Course Title: Work legally and ethically

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C3319 Certificate III in Individual Support

Course Title: Work legally and ethically

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 55

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.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term1 2016,
Term2 2016,
Term1 2017,
Term2 2017,
Term1 2018

Course Contact: Renee Costa

Course Contact Phone: 9925 0886

Course Contact Email:

Course Description

In this unit you will acquire the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to the individual support job role.

The skills gained in this unit will apply to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically


1. Identify and respond to legal requirements
1.1 Identify, access and interpret sources of information about the legal requirements that apply to the work role
1.2 Identify the scope and nature of own legal rights and responsibilities
1.3 Adhere to legal requirements in work practice according to workplace policies and procedures and scope of role
1.4 Recognise potential or actual breaches and report according to organisation procedures

2. Identify and meet ethical responsibilities
2.1 Identify, access and interpret sources of information about the ethical responsibilities that apply to the work role
2.2 Identify the scope and nature of own ethical responsibilities
2.3 Meet ethical responsibilities according to workplace policies and protocols, and scope of role
2.4 Recognise potential ethical issues and dilemmas, and discuss with an appropriate person
2.5 Recognise own personal values and attitudes and take into account to ensure non-judgemental practice
2.6 Use effective problem solving techniques when exposed to competing value systems
2.7 Recognise unethical conduct and report to an appropriate person
2.8 Recognise potential and actual conflicts of interest and take appropriate action


3. Contribute to workplace improvements
3.1 Identify situations where work practices could be improved to meet legal and ethical responsibilities
3.2 Pro-actively share feedback with colleagues and supervisors
3.3 Identify and take opportunities to contribute to the review and development of policies and protocols

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency that relate to the legal and ethical requirements that you may face in the ageing and home and community sector.

Overview of Assessment

This unit of competency is delivered and assessed with the unit of competency Communicate and work in health or community services (CHCCOM005)

There will be three forms of assessment and they will include a research task, questions and answers in relation to the unit of competency and practical assessment either in a simulated or workplace environment.

The assessment tasks are as follows:

Task 1: Research questions

Task 2: Questions and answers

Task 3: Observation in either a simulated or workplace environment

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 coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

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