The provision of a safe workplace for our staff and students is a top priority of TAFE SA. To achieve our vision we maintain an effective Work Health and Safety Management System consistent with internationally recognised standards.
In recognition of this shared responsibility for safety and wellbeing, we expect and support all staff, students, visitors and contractors to take an active role in identifying, reporting and managing health and safety risks.
Students and staff also have a legal duty to take care and protect their own health and safety and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of others.
Ambulance and Medical Expenses
Students are not employed by TAFE SA and therefore are not covered by TAFE SA Return to Work (WorkCover) for medical expenses.
- There is no medical cover for students injured while attending TAFE SA courses, however, TAFE SA will meet valid claims where TAFE SA may be considered negligent.
- You may be covered for some expenses if you are an apprentice or on a formal vocational placement (see directly below).
- You are encouraged to take out some form of insurance and/or join the SA Ambulance Service.
- If you are injured you may be referred to a medical practitioner and you may need to be transported to medical assistance by ambulance
- Where students require transportation by ambulance and TAFE SA called the ambulance, TAFE SA will reimburse costs, if the student does not have ambulance cover and if they are not at TAFE SA for their work purposes.
This applies to you studying on campus or off campus, including field trips and camps.
Apprentices are treated like any other student, however, as your employer considers you to be at work while studying at TAFE SA, you should direct any Return to Work claim to your employer if you are injured.
Students on a formal Vocational Placement are covered for some hospital, ambulance and other medical expenses. Your lecturer will discuss this with you before you undertake the placement.
Disclosure of Medical Conditions
If you have a medical condition that may mean you require support or the condition may affect your performance under certain conditions or at certain times, please advise your lecturer, course coordinator or student counsellor before you commence your study. Such conditions may include a disability or the prescribed use of medication that may affect your performance or attendance. All information is treated confidentially and is used to provide you with the best possible support while studying at TAFE SA.
All TAFE SA campuses have well established processes that occur during any emergency. These processes will be discussed during your first week in class and are tested throughout the year.
If you have a disability that will affect your ability to evacuate the building in a timely manner, please advise your student counsellor or lecturer about a PEEP (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan). This plan details the requirements necessary to allow you to exit the building safely under extraordinary situations.
Check your local TAFE SA campus as to the availability of services such as patrol staff, surveillance cameras and recovery of lost property.
Smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes
TAFE SA is pleased to promote a smoke free environment, including vaping and e-cigarettes.
A smoke free environment means that smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes are prohibited on all TAFE SA owned grounds including all shared spaces/courtyards, carparks and cafes (external areas).