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Resources and links

Below are useful resources and links for current students to provide you with additional information on a range of topics which may be helpful during your professional placement or project experience.

ATO The Australian Tax Office (ATO) looks after all taxation, income support and revenue matters for people living in Australia.In November 2010 the ATO came to a decision to allow eligible students to claim a deduction for study expenses if they received Youth Allowance to study full-time. Be sure to find how a work placement may impact your entitlements and obligations regarding taxation matters.

Centrelink provides a range of supplementary payments and services for eligible students. Be sure to contact Centrelink to find out how your work placement earnings may impact your entitlements.


The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) has information for students in relation to industry training, employment and workplace relations.

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman website provides information regarding work rights, obligations and legal entitlements in Australia.

Industry Associations

Professional Associations are membership based organisations that represent their members in a particular industry or industries. They may offer industry contacts, news, ongoing career development resources, job listings, information on conferences and networking opportunities.

Worksafe Worksafe's mission is to ensure outstanding workplace safety, quality care and insurance protection to workers and employers.Be aware of your rights and obligations before entering the workplace.
SSAA The Swinburne Student Amenities Association (SSAA) assists students, where possible, with legal and insurance matters.
Volunteering: Not-for Profit Organisations The Swinburne Careers website provides a comprehensive list of organisations that regularly provide volunteering opportunities for students.
Volunteering through the SSAA The Swinburne Student Amenities Association (SSAA) allows students to register their interest for upcoming volunteering opportunities and regularly advertises upcoming opportunities.
Volunteering Victoria Volunteering Victoria is a comprehensive website dedicated to advertising voluntering opportunities available in the state of Victoria.
Volunteering through SEEK SEEK Volunteering lists hundreds of volunteering opportunities in a diverse range of fields and areas of Australia.


ATO Class Ruling Class ruling regarding Income Tax for Swinburne University Industry-Based Learning Scholarships.
Classification Indices for IEL

A comprehensive guideline of indices that need be met for student experiences or positions to qualify as Industry Engaged Learning.

Co-operative Education Policy Policy and associated procedures to ensure that Cooperative Education programs and activities are conducted at a consistently high standard and correctly administered.
Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Policy Policy which aims to create a positive and equitable work and study environment, where productive learning and research can take place.
Fair Work Act

The Fair Work Act 2009 is administered by the Government for anyone in the workplace to be on familiar terms with their rights and responsibilities under State and Federal Laws.

Insurance Manual

Manual outlining the details and procedures regarding all matters related to insurance at Swinburne.

Police Checks
(Local Students)

Some organisations will require students to obtain a Police Check prior to commencing placements. Organisations should inform students whether they process checks centrally/electronically or if the student is required to apply directly at their local Police Station. They should also advise whether the student or organisation will cover the costs, or if the student is entitled to any reimbursement.

Police Checks
(International Students)

International students that require a Police Check prior to commencing a placement are required to obtain one from their country of residence. If unable to do this or if the specific country of residence does not customarily issue Police Checks, they can obtain one from the Australian Federal Police.
Privacy Policy Guidelines which must be observed by all Swinburne University of Technology (“Swinburne”) staff in relation to the collection, use, storage, security and disclosure of personal information, sensitive information and health records.
Student Placement Information Sheet Factsheet which outlines a Host Organisation's responsibilities in regards to Fair Work and Work Cover and other important matters.
Sexual Harassment Policy Policies and procedures to promote a safe and sexual harassment free work and study environment for all staff and students.
Working With Children Checks (WWC) Students going on placement may be required to obtain a WWC if they will be working with or around minors. Host organisations should inform students if this is a requirement and provide students with any necessary information such as Occupational Field Codes and the Legal Name of the organisation/s that need to be listed.They should also advise whether the student or organisation will cover the costs, or if the student is entitled to any reimbursement.