Pre-requisites and Requirements

Whilst on placement, you are a visitor to the site, and a representative of UniSA. High levels of professionalism are expected of you. All placements will be managed via InPlace.

You can access InPlace once you have enrolled in a Professional Experience Course via the following link: https://unisa-signon.inplace.com.au/

There are very stringent requirements that you need to meet in order to be eligible for placement. There are critical time lines associated with these requirements. To identify the specific requirements for your course, Click here

It is your responsibility to manage these requirements by uploading the relevant documents as advised.

Your Professional Experience placement site will not be released to you until your requirements have been met. Failure to meet these requirements by the due dates as advised by the Professional Experience Office could result in you being told to withdraw from the course or a fail grade recorded for Professional Experience.

The deadline for completing these requirements for each placement will be communicated by the Professional Experience Office.

There are FIVE pre-requisites requirements:

  • Professional Experience Placement Agreement form
  • Criminal History Screen (CHS)
  • Responding to Abuse and Neglect- Education and Care Foundation Training (RAN-EC)
  • Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANtite)
  • First Aid training (for Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers only)
  • Professional Experience Placement Agreement form

    • Preservice Teachers must complete the Placement Agreement form prior to their first UniSA placement. This covers you for all future placements throughout your Education degree.

      Please ensure that you read carefully and understand each of the points outlined on the form. In signing, you are confirming that you understand and agree to comply with these points

      Professional Experience Placement Agreement form

  • Criminal History Screening (DCSI CHS)

    • It is a requirement that all adults working in education and care sites have a current Child Related Employment Screening from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) to ensure that our education and care settings are safe places for children and young people. Within UniSA this is referred to as a Criminal History Screening but this is not the same as a Police Check from SA Police (SAPOL).

      Your clearance will be valid for three years from the date of issue.

      Your criminal history screening must be completed prior to being accepted for a placement and can take from 6-8 weeks to be processed. Strict confidentiality is maintained during the DCSI clearance process. As the screening process is undertaken by DCSI, the University has no influence over the timeline or outcome of the screening application.

      If you fail to obtain a clearance for any reason the University is not able to allow you to undertake a Professional Experience placement or any other professional experience activity which requires contact with children and young people that you may require to complete your course of study. Ultimately, if you cannot undertake a Professional Experience placement or any other professional experience activity which is a compulsory part of your program, you cannot graduate with an Education Degree from UniSA.

      For any questions relating to Criminal History Screening, please contact the Professional Experience Office Team on CHS@unisa.edu.au

    • What you need to do

      • Choose the option that best fits you:

      • International Students attending a placement in Australia

        • All education students, local and international, must obtain a cleared criminal history clearance before they visit an educational site (eg preschool, childcare centre of kindergarten) or school for any reason before the program or course in which they are enrolled requires them to do so. It is the students responsibility to obtain and renew the correct criminal history clearance in plenty of time as not to compromise the site or in-school experiences.

          International students are asked to please follow the instructions as for Student attending placement in South Australia (Below).

      • Students attending a placement in South Australia

        • Students undertaking UniSA programs with a professional experience placement in South Australia which involves working with minors must apply directly to the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion for their criminal history screening.

          The Screening & Licensing Branch, Department of Communities and Social Inclusion conducts a confidential and comprehensive screening service for people working with children and vulnerable adults. This includes screening of all applicants against National Criminal History Information, sourced via CrimTrac, Child Protection Information available in South Australia and other relevant information publicly available within Australia.

          The branch conducts an assessment of this information in line with national and state guidelines and standards relating to the protection of children and vulnerable adults. As such the branch will clear applicants or, if necessary, make recommendations to engaging organisations as to the suitability of the applicant to work with children or vulnerable adults as is the case. Clearances may take up to 12 weeks to process during peak times.

          Where necessary applicants will be contacted direct to verify and obtain further information about convictions and other matters which raise concern during the assessment process. The branch may also obtain information from other sources such as police and courts when necessary. All assessments are conducted in accordance with procedural fairness and natural justice principles with applicants continually engaged in the process.

          All cleared applicants will be provided with a clearance letter which is accepted by a number of Government Agencies and Non Government Organisations providing services to children and vulnerable adults.

        • To apply for a DCSI clearance

          • DCSI ONLINE SCREENING APPLICATION SYSTEM

            The DCSI Screening Unit has an online process for screening in South Australia.

