Complaints

1.  Complaints

During course activities, students may have some concerns with the processes they are being exposed to or they may be unhappy with a particular aspect of the program. ACTA Group undertakes to provide a mechanism allowing allows for the fair and equitable resolution of any issues.

 

ACTA Group complaints process is available to manage and respond to allegations involving the conduct of:

  • ACTA Group, its trainers, assessors or other personnel; or
  • AN ACTA Group contracted third party providing services of ACTA Group, including the third party representatives trainers, assessors or other personnel; or
  • A student of ACTA Group.

 

Allowing students to easily engage with the personnel of ACTA Group about any concerns they have can stop minor issues becoming larger. There is no fee or charge levied for any complaint processed.

ACTA Group will maintain a student complainant’s enrolment during any appeal process.

 

ACTA Group’s complaints process is publicly available on the ACTA Group website, and is provided to all prospective clients via the relevant handbook for each stakeholder group prior to enrolment. Where ACTA Group uses third parties to deliver services, complaints information is also made available to prospective clients of these third party representatives.

 

ACTA Group’s complaints process follow the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness by allowing anyone subject to a decision by ACTA Group, or anyone who has allegations made against them, to tell their side of the story before a decision is made.

 

1.1. Complaint & Grievance Procedure

The following problem resolution framework has therefore been implemented for all stakeholders raising a complaint or issue, with a desire to resolve matters as positive adults. This procedure applies to all complaints about:

  • Academic matters from students;
  • Non-academic matters from students; and
  • Non-academic matters from persons seeking to enrol with the ACTA Group in a VET course or unit of study.

1. In the first instance a student should discuss the matter with the personnel member or responsible person con Where this is not considered appropriate then the complainant is encouraged to discuss the matter with ACTA Group management.

If the complainant is satisfied with the outcome of the discussion, it would mean that the matter is resolved.

2. Any client may submit a formal complaint to ACTA Group in writing. Complaints are to include the following information:

  • Submission date of complaint;
  • Name of complainant;
  • Nature of complaint;
  • Date of the event which lead to the complaint; and
  • Any other relevant information or attachments (if applicable).

ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer

Ash Humphries

ash@actagroup.com.au

07 5593 8268

 

3. The ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer will acknowledge receipt of the complaint in writing within five working days and arrange a suitable time if needed to discuss the complaint.

4. The Chief Executive Officer will investigate the complaint, or refer the matter to appropriate ACTA Group personnel to investig In either case, the investigation will be resolved and decisions made on the complaint within 20 working days of the complaint being received in writing.

 

In all cases, each party may be accompanied and assisted by a third party at any relevant meeting.

5. The complainant will be informed of any decisions or outcomes concluded in writing, with reasons provided for the decisions or  outco With  this notification, all  complainants will receive information on how they can progress their compliant if still unhappy.

6. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome, they may escalate the complaint in writing to the ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer.

7. Escalated complaints are to include the following information:

  • Submission date of complaint;
  • Name of complainant;
  • Nature of complaint;
  • Reasons why the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the original complaint; and
  • Any other relevant information or attachments (if applicable).

8. The ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer will acknowledge receipt of the escalated complaint in writing within five working days and arrange a suitable time if needed to discuss the complaint.

9. The Chief Executive Officer will investigate the complaint, or refer the matter to an external dispute resolution process by a body appointed for this purpose by ACTA Group. The default external body available is:

 

Resolution Institute

1800 651 650

infoaus@resolution.institute

 

In either case, the investigation will be resolved and decisions made on the escalated complaint within twenty working days of the complaint being received in writing.

10. The complainant will be informed of any decisions or outcomes concluded in writing, with reasons provided for the decisions or  outco With  this notification, all  complainants will receive information on how they can progress their compliant if still unhappy.

11. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome, and the complaint is yet to be mediated by an external dispute resolution process, they may escalate the complaint in writing to the ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer. In this situation, the Chief Executive Officer will:

  • Acknowledge receipt of the escalated complaint in writing within five working days; and
  • Refer the matter to an external dispute resolution process by a body appointed for this purpose by ACTA Group.
  • ACTA Group will give due consideration to any recommendations arising from the external review within ten working days of the receipt of the recommendation
  • The investigation will be resolved and decisions made on the complaint within thirty working days of the escalated complaint being received in writing.

12. The complainant will be informed of any decisions or outcomes concluded in writing, with reasons provided for the decisions or  outco With  this notification, all  complainants will receive information on how they can progress their compliant if still unhappy.

 

All stages of the complaints process are documented and notes provided to all parties involved, including the outcomes of the complaint at each stage and reasons for the decisions made. Each complaint and its outcome is recorded in writing and stored on the Complaints Register. This register is located at:

Server Drive / Management

If at any stage ACTA Group considers more than 60 calendar days are required to process and finalise the complaint, ACTA Group:

  • Informs the complainant in writing, including reasons why more than 60 calendar days are required; and
  • regularly updates the complainant on the progress of the matter.

If the internal or external complaint handling or appeal process results in a decision that supports the student, ACTA Group immediately implements any decision and/or corrective and preventative action required and advises the student of the outcome.

 

At all times records of complaints and grievances are maintained confidentially. ACTA Group retains records of all complaints and grievances for a period of at least five years, allowing parties to the complaint or grievance appropriate access to these records.

