Senior Pathways &
VET programs for Secondary Students

Updated June 2017

Workplace Learning Policy

Prohibited Activities and Activities That Need Special Consideration

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Prohibited activities and activities that need special consideration

Young workers can lack the experience, knowledge, confidence and skills to identify and deal with potential hazards. Inexperience and a lack of awareness can increase the likelihood of a young worker being injured. There are some activities that are not suitable for students (young workers) in an approved workplace learning program and there are others where special consideration needs to be given to addressing risks.


Students cannot undertake the following:

Placements involving the driving of golf carts, quad bikes, tractors or similar farm vehicles.

Placements involving the student operation of golf carts, quad bikes, tractors or other farm vehicles must be carefully considered, even where these activities are considered to be essential to achieving the outcomes of the placement.

For these placements to be approved, the vehicle must be adequately risk assessed as being safe for a student to operate. Students must have successfully completed an accredited formal training course or related course competencies or have demonstrated substantial experience in the safe operation of these vehicles. Students riding quad bikes must be at least 16 years of age and wear an approved helmet with the strap in place. Required PPE other than helmets include:

The student still needs to be closely supervised.

Students with little or no experience must not operate these vehicles. The only exception is where the school or relevant TAFE is satisfied before the placement is approved that the host employer can satisfactorily manage the activity for the student and has substantial experience in providing the appropriate quality training and on-going close supervision.

In order to ensure the school or TAFE is satisfied that the activity is safe; the risk assessment by the host employer must be documented and sighted by the school principal/TAFE Institute manager or nominee prior to approval.


Placements in meat processing plants

Placements in meat processing plants are subject to mandatory requirements. The Australian Meat Industry Council can be contacted on telephone (02) 9086 2200 for the information package to support school student workplace learning in meat processing plants or refer to


Placements involving equine work

No matter how experienced or competent a student may be in riding or working with horses, there are still potentially extreme risks. Extreme caution is needed to avoid injury or disability.

See Guide to managing risks when new and inexperienced persons interact with horses [PDF - 382kb]


Placements in the construction and entertainment industry

All workplace learning in the construction and entertainment industries require as a pre-requisite that the student completes Work Health and Safety induction training for construction work and holds the construction induction training card (CIC or 'white card'). Where a student has independently undertaken induction training for construction online through a registered training organisation in another state or territory, they must complete additional safety training arranged by the school to ensure they are fully prepared for their workplace learning in construction and entertainment.

Workplace supervisors must make students aware of the risks associated with handling and operating all tools and equipment the student is to use and how to manage those risks.

While some tools and equipment common in industry are not permitted for use by students in a school setting, the construction teacher will indicate the appropriate tools and equipment that the individual student could use on work placement. Further advice is available from the student's school or TAFE NSW Institute and in some cases from the Work Placement Service Provider.

There should always be close supervision of a young worker when there is a risk of a fall. For example; where a student is on an elevated level, near an opening or in the vicinity of an edge. Minimising the risk of a fall may include physical restraints or barriers.


Can students drive vehicles during the placement?

No. Students are not expected to drive their own vehicles whilst undertaking activities on behalf of the host employer. They are also not expected to drive the employer's vehicles nor the client's vehicles whilst on placement. Any driving of vehicles is expected to be rare, and must be detailed on the Student Placement Record prior to placement approval. Students need to be reminded that it is against the law to use a mobile phone whilst driving.


Who can I contact for more advice?

If you are concerned about safety risks for an activity proposed for a placement, please contact the Workplace Learning Adviser in Senior Pathways on (02) 9244 5425 for further advice.