Legal information and disclaimers

Our shared commitment to respectful relationships

When you enrol in one of our programs, you must agree to abide by TAFE NSW regulations and the rights and responsibilities outlined below.


Aboriginal Pathways student responsibilities:

By taking these responsibilities seriously you make a valuable contribution to a respectful and positive learning experience for everyone:

  • Treat all students and staff with respect and fairness.
  • Positively represent your family, community and employer (if you have one) during the course.
  • Show respect to local Elders and community while visiting their Country.
  • Behave in a responsible and ethical way; this includes agreeing not to cheat, offend, embarrass, harass, threaten or endanger others, and being mindful of how language or swearing may offend some people.
  • Supply true and correct information at enrolment.
  • Follow any reasonable direction, verbal or written, from staff while in class, on residential study blocks or in between blocks.
  • Use the internet in accordance with our Internet Access Policy.
  • Do all assessment tasks by the due date or (in exceptional circumstances) ask for an extension. If you don’t submit your assessment tasks on time, your attendance at future blocks may be affected. If you are having trouble, please have a yarn with your teacher or another staff member in your program team.
  • Return or renew library resources by the due date.
  • Follow safety practices by wearing approved clothing or protective equipment, explained by your teacher. Park or drive vehicles on TAFE NSW property in accordance with instructions, observing campus speed limits.
  • Follow the directions of your teacher and wardens during evacuation, lockdown and other emergency procedures.
  • Respect the environment by not littering and responsible use of water, power and recycling facilities
  • Not use mobile phones in class at any time, unless there is an emergency. This is out of respect for other students, your teachers and any guests in the learning environment.
  • Not smoke where indicated.
  • Not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while in class or on campus.
  • Not damage, steal, modify or misuse TAFE property.


Aboriginal Pathways student rights

  • Have your story, identity and life experience as an Aboriginal person acknowledged and respected.
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.
  • Be treated fairly and with respect by staff and students.
  • Learn in an environment free of harassment and discrimination.
  • Education and training that meets Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) regulations.
  • Attend classes (once fees paid or fee exemption granted).
  • Privacy for personal information in your student records, subject to statutory requirements.
  • Information about assessment procedures at the start of the unit and as progressive results occur.
  • Lodge feedback or a complaint without fear of retaliation or victimisation.
  • Access certain information through the Government Information and Public Access Act.
  • Access to counselling if required.

Together we all contribute to a respectful and positive learning experience.



In compiling the information contained on, and accessed through, this website ("Information") TAFE NSW has used its best endeavours to ensure that the Information is correct and current at the time of publication but takes no responsibility for any error, omission or defect therein.

To the extent permitted by law, TAFE NSW and its employees, agents and consultants exclude all liability for any loss or damage (including indirect, special or consequential loss or damage) arising from the use of, or reliance on, the Information whether or not caused by any negligent act or omission. If any law prohibits the exclusion of such liability, TAFE NSW limits its liability to the extent permitted by law, to the re-supply of the Information.

For the most up-to-date information on course content, attendance modes; fees, concessions, refunds and exemptions; recognition of prior learning and credit transfer options; student support services including literacy and numeracy support and welfare services; student rights and responsibilities; appeals and complaints process and Department of Education and Training Code of Conduct, review the Institute’s website on, the TAFENSW website at or phone 1300 628 233.


Copyright notice

This website and its contents are subject to copyright under the laws of Australia and, through international treaties, other countries. The copyright is owned by TAFE NSW, or in the case of some materials, third parties.

You may view this website and its contents using your web browser and save an electronic copy, or print out a copy, of parts of this website solely for your own information, research or study: but only if you (a) do not modify the copy from how it appears on TAFE NSW's website; and (b) include the copyright notice "© and Trademark ™ TAFE NSW 2014" on the copy.

You must not reproduce, transmit (including broadcast), adapt or otherwise exercise the copyright in the whole or any part of this website for any other purpose except as expressly permitted by a current Links Agreement, by statute or with TAFE NSW's prior written consent.


Trademark notice and TAFE NSW's name

This site includes registered trademarks and trademarks that are the subject of pending applications or which are otherwise protected by law including, but not limited to the word TAFE NSW, North Coast TAFE, and the TAFE NSW logo and North Coast TAFE logo. Unless otherwise indicated, they are owned by TAFE NSW in Australia and may be the subject of rights in other countries.

You may not use TAFE NSW's trademarks or the name TAFE NSW except (1) by saving, or printing out, a copy of TAFE NSW's website as permitted by the Copyright notice; (2) as permitted by a current Links Agreement; or (3) otherwise with TAFE NSW's prior written consent.


Third party sites

This website contains links to third party sites. TAFE NSW is not responsible for the condition or the content of those sites as they are not under TAFE NSW's control. The link(s) are provided solely for your convenience and do not indicate, expressly or impliedly, any endorsement of the site(s) or the products or services provided there. You access those sites and use their products and services solely at your own risk.