 

1.2. Complaints Key Contacts

If the student is still not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, they are directed to seek further assistance from the following additional parties:

 

Organisation Details
Vocational Education & Training Programs

Australia Skills & Quality Authority (ASQA)

1300 701 801

enquiries@asqa.gov.au

Skills Canberra www.cmd.act.gov.au/skillscanberra/individuals
NSW Department of Education & Training www.training.nsw.gov.au
NT Department of Education and Training www.det.nt.gov.au
QLD Department of Education, Training & Employment www.training.qld.gov.au
SA Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology www.training.sa.gov.au
Skills Tasmania www.skills.tas.gov.au
Victorian Department of Education & Training www.skills.vic.gov.au
WA Department of Training and Workforce Development www.dtwd.wa.gov.au

 

1.3. Improvement Actions

ACTA Group confirms its commitment to investigate and act on any complaint raised, and also to take appropriate action in any case where complaints are substantiated. In cases where a complaint is upheld, ACTA Group endeavours to identify the cause of the complaint and implement steps to prevent the situation happening again.

 

All improvement actions arising from complaints are raised via an Improvement Record. ACTA Group maintains a Continuous Improvement Register for recording the receipt and management of improvement records.

 

Once improvement records are raised, activities review complaints and their causes, evaluate corrective actions to resolve the issue and prevent reoccurrence, implement appropriate actions, record results of actions undertaken and review these actions to ensure effectiveness after implementation.

The Continuous Improvement Register and Improvement Records are located at:

Server Drive / Management

2.   Assessment Appeals

ACTA Group provides all students with a formal appeals process, which draws on a commitment to all parties understanding their rights and responsibilities in the assessment process. Other grievances or issues not pertaining to assessments should be referred to ACTA Group’s complaints processes.

 

ACTA Group’s appeals process facilitates requests for a review of decisions, including assessment decisions, made by ACTA Group or a third party representative providing services on ACTA Group’s behalf.

 

ACTA Group’s appeals process follows the principles of natural justice and procedural fairness by allowing anyone subject to a decision by ACTA Group, or anyone who has allegations made against them, to tell their side of the story before a decision is made. There is no fee or charge levied for any appeal processed.

 

ACTA Group will maintain a student appellant’s enrolment during any appeal process.

ACTA Group’s process ensures that the decision-maker is independent of the decision being reviewed (for example, an assessor does not consider or decide an appeal against an assessment decision they made). If a student objects to actions taken or decisions made by ACTA Group personnel in conducting Recognition of Prior Learning and assessment services, they have the right to lodge an appeal.

 

Students also have the right to lodge an appeal against competency decisions made if:

  • They believe the outcome is invalid; or
  • They feel the process was invalid, inappropriate or unfair.

2.1. Appeals Process

ACTA Group’s appeals process is publicly available on the ACTA Group’s website.

  1. Before making a formal appeal, students are required to discuss the matter with the relevant ACTA Group personnel in an effort to reach an agreemen ACTA Group personnel will undertake to reassess the decision that has been made.
  1. If a student is still unhappy, they must lodge a formal appeal in writing to ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer.
  1. Upon receiving a formal appeal, ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer will:
    • Acknowledge receipt of the appeal in writing within five working days; and
    • Appoint an independent member of personnel as a third party to try to resolve the issu Any decision recommended by the third party is not binding to either party.

The independent member will review the information provided by all parties and either reject or uphold the appeal. The student will be advised of the outcome of the appeal in writing within 10 working days of lodging the appeal, including reasons for the decision made, and any additional appeal or complaint options available to them.

  1. If a student, on receiving written advice on the initial appeal, is still unhappy they may lodge a second appeal to the ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer. The ACTA Group Chief Executive Officer will:
    • Acknowledge receipt of the further appeal in writing within five working days; and
    • Appoint another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to review the appeal, at no additional cost to the stud This second registered training organisation will:
      • Uphold the appeal;
      • Reject the appeal; or
      • Recommend further evidence gathering by either party.

The student will be advised of the outcome of the appeal in writing within 20 working days of lodging the further appeal, including reasons for the decision made, and any additional appeal or complaint options available to them.

 

  1. If a student, on receiving written advice on the further appeal, is still unhappy they have a right of appeal to:
    • Their  relevant   State   Training   Authority   (STA)   in   each   state   and   territory   if   an apprenticeship/traineeship based course; or
    • Alternatively to the Australian Skills & Quality Authority (ASQA) via the appropriate process.

http://www.asqa.gov.au/complaints/making-a-complaint.html

 

If at any stage ACTA Group considers more than 60 calendar days are required to process and finalise the appeal, ACTA Group:

  • Informs the appellant in writing, including reasons why more than 60 calendar days are required; and
  • regularly updates the appellant on the progress of the matter.

 

All stages of the appeals process are documented and notes provided to all parties involved, including the outcomes of the appeal and reasons for the decisions made. Each appeal and its outcome is recorded in writing and stored on the Appeals Register. This register is located at:

Server Drive / Management

 

2.2. Improvement Actions

ACTA Group confirms its commitment to investigate and act on any appeal raised, and also to take appropriate action in any case where appeals are substantiated. In cases where an appeal is upheld, ACTA Group endeavours to identify the cause of the appeal and implement steps to prevent the situation happening again.

All improvement actions arising from appeals are raised via an Improvement Record. ACTA Group maintains a Continuous Improvement Register for recording the receipt and management of improvement records.

 

Once improvement records are raised, activities review appeals and their causes, evaluate corrective actions to resolve the issue and prevent reoccurrence, implement appropriate actions, record results of actions undertaken and review these actions to ensure effectiveness after implementation.

The Continuous Improvement Register and Improvement Records are located at:

Server Drive / Management