HITsa Training and Employment – Policy and Procedure

Access and Equity

No:                  HITP0029/7

Issued:             09.01.2006

Reviewed:       26.03.2018

Purpose:

HITsa Training and Employment is committed to achieving best practice in the provision of vocational education and training. We acknowledge that this is dependent on non-discriminatory access to services and comparable educational outcomes by all groups in society.  By providing accessible and equitable vocational education and training all clients will be able to develop knowledge and skills to enhance life and work opportunities.

Areas affected:

HITsa Training and Employment

General:

HITsa recognises that groups of society experience unequal educational opportunities and outcomes. These groups can include women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people of non-English speaking backgrounds, people with physical or intellectual disabilities, the long term unemployed, mature aged job seekers and the rurally isolated.

This policy and procedure aims to assist HITsa to achieve equal educational and vocational opportunities and outcomes for all clients.  HITsa will strive to ensure that programs and services are relevant, accessible, fair and inclusive by

  • promoting programs and services to the community in a manner that includes and reflects the diverse client population, to ensure that all prospective students are well informed on the options available to meet individual training needs
  • ensuring that groups traditionally under-represented in vocational education and training can participate and achieve the outcomes as any other member of the community
  • undertaking to eliminate policies, practices, structures, assumptions and behaviours which may contribute to the disadvantages suffered by under represented groups in education and training
HITsa will strive to ensure that
  • key staff has identified responsibility and expertise in equal opportunity matters
  • students will be recruited in an ethical and responsible manner
  • student selection decisions comply with equal opportunity legislation
  • appropriately qualified staff will assess the extent to which the applicant is likely to achieve the stated competency standards and outcomes of the course, based on their qualifications and experience
  • staff and students are provided with information about access and equity issues and customer complaint, grievances and appeals process
  • staff understand and adheres to all access and equity policies and procedures and behave in a courteous, sensitive and non-discriminatory manner when dealing with other staff, students and clients
  • students are aware of their responsibilities for behaving in a courteous manner when dealing with other students and staff.

HITsa has legal obligations to ensure that our working and teaching practices are fair and equitable, and our working and learning environment are non-discriminatory.  Please refer to our Equal Opportunity, Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying policy and procedure for further information (HITP0015) and our Work Health and Safety policy and procedure (HITP0016).

Procedure end