Pre-requisites and Requirements

In the lead-up to each professional experience placement you need to ensure that a number of important pre-requisites and requirements are completed or satisfied. It is your important professional responsibility to ensure that you undertake to do this. Your professional experience placement site will not be released to you, through MyPlacment, until each of these has been undertaken. Failure to satisfy any of these pre-requisites or requirements before the due date will result in your placement being terminated, resulting in fail grade for the placement. The ‘due date’ for completing these requirements for each placement will be clearly indicated on the learnonline site for the course within which the placement is located.

There are FOUR pre-requisites and requirements:

  • Completing the Placement Agreement Form
  • Receiving the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) criminal history screening check
  • Undertaking the appropriate Responding to Abuse and neglect (RAN) training
  • Completing First aid training (for Early Childhood Education pre-service teachers only)
  • Criminal History Screening

    • As a student undertaking a professional education placement, you will be working in the community as a person of trust. Because of this you will be required to undertake a criminal history screening through the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). Your clearance will be valid for three years.

      Your criminal history screening must be completed prior to being accepted for a placement and can take up to six weeks. Strict confidentiality is maintained during the DCSI clearance process.

      The University has no power over the decision and if you fail to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity 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.

    • 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

    • All education students enrolled in programs in the School of Education and who are completing any in-school or site (ie preschools and childcare settings) observations, activities or professional experience placements, MUST undertake mandatory training in Responding to Abuse and Neglect 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.

      The University has no power over the decision and if you fail to obtain clearance for any reason, the University cannot accept responsibility for obtaining a professional experience placement or any other professional experience activity 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.

    • Why do I have to undertake Responding to Abuse and Neglect - Education and Care training?

      • 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.

    • Requirements for undergraduate student (MBET & LBSY students)

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

      • The online training called Promoting safety and wellbeing induction for tertiary students working with children and young people in education and care sites, and
      • Attended a follow-up workshop to discuss and debrief the online training, and
      • 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.
      • PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL OF THESE REQUIREMENTS WILL BE INCLUDED AS COURSE CONTENT IN EDUC 1081. It is your responsibility to participate, attend and complete the quiz to get the certificate. 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. You must complete these requirements prior to the beginning of the placement.

        PLEASE NOTE that the certificate is current for a three year period.

        Once this time has expired and prior to the commencement of the final professional experience placement, all undergraduate students must complete a full day course called Responding to Abuse and Neglect from one of these providers only:

        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

        Places available on 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th February

        1st 2 days of each school holiday break

        1st day of December school holidays

        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

        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.

        This full day course Responding to Abuse and Neglect satisfies the South Australian teacher registration requirements for provisional registration.
        Requirements for post graduate students, ie 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

    • Requirements for postgraduate students (MMET, LGED, LCAV (TESOL) 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:

        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

        Places available on 17th, 18th, 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th February

        1st 2 days of each school holiday break

        1st day of December school holidays

        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

        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

    • What happens if I have completed the 7 hour Responding to Abuse and Neglect – Education and Care training between 2012-2014 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.

        More information regarding Responding to Abuse and Neglect can be found here.

  • First Aid Training

    • All students must check employer websites and information for requirements regarding First Aid training upon completion of the degree. For example, the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) recommends the approved ECD Basic Emergency Life Support (BELS) First Aid training through Red Cross. DECD also accepts Apply First Aid certificates as a recognised first aid qualification for employment obtained through a nationally recognised registered training organisation. Please check employer websites for updated information.

      If you would like information on the above Australian Red Cross course at UniSA, please email bruno.timpani@unisa.edu.au
      Courses will be run on February 16 and 18 2016.

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

      EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDENTS ONLY:
      Pre-service 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.

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