Any student who undertakes work experience or community placement as a requirement of their course is covered by the University's insurance policy whilst involved in such activities. Approval forms can be obtained from Student Administration. However, the student requires approval from their Program Director prior to undertaking work experience.
Work experience and community placement is an activity where the student will learn from the provider specific methods of work and/or culture of an organisation relevant to the field of study in which the student is enrolled. (For example: an accounting student working with an accounting firm). It does not extend to students collecting data or research information for study or research that is not within the Work Experience or Community Placement Program.
Due to Health Insurance Act restrictions, however, it is limited to "non - Medicare" expenses in areas where no Medicare benefit is payable (eg. physiotherapy). No cover is provided for the "Medicare Gap" (ie. the difference between the medical fee and the amount recoverable from Medicare) as NO insurer is permitted by government legislation to cover this aspect.
Australian students are covered under Medicare and students from overseas must have health insurance as a condition of their entry to Australia.
Please note that these covers do not extend to the use of and/or incidents involving motor vehicles.
If a student receives any form of gratuity or reward for the work experience or community placement undertaken, then the University insurance program will not extend to that student.
Students undertaking unpaid work experience or community placement as a course/subject requirement and/or to gain experience in their field of study are covered by the University Public Liability and Personal Accident Insurance. This cover does not extend to incidents involving motor vehicles. In order for you to confirm that you are covered the following process should be followed:
- Obtain form from Student Administration.
- Complete the first part of the form in full.
- Apply to one of your Program Directors for authorisation to undertake work experience. (Please select a Program Director to which the work experience is relevant).
- Lodge the completed form with the Student Administration Centre.
- Staff at the Student Administration Centre will hand you a letter advising you of your responsibility while undertaking the work experience or community placement.
- Student Administration Staff will (within 48 hours) confirm your student status and send a letter to the provider of the work experience/community placement advising the insurance cover that applies to you.
Study and research work (including postgraduate students)
Students undertaking research or study connected with the University are covered by the University Public Liability Policy for any legal actions which may be brought against the University or the student, where the action results from an activity that was directly associated with the research or study. This cover does not extend to incidents involving motor vehicles.
The University holds a Personal Accident insurance cover that extends to students undertaking research or study.
To the Program Director
By signing this form you are confirming that the student will benefit academically from this work experience/community placement. As long as the 'Program Director section of this form is signed by a Program Director then the University Insurance Program will extend to protect the student and the University whilst undertaking the work experience/community placement.
Please note that the above information relates to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.