Dress code

Appropriate attire and personal hygiene ensures the health and safety of students and staff of Phillips Institute.  Your appearance should reflect the professional image required by industry.

The following list provides examples of clothing that is inappropriate on campus or on placement:

– singlets, tank tops or strapless tops

– clothing with offensive messages or pictures

– short dresses*, skirts* or shorts

– very sheer blouses

– halter tops or other tops that expose the midriff

– low-cut tops/blouses that expose cleavage

– backless dresses or tops

– thongs, high heels, platform shoes and stilettos are not permitted on campus due to health and safety considerations.

When attending placement^, students must wear the Phillips Institute uniform polo shirts as provided together with either full length black or navy trousers, or skirt*, and black, closed-in, flat shoes with non-slip soles.

*length of skirt must be at or below the knee

Shoes

On campus training includes skills based training, therefore appropriate footwear must be worn to meet all necessary workplace health and safety standards.

When attending placement, shoes must be completely enclosed:  no open toe or backless shoes (including education support placements where required by school policy). Students are responsible for their own footwear.

Hair

Hair should be clean and tidy and worn above the collar when on placement.  Men should be cleanly shaven; however, beards and moustaches are acceptable if well-groomed and trimmed.

Jewellery

Jewellery should not be worn during clinical placements (health services, aged care, disability) due to infection control or skin tear risk.  Jewellery which must be not be worn includes:

– all rings except plain wedding bands

– wrist-watches and bracelets

– hanging necklaces

– hanging earrings, including hoops

– visible piercing should be restricted to ears

Nails

Nails should be clean and neat. False nails must not be worn on clinical placement.  This includes all gel, acrylic, stick-on or painted-on nails and nail products.  Nail polish must not be worn on clinical placement.

Personal hygiene

A high standard of personal hygiene should be maintained. It is important to consider the comfort of other students, trainers, staff, residents, clients and patients.

Personal hygiene includes:

– ensuring you wash your hands:

– before eating or preparing food or beverages

– after using the toilet

– after blowing your nose

– after smoking

– after handling animals

– bathing or showering daily

– brushing your teeth every day

– ensuring you wear freshly laundered clothing every day

– using an appropriate, non-highly perfumed deodorant every day

If you have any questions or concerns about this dress code, please speak with one of our friendly staff.

^polo shirts are generally not provided for students undertaking the CHC40213 
Certificate IV in Education Support course, however, check with our office if you 
would like a uniform shirt