Academy of Fitness and your studies

This Student Enrolment Guide is for students who are about to commence studies with the Academy of Fitness.

The following terms and conditions constitute the agreement between you and the Academy of Fitness for the provision of your course/s. You will have accepted this agreement by:

a) signing an Enrolment Form
OR
b) clicking “I agree” on the Online Enrolment webpage

In the case of b) this is the provision of your signature in electronic form as per the Electronics Transactions Act.

This Student Enrolment Guide constitutes the entire agreement between the Academy of Fitness and the enrolled student and supersedes all communications, negotiations, arrangements and agreements (oral and written) prior to enrolment.  These terms and conditions shall be governed by the laws of the State of Queensland, Australia.

Your obligations under this agreement

By accepting this agreement you:

a. agree to comply with all Academy of Fitness policies and procedures including compliance with all entry requirements and the published Student Code of Conduct

b. confirm that all information provided at the time of enrolment was accurate and complete, including all personal details and anything that may impact on your ability to complete the course (such as any physical restrictions, a disabilities, injuries, medical conditions and individual learning support needs)

c. agree to pay all fees associated with your course in accordance with the agreed payment terms and methods. This includes ensuring that fees are paid using the accepted payment method of the Academy which is online payment via a valid credit card.

d. acknowledge and accept the fees as contained in this Student Enrolment Guide

e.  acknowledge that it is your responsibility to disclose all medical information that may affect your participation in any activities within this education program.

f.  recognise that any activity that you undertake whilst participating in this education program might result in significant physical exertion and participation in these activities may pose a risk to your health.  You agree that if you believe there is a risk to your health by participating in any activities within this education program, you are obliged to inform the Academy of Fitness immediately and refrain from participating in the activity/ies.

g. agree to undergo regular pre-exercise screening (at no additional cost to you) whenever requested by the Academy to reduce your risk of personal injury sustained through engaging in any activities within this education program.

h. agree to provide a written medical clearance by a qualified medical practitioner (at your own cost) if requested by the Academy.

i. agree it is your responsibility to provide correct and up to date contact information and inform the Academy of Fitness in writing within seven (7) days of any corrections or changes to your personal details including name, residential or postal address, email address, phone numbers, payment options and banking details.

j. acknowledge it is your responsibility to submit assessment in accordance with the Academy’s assessment submission requirements and that you will retain a copy of all assessments submitted during your enrolment.

k. agree to maintain a current email address for the duration of your course and you acknowledge that Academy of Fitness will officially communicate with you via email and/or the online learning portal.  You will be required to whitelist the Academy of Fitness as a safe sender by your email provider.

l. acknowledge that you will be required to join an online learning portal to participate in your studies and that this online learning portal (including the associated ticketing system) is used as the main form of daily communication between yourself and the Academy.

m. acknowledge that certificates and/or statements of attainment will not be issued until payment of full course fees.  In the case of enrolment in a combined Certificate III and IV in Fitness, individual certificates and/or statement of attainments will not be issued until payment of the total combined course fees. If you have entered into a payment plan, you will be permitted to pay a lump sum to pay your outstanding balance in order to be issued with your certificate/s or any applicable Statement of Attainments.  Costs are unable to be allocated or broken down into an individual competency basis.

n. acknowledge that strict time frames for completion of your course/s apply and all components of the course/s must be completed before your course expires. Once your enrolment has been processed, you are unable to request that your course be put on hold.  However, if you will not be able to complete your course/s prior to the course expiry date, you may be able to apply for an extension (subject to the payment of the prescribed extension fee prior to the expiry of your course).  Depending on the course, extensions may not be offered. Extensions will only be offered at the discretion of the Academy of Fitness.

o. acknowledge that if you have enrolled in a combined Certificate III and IV in Fitness course, that you have obtained a discounted price compared to enrolling in both certificates separately.  Therefore, there is no option to exit/withdraw/cancel after the completion of only the Certificate III in Fitness and you will be liable for the entire course fee for both Certificate III and IV in Fitness.

p. the Academy of Fitness may make changes to your course (including changes to learning and assessment documents and course materials) due to continuous improvement activities and/or government mandated changes to the training package that your course is derived from.  The Academy of Fitness may make changes to the website and this Student Enrolment Guide as reasonably required from time to time. Academy of Fitness may also make reasonable changes to other fees and charges as required.

q. acknowledge that if you have entered into a payment plan to pay the costs of the course, the Academy of Fitness officially becomes your credit provider and may obtain a credit report, and in the event of a default on the payment plan, may commence debt recovery action including the listing any payment default with a credit default agency.   Defaults may be listed on your credit history at any stage until payment of arrears is made.  You acknowledge that you will be liable for any and all costs incurred by the Academy of Fitness for debt collection and/or legal action.

r. acknowledge that if you default on the payment plan at any stage, the Academy of Fitness has no further obligation to provide you with further training and/or assessment including the marking of assessment and issuing of certificates past the date of the payment default until payment of arrears is made. If arrears to course fees are not paid in a timely manner (for example within 7 days), the Academy of Fitness may choose to withdraw/suspend and/or terminate your enrolment and/or refer the arrears to a debt recovery agency without further notice.

s. acknowledge that any written materials, training materials, textbooks, instructional activities and/or equipment is protected by Intellectual Property legislation and must not be copied, shared or re-sold for the use of others.