            The first step of this process is all screening applications in South Australia must be initiated by a registered organisation which in this case, UniSA is a Requesting Organisation who will initiate an application on our students’ behalf.

            Once UniSA has initiated an application for you, you will receive an email from the DCSI online system providing you with a secure login, user name and password for your own account.

            As soon as you login into the system using these details, you will be asked to create your own unique password. You can then proceed to complete the application form online.
            Easy online help tools are provided throughout the application process to assist you.

            Other things you will need to finalise your application:

          • Information on your residential history for at least 10 years
          • A Credit (Visa or Master Card only) or Debit card if you are paying for your own screening
          • Identity documents such as Birth Certificate, Australian Citizen certificate, Passport and Driver’s Licence to enable you to undertake a 100-Point Identification Check
          • You will not be required to sign your application form as you will be providing your information in a secure user-identified environment and also because the process has been initiated by UniSA.

            You will, however, be required to accept a Declaration Statement before submitting your application form to secure the approval of submission of the application.

            Please send an email to CHS@unisa.edu.au requesting us to initiate your access to the DCSI New Online Screening Application System

            Department for Communities and Social Inclusion will:

          • notify the School of Education when you have a current Criminal History Screening Clearance
          • Send you a letter when you have a current Criminal History Screening clearance
          • The Department for Communities and Social Inclusion will not accept any applications and payments sent directly to their organisation. All applications must be completed online.

            The strictest confidentiality will be maintained by DCSI with information provided during their screening and clearance process.

      • Students attending a placement Interstate

        • This includes students living in SA who will be undertaking a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity interstate and students living outside of South Australia undertaking a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity that is also outside of South Australia.

        • Step 1

          In the first instance, students undertaking a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity in an interstate educational site need to adhere to the clearance requirements of the organisation where they will be undertaking their placement. If the placement provider does not require you to have clearance and you will be working with minors, please follow the clearance process for Students attending a placement in South Australia (Above).

        • Step 2

          UniSA recommends that students approach the organisation in which they have been given a placement at least 6 weeks prior to their first visit date as to the appropriate documentation they require. Please advise the Criminal History Screening Officer (+618 8302 6543) at the School of Education of the process you must undertake from your placement organisation giving you clearance.

        • Step 3

          Please forward the following documentation to support your clearance:

        • Certified copies of any documentation you obtain (including certified copies of any correspondence giving you clearance) to the School of Education UniSA. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS
        • A completed University Consent Form.
        • Download the consent form, fill in the details and sign it in front of an appropriate witness.
        • Step 4

          All documents must be sent to the following address:

          CONFIDENTIAL Criminal History Screening Officer School of Education University of South Australia Mawson Lakes Boulevard MAWSON LAKES 5095

      • Students attending a placement overseas

        • If you are an Australian Resident who is attending an overseas placement, you will be required to undertake the same criminal history clearance process as education students attending a placement in South Australia (Above).

          If you are a non-Australian resident, please contact the Criminal History Screening Officer at the School of Education for further instructions.

          University of South Australia
          GPO Box 2471
          Adelaide, South Australia 5001
          Australia
          Ph: +61 8 8302 6543
          Fax: +61 8 8302 26239
          Email: CHS@unisa.edu.au

      • Holders of a current Teachers Registration Board Certificate

        • Students with a current Teachers Registration Board Certificate will have already undertaken a criminal history screening and will not need to do so again. Instead, you must forward an original certified copy of your TRB Certificate to the School of Education Office at Mawson Lakes along with a signed University consent form.

          If you are a non-Australian resident, please contact the Criminal History Screening Officer at the School of Education for further instructions.

          CONFIDENTIAL
          Criminal History Screening Officer
          School of Education
          University of South Australia
          Mawson Lakes Boulevard
          MAWSON LAKES 5095

          DO NOT FORWARD THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS

  • Responding to Abuse and Neglect

    • In South Australia child protection legislation and policy require all organisations to establish and promote child safe environments. Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect training is required of all individuals working with children and young people.

      All education Preservice Teachers enrolled in programs in the School of Education and who are completing any in-school or site (i.e. preschools and childcare settings) observations, activities or professional experience placements, MUST undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect (RAN) prior to the commencement of the activities or placements.

      See below for the details that relate to your degree and level of study as there are differences for undergraduate and post graduate students. It is your responsibility to read and comply with these requirements - failure to do will mean that you cannot undertake a placement or other course activities in education settings.

