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Flight One Academy – VET Student Loans Grievance Policy

Flight One Academy recognises that customers who train and study at Flight One Academy have the right to have their grievances dealt with in a fair, just and prompt manner based on a policy and procedure that is accessible, effective and easily understood. A grievance will be dealt with on a professional level, without bias or prejudice, in a balanced and confidential manner.

Definition of a complaint 

Complaints may be made against Flight One Academy and services provided and any of its instructors or staff, any third party providing services for Flight One Academy or any other student.

Definition of an appeal 

Appeals are both non-academic and academic. Non-academic appeals are in relation to appeals against decisions made by Flight One Academy. Academic appeals concern appeals again and against an assessment decision made by Flight One Academy. This policy does not cover appeals against an external exam set and marked by the licencing authority.

Principles of resolution

Flight One Academy is committed to developing a procedurally fair complaints and appeals process that is carried out free from bias, following the principles of natural justice. Flight One Academy ensures that complaints and appeals:

Flight One Academy will inform all persons or parties involved in any allegations made as well as providing them with an opportunity to present their side of the matter.

There are no charges for students to submit, a complaint or appeal to Flight One Academy, or to seek information or advice about doing so.

Nothing in this policy and procedure limits the rights of an individual to take action under Australia’s Consumer Protection laws and it does not circumscribe an individual’s rights to pursue other legal remedies.

Making a complaint or appeal

Under the rules for VET Student Loans, Flight One Academy will not victimise or discriminate against you for:

  1. seeking review or reconsideration of a decision; or
  2. using the provider’s processes or procedures about dealing with grievances; or
  3. making an application for re-crediting of the student’s FEE-HELP balance under Part 6 of the Act.

Complaints should be made as soon as possible after the incident occurring and appeals must be made within thirty (30) calendar days of the original decision being made.

A Complaints Lodgement form is available from the General Manager. You should provide as much information as possible to enable Flight One Academy to investigate and determine an appropriate solution. This should include:

Timeframes for resolution

The complaint or appeal will be acknowledged in writing within 3 business days.

The complaints and appeals process will commence within 10 business days of receipt of the application. Complaints and appeals will be finalised as soon as practicable or at least within 30 calendar days unless there is a significant reason for the matter to take longer.

In matters where additional time is needed, the complainant or appellant will be advised in writing of the reasons and will be updated weekly on the progress of the matter until such a time that the matter is resolved.

Resolution of complaints and appeals

A Senior Manager of Flight One Academy will be involved in resolving complaints and appeals as outlined in the procedures.

If a complaint or appeal involves another individual or organisation, they will be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations made.

Each party involved in the complaint or appeal may have a support person of their choice present at meetings scheduled to resolve the issue.

In the case of an assessment appeal, an assessor who is independent from the original decision will assess the original task again. The outcome of this assessment will be the result granted for the assessment task. The complainant or appellant will be advised in writing of the outcome of the process and the reasons for the findings made.

Flight One Academy will maintain a student’s enrolment throughout the internal appeals processes. In the case of an external appeals process it will depend on the type of appeal as to whether Flight One Academy maintains the student’s enrolment as follows:

If the appeal is against Flight One Academy’s decision to report the student for unsatisfactory course progress or attendance, the student’s enrolment will be maintained until the external process is completed and has supported or not supported Flight One Academy’s decision.

Independent Parties

Flight One Academy acknowledges the need for an appropriate independent party to be appointed to review a matter where this is requested by the complainant or appellant and the internal processes have failed to resolve the matter. Costs associated with independent parties to review a matter must be covered by the complainant/appellant unless the decision to include an independent party was made by Flight One Academy.

The independent party is the https://vet.ombudsman.gov.au/ for VET Student Loan students. This service is free of charge. Where a VET Student Loans student is not satisfied with the outcome or conduct of the internal process, they are referred to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. See information under external complaint avenues.

For fee for services students, the recommended external mediator is the Resolution Institute. Students are responsible for all associated costs.

Flight One Academy will provide complete cooperation with the external mediator investigating the complaint/appeal and will be bound by the recommendations arising out of this process.

The General Manager will ensure that any recommendations made are implemented within twenty (20) days of being notified of the recommendations. The complainant or appellant will also be formally notified in writing of the outcome of the mediation, and any recommendations being actioned by Flight One Academy.

External complaint avenues 

Complaints can also be made via the following avenues:

Complainants may also complain to Flight One Academy’s registering body, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

ASQA can investigate complaints about Flight One Academy in relation to:

Students may complain to the Ombudsman if you believe Flight One Academy has not treated you fairly or has made an incorrect decision.

The Ombudsman may not be able to investigate your complaint if you have not already exhausted our formal internal complaints process as above.

Please refer to the following website if you are considering making a complaint: https://vet.ombudsman.gov.au/

Records of complaints and appeals

Flight One Academy will maintain a record of all complaints and appeals and their outcomes and reasons for the outcomes on the Complaints and Appeals Register, which will be securely stored according to the Privacy Policy and Procedures.

 

This policy was last updated: 30 May 2022

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