t. acknowledge that the Academy of Fitness will collect, hold and use information related to your commercial and consumer creditworthiness from Dun and Bradstreet for all purposes permitted by law. We also disclose information directly to Dun and Bradstreet. These activities are conducted for the purpose of assessing your credit capacity, eligibility or history in connection with credit applications, collecting payments from you and managing our credit relationship.  You have read and understood both the Academy of Fitness privacy policy and Dun and Bradstreet privacy policy.

u. acknowledge that this course requires you to have the ability to participate in exercise and physical activities.  You also acknowledge that this course also requires you to possess a basic level of skills in English language, reading, writing, learning, oral communication and numeracy.  You acknowledge that depending on your specific physical and/or learner needs, the Academy of Fitness may need to refer you to a third party at your own expense for additional support as there are limitations to support that the Academy of Fitness can provide, particularly where learners may require assistive technology, additional tutorials and/or other mechanisms, such as assistance in using technology for online delivery components.

v. *enrolments prior to 12 July 2016:*acknowledge that if you choose the online study mode, you will be required to arrange access to a local fitness centre that has the required physical resources as outlined in the Academy’s Educational Resources Register.  Whilst the Academy of Fitness will assist learners as much as possible, access to a suitable fitness centre cannot be guaranteed.  If learners are unable to arrange access to a suitable fitness centre, they will be given the opportunity to transfer to the face to face study mode in order to access all required physical resources located at Academy of Fitness premises.  Travel to and from Academy of Fitness premises will be at the learners own expense.

v. *enrolments from 12 July 2016 onwards: acknowledge that if you choose the online study mode, you will be required to arrange your own access to all entry requirements including access to a sport, fitness or recreation workplace or simulated environment and access to required physical resources as outlined in the Academy’s Educational Resources Register.   Access to the entry requirements including travel to and from the workplace or simulated environment will be at the learners own expense.

w. acknowledge that you will be required to provide the Academy of Fitness with a current First Aid  and CPR certificate (unit of competency code HLTAID003 Provide first aid or approved equivalent) either upon enrolment or prior to your course expiry date.  This is to be undertaken at the learners own expense.

x. acknowledge that prior to participating in any work experience or work placement, you must obtain and provide to the Academy of Fitness evidence of your student insurance policy and that you indemnify and hold the Academy of Fitness harmless from and against all damages, costs, charges, expenses, actions, claims, demands which may be sustained or suffered by any person (including yourself) for any loss of life, or injury, or damage caused due to the actions undertaken by you during any work experience or work placement.

y. acknowledge that the Academy of Fitness regularly undertakes continuous improvement activities which may change the structure and delivery of courses at any time, and without notice.  These continuous improvement activities means that the Academy of Fitness may change the course structure and/or delivery at any time without notice, including the removal or addition of elective competencies contained in a course.

z. acknowledge that providing advice on fitness professional scope of practice is the domain of fitness employers and/or Australian fitness peak bodies and/or the relevant insurer – students who require clarification on their specific scope of practice MUST liaise directly with their employer, peak body and/or insurer prior to enrolment in any fitness accredited training to ensure that the course they are enrolling in will cover their scope of practice.  You agree that you will not rely on the Academy of Fitness to provide advice on your scope of practice.

 

Academy of Fitness obligations under this agreement

Subject to the payment of course fees and the completion of your course within the outlined time frame, the Academy of Fitness agrees to:

a. provide you with access to online course materials for the first study period of your course (the majority of course materials and student support services are provided in an online format) ; and

b. provide you with training and assessment in accordance with the training package qualification you are enrolled in; and

c. provide you with learning and assessment activities and online support services

d. provide you with access to online course materials (the majority of course materials are provided in an online format), training and assessment for subsequent study periods of your course subject to you:

i. successfully completing a prior study period; and

ii. paying all required course fees.

(Please note that a minimum payment may be required from you to progress to a subsequent study period); and

e. on successful completion of all components of the course and the full payment of course fees, the Academy of Fitness will endeavour to issue you appropriate certification for your course/s within 21 days of the Academy of Fitness deeming you eligible for certification. In the case of enrolment in a combined Certificate III and IV in Fitness, individual certificates and/or statement of attainments will not be issued until payment of the combined course fees.

f. the Academy of Fitness will make changes to your course (including changes to learning and assessment documents and course materials) due to ongoing continuous improvement activities and government mandated upgrades to the national training package that your course is derived from.  Students who enrol in a course that is subject to a government mandated upgrade, will be transitioned to the upgraded course (a transition fee may apply).

g. if you have entered into a payment plan to pay the costs of the course, and then default on the payment plan at any stage, your enrolment will result in any or all of the following until the full payment of course fees:

  • suspension/withdrawn from attending or participating in your course/s
  • exclusion from learning and/or assessment activities
  • withholding of Statement of Attainments and Certificates
  • termination of enrolment in your course
  • exclusion from any ongoing enrolment or future enrolments at the Academy

There will be no further obligation on the Academy of Fitness to provide you with further training and/or assessment including the marking of assessment past the date of the payment default.

h. the Academy of Fitness reserves the right to send your details to an external debt collection agency for commencement of legal action to cover any arrears and/or default on a payment plan.  Any fees payable to the external debt collection agency and/or legal action will be payable by you.

