Webinar: The risks and regulation of work experience for tertiary students in Australia

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Do you want to know more about the risks and regulation of work experience for tertiary students in Australia?

Researchers from the University of Adelaide Law School are presenting a webinar on 16 November in which they will discuss the results of an Australia Research Council Discovery Grant funded project considering these issues.

Details about the webinar, and a link to their research report ‘Protecting Students At Work: Australian Universities And Regulating For Quality Work Experience’, are provided below.

Date: 16 November 2021

Time: 10:00am – 11:30pm Adelaide time

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Around the world work experience is being embraced as a strategy to facilitate student transition to employment.  A new report has been published, examining the regulatory challenges faced by Australian universities in responding to this development. You can access the report here. We are also pleased to announce a that a webinar “launch” of the Report will be held on 16 November 2021 hosted by the University of Adelaide and ACEN.

In the webinar participants will learn about the outcomes of the research project. We will:

  • outline some important policy concerns about the use and value of work experience,
  • introduce laws regulating work experience in Australia, including a consideration of the extent to which participants are recognised and protected under both labour and other workplace laws, as well as regulation to ensure educational quality,
  • explain key findings from our research, including how much knowledge of relevant regulation there appeared to be in the institutions we studied,
  • discuss the extent of compliance with what we have termed educational regulation, and some of the challenges in providing sufficient resources for the organisation and management of work experience programs, and
  • present a series of policy recommendations about how work experience could be better regulated in Australia.

The webinar will be of interest to anyone involved in the HE sector, especially those involved in work experience and work integrated learning programs.

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