A safe and fair environment

A safe and fair environment


Macquarie University PACE is committed to the safety of our students both on and off campus. To become a PACE partner there are several important checks that must be maintained to ensure a fair and safe workplace environment for all involved.

The University has an obligation to ensure our partner organisations are providing a safe environment for our students and that any potential risks associated with an activity are assessed and mitigated.

The University undertakes a risk assessment of all PACE activities. Where potential ‘out of the ordinary’ tasks are anticipated, more detailed assessment may be required. In most cases the risk assessment process will be relatively simple, provided sufficient information about the activity and any associated risks has been provided by the partner organisation.

To find out how more about the roles and responsibilities of PACE partners download our Governance and Guidelines booklet.

Fair work act 2009

Unpaid PACE activities are classified as valid vocational placements under the Fair Work Act. 

This also means PACE students are not classified as 'workers' by the Fair Work Act and are therefore not entitled to the minimum wage and other entitlements. If a student is paid to undertake the PACE activity, they are classified as an employee and all relevant entitlements and provisions should apply. 

Find out more about student placements under the Fair Work Act.

Background checks

In some cases students may be required to complete certain background checks and/or clearances in cases where they will be working with children, young people, people with disabilities, the frail-aged, at-risk clients, and government/statutory agencies.

Background checks/clearances may include: 

  • Working with Children Check
  • National Criminal Record Check
  • Health screening/immunisation
  • Completion of other documentation

PACE staff will consult with partner organisations about:

  • any required clearances;
  • who will arrange for the clearances to be obtained; and
  • who pays for the clearances where there is a cost incurred.

Students must complete the required background clearances before starting their activity.


Students engaging in a PACE activity are covered by the University's insurance for:

  • Personal Accident Insurance 
  • Public Liability Insurance 
  • Travel Insurance when the journey is over 50km or overnight accommodation is required

Insurance cover is valid during the PACE activity, providing the student is enrolled in an approved PACE unit, and the activity has not commenced prior to the official unit start date. Students who wish to start their activity early must apply for Early Commencement to ensure coverage under the University's insurance policy.

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