i. If you choose not to apply and/or pay for the extension prior to the expiry of your course, or an extension is not available for the particular course you are enrolled in, there will be no further obligation on the Academy of Fitness to provide you with further training and/or assessment including the marking of assessment past the date of the expiry of your course.

j. If the Academy of Fitness, or a third party delivering training and assessment on its behalf, closes or ceases to deliver the course/s that the learner is enrolled in, the Academy will endeavour to:

  • to refund any course fees for units of competency not delivered and assessed
  • issue Statements of Attainment for all competencies that have been marked as competent
  • assist with the identification of an equivalent course with another Registered Training Organisation

k. Upon enrolment, the Academy of Fitness will determine the support needs of individual learners. Please note that there are limitations to the support that the Academy of Fitness can provide. Depending on your specific needs, the Academy of Fitness may need to refer you to a third party at your own expense for that additional support.

l. The Academy of Fitness endeavours to provide advice to the prospective learner about the training product appropriate to meeting the learner’s needs, taking into account the individual’s existing skills and competencies.

m. The Academy of Fitness endeavours to fully comply with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) including the issuance of  AQF certification documentation and follows a continuous improvement process to ensure ongoing compliance.

n. Where the Academy of Fitness collects fees from the individual learner, either directly or through a third party, the Academy provides or directs the learner to information prior to enrolment or prior to the commencement of training and assessment, whichever comes first, specifying:

  1. all relevant fee information including fees that must be paid to the Academy of Fitness,
  2. payment terms and conditions including deposits and refunds,
  3. the learner’s rights as a consumer, including but not limited to any statutory cooling-off period,
  4. the learner’s right to obtain a refund for services not provided by the Academy of Fitness in the event the arrangement is terminated early, or the Academy of Fitness fails to provide the agreed services.
0. Where there are any changes to agreed services, the Academy of Fitness endeavours to advise the learner as soon as practicable, including in relation to any new third party arrangements or a change in ownership or changes to existing third party arrangements.
p. The Academy of Fitness will provide learners with information on the implications of government funding  if any funding is applicable)  however in all instances learners must satisfy themselves of the implications of accessing government funding through enquiries directly to the government body responsible for the funding.

Contacting the Academy of Fitness

Students enrolled in a current course: The appropriate communication channel with the Academy of Fitness is via a dedicated online learning platform.  This online learning platform is to be used for all course related purposes including contacting your tutor, applying for extensions, etc.  Enrolled students have access to this online student group  for the duration of their course.  The Academy of Fitness will endeavour to respond to students using the online student group within 48 hours however responses may occur outside of this time frame.

 

Entry requirements

The learner agrees that they are responsible for the following to successfully complete their chosen training product:

  • A current First Aid and CPR certificate (unit of competency code HLTAID003 Provide first aid or approved equivalent) either prior to being issued with Certificate III in Fitness or prior to commencing Certificate IV in Fitness.
  • For the duration of enrolment, access to a sport, fitness or recreation workplace or simulated environment
  • For duration of enrolment access to required physical resources as outlined in the Academy’s Educational Resources Register
  • For duration of enrolment access to up to 3 separate screened low risk volunteers that can role play as clients during training and assessment activities

The Learner has an obligation to provide the following materials and equipment:

  • Computer with unrestricted Internet access
  • Windows OR Mac operating system
  • Internet Explorer  OR Google Chrome  OR Mozilla Firefox
  • Sufficient internet speed in order to access web content such as videos and images.  Slow internet speeds may experience buffering issues and slower load times which may affect a learner’s learning experience.
  • Sufficient software and hardware to create, download and upload these format files: doc, dox, xls, xlsx, ppt, pptx, move, wmv, mp3, mp4, pdf, png, jpg, jepg, gif.

Pre-exercise screening and medical clearance

During your course, you be will be asked to regularly undergo pre-exercise screening. The results will be used to reduce your risk of personal injury sustained through engaging in any activities within this education program.  You may be requested to provide a written medical clearance by a qualified medical practitioner (at your own cost)  prior to participating in any activities within this education program.

Learner Educational and Support Services

This course requires you to participate in exercise and physical activities within a fitness environment. This course also requires a basic level of skills in English language, reading, writing, learning, oral communication and numeracy. Upon enrolment, the Academy of Fitness will determine the  support needs of individual learners and arrange access to the educational and support services necessary for the individual learner to meet the requirements of the training product as specified in the applicable training package/s. Please note that there are limitations to the support that the Academy of Fitness can provide. Depending on your specific needs, the Academy of Fitness may need to refer you to a third party at your own expense for that additional support.

The following educational and support services are available to learners for the duration of the enrolment:

  • written teaching materials delivered via an online learning platform
  • visual and aural teaching materials delivered via an online learning platform
  • learning activities delivered via an online learning platform
  • assessment activities delivered via an online learning platform
  • lectures via qualified trainers (online)
  • assessment via qualified assessors (online)
  • assistance with arranging access to physical resources as outlined in the Educational Resources Register
  • tutorial support delivered via an online learning platform
  • access to work experience and/or work placement opportunities

The above educational and support services are available to all learners regardless of their mode of study or location.

Learners are questioned to ensure that the required physical resources as specified in the Educational Resources Register are accessible to the learner – in most cases, the learner has a pre-existing relationship with a local fitness centre or can access the required resources via a simulated environment.

