Practical placement is an important part of your course and allows you to prepare for the workplace by applying what you’ve learned in your course to a real life, industry-relevant work environment. It involves more than just observing what’s happening in your host workplace. You’ll have specific activities to undertake and your trainer will tell you what you’ll need to complete while you’re undertaking your placement hours.
Practical placement is part of each of the qualifications listed below, where you are required to do at least 120 hours during your studies.
You’ll have the opportunity to:
Your practical placement could take place at an Aged Care Facility, Residential Accommodation, In-home Service or day program. Our Practical Placement Coordinator will help you secure a host placement provider. Our goal is to help place you with a host placement provider relevant to your qualification within 30 minutes’ drive of where you live to minimise your travel time.
Probably not. By Order of the Secretary of the Department (practical placement payment order), post-secondary students undertaking practical placement are not required to be paid for the work on that placement. This practical placement payment order came into effect on 1 January 2011.
Yes. There’s no difference in relation to assessment evidence, between volunteer work, paid work, work experience, clinical placements, or practical placement. It more comes down to whether the activities you did at practical placement (or paid work) line up with the performance criteria for your course.
Employers expect you to be punctual. You’ll be required to:
If you can’t make it to your placement, you’ll need to contact the following people as soon as possible:
You’ll need to make up any lost time caused by absences and provide a medical certificate to your trainer.
Your personal safety in the workplace is of utmost importance. You must comply with any occupational health and safety requirements of the host employer, including:
You should feel safe and well supported during your placement, and you should be provided with opportunities to undertake the required tasks. If you feel unsafe, unsupported, harassed, or that you’re not getting opportunities to learn, contact your trainer immediately. Any problems with your placement should be resolved as early as possible. If the problem isn’t sorted out, please contact Field’s Placement Coordinator.
If you can’t finish your placement in the required time or need to stop your placement, contact your trainer immediately. Your trainer will need you to submit your Practical Placement Logbook. They’ll issue you a new one for your new practical placement host employer. Please note, you won’t need to complete workplace records for units completed in your first placement.
Your roles and responsibilities include the following:
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