Assessment Information

Vocational Education and Training (VET) assessment is based on national benchmarks, called competency standards, for the occupation or industry in which an individual is training.  A successful result in VET assessment is recorded as ‘Competent’ according to industry standards.  For further information about Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning applications click here.

Demonstration of Competency

Marking of Assessments

Assessment Validation and Moderation

Assessment Explained



Assessment Resubmission and Resits

Non-submission of assessments and assignments

Late Assessments and Assignments

Assessment and Assignment Extensions

Grading Key

Demonstration of Competency

Competence is the combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and abilities that underpin effective performance in a profession/occupational area. The emphasis in Vocational Education and Training (VET) assessment is on the student’s ability to perform practical tasks and describe/explain how and why tasks are completed in particular ways. While the emphasis on academic writing in VET courses is different to Higher Education courses, students are expected to have a good standard of literacy for Diploma level qualifications and need to be able to express themselves clearly in written English.  NB: in the Diploma of Nursing 92% of all units have a clinical practicum requirement that must be met to enable a student to successfully meet all requirements of assessment for the unit of competency.

A variety of methods are used to assess students including:

  • a variety of classroom, computer and clinical lab based assessments - written examinations, tests, assignments, presentations and case studies have been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Health Training Package and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMAC) which reflect the ANMAC Competency Standards for Enrolled Nurses.
  • On-the-job components assessed by a clinical facilitator for those undertaking clinical experience placements.  Placements in nursing and aged care require assessment of a student’s ability to apply skills and knowledge in a workplace setting.  Clinical practicums  will  take place in aged care, mental health, continuing care, rehabilitation services and acute care settings.  

Marking of Assessments

As a student progresses through a unit of competency and completes the various assignment and assessment tasks, they are assessed on each task as ‘satisfactory’ or ‘not satisfactory’.  If a student is assessed as 'not satisfactory' they are provided one (1) opportunity to resubmit or resit.   Further opportunities are managed on a case by case basis.  Once all tasks for the unit of competency have been completed satisfactorily, the outcome result for the unit of competency is recorded as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ or 'results pending placement'(RPP).  Some units of competency will also include a mark out of 100.

Teaching staff make decisions about whether a task has been satisfactorily completed using the following considerations:

a)  all parts of the assessment task/s have been completed to a standard that satisfactorily meets the requirements set out in all of the marking criteria (as set out in the unit of competency)

b)  the student’s work is of a standard to be acceptable in the workplace for an entry-level employee in the occupation in question, including acceptable formatting, expression, language, spelling and grammar

c)  the assignment and assessment tasks are the student’s own work, except as appropriately acknowledged by the use of referencing 

Students will be required to achieve a mark of 50% for each assessment task.  For Diploma of Nursing students an exception to this is with unit/s associated with medication administration where a mark of 100% is required for the drug and intravenous calculation assessment tasks.  All students studying First Aid are required to achieve 100% with all assessments to achieve competency in that unit.

Assessment Validation and Moderation

HSA achieves consistency in assessment marking through validation and moderation activities held regularly to improve the way assignment and assessment tasks are described, explained and marked to assist teaching staff to interpret and apply marking criteria consistently.

Assessment Explained

Assessment is a broad term and it is used to describe all the assignment and assessment tasks that are required to be submitted by a due date.  Most assessments are completed under non supervised conditions, although some assessments require students to be observed in a simulated learning environment or workplace as provided by clinical placements.   To achieve a result of Competent for a VET unit of competency at HSA, a student must satisfactorily complete all assignments and assessments including the workplace/clinical practicum requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to read and follow all instructions required.   

As appropriate for the assessment task, presentation of your skills, knowledge and understanding may include the following formats: 

a)    continuous written paragraphs of text

b)    headings and sub-headings to organise text

c)    bullet points rather than (or as well as) continuous text

d)    use of examples and illustrations from their own experience – particularly their relevant work experience

e)    use of examples and illustrations from textbooks, journal articles, internet sites and other sources, provided these are appropriately acknowledged

f)     role-play or practical activities in class

g)    observed undertaking tasks during clinical and computer lab sessions

h)    observed undertaking tasks in a workplace during clinical placement

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of mechanisms within Health Skills Australia  for seeking assistance and advice in relation to assessment and assignments and the submission of assessment tasks.