The Academy of Fitness determines the LLN support needs of the individual learner via a written questionnaire which is provided to the learner upon enrolment. The submitted questionnaire is assessed by a student support officer to identify learners that require additional support. All identified learners are contacted in writing to make arrangements for the provision of  support.  Depending on your specific needs, the Academy of Fitness may need to refer you to a third party at your own expense for that additional support.

Any students who require additional support such as:

  • assistive technology
  • additional tutorials
  • other mechanisms, such as assistance in using technology for online delivery components
  • individual phone or face to face support

will be required to source and undertake this support at their expense as the Academy of Fitness does not provide this additional support as part of a standard enrolment.

Refund and/or cancellation policy

The Academy of Fitness has arrangements in place to protect student fees paid in advance and has a fair and reasonable refund/cancellation policy which applies to all courses provided by the Academy.

 

When a refund/cancellation will be granted

All students at the Academy are entitled to a refund of all or part of their course fee if:

  • the student requests to cancel their course within 24 hours of enrolment
  • the Academy cancels the course and does not provide at least one alternative option

In the instance of a student requesting a refund within 24 hours of enrolment, a full refund less a $500 administration fee, will be granted subject to the request for a refund is made in writing to the student support email address provided upon enrolment and supported with proof of payment.  In the case of students entering into agreed payment plans where the full course fees have not been paid prior to the request for cancellation/refund, the student will be required to pay the $500 administration fee in full prior to the refund/cancellation request being granted.

A phone call or instant chat or text request for a refund will not be considered.

When a refund won’t be granted

1. When a student requests to cancel their course after 24 hours of enrolment

2. When a student requests to cancel their course because they have changed their mind about continuing with the course/s or progressing to the next stage of the enrolled course/s

3. When a student requests to cancel their course because their work circumstances have changed including a change of jobs, a change of work hours or being made redundant.

4. When a student requests to cancel their course because of a medical condition or injury

5. When a student has a change of personal circumstances

No refunds will be issued for payments made for extensions, upgrades or transfers.

All students who have a change of circumstances as outlined above are able to apply for a six (6) month extension and/or transition which will be granted subject to the payment of the extension and/or transition fee.

Where a student has entered into a payment plan for payment of course fees and cancels from the course after 24 hours of enrolment, the student will be liable for all payments due under the agreed payment plan.

The Academy of Fitness reserves the right to send your details to an external debt collection agency for commencement of legal action to cover any arrears and/or default on a payment plan.

Time frames for completion of your enrolled course

There are strict time frames for the completion of your course as follows:

Course enrolled in

Total time frames for completion

Certificate III and IV in Fitness combined 10 months in total consisting of the following:

(4 months for Certificate III and 6 months for Certificate IV)
Certificate III in Fitness only 4 months
Certificate IV in Fitness only 6 months
Group exercise Instructor or Older Adults/Children’s Trainer 1 month

 

Students must ensure that they progress through their enrolled course/s within the above time frames. Students are encouraged to contact their tutor to assist them with a study plan to progress through their enrolled course within the above time frames.

Students may apply for an extension subject to payment of an extension  fee PRIOR to the expiry of the time frame for completion.  All extension requests are subject to a fee, regardless of the reason for the extension request, including for reason of medical issues, disability and changes to personal circumstances.  In some courses, an extension may not be possible and extensions will only be granted at the discretion of the Academy of Fitness.

Extension and/or transition administration fees are as follows:

Extension and/or Transition Applied For

Fee

6 month extension for combined Certificate III and IV in Fitness enrolment $500
6 month extension for stand alone Certificate III OR Certificate IV in Fitness enrolment $500
Transition to new course for combined Certificate III and IV in Fitness combined – 10 month extension $750
Transition to new course for standalone Certificate III OR IV in Fitness enrolment- 6 months added to original course expiry date $500
1 month extension available for Group exercise Instructor or Older Adults/Children’s Trainer only $100

Students who exceed the time frames for completion of their course will be cancelled without further notice and a Statement of Attainment issued for any competencies that have been marked competent. Students who have had their enrolment cancelled due to exceeding time frames for completion may apply to re-enrol at the discretion of the Academy of Fitness , however re-enrolment will incur full course fees again.   A discount may be offered for re-enrolment at the discretion of the Director of the Academy.

Submission of Assessments

As a registered training organisation, the Academy of Fitness must strictly comply with government mandated requirements for the storage of student assessment.  In order for the Academy to comply with these government mandated requirements, students must submit assessments in accordance with the Academy’s assessment submission policies.  All submitted assessment must be via the Academy’s online learning platform and no alternative assessment submission can be accepted including the submission of hard copies of documents, usb sticks or emailed assessment.  It is the student’s responsibility to keep a copy of all completed assessment for their own records.

Marking of Assessments

Please allow up to 14 days for submitted assessment to be marked.  An Academy staff member will be in contact to advise you the results of your assessment and give you the opportunity to resubmit your assessment if required.  If your assessment is marked satisfactory, you will be issued with your course materials for the next study period of your course (Please note that a minimum payment may be required from you to progress to a subsequent study period).

Issuing Certifications

Academy certificates are issued electronically in a format to reduce fraudulent reproduction of certification.  A hard copy of your certificate/s can be issued in hard copy if required – please note that  additional costs apply for the issuing of each certificate in hard copy.  Please allow up to 10 business days for certificate/s to be verified and issued.