    • Requirements for 1st year undergraduate students Introduction to RAN: Promoting Safety and Wellbeing Induction for Tertiary Students

      • • All undergraduate Preservice Teachers undertaking professional experience placements in South Australian government and non-government schools and preschools MUST provide documented evidence (i.e. a certificate) that shows they have completed all of the following training:

        • Complete the online training called Introduction to MC RAN: Promoting Safety and Well-being: Induction for Tertiary Students

        • Attend a follow-up workshop to discuss and debrief the online training: (Please note: the follow-up discussion will be included in the course content in EDUC 1081. It is your responsibility to participate, attend and complete the quiz to get the certificate).

        • Successfully completed the Promoting safety and wellbeing induction for tertiary students working with children and young people in education and care sites quiz gaining 100% accuracy.

        • Download a copy of the RAN Safety and Wellbeing Induction handout

        • Download and familiarise yourself with a copy of Protective practices for staff in their interactions with children and young people: Guidelines for staff working or volunteering in education and care settings 2017

        • The certificate MUST be taken with you on all placements as evidence of completing these requirements. Failure to do so will mean that you will be asked to leave the school or site and will be unable to do the placement. PLEASE NOTE that the certificate is current for a three year period.

    • Requirements for full day RAN training: undergraduate students

      • • Once your 3 year Introduction to RAN certificate has expired and prior to the commencement of the final professional experience placement, all undergraduate students must complete a full day (7 hour) course called Responding to Abuse and Neglect from one of these providers only.

        • Please note: there is a cost for undertaking this course. You are required to pay this cost to the training service provider.

        • It is the student's responsibility to contact one of these providers and complete the training prior to the commencement of your final professional experience placement. Please arrange this early to ensure you complete the course prior to placement as courses fill quickly. Training undertaken by an alternative provider is not acceptable.

        • You MUST take the certificate with you on placement as evidence of completing this course. Failure to do so will mean that you cannot undertake your professional experience placement.

        Organisation Telephone Address Website Training dates
        CEASA: Council of Education Association of SA
        FULL DAY & UPDATE
        Online registration
        8463 5875 Level 1,
        Education Development Centre
        Milner Street
        HINDMARSH
        http://www.ceasa.asn.au/ All training dates are listed on the CEASA Website
        Access Programs
        FULL DAY & UPDATE
        Phone to book into courses Calendar for training on website
        8210 8200 45 Wakefield Street
        ADELAIDE
        http://www.accesssa.com.au/ Contact ACCESS for Training Dates in 2018
        Phone: (08) 8210 8102
        Free Call: 1300 66 77 00
        Email: enquiries@accesssa.com.au
        AEU: Australian Education Union
        FULL DAY ONLY
        AEU MEMBERS ONLY - free course Online registration
        8272 1399 163 Greenhill Road
        PARKSIDE
        http://www.aeusa.asn.au/events.html  
        Gowrie Training Centre
        FULL DAY & UPDATE
        Online Registration
        1800 129 606 43 Dew Street
        THEBARTON
        www.gowrie-adelaide.com.au/cms/?q=node/30 All training dates are listed on the Gowrie SA RAN Training page
    • Requirements for postgraduate students and any other program that requires a student to attend a school or site for a formal or informal placement of any type).

      • • Prior to the commencement of the first professional experience placement, all postgraduate and international students must complete a full day course called Responding to Abuse and Neglect from one of these providers only:

        • This full day course Responding to Abuse and Neglect satisfies the South Australian teacher registration requirements for provisional registration. Requirements for post graduate students, i.e. students studying a Master of Teaching, a Graduate Certificate (TESOL), Graduate Diploma and any other program that requires a student to attend a school or site for a formal or informal placement of any type

        • It is the student's responsibility to contact one of these providers and complete the training prior to the commencement of the professional experience placement. Please arrange this early to ensure you complete the course prior to placement as courses fill quickly. Training undertaken by an alternative provider is not acceptable. You MUST take the certificate with you on placement as evidence of completing this course. Failure to do so will mean that you cannot undertake your professional experience placement.

        • This full day course Responding to Abuse and Neglect satisfies the South Australian teacher registration requirements for provisional registration.