Use of information

Any information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques provided by, or obtained from, you or your use of TAFE NSW's website shall be deemed to be non-confidential and TAFE NSW shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute the information to others without limitation.

Applicable law

This website (excluding any linked third party sites) is controlled by TAFE NSW through the Department of Education and Training from its offices at 35 Bridge Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000. By accessing this site, you accept that any disputes about this website or its contents are to be determined by the courts having jurisdiction in New South Wales in accordance with the laws in force in New South Wales (except any principle of conflict of laws inconsistent with this requirement).
This website may be accessed throughout Australia and overseas. TAFE NSW makes no representation that the content of this website complies with the laws (including intellectual property laws) of any country outside Australia. If you access this site from outside Australia, you do so on your own responsibility and are responsible for ensuring compliance with all laws in the place where you are located.

General Rules and Behaviour Guidelines for North Coast TAFE Social Media

North Coast TAFE welcomes your comments, posts, photos, videos and links. If you have questions, we’ll find the answer for you.
We ask that you respect fellow colleagues and abide by these basic rules:

  • use appropriate language
  • be respectful and supportive of your peers by only providing constructive criticism
  • do not send any message or post information that is harassing, defamatory, threatening, abusive, illegal or obscene
  • do no post content that is spam or contains links to irrelevant or third party websites
  • do not violate copyright or other forms of licences and consents
  • take reasonable precautions to prevent others from using your account(s).

North Coast TAFE adheres to each social media’s channel’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Privacy Statements/Policies, and Guidelines and asks the community to do the same.


The opinions expressed by the contributors and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the policies, regulations, or opinions of North Coast TAFE or any employee thereof. North Coast TAFE is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the contributors.

North Coast TAFE makes every effort to ensure that its network environment is safe and secure, but takes no responsibility for the configuration or security of privately owned devices. Staff and students of TAFE who use privately owned devices to access the TAFE network do so at their own risk.


Terms and Conditions

1. Uploading information

You represent and warrant in relation to any material and/or information you provide to the social media site that:

  • you are authorised to provide the material and/or information;
  • the material and/or information is not defamatory or a malicious falsehood in relation to any product, service, person or corporation;
  • the material and/or information is not the “passing off” of any product or service and does not constitute unfair competition;
  • the material and/or information does not infringe any intellectual property right including, but not limited to, trade marks, service marks or business names (whether registered or unregistered), confidential information and copyright; and
  • the material and/or information does not infringe any legislation or regulations of the Commonwealth of Australia and the State of New South Wales including, but not limited to, the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW) and equivalent state and territory legislation and any other parliament competent to legislate in relation to the social media site or any law in any country where the material and/or information is or will be available electronically to users of the social media site.


2. Licence to use intellectual property

By uploading any material which is intellectual property including, but not limited to, information, ideas, concepts, know-how, techniques, copyrighted works, trade marks and service marks (the “intellectual property”) on to the social media site, you are granting North Coast TAFE a perpetual, non-exclusive and payment-free licence throughout the world to:

  • reproduce, use and exploit the intellectual property, as part of the Website/Social media site, to the full extent permitted by intellectual property law in any jurisdiction in which the Website/Social Media site is available to users; and
  • allow North Coast TAFE to sub-licence others the same rights granted to North Coast TAFE in (a) above.

3. Use of information

Any information, ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques provided by/obtained from you, or your use of the North Coast TAFE website/North Coast TAFE Facebook site, shall be deemed to be non-confidential and North Coast TAFE shall be free to reproduce, use, disclose and distribute the information to others without limitation.


4. Removal of information

In relation to any material and/or information included on the Website/North Coast TAFE Facebook site, North Coast TAFE may remove any material and/or information, which violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities or is in anyway otherwise offensive, inappropriate, factually incorrect, of a sensitive nature or commercial, and including but not limited to links to other sites on the WWW, at any time without giving any explanation or justification for removing the material and/or information.

5. Limit of liability

North Coast TAFE and its respective officers, employees and agents have no liability for any costs, losses or damages of any kind, which you may incur, arising whether directly or indirectly. This applies in relation to or in connection with any material and/or information supplied to this Website; and as a consequence of removing any material and/or information from this Website.

6. Indemnity

You will at all times indemnify and keep indemnified North Coast TAFE and its respective officers, employees and agents (in this paragraph referred to as “those indemnified”) from and against any loss (including reasonable legal costs and expenses) or liability incurred by any of those indemnified arising from any claim, demand, suit, action or proceeding by any person against any of those indemnified where such loss or liability arose out of, in connection with or in respect of any breach of this Agreement by you; and publication of or distribution of the material and/or information supplied by you.