 

Withdrawal/cancellation policy

You have 24 hours from the time of enrolment to apply for a cancellation.  Approved cancellations will incur a $500 admin fee to cover costs and must be paid within 24 hours of notifying the Academy of the cancellation request. A phone call request for cancellation or withdrawal will not be granted.

Where a student has entered into a payment plan for payment of course fees and withdraws/cancels from the course after 24 hours from the date of the Confirmation of Enrolment letter, the student will be liable for all payments due under the agreed payment plan.

Students enrolling in the combined Certificate III and IV in Fitness course must complete both certificates. There is no option to exit/withdraw/cancel after the completion of only the Certificate III in Fitness and the student will be liable for the entire course fee for both Certificate III and IV in Fitness.

Transfer of enrolments

Enrolments are not transferable in any instance.

 

 Other fees and charges

The Academy of Fitness charges additional fees for the following services:

 

Extension and/or transition fee

Please refer to table above

Optional Hard Copy Textbooks Certificate III in Fitness: $85.00 + $15 p&h

Certificate IV in Fitness: $85.00 + $15 p&h

Issuing  hard copy of Certificate and/or Statement of Attainment/Results $30 for each document
Replacement   Invoice Free for the first re-issue, then $30 per re-issue
Re-enrolment   fee Full course fees  apply.  A discount may be offered at the discretion of the Director
Payment balance or history Free up to 1 request per month. In excess of 1 per month, $30
Each change to agreed payment plan payments – term or amounts or timing of payments $30
Redebit fee due to insufficient funds $15 per attempt up to 4 attempts per month
Credit card fees (third party fee) Visa/Mastercard =As advised per the third party bu currently 1.6% of transaction/s total

American Express = As advised per the third party but currently 3.5% of transaction/s total

Debt recovery fees (third party fee) As advised per the third party but minimum of 20% of total outstanding course fees
Legal fees (third party fee) As advised per the third party

Please note, that from time to time, the above fees will be reviewed and adjusted accordingly.

Student Code of Conduct

By accepting enrolment with the Academy of Fitness you agree to comply with the published Student Code of Conduct located at:  https://academyoffitness.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/9000063471-student-code-of-conduct :

Students who breach the Academy Student Code of Conduct will be considered to have engaged in misconduct and the Academy’s misconduct policies will apply.

 

Terms of use | Academy of Fitness Knowledge Base

By accepting enrolment with the Academy of Fitness you agree to comply with the published Terms of Use of Academy of Fitness Knowledge Base located at: https://academyoffitness.freshdesk.com/solution/articles/9000063468-terms-of-use-of-this-knowledge-base

Students who breach the Terms of Use of the Academy of Fitness Knowledge Base  will be considered to have engaged in misconduct and the Academy’s misconduct policies will apply.

Complaints and Appeals 

The Academy of Fitness has a complaints policy to manage and respond to allegations involving the conduct of:

  • the RTO, its trainers, assessors or other staff
  • a third party providing services on the RTO’s behalf, its trainers, assessors or other staff  and
  • a learner of the RTO.

In order to continually improve our service and to ensure a fair and equitable process, the following Complaints and Appeals process is applied to anyone who wish to lodge a complaint or an appeal.

Definitions

COMPLAINTS – Dissatisfaction with an action by Academy of Fitness.

APPEAL – Dissatisfaction with a decision made by Academy of Fitness about a lodged complaint.

Complaints

The Academy of Fitness recognises that a person may seek to lodge a formal complaint.  The Academy of Fitness has a formal complaints procedure that ensures that a person is able to have their complaint/s addressed efficiently and effectively.

Appeals

The Academy of Fitness recognises that a person may seek to appeal a decision made by the Academy of Fitness about a complaint.

How to lodge a complaint or appeal

Complaints or appeals must be in writing by the person making the complaint or appeal using the following link http://academyoffitness.com.au/application-for-lodging-a-complaint-or-appeal/

Complaints are to include the following information:

  1. Full name and date of birth
  2. A copy of the issued enrolment letter
  3. Date of enrolment
  4. Date of course expiry
  5. Nature of complaint
  6. Dates of all key events which lead to the complaint
  7. A list of documentation that supports the complaint
  8. Suggested resolution to the complaint

Steps in the Complaints/Appeal Process:

1. The complaintee completes the formal Complaints/Appeal Form with all supporting documentation using the following link http://academyoffitness.com.au/application-for-lodging-a-complaint-or-appeal/.

2. The submitted Complaint and supporting documentation will be assessed by Academy of Fitness and a written reply, together with information on the Appeals process (if applicable),  sent back to the complainant within sixty calendar days.

3. If the complainant is not satisfied with the complaint decision made by Academy of Fitness, an appeal can be made on a new Complaints and Appeals Form using the following link http://academyoffitness.com.au/application-for-lodging-a-complaint-or-appeal/..

4.  The submitted Appeal will be assessed by Academy of Fitness and a written reply will be sent back to the complainant within sixty calendar days.

5. The Academy of Fitness will provide for review by an appropriate party independent of the RTO and the complainant or appellant, at the request of the individual making the complaint or appeal, if the complaints and appeals processes  fail to resolve the complaint or appeal.  The independent review will be at the request and cost of the complainant (if fees are applicable for the review), however the Academy will endeavour to source independent parties that are of little or no cost to the complainant.