        • For more information go to: http://www.decd.sa.gov.au/docs/documents/1/CSEReptAbuseNegCse.pdf

        Organisation Telephone Address Website Training dates
        CEASA: Council of Education Association of SA
        FULL DAY & UPDATE
        Online registration
        8463 5875 Level 1,
        Education Development Centre
        Milner Street
        HINDMARSH
        http://www.ceasa.asn.au/ All training dates are listed on the CEASA Website
        Access Programs
        FULL DAY & UPDATE
        Phone to book into courses Calendar for training on website
        8210 8200 45 Wakefield Street
        ADELAIDE
        http://www.accesssa.com.au/ Contact ACCESS for Training Dates in 2015
        Phone: (08) 8210 8102
        Free Call: 1300 66 77 00
        Email: enquiries@accesssa.com.au
        AEU: Australian Education Union
        FULL DAY ONLY
        AEU MEMBERS ONLY - free course Online registration
        8272 1399 163 Greenhill Road
        PARKSIDE
        http://www.aeusa.asn.au/events.html  
        Gowrie Training Centre
        FULL DAY & UPDATE
        Online Registration
        1800 129 606 43 Dew Street
        THEBARTON
        www.gowrie-adelaide.com.au/cms/?q=node/30 All training dates are listed on the Gowrie SA RAN Training page
    • What happens if I have completed the 7 hour Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care (RAN-EC) training but it expires before I finish my degree?

      • All pre-service teachers must have completed a full day’s face-to-face RAN-Education and Care Training through one of the provides listed below before entering professional experience placements. This is the only training course accepted by DECD and schools and must include a Valid Expiry date for the duration of the placement.

        If you have completed the full day training course Responding to Abuse and Neglect –Education and Care Course between 2012-14,but it expires before the end of your studies then you are eligible to complete an online refresher course.

        To access the online refresher course go to https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/working-decd/ran-ec-training/ran-ec-2015-2017-online-update-training

        1. 1. Click on Register
        2. 2. Enter your registration details
        3. 3. Unless you have an Employee or Teacher Registration ID, leave it blank
        4. 4. Under the Groups drop-down, click Other
        5. 5. Under the Status drop-down, click Not currently employed at a site
        6. 6. Once you have successful completed the online training, ensure you Save and Print your certificate
        7. 7. Scan and email a copy of your certificate to EDS-PracticumOffice@unisa.edu.au

        You will need to present both your original 7 hour RAN certificate and any online refresher certificates that are valid to your allocated site prior to (or on) your first visit day. You will be refused entry into the classroom if you are not able to present the required documentation and this may result in your placement being cancelled.

        Please note: Completion of a full day face-to-face RAN-Education and Care Training is a requirement of your registration as a teacher with the Teachers' Registration Board.

  • Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANtite)

    • The Federal Government has implemented Literacy and Numeracy Testing for all Preservice Teachers in Initial Teacher Education programs and all students will be required to meet the required standard in the National Literacy and Numeracy Test for Initial Teacher Education (LANTITE) prior to graduation. All students who complete their program as of the 1 January 2019 and beyond will be required to meet these standards.

      Further information can be found here: unisa.edu.au/eds-requirements.

      As part of the University's duty of care, we wish to see you all succeed in these tests, and offer support (if required) to do so.

      FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS:

      As a First year student you will be required to undertake both a Literacy and Numeracy Self evaluations quiz. These are separate to the LANTITE testing.

      Links to the quizzes will be available on your program pages and on your professional experience course pages. You must complete and submit both quizzes before you can undertake your first placement.

      Following completion of your self-evaluations, an email will be sent to offer you literacy and/or numeracy support (where relevant and applicable). Support will consist of online resources and, in some cases, face-to-face workshops. It is strongly recommended that you take up this support to help you improve your literacy and numeracy skills.

  • First aid training (for Early Childhood Education Preservice Teachers only)

    • Preservice Teachers enrolled in the Early Childhood strand must complete and provide evidence of completion of Basic Emergency Life Support (DECD) or Applied First Aid before commencing the course EDUC 1044 Professional Experience 1 Birth - Three Years if they are an Undergraduate student or EDUC 5186 Professional Experience and Reflection 1: Introduction to Early Childhood Educators' Practices if they are a Masters student.

      It is your responsibility to register for training at any Registered Training Organisation that facilitates First Aid Training.

      First Aid Training Adelaide CBD also offer ECD Basic Emergency Life Support (BELS) First Aid training every day of the week. Register online at their website.

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