General Information

Student selection
IAD is an independent Aboriginal controlled organisation whose primary aim is to provide education and training for Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal means a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent:
a)who identifies as an Aboriginal person or as a Torres Strait Islander: and
b)is recognised as such by the community in which the person currently lives or by the community outside of Central Australia in which the person presently or formally lived.

At IAD we believe that every student has the right to expect to succeed. When students apply to undertake a program of study at IAD they will be given a pre-enrolment assessment to ensure that they’re not entered into a program that is beyond their current capacity. students are then placed in their elected course at the most appropriate level.

The provision for language literacy and numeracy assistance
If, during the pre-enrolment assessment, a need for additional assistance with language, literacy and/or numeracy has been identified, IAD has the capacity to provide this assistance through its Courses in Foundation Skills. IAD is also able to arrange external support if required.

Students with physical disabilities who need additional support to attend classes should discuss their needs at enrolment and, where possible, the support of an external support person will be arranged.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)
This form of education is aimed at providing students with the skills and knowledge required in the workplace. Many of our courses are selected with students’ vocational futures in mind. VET training can be delivered in a class room or on the job.

Flexible Learning
Learning is adjusted to meet the needs of the student and will be delivered in a number of different contexts and conditions. It is our aim to ensure that learning is flexible enough to meet the needs of a diverse group of students. Flexible learning is a special feature of VET and helps meet the needs of employers and employees.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
An apprenticeship or traineeship is an excellent way to start a career and get paid while still learning. These programs give people employment, supervision and training for a set amount of time and pay them more than work for the dole programs. IAD does not provide apprenticeships or traineeships but we know places which do. Ask us if you would like more information about doing an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Privacy and Confidentiality
As a Registered Training Organisation we are required to collect certain personal information about our students. Under the Australian Privacy Act (1988) and IAD’s Policies in relation to Privacy and Confidentiality, you can be assured that all personal information concerning student is treated with the greatest confidentiality.

All information of a personal nature is maintained in separate confidential files. Students are entitled to view their own personal files. Only the student and appropriately appointed IAD personnel have access to these files.

Our Privacy policy states that we will:

  • Only collect information that is necessary for the delivery of our services and programs;
  • Be neither intrusive nor unfair in our collection of information;
  • Protect personal information from misuse, loss and unauthorized access;
  • Make personal information available on request of the owner (conditions apply);
  • Refrain from collecting sensitive information unless special circumstances apply.

Staff responsibilities for ensuring student access and equity
IAD has implemented the following principles and strategies to ensure that students are treated fairly, have equal opportunity to access our courses and can expect to be treated with respect at all times. To support the inclusion of disadvantaged people into our courses we are committed to ensuring that:

  • Training will be made available to all Aboriginal people equally;
  • Training will be designed to provide positive outcomes for all students;
  • The training staff will work towards fulfilling the individual training needs of each student;
  • Our training will offer support to assist the needs of the individual;
  • Information about the amount of assistance available in the areas of language, literacy and/or numeracy through the organisation will be clearly outlined at the time of enrolment;
  • We will celebrate the different languages spoken by our students;
  • Staff will be made aware of their responsibilities for access and equity within by IAD policies.

Discrimination
IAD is committed to having a harmonious and just working environment for all students and staff. To support this, discrimination, harassment or prejudicial treatment on the basis of race, religion, sexuality or disability will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behaviour includes:

  • Failure to provide equality of opportunity in such things as employment and acceptance of the application of rules and policies;
  • Racial vilification (including teasing or making other unwelcome comments);
  • Sexual harassment (including teasing or making other unwelcome comments, jokes, displays of sexually explicit material, or unwelcome physical contact);
  • Initiating violence (including any form of physical contact, aggression, threats of violence).

Should any employee or student of IAD feel that they have in any way been discriminated against, a grievance procedure is available.

Complaints
We will do our best to make your time with us at the IAD as incident free as possible. A complaint is any type of problem, concern or grievance about your studies, your treatment and safety whilst at IAD, or about IAD in general (including staff). At the Institute, we believe that everyone has the right to be heard, and to this end we have in place policies and processes to deal with Complaints, Disputes and Grievances. Any IAD staff member can assist you to record and lodge a complaint.