Complaints and Appeals Policy

Prior to submitting a complaint or appeal, complainants declare that they have the read and understood the Academy’s Complaints and Appeals policy as follows:

All complainants are afforded procedural fairness as set out in this policy, being a fair opportunity to present their complaint and the right to have it considered by an unbiased decision-maker.  Due to the complexity of some complaints and the available resources of the Academy, some complaints and appeals may take up to sixty calendar days to investigate and respond to.

The Academy of Fitness will manage any complaint/appeal in accordance with the published Complaints and Appeals policy and procedure and determine the amount of resources to be dedicated to a complaint or appeal.

There is no assurance that complaints will be resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant.

Complainants who use aggressive, malicious or defamatory language in making complaints will have their complaint closed without further investigation regardless of the merit of their complaint.

The Academy reserves the right to determine at any stage of any complaint and/or appeal, that a complaint or appeal is frivolous, malicious or vexatious and close the complaint without further investigation.  This ensures that only legitimate complaints and appeals are investigated as claims without merit can have a resource impact on other students of the Academy of Fitness.  A determination that a complaint is frivolous, malicious or vexatious has the effect of closing a complaint.

The Academy may find that a complaint and/or appeal is frivolous, malicious or vexatious in any of the following instances where complaints:

  • are without merit (for example where a complainant is unwilling to accept documented evidence as being factual or deny receipt of an adequate response in spite of correspondence specifically answering their questions)
  • contain dishonest or intentionally misleading information
  • focus on a trivial or minor matter to an extent which is out of proportion to its significance

The Academy may find that a complaint and/or appeal is frivolous, malicious or vexatious in any of the following instances where complainants:

  • Have in the course of addressing a complaint had an excessive number of contacts with the Academy placing unreasonable demands on Academy resources. (A contact may be in person or by telephone, letter, or email)
  • Display unreasonable demands or expectations and fail to accept that these may be unreasonable
  • Request unrealistic outcomes to unjustified complaints
  • Unreasonably refuse the Academy’s proposed resolution to a complaint
  • Expect unrealistic outcomes to unjustified complaints
  • Insist on the complaint being dealt with in ways which are incompatible with the Academy complaints procedure (for example insisting that there must not be any written record of the complaint)
  • Refuse to accept the outcome of the complaint process after its conclusion and/or denying that an adequate response has been given
  • Lodge an appeal when the substance of the complaint has already been considered by the Academy and satisfactory measures have been taken to resolve the matter

Complainants who engage in unreasonable behaviour in respect of making complaints will be dealt with in accordance with the Academy’s Student Code of Conduct.  The Academy will not tolerate any form of physical or verbal aggression or harassment and if the complainant engages in this type of aggression the Academy may:

  • Prohibit the individual from contacting the Academy, with immediate effect.
  • Contact the police
  • Seek legal redress for damages caused.

In the event that the Academy of Fitness closes the complaint, the Academy can provide for review by an appropriate party independent of the RTO and the complainant or appellant, at the request of the individual making the complaint or appeal.  The independent review will be at the request and cost of the complainant (if fees are applicable for the review).

The lodgement of a complaint and/or appeal or the commencement of an independent review of the complaint does not stop the Academy from starting or proceeding with any legal action against the complainant.

The Academy of Fitness maintains records of complaints to protect the rights and interests of all parties; explain and justify the actions of the Academy and to document and explain the decision-making of the Academy. The record will include information about the complaint, including: what occurred; when it occurred; how it occurred; the parties involved; and the outcome. These records may be released to third parties as required by law.

Independent Review of Complaint

The Academy of Fitness will provide for review by an appropriate party independent of the RTO and the complainant or appellant, at the request of the individual making the complaint or appeal, if the complaints and appeals processes fail to resolve the complaint or appeal. The independent review will be at the request and cost of the complainant (if fees are applicable for the review), however the Academy will endeavour to source independent parties that are of little or no cost to the complainant.

Agencies that can undertake an independent review of the complaint at low or no cost to the complainant include:

*Links were correct at time of publishing. If links are incorrect or broken, please contact the Academy

Access and equity

Access and equity means that the Academy uses policies and approaches to ensure vocational education and training (VET) is responsive to the diverse training needs of all students. Through the implementation of these policies and approaches, the benefits of participating in VET are available to everyone on an equitable basis including:

  • Women where under-represented
  • People with disabilities
  • People from non-English speaking backgrounds
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Rural and remote students

Access and Equity Principles

The following access and equity principles are incorporated into all training and assessment activities conducted within Academy of Fitness.

  • Training is designed to build on individual talents and experiences
  • Training is designed to recognise and respond to the diversity of individual needs
  • Training incorporates choice and flexibility to cater for individual circumstances
  • Training is not to be restricted to any specific group
  • Personnel have access to opportunities for professional and personal development
  • Training and development opportunities are to be distributed equitably amongst all persons.
  • EEO, Anti-discrimination and harassment information will be included in all relevant Academy of Fitness training activities.

Access and Equity Considerations

Most Academy of Fitness training programs have specific attendance pre-requisite requirements. These requirements are directly task or safety related and applies to all intended students. The pre-requisites are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.

