Terms and Conditions of Registration
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited deliver a range of nationally accredited courses and unit of competency programs. These are collectively referred to as our “courses”.
The following terms and conditions apply to all completed registrations whether undertaken by the student, or third party on behalf of a student, completing a course with The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited.
Along with your booking confirmation, you may receive a tax invoice for your course. The tax invoice acts as a confirmation of the receipt of your registration. This invoice will indicate the total cost required for participation, full payment of the tax invoice is required to guarantee your participation in the course.
Students will be forwarded a confirmation email sent to the email address used at the time of registration. Reminder SMS text messages will also be sent where considered appropriate. It remains the responsibility of the student to attend the course.
Your commencement in the course you have enrolled in is dependent upon:
- sufficient enrolments in the course
- course pre-requisite/s being met
- availability of places in the course
- arriving at the venue at least 15 minutes prior to course commencement. Anyone more than 30 minutes late may not be accepted into the course.
Cancellation, Refund and Transfer
If a student cancels their registration; they will need to provide notice in writing prior to the commencement of the course. Should notification be received 14 days or more prior to the course commencing, The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited will refund 90% of your course fee. Should notification be received less than 14 days prior to the course commencing, no refund will be provided.
If a student is unable to attend a course, a substitute student may take their place at no additional cost but must complete an enrolment form prior to attending. Enrolled students who fail to attend without notification will not be entitled to a refund.
Transfers to other courses can be organised where appropriate. Please provide notice in writing at least 14 days prior to the commencement of the course to allow time for transfer.
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited will make appropriate financial arrangements to guarantee the refund of course fees when:
- the course is cancelled or discontinued, with or without notice; or
- the customer has an acceptable reason for discontinuing the course (e.g. medical).
Alternatively, a substitute course or date may be offered and mutually agreed on.
If for any reason The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited finds it necessary to cancel a course and a suitable transfer to an alternative course cannot be made, you will receive a full refund of fees paid.
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited reserves the right to cancel a course without notice, at its discretion. No additional refund will be provided in addition to course fee regardless of circumstances.
Unique Student Identifiers
A Unique Student Identifier or USI is a reference number issued by the Australian Government to all students completing nationally accredited training. A USI is made up of 10 numbers and letters that:
- creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, even from different training organisations
- will give you access to your training records and transcripts
- can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere
- is free and easy to create and
- stays with you for life
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited are obligated by law to collect or issue USI’s to all students completing accredited training and cannot issue a certificate or statement of attainment until the student has a valid USI.
Under the Data Provision Requirements 2012, The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited is required to collect personal information about you and to disclose that personal information to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER).
Your personal information (including the personal information contained on your enrolment form and your training activity data) may be used or disclosed by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited for statistical, regulatory and research purposes. The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited may disclose your personal information for these purposes to third parties, including:
- School – if you are a secondary student undertaking VET, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship;
- Employer – if you are enrolled in training paid by your employer;
- Commonwealth and State or Territory government departments and authorised agencies;
- Organisations conducting student surveys;
Personal information disclosed to NCVER may be used or disclosed for the following purposes:
- Issuing a VET Statement of Attainment or VET Qualification, and populating Authenticated VET Transcripts;
- facilitating statistics and research relating to education, including surveys;
- understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information; and
- administering VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation.
You may receive an NCVER student survey which may be administered by an NCVER employee, agent or third-party contractor. You may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.
NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth), the VET Data Policy and all NCVER policies and protocols.
Record Keeping and Access to Records
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited will keep a record of your completion and result in a secure, confidential manner, including copies of any relevant qualifications, statements of attainment or certificates of attendance you have obtained in line with the storage requirements detailed by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
As the student, you are able to access this information at any time on request. When you contact The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited, you will be required to establish your identity by answering some questions regarding your original registration. Please allow up to five (5) working days for The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited to retrieve your documents from our archive system.
On the successful completion of your course, The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited will issue you with a qualification, statement of attainment, or certificate of attendance depending on the course you have completed. This will include your name, completion date, the name of the qualification, unit of competency/s or course achieved and a unique certificate identification number.
The certificates issued by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited contain appropriate levels of security to ensure that they cannot be fraudulently copied.
Should you fail to meet the minimum requirements of a course, you will be provided with two (2) additional opportunities to re-submit assessment work, submit additional evidence, or demonstrate competence as part of your course fee. Additional opportunities remain at the discretion of the individual facilitator or program manager.
Nationally recognised qualifications are issued when you are assessed as competent in a nationally recognised qualification. Nationally recognised statements of attainment are issued when you are competent in units of competency, but less than the amount for a full qualification. Certificates of attendance are issued for industry training that is useful for your employment, but not part of the nationally recognised training system. Qualifications and statements of attainment issued by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited are recognised throughout Australia by other Registered Training Organisations, so, if you choose to undertake further course, your training with us may provide you with recognised prior learning into other course.
Continuous Professional Development and Industry Endorsement
Courses delivered by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited may be endorsed by professional bodies and industry specific points or recognition may be awarded in some circumstances. In the event that your course is endorsed to achieve points or recognition, you must meet the minimum required activity as determined by the endorsing authority.
Revocation of a Qualification or Statement of Attainment
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited may revoke a qualification or statement of attainment should it be deemed that it was obtained as a result of misleading or deceptive conduct, issued in error by The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited, or as directed by ASQA.
Qualifications or statements of attainment may also be revoked if the participant is unable to provide full payment for the completed course, on the basis that all reasonable efforts have been made to receipt payment. A final notice of revocation will be issued, providing a period of fourteen (14) days to remit payment for the full amount.
Complaints and Assessment Appeals
All students, prospective students, facilitators, stakeholders who engage with The Benchmarque Group retain have the right to lodge complaints about the service received. Additionally, all students undertaking courses or training programs offered by The Benchmarque Group retain have the right to lodge appeals against decisions made by Benchmarque Group assessors. A full copy of our Complaints and Assessment Appeals Policy can be found here.
Access and Equity
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited will ensure every attempt is made to allow access to our courses for every individual regardless of disability and in accordance with equal opportunity legislation.
The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited also ensures that at all times customers are treated in an ethical and responsible manner that is consistent with the principles of social justice. If you have any concerns or particular requirements, for example assistance with disability, numeracy, or literacy, please contact The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited directly.
As part of our continuous improvement program, we are constantly seeking ways to gain feedback about the courses, training and services we provide. Evaluation Forms will be provided for you to complete at the conclusion of your course. In addition, you may be randomly requested to provide feedback at any stage during or after your participation. The aim of these evaluations is to allow you, the student to have an input into the workings of The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited and to help us achieve a better and more efficient service.
By submitting this form and/or commencing your study with The Benchmarque Group Pty Limited, you are accepting the terms and conditions as detailed above.
Should you have any questions or queries related to these terms and conditions, please contact us on 1300 855 568.