All complaints will be dealt with in a sensitive, fair, timely and confidential manner.

Assessment Appeals
Students have the right to appeal any assessment decisions if they believe it is unfair or incorrect. students need to lodge your appeal within seven (7) days of each assessment decision.

If students appeal an assessment decision they will be given the opportunity to be reassessed.

Code of Conduct
Aboriginal cultural issues and sensitivities are recognised, accepted and practised by the IAD Board of Directors, employees and students. Included in those practices is the principle that everyone behaves with courtesy and respect.

In order to uphold our obligations to each other we must:

  • Maintain and respect confidentiality both personal and professional and focus on professional issues rather than personal factors;
  • Co-operate with each other and respect all colleagues in their positions of employ or study;
  • Remember that we are here for the sole purpose of the maximum operational functions of IAD and educational advancement of all students;
  • Maintain a commitment to the vision and educational philosophy of IAD;
  • Deliver the best service that we can offer with all due care and treat clients in a fair and equitable manner;
  • Not interfere with or hinder the production and performance of the organisation in general;
  • Not use, damage, remove, or destroy anything belonging to the organisation or another person;
  • Not make improper use of inside information in order to gain, or seek to benefit for advantage of oneself or another person .
  • Disclose and take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest;
  • At all times behave and present an appropriate appearance, which upholds Aboriginal cultural values.

 Disciplinary action
 IAD views the following forms of behaviour as unacceptable.

  • Harassment or discrimination;
  • Aggressive and/or violent behaviour; and
  • Criminal or illegal behaviour.

Should any of the above occur, IAD management will deal with the situation in a way which takes into account the rights and safety of all IAD staff and students.

In the event of serious misconduct as outlined above, IAD may take disciplinary action against any student who has broken the guidelines and/or poses a serious risk to others. Action for serious offences could mean you are no longer able to continue to study with IAD and will be removed from the campus.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process in which the competencies, or skills and knowledge students have already have are recognised, no matter how they got them. Skills are things people can do. Knowledge is information people know about. RPL can include skills or knowledge people picked up at work and through life experience. It can include paid and unpaid (or voluntary) work and other courses they might have done.

RPL could provide students with a full or part qualification and it will avoid them repeating training they have already done. It can also be used to identify what training they may need to complete a qualification.  RPL needs to be sorted before students enrol in a course.

Credit Transfer (CT)
Credit transfer is recognition for study already completed, which counts towards further study. IAD recognises qualifications or statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations.

To receive credit for previous study, students need to be enrolled in the program and provide certified copies of their qualifications, statement of attainment or statement of results to the Institute. Students must complete and submit their application on a credit transfer form by end of their first week of study.

Students cannot receive credit for their whole program of study. At least one competency must be achieved through normal enrolment or recognition of prior learning.

Fees and charges
IAD is required to inform students in advance of any fee they have to pay.

Refunds and course cancellations
Enrolment fees are not refundable.

The IAD has the right to cancel courses which don’t have enough students within five (5) working days before the due start date.

IAD has in place a refund policy to ensure that any fees paid in advance are secure and readily available should a refund be approved.

Attendance
It is expected that students will attend all lessons and stay for the whole class.

Regular attendance and completing all required learning and assessment activities is the best way to succeed at IAD. If this is not possible, students may risk being unable to complete their course.

Library
The Yami Lester Library at IAD Library has an extensive range of resources such as books, novels, journals, video cassettes, audio cassettes, and newspaper clippings.

Library services are available only to students and staff.

The library is open from Monday to Thursday between 9:00am to 12:00pm and from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

General Enquiries
Phone: 08 89511311 Fax: 08 89531884

Toll-free
Phone: 1800065131

Semester Dates for 2017
1st Term -Monday 6 February to Friday 7 April

2nd Term – Tuesday 18 April to Friday 23 June

3rd Term – Monday 24 July to Friday 29 September

4th Term – Monday 9 October to Friday 15 December

NB: These dates are subject to confirmation and may change

Timetables for each course are specific to that needs of the training program. Student will be informed about their course timetable as part of their enrolment and orientation to IAD.