.3 Inform authorised persons or bodies of inadequacies in workplace procedures which may contribute to non-compliance 2.4 Review own conduct and seek feedback from others to confirm continuing compliance with legislation, policy and procedures


3. Identify and comply with industrial instruments relating to the job role

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the industrial award relevant to the job role and identify key responsibilities 3.2 Source and read any relevant certified agreements 3.3 Clarify award conditions with appropriate personnel as required

Learning Outcomes

This unit develops the skills and knowledge required to maintain compliance with legislation, policy and industrial instruments that relate to the education support worker role. On successful completion of this unit, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

This unit is part of Certificate IV in Education Support program. You will study this unit with several other units on the same day. Your program consists of face to face teaching, Unsupervised Directed Study and you are required to participate in compulsory work placement. It is strongly advised you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency. You are not required to attend to complete Unsupervised Directed Study, however you are expected to complete the work given and will at times be required to show evidence the work has been completed. Your Unsupervised Directed Study will be posted on Canvas.
 The student learning experience will be facilitated through participation in a range of activities: 

• Work Placement
• Group discussion 

• Research assignments

• Guest speakers

• Oral and/or written questions on "What if?" scenarios

• Realistic simulations and role play
• Practical demonstrations and direct observation of actual work and simulated work practice
• Oral Presentations
• Individual and group projects - Completing the projects will include negotiated independent study time and practical work relevant to the unit of competency.

Teaching Schedule

This unit will be delivered weekly.

Please note; While your teacher will cover all the material  in this schedule the weekly order is subject to change depending on class needs and availability of speakers and resources. Should the teaching schedule change students will be advised via Canvas.
Library Orientation & an RMIT Online Systems Information Session will be scheduled during the first two weeks of your program. Information about student services, rights and responsibilities is contained at RMIT 

Teaching Schedule

Week 1

Introduction to course

Discussion/note-taking Rights of the Child 


Week 2

United Nations Convention (Amnesty International) 

Legislation in state/territory


Week 3

Mandatory reporting

Duty of care 


Procedures for reporting students at risk

E1, E2

Week 4

Indicators of abuse – signs and symptoms (Kids matter website)

Trauma-informed care

E1, E2

Week 5

Ethics / Scenarios



Week 6

Mandatory reporting, Duty of care

E2, E3 

Week 7

Impact of risk of harm

Reporting and recording

E1, E2, E3

Week 8

Roles and responsibilities of an ESW

key selection criteria

DEECD (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development)


Week 9

Using child protection procedures and services


E1, E2, E3

Week 10


E1, E2, E3

Week 11

Industrial awards


Week 12

Equal opportunity / Equity / Diversity


Week 13

Employment centred activities


Week 14

Scenarios - Complying with legislative, policy and industrial requirements in the education environment


Week 15 - Week 17

Observation & Demonstration in Work placement 

E1 E2 E3 E4

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources


There are no set texts in this course. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through handouts, our online systems and access to facilities and relevant software. You will also have access to the library resources. It is recommended that you bring:

• Display folder with plastic sleeves
• Highlighter pens
• Notebook or loose leaf paper
• Headphones
• USB (Memory stick)

Overview of Assessment

This unit is part of an integrated program. You must demonstrate Performance and Knowledge Evidence of the unit in order to be deemed competent. Assessment methods have been designed to measure achievement of each competency in a flexible manner over a range of assessment tasks. You may be assessed by:
• Oral or written questioning
• oral presentations
• Assignments and projects
• Direct observation of actual work practice
• Presentation of a portfolio of evidence which may comprise documents, and/or photographs and/or video and audio files
• Work-based activities
• Third-party feedback from a work supervisor/employer
Feedback will be provided throughout the semester in class and/or online discussions, through individual and group feedback on practical exercises and by individual consultation.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1 - Q & A In class task (Week 6)

Assessment Task 2 - Scenarios (Week 14)

Assessment Task 3 - Observation & Demonstration in Work placement (Week 7-17)

Assessment tasks in this unit are assessed using the following competency based results:

CA - Competency achieved
NYC - Not Yet Competent
All Assessment tasks should be submitted by the due date. If an extension is required please contact your teacher and/or Coordinator before the due date.
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work.
All assessment tasks including electronically recorded student work will be kept by the University for student feedback and to meet government requirements.
If you are found to be Not Yet Competent in a Course Assessment Task you may be allowed one resubmission only. Your teacher will provide feedback regarding what you need to do to improve and will set a new deadline for the resubmission.

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant Unit of Competency and with the critical aspects of assessment for each unit. The assessment matrix for units will be available for students to access.

Other Information

Attendance - The major learning experience involves participating in face to face classes. 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.
Feedback - Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Students may be asked to attend interviews with relevant teachers and Program Coordinator to discuss academic progress.
Assessment Academic Progress
Special Consideration - All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Please see the RMIT website for further information.
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism - RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.

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