Plagiarism is defined as taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words of another person by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement. This includes material from any source, staff, students, the Internet - published and unpublished works.

Examples of Plagiarism are:

  • using another author's work which is paraphrased or presented without a reference to that author
  • copying other students' work; including items of the assignment which are written in conjunction with other students (without prior permission of your educator)
  • submitting work which has already been submitted for assessment previously in another course
  • re-presenting  the same assignment for more than one module in the course
  • presenting as their own work an assignment completed by another person
  • presenting as their own work information, text, figures, statistics, artwork, graphics or other material taken from any source
  • quoting or paraphrasing material from a source without acknowledgment
  • cheating in an exam by using unauthorised notes or copying from other students

The best way to avoid plagiarism is to make notes of where you find information, and then acknowledge the source of the information used in the assignment or assessment task.  Such work may include sections of text, quotations, original ideas, graphics, diagrams, charts, tables and figures. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that full acknowledgement is given to the use of another person’s work, thoughts and/or intellectual property.

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HSA requires all students to use the APA Referencing Style.  Students should use this style when referencing.   Students must acknowledge the work of others whenever they include it in their assignments and assessment tasks, both to acknowledge the work and ideas of the originator and also to enable the reader to follow up the original work if required.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow The American Psychological Association Publication Manual (6th edition) style for any referencing that is included in assignments.  

Click here for the HSA referencing style guide.

Please note:  Students will not be penalised in their overall assessment result for inconsistency in referencing style.  Poor referencing alone will not result in a ‘not yet satisfactory’ result unless referencing has not been attempted, resulting in plagiarism.   Students should refer to the Referencing Guide for details and examples of this referencing style.

Assessment Submission

Hardcopy hand submitted assessment:  Students are required to print and attach to their hard copy paperwork a completed cover sheet and submit as directed by the trainer.  The cover sheet includes the declaration that the assessment you are submitting is your own work. Note: if you are required to upload an assessment to the online class space hard copy assessments are not accepted.

Online assessment submissions: No cover sheet is required, students must have all information on submission and be saved using the following format:

Student Name_Student ID number_ AssessmentNumber and Unit of Competency Code '.  An example of how this should look is:


All assessments and assignments must be submitted by the due date unless an extension has been granted.  The due date is midnight Sunday at the end of the week specified by the unit of competency assignment requirements. All written assignments must be uploaded onto the online grade book through the student portal.

  • All written assessments must be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
  • PDF format or hand written assessments will not be accepted. 

Applications for assignment or assessment extensions must be applied for no later than 3 working days priorto the scheduled due date.   The application form must be completed and submitted for approval in person, by email, unless unforseen circumstances prevent the student from applying within this period.  

Clinical Log books upon completion of clinical placement/practicums must be submitted within one week of completing clinical placement/practicums to the clinical placement team.  

Assessment Re-submission and Resits (all students) (and clinical laboratory make-up HLT51612 students only)

Students will have one (1) opportunity to resubmit or resit a unit of competency assessment task(including tests).   

Failure to resubmit or attend a resit/make-up lab session will require students to provide a medical certificate or approval from the Senior Educator prior to another resit to be able to be booked.  The approval and the medical certificate must accompany the resit booking form.

Students can expect the educator/trainer to provide feedback to guide re-submission work and the student must resubmit within one(1) week from the date the feedback was provided to you in the grade book online.   Assessments not resubmitted or reassessed within this time frame will result in a ‘not yet satisfactory (NYS)’ outcome for that assessment and a Not Yet Competent (NYC) outcome for the unit.

HLT54115 Substitute Clinical Laboratory Classes - please see the online student lounge or student administration for the schedule

Non-Submission of Assessments and Assignments

Assessments and assignment tasks not submitted by the due date will result in a grade of 'Not Yet Satisfactory (NYS)  for that assessment.

Late Assessments and Assignments

Assignments and assessments which are received after the due date, without an agreed extension will not be marked and result in a grade of 'Not Yet Satisfactory' (NYS) for that assessment or assignment.

