Rules and Study Requirements

NB: - Students enrolling in a VET program through the Mullum VET Cluster will be required to complete a commitment form covering their code of conduct. Further to this, additional course requirements set out by the Mullum VET Cluster must also be adhered to. It is important that parents and students take time to read the following course requirements before submitting an application form. 

  1. Absences - Students are permitted two absences a Semester or four for the year. An additional two approved absences will be allowed for school camps, excursions etc. Where possible, students need to notify their VET coordinators, trainers and work/or workplace in advance. 
  2. Punctuality - All students are expected to arrive on time to class. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes after the class has started, and without an adequate reason will not be allowed entry and will be marked absent. 
  3. Work requirements - All tasks as assigned by the trainer/employer are to be completed by the due date. Students who fail to meet deadlines will be given a warning and a second submission date will be negotiated. Students who fail to complete all set tasks will not be able to successfully complete the Certificate. 
  4. Medical information - Before an application can be confirmed, students must return a medical form to their home school VET coordinator. This will enable the Host School/Venue to comply with their duty of care requirements. NB: the medical form will be distributed to students by their home school on Application. All details shared between Home School and VET provider will be treated as confidential. 
  5. Student commitment forms - This form is part of the Application process and outlines all student responsibilities in regards to work requirements, student behaviour and course expectations. Failure to complete and submit this form will jeopardise a student's application for a program. 
  6. Program costs - All VET programs offered through the Mullum VET Cluster attract costs. Through the clustering arrangement these costs are kept to a minimum where possible. Program costs will vary according to the purchase of training hours, the materials required by students to complete the program, uniforms, trade materials, transport, books and equipment required. It should be noted that a student's home school determines costs and payment of costs. NB: students who withdraw two weeks after the course has commenced will be ineligible for costs to be refunded. 
  7. Unique Student Identifier Number (USI number) - Since 2015, school students participating in nationally recognised accredited training will require a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI will provide students with the ability to obtain a complete record of their Vocational Education and Training (VET) enrolments and achievements from a single online source. Students often need to provide evidence of their academic achievements, for example when applying for a job or to undertake further study. The USI enables students to obtain a full transcript of all of the accredited VET training they have undertaken from the time the USI comes into effect, or an extract of it that shows the particular achievements they want it to. A student must provide their USI number to their Home School on application The VET training provider must also be presented with the USI number if the student is to receive a statement of attainment or qualification. While students can apply for their own USI,schools can also apply on behalf of students with the student's permission. Suggested forms of ID for young students would be a Medicare number, Australian Birth Certificate or Citizenship Certificate.  Further information about the USI will be provided by your school’s VET Coordinator and is also available at: https://www.usi.gov.au/ - see Application form. 
  8. Structured Workplace Learning - Structured Workplace Learning is a key feature of VET programs. All students are encouraged to complete a minimum of one week's work placement in a related industry. Some students with a compulsory structured work placement, for example, Hospitality and Engineering, will be offered assistance through the Cluster to source a suitable placement. It is the responsibility of the student; however, to ensure that all paperwork associated with this structured workplace learning is completed and returned in a timely fashion. Students will need to meet the work placement requirements of the course to the best of their abilities. NB: all required documentation can be sourced from the Home School. 
  9. Reports - All students undertaking a Mullum VET Cluster program will receive an official written report indicating their progress in the program. These reports are issued by the training providers to the student's Home School and will include information on completed competencies, student learning, attendance and behaviour. Parents will receive a copy of these reports in Term 2 and 4. Completed Certificates will be sent directly to the Student at the completion of the course. Schools will forward reports and certificates to students. It should be noted that completed certificates might not be sent until the following year in accordance with graduation processes from the various TAFE and Registered Training Institutions. Students completing a VET program will receive notification of their final results through the Victorian Registration & Qualifications Authority – VRQA. A copy of their results will also be available via the student’s USI Account (see point 7 above). VET programs with a Study Score or increment at Year 12 will have their results appear as part of their VCAA Study Scores. ATAR contributions are calculated at the Year 12 level only by VTAC and are made available to students by VTAC through the normal channels. 
  10. Student behaviour - Currently, there are over 1000 students undertaking VET programs through the Mullum VET Cluster. If these programs are to remain available to all Cluster students it is imperative that students abide by the RTO and Host School’s policies and procedures whenever they are on site. This includes meeting Occupational Health and Safety requirements in and out of the classroom. Attitude and behaviour are to be of the expected standard. 
  11. Catch up classes - Where necessary, students may be required to attend catch up classes after school, during the school holidays or on the weekend. The student and/or parent will be required to cover any additional costs related to these classes should they be applied. 
  12. Absence from a Scored Assessed Task – Year 2 units only - Students who are absent from class on a day when a Scored Assessed Task is held should:
  • Phone their VET Coordinator at school and their VET Trainer by 9:00am.
  • Provide a medical certificate immediately on return to school. A copy should be given to the VET Coordinator by 9:00am and a copy should be faxed to the VET Trainer.
  • The VET Trainer in conjunction with the student's VET Coordinator will determine whether the absence is excused and whether rescheduling the missed task will be granted. Students who fail to report to their VET Coordinators on their first day back at school by 9:00am will not have their Scored Assessment Task rescheduled. 
  1. Withdrawal from a VET program - Mullum VET Cluster programs are successful because students are able to access programs offered by member schools. It should be noted by students and parents that failure to abide by the above course requirements may result in a student being withdrawn from a program at full cost to parents. 
  2. Additional course information - For further information on VET programs please refer to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website: http://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet/index.html
  3. Block credit recognition - Students may be eligible for credit towards the VCE if they have completed or are completing training in a nationally recognised VET qualification that is not included in the suite of approved VCE VET programs. Credit towards the VCE may be available for full or partial completion of a nationally recognised qualification at Australian Qualification Framework Level II and above. This credit is referred to as ‘Block Credit Recognition'.  To be eligible for Block Credit Recognition the student must be enrolled in the VCE.