Several training courses that Academy of Fitness conducts include activities involving close physical contact between students (including training personnel). The physical contact in these activities varies in amount from activity to activity but is purely intended as a means of providing learning experiences or assessing abilities in specific situations. These situations are based on practical application of skills and techniques associated with the core subject being covered.Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN)

Academy of Fitness has a commitment to providing equity and to eliminating discrimination against students in vocational education and training. People with language, literacy and numeracy problems or a disability and people from non – English speaking backgrounds are encouraged to peruse their vocational education and training goals through participation in a range of programs offered by Academy of Fitness.

Academy of Fitness will access appropriate student support services, and ensure the necessary support services are provided for students as required.  Please note that additional fees may apply for this service.

All students have the opportunity to address any issues with their course facilitator privately so as not to cause any embarrassment.

The course facilitators will assist where possible, and in the event that further action is required, refer the student to the appropriate agency:

Agency

Contact

Language & Literacy Services

Your nearest TAFE Institute on 3234   1666

Learning Disability

SPELD: 3262 9844The independent Living Centre:3397 1224Dyslexia Association of Brisbane:   3846 1559

Hearing Impairment

Deaf Society: 3356 8255Sign On: 3391 5677

Vision Impairment

Blind Association: 3848   8888Foundation for the Blind:   3391 0277Vision : 3391 3686

Physical Impairment

The Independent Living Centre: 3397   1224Spastic Welfare League –   Equipment Technology Services: 3865 4377

Intellectual Impairment

The Independent Living Centre: 3397   1224

Psychiatric Difficulty

Mental Health Information &   Support: 3358 4988Health (Mental Health   Unit) 3234 0680

This list of organisations is a selection only. A student should discuss the matter with an Academy of Fitness advisor if they have any special needs or questions. If a student does have a disability or special needs, it is important to let us know at the time of enrolment so we have time to prepare the learning support service we could offer.

Learning Support Requirements will be negotiated on an individual basis. Some of the above services may incur additional fees. These fees will be the responsibility of the student. 

Recognition of Prior Learning 

Academy of Fitness acknowledges the skills and knowledge of students as a result of their previous training, work experience and or life experience. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is available to all students enrolling in a course with Academy of Fitness.

To assist you in your application for RPL, Academy of Fitness has prepared an RPL Application Kit. This kit leads you through the process of your application for RPL and the process used to assess your application at the Academy of Fitness.

Students who wish to undertake any RPL process must first enrol including arranging payment for their course of study. There is no discounted fee for the RPL process. Students have four (4) weeks from the date of their enrolment letter to submit their application INCLUDING all of their evidence to support their claim for RPL.

Please contact the Academy of Fitness for an RPL Application Kit for more information on how this process works.

 

Mutual Recognition

The Academy of Fitness fully supports the principles of mutual recognition. This means that if a Qualification or Statement of Attainment from the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is presented to the Academy of Fitness, we will recognise this achievement and give credit in the relevant Unit/s of Competency or Qualification.

Applications for Mutual Recognition should be made in writing to the Academy of Fitness. Included in this application should be a certified copy of the original document.

Assessment

All assessment methods/procedures adhere to these principles:

Validity – Assessments need to assess what they are designed to assess.

Reliability – results of assessment need to be consistent from on assessment to another and between facilitators.

Flexibility – assessment methods and strategies must be able to be reasonably adjusted to suit specific learner needs, resource requirements, environmental conditions etc. without compromising the principle of validity.

Fairness – assessment methods need to be equitable amongst candidates and not discriminate or favour particular persons or groups. Assessments should not require more than the competency standard requires.

RPL – individuals seeking RPL will be able to access an RPL process as described in the Academy of Fitness RPL Application Kit

Comparability – the review of assessment systems and procedures and the outcomes of assessment must be undertaken at regular periods in order to ensure they are functioning appropriately.

Appealing Assessment Results

Sometimes a student may not agree with the result of an assessment.  At these times students have the option to appeal the Assessment Result. If a student wishes to appeal a result, please see the Complaints and Appeals Policy above.

Assessment Records

Academy of Fitness retains assessment results for 30 years. Individual assessment records are always retained until the period of appeal against assessment has lapsed, this is 28 days after the assessment is signed off by an Academy Facilitator. Students will be contacted via email with the result of their assessment.

Student results will only be released for legal, educational purposes, individual student purposes (or their authorised representative) as necessary.

Course Feedback Procedures

At the end of each workshop we ask students to complete a Course Feedback Form. These forms allow us to continuously improve our training courses and processes.

Professional Memberships

Once you have finished your studies with us, we highly recommend that you join a professional association as soon as possible and prior to working within the industry. All memberships/associations provide different member benefits and have different associated with their memberships.

In many cases many it will be a condition of employment that you obtain and maintain your registration/membership/insurance.

Protection of your privacy and personal information 

When you enrol into one of our courses the personal information you have provided to us is protected under the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act of 1998. This Act imposes obligations on us in the collection, storage, use, destruction and disclosure of your personal information. We are obligated to tell you the purpose of collecting personal information, who receives this information and where it is held. We must also provide for your ongoing rights to access this information about yourself and make corrections.

We are also obligated to protect your personal and private information and not disclose it without your knowledge and approval. Information we ask you to provide will only be necessary for the purposes of your course enrolment, learning, assessment and course records.

You need to be fully aware that by that we will need to report details of your course record to the Department of Education & Training as part of our registration requirements.