Assessment and Assignment Extensions

All students have the right to apply for an extension for the first submission of an assignment in accordance with the following:

a)      For an extension of up to one (1) week it is the responsibility of the student to make the request directly to the UOC trainer. The trainer will only grant an extension on medical, compassionate or other serious grounds. Extension requests must be submitted no later than the Thursday prior to the Sunday due date, unless special unforeseen circumstances prevent the student from applying within this period.

b)      Requests for an extension in excess of one (1) week  from the original assignment due date must be submitted to the Senior Educator, using an Assessment Extension Application Form. This form must be completed and submitted for approval in person, by email or fax at least three (3) full  working days before the revised due date of the assignment unless the special unforeseen circumstances prevent the student from applying within this period. 

Refer to for the Assessment Extension Application Form.

c)      HSA reserves the right to refuse an application for an extension. Students will be notified of the outcome of their application for an extension within two (2) working days by email. Students who have not received a response within this time-frame should contact the appropriate Course Coordinator.

d)      No extension can exceed three (3) weeks from the original due date. The number of days granted for an extension will be based on the evidence supplied in the student’s supporting documentation.

e)      A student has the right to appeal a decision to refuse an extension by following the Academic Grievances and Appeals Policy.

f)       Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances which are judged to be unforeseen and beyond the student’s control. 

g)       Extensions will not be considered or granted for resubmitted assignments.

All students have the right to apply for special consideration due to illness or other misadventure. However, please note that personal,  medical and employment difficulties will not be considered as valid grounds for an assessment appeal.

Assessment Appeal

All students have the right to appeal  academic decisions. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the procedures for lodging an appeal and the grounds considered valid for an appeal by referring to the Academic Grievances, Appeals

If an assessment appeal is accepted as valid, the assignment will be re-marked by another member of the teaching staff. The old outcome will be deleted and the new result will be recorded as the outcome for the assignment. If a student is dissatisfied with the appeal decision, they may follow the Academic Grievances, Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure

The Grading System

Each unit generally has three or more assessments.  Each assessment contributes to the overall outcome for the unit.  Some units of competency can only be finalised through successful assessment and completion while on clinical placement.  Each assessment is detailed in the 'Assessment Summary' which can be downloaded from the online class space for the unit. 






Student   has successfully performed in all components of the Unit of Competency to the   required standard.  Units of Competency   graded as ‘Competent’ contribute to the course completion requirements.  The grade ‘Competent’ is used in Vocational   Education and Training courses only.

Not   Yet Competent


Student   has not successfully performed in all components of the Unit of Competency to   the required standard.  The grade ‘Not   Yet Competent’ is used in Vocational Education and Training Courses only.

Withdrawn   Fail


Student failed   to submit assessments or failed to pass 1 or more assessments or withdraws post census.

Result Pending


Result Pending

Result Pending is a temporary grade which   indicates that the result for an assessment or unit has not been finalised.

Result Pending - placement


Result Pending Placement

Result Pending Placement is a temporary   grade which indicates that the result for a unit with a clinical   placement component is yet to be completed.

Results Pending placement - transition

RPP -Transition

Result Pending Placement - Transition

Result Pending Placement - Transition is a temporary grade which indicates that the result will be transitioned to the related unit of competency  in the updated training package.

Credit Transfer


Credit   transfer is provided when successful completion of a unit of competency is previously   achieved

Recognition of Prior Learning


Recognition   of Prior Learning (RPL) recognises a student’s non-formal and informal   learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the   unit of competency standards



Clinical Placement/Practicum outcomes



Student has successfully completed all requirements of the Clinical Placement/practicum to the required standard. 

Not Satisfactory


Student has not successfully met all requirements of the Clinical placement/practicum  to the required standard.

Did Not Start


Clinical placement/practicum was arranged however student was not able to attend.



Outstanding  is a temporary grade as Clinical placement/practicum outcomes are in the process of being finalised.


Students will be able to view their results when they are released by logging in to the student portal and clicking on “My Academic Results” on the left hand Navigation Panel.

Term results will be made available after the end of the relevant term and  once approved by the Board of Examiners.