Placement Information

Phillips Institute’s extensive industry connections and regular consultations ensure you will be trained the way that employers expect.  Many training courses require a practical placement component – this page includes further information about placement requirements.

Who organises your placement?

If your course requires a practical placement as part of your training, then we will source a suitable placement and organise it for you*, an opportunity that frequently results in a job offer.  This means it is especially important that you treat this valuable opportunity as a chance to secure employment and a good reference for your next job application.

We guarantee that, as part of your training, we will source one placement opportunity for students of these courses*:

  • health services assistance (PSA)
  • aged care (PCA)
  • home & community care (HACC)
  • disability
  • leisure & health

These placements will be organised in the Melbourne metropolitan area.  Rural and interstate students should speak with us about possible placement opportunities.

Students are advised that if they have sourced their own placement organisation, they must advise us at the earliest opportunity so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you where possible.

Your Personal Presentation when on Placement

As you undertake the placement component of your training within a health services, aged care or disability services organisation, you must ensure that your grooming and presentation is of the highest professional standard.

  • What you should wear:
    • freshly laundered, clean and neat Phillips Institute student uniform (one top is supplied) with black or navy trousers
    • your Phillips Institute name-tag (supplied)
    • dark socks and closed-in black rubber-soled footwear – not sport shoes
    • no jackets, hoodies or cardigans with this uniform during your shift
    • hair longer than your collar must be tied back securely
    • shower or bathe frequently, and do wear underarm deodorant, as body odour may offend
    • wash your hair frequently, brush your teeth everyday and ensure your breath is fresh – you will be working in close or direct contact with other people, so your personal cleanliness and grooming is especially important
  • What you should not wear:
    • highly perfumed body sprays, perfume or after shave, heavy makeup
    • coloured nail polish or artificial nails
    • jewellery or wrist-watches, including necklaces, hanging earrings and rings  – a plain wedding band is acceptable
    • open-toed footwear, sandals, thongs, high heels, sports shoes

Police Checks

As part of the enrolment process, and with your permission, we conduct a national police check on your behalf.  A copy is supplied to you when your placement is organised so that you can provide it directly to the host placement organisation.

Working with Children Check

Health services, aged care and educational organisations require all staff, volunteers and students undergoing practical work placements to hold a current Working with Children Check (WWC).  Students in Victoria need to apply online as a volunteer (no charge), and you must make the application yourself as we are not able to make this application for you.  You can find out more about how to get yours here.

Immunisations and placements

Many placement organisations now require mandatory reporting of your immunisation status.  When you enrol, you will be supplied with further information about the vaccinations you may need to have before you can commence your placement.

For example, some placement organisations may require students, with their application for placement, to:  adhere to their immunisation schedule; provide a record of vaccination status and immunity to infectious diseases.

These placement organisations may reserve the right to refuse students a placement if they are not vaccinated in accordance with their guidelines and if it is deemed that the person will be at risk of contracting or transmitting vaccine preventable infectious diseases. All persons who have only partial or no demonstrated immunity to vaccine-preventable infectious diseases may be expected to declare this prior to commencement of their placement with these organisations.  Your trainer can provide further information about immunisation.

Education Support Placements

*We do not currently offer to source placements for education support students, as most students in these programs are able to organise this themselves, often with a local school.

If you are an education support student, please advise us of the contact details for your proposed placement organisation and we will organise all placement contracts and insurance on your behalf.

If you are intending to study education support, please consider whether you are able to source your placement organisation yourself.