Students and staff at TAFE SA have a right to work and study in an environment free from harassment, discrimination or threatening behaviour.

When enrolling at TAFE SA, you must agree to accept and abide by policies and procedures, follow rules and regulations, and participate in studies as directed by your program.

At the commencement of classes, you can expect to discuss the specific requirements of your program along with the general TAFE SA rights and responsibilities detailed below.

You can expect to:

  • be treated with courtesy and respect
  • learn in a supportive and safe environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • have concerns and complaints taken seriously and addressed promptly
  • have reasonable learning needs met regardless of gender, disability, ethnicity, age, or mode of study
  • have access to counselling and support services
  • have opportunities to provide feedback on services and an avenue to participate in decision making that affects the student body.

You are expected to:

  • treat others with courtesy and respect
  • know and observe student polices and procedures
  • maintain a high standard of academic integrity in their work
  • act in a fashion not likely to be perceived as discrimination, harassment or bullying
  • attend classes and submit work as required
  • act in a professional manner during work placements or other forms of practice-based learning activities and respect the confidentiality of information made available as part of that work experience
  • respect TAFE SA property and facilities and not interfere with the performance of staff or the ability of other students to benefit from their studies.

Your welfare and wellbeing

Below are a range of policies and statements that describe your welfare and wellbeing rights and responsibilities as a student at TAFE SA.

Use of your information

Personal Information

TAFE SA collects and stores the personal information of students in order to administer applications, enrolments and academic progress and to provide other services to students. This information is managed in accordance with the Information Privacy Principles Instructions issued by the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.

TAFE SA is required to provide data to the Australian government about VET activity and processes for use in statistical collections and national surveys. Details of how this data is collected and shared are provided in the National VET Data Policy

All matters relating to your admission, assessment, progress, course completion, learning difficulties, personal needs and any discussions or negotiations concerning such matters will be treated strictly in confidence. TAFE SA will endeavour to meet your needs regardless of your gender, ethnicity, age, disability, or background, without divulging your personal details unless required by law.

TAFE SA ensures that the personal information it collects:

  • is not excessive
  • is relevant to the purpose
  • is authorised or required by law
  • is as up to date, accurate and complete as possible
  • does not intrude unreasonably into your personal affairs.

Your personal information is securely stored against loss or unauthorised access, and is not misused. In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 1991, you are able to access your own student files and make changes to your personal information for accuracy, completeness, relevancy or currency.

Your personal information will not be distributed or used for other purposes unless:

  • you have given permission
  • TAFE SA believes using the information is necessary to prevent or reduce a threat to your life, health or safety
  • the use or disclosure is required by law
  • the use is reasonably necessary to enforce the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935
  • the use is required by law to be provided to other government departments or statutory bodies.

Students should contact their lecturer if they wish to obtain access to basic personal information held by TAFE SA.  However, the  Freedom of Information Act 1991 (the FOI Act) also gives members of the public a legally enforceable right to access documents held by the government (subject to some exemptions), including a right to access documents regarding a student’s personal affairs held by TAFE SA. The FOI Act also sets out the process by which a student (or other member of public) can apply to TAFE SA for amendment of TAFE SA’s records regarding the person’s personal affairs if the person believes that the information is incomplete, incorrect, out of date or misleading.  

TAFE SA Freedom of Information Statement

Academic Information

Your academic information, including your results, is not made available to other interested parties unless:

  • you are under a contract of training, in which case your employer is legally entitled to receive a copy
  • TAFE SA is directed to provide academic information by a court order or similar
  • you have signed a declaration giving TAFE SA the authority to forward academic information to another person or party
  • you are undertaking training outside a training contract under an employer/employee agreement for which your employer is responsible for the fees and has signed a declaration to that effect
  • you are a minor and the person/s are your legal guardians
  • the agency requesting information is subcontracting the training to TAFE SA, which is required to provide results to the agency.

Policies

Below are a range of policies and statements which describe your academic and financial rights and responsibilities and which will help you navigate your time at TAFE SA. 

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