Access to your records 

Students may access their own records by submitting a written request to the Academy. Within 30 days of the receipt of your request, and after verification that the records are for the individual submitting the written request, records will be made available to the student. Students should note there may be a fee associated with accessing and requesting copies of your records.

Only authorised Academy of Fitness staff have access to student records held in both hard and electronic copy. All authorised Academy of Fitness staff are required to ensure information is kept confidential and is only accessed in the execution of their duties. No information is released to any other person without the express written permission of the student.

Mobile Phones, MP3 Players

Whilst training and assessment activities are underway all students are required to have their mobile phones either turned off or on silent.

MP3 players can be used under the direction and supervision of your lecturer if required for training and assessment purposes.

Copyright 

All course materials printed and issued by Academy of Fitness is covered by copyright. You may not copy any materials or distribute them to a third party.

Occupational Health and Safety

As an Academy of Fitness student you are required to:

  • Follow any safety practices required, for example wearing protective equipment and/or following specific exercise techniques
  • Follow the written and spoken directions of Academy staff whilst attending the Academy
  • Alert Academy staff to any hazard or damaged equipment you notice
  • Not attend the Academy if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Not smoke in or within 6 metres of the Academy
  • Follow the sign-in and sign-out requirements

Misconduct 

Misconduct of a student is any behaviour which:

  • Disrupts the learning of others
  • Endangers the health and safety of staff and/or students
  • Endangers the health and safety of yourself
  • Interferes with the conduct of Academy of Fitness operations
  • Prevents Academy staff from performing their duties
  • Causes distress to staff and/or students

Examples of misconduct are:

  • Defacing training equipment
  • Damaging Academy property
  • Stealing Academy property
  • Refusing to follow the written or spoken directions of Academy staff
  • Verbally or physically abusing a student or staff member
  • Sending abusive or threatening correspondence
  • Posting negative or rude comments on an online student group
  • Intimidating or harassing a student or staff member
  • Carrying a weapon
  • Attending the Academy under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
  • Cheating on an assessment
  • Plagiarising another person’s work

Misconduct by students will lead to them being asked to leave the premises immediately and/or removed from online student groups and/or enrolled course/s without further notice. Students will be required to address their misconduct in writing within ten (10) business days of the misconduct occurring.  Failure to address misconduct will result in the student’s enrolment being suspended until the misconduct is addressed to the satisfaction of the Academy of Fitness.   Any serious misconduct will be reported to the police and/or the appropriate authority.

Legislative Awareness 

The  Academy of Fitness is obligated to conduct its operations in line with relevant Commonwealth and State legislation.

Further information on federal legislation can be found at: www.austlii.edu.au

Further information on state legislation can be found at: www.legislation.qld.gov.au

Discrimination 

Discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfavourably because of personal characteristics.

Discrimination may include:

  • Offensive jokes or comments about another worker’s racial or ethnic background, gender or sexual preference, age, disability or physical appearance
  • Display pictures or posters which are offensive or derogatory
  • Expressive negative stereotypes of particular groups, e.g. married women shouldn’t be working
  • Judging someone on political or religious beliefs rather than on work performance
  • Undermining a person’s authority or work performance due to dislikes of one or more personal characteristics

The Academy of Fitness strives to ensure any person is not discriminated against or excluded from participation  on the grounds of any of the following:

  • Gender
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Trade Union Activity
  • Culture
  • Linguistic Background
  • Marital Status
  • Socio-Economic Background
  • Impairment
  • Age
  • Parental Status
  • Lawful Sexual Activity
  • Political Belief
  • Or an association with any of the above listed points.

However, in some cases learners may be excluded from certain activities due to health and safety reasons. In these cases the learner will be directed to a suitable medical practitioner or other professional services to obtain a clearance to participate in the activity. All associated costs for the medical consultation will be the responsibility of the student.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is classified as any form of unwelcome sexual attention. Whether it be unwelcome physical contact or touching, sexual connotations or undertones in conversation, direct or indirect requests for sexual favours, distasteful jokes, staring or the displaying of material that may be offensive.

Sexual harassment has nothing to do with mutual attraction. As such, friendships are a private matter.

Depending on the circumstances, sexual harassment can be a one-off incident. Some actions or comments may be so offensive, that they are serious enough to be classified as sexual harassment, even if they only occur one. With incidents that are not repeated, such as an unwanted invitation out or an admiring comment, may not be classed as harassment, providing they never happen again.

All staff and students are responsible for their own behaviour. If a staff member or student thinks that a certain behaviour may offend, then it should not be instigated.

If another person’s behaviour towards a staff member or student is sexual in nature and makes the student feel frightened, offended, angry or humiliated, then the staff member or student is being harassed. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone, regardless of gender or age.

Academy of Fitness will not tolerate discrimination or harassment. Academy of Fitness will confidentially investigate each complaint of discrimination or harassment received.

What do I do if I feel I have been Sexually Harassed or Discriminated Against? 

A student has the right to feel safe and to have the full opportunity to achieve their full potential in study. If a student is being harassed, help should be sought immediately.  There are several options available. A student should choose a course of action they are most comfortable with. The student may:

  • Tell the person causing the discomfort that it is making them uncomfortable and request the behaviour to stop
  • Make a complaint to Academy of Fitness
  • Make a complaint under the Anti – Discrimination Legislation to Anti-Discrimination Commission and Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission