Structured workplace learning is on-the-job training during which a student is expected to master a set of skills or competencies, related to a course accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) or the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and undertaken as part of either the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
Amended Ministerial Order 55 and Arrangement Forms
As a result of amendments to the Education and Training Reform Act 2006, Ministerial Order 55 - Structured Workplace Learning Arrangements, has been amended. Amended Ministerial Order 55 commenced on 1 January 2014.
Arrangements made* on or before 31 December 2013 for placements occurring during the period 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2014 must comply with the original Ministerial Order 55 (i.e. the Ministerial Order before it was amended).
Arrangements made* from 1 January 2014 (and any made before this date for placements occurring after 30 June 2014) must comply with Amended Ministerial Order 55 and be made using new arrangement forms as follows:
*made means that all parties have signed the relevant arrangement form.
New Process for Arranging Structured Workplace Learning in New South Wales and South Australia from 1 January 2014
As a result of amendments to the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and the amendment of Ministerial Order 55, the process for arranging Structured Workplace Learning for Victorian school students in New South Wales and South Australia has changed from 1 January 2014.
A Victorian school’s responsibility for its students undertaking Structured Workplace Learning in New South Wales and South Australia is the same as if the student were undertaking a placement in Victoria.
Students should be strongly encouraged to find work placements in their home state in preference to interstate placements. Reciprocal arrangements are primarily in place for students in those schools situated in regions adjoining the borders.
For arrangements made from 1 January 2014, permission will no longer need to be sought from the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities or the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development and these placements must be made using the new arrangement forms attached to Amended Ministerial Order 55.
All Victorian students undertaking Structured Workplace Learning in New South Wales or South Australia will also be covered under the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s WorkSafe Insurance and Public Liability Insurance policies.
For more information, please refer to the Amended Ministerial Order 55.
Structured Workplace Learning Resources
Occupational Health and Safety
Principals must be satisfied that a student is either undertaking or has completed occupational health and safety (OHS) training prior to commencing Structured Workplace Learning as follows:
- Where a student is undertaking Structured Workplace Learning as part of a VET program within an Accredited Course of Study, the principal must be satisfied that the student is undertaking OHS Training relevant to the workplace where the student will be engaged
- Where a student is undertaking Structured Workplace Learning as part of a non-VET program within an Accredited Course of Study, the principal must be satisfied that the student has completed an OHS program required by the Department (safe@work, or A Job Well Done, or Work Related Skills Unit 1).
Further clarification about these OHS requirements will be provided in the updated Structured Workplace Learning Manual, which will be made available in February, 2014.
To access OHS resources, see Occupational Health and Safety
For assistance with queries relating to Structured Workplace Learning arrangements, please contact the relevant organisation as outlined below.