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Admission and Enrolment Policy

This policy sets out the Leaders Institute (LI) requirements for course admission and unit enrolment.
LI aims to ensure that students are appropriately prepared for their chosen course by:
·    encouraging able and highly motivated students to apply to its courses, regardless of gender, race, national origin, marital status or disability;
·    ensuring LI is compliant under relevant state and federal legislation;
·    publishing on the LI website clear, current and accurate admissions criteria in accreditation documents for each course;
·    informing current and prospective students of their rights and obligations prior to enrolment and payment of fees;
·    considering applicants for admission based on merit through prior study, but may be reconsidered on education, professional experience, or disadvantage grounds;
·    ensuring admission decisions are fair, consistent, transparent and made in a timely manner, based on professional judgement of academic achievement, ability, academic preparation and English language proficiency criteria;
·   consistency of admission decisions across all delivery sites through the online application form;
·    ensuring original academic award documents (or certified copies) are sighted. It is a condition of application that the applicant must provide permission for LI to verify with the issuing institution the academic qualifications and/or transcripts(s) of academic record presented by the applicant;
·    ensuring applicants are properly identified, usually through sighting of original birth certificate or passport (or certified copies).
·    ensuring international applicants who apply based on overseas qualifications are considered for selection against standards that are comparable to the requirement for the relevant course for the year of entry;
·     ensuring that international students satisfy Genuine Student and Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements in accordance with Department of Home Affairs regulations;
·     facilitating credit or recognition of prior learning where relevant;
·     ensuring core and elective unit requirements and pre-requisites are clearly published in course material.
Applicants who provide false or misleading information on their application for admission, or who withhold information relevant to their application for admission to a course, may have their application for admission cancelled or, where an offer of admission has been made, have their offer of admission withdrawn.
An applicant is qualified for admission to an LI course if they:
1.    satisfy all the relevant minimum requirements as prescribed in the course regulations.
2.    satisfy the requirements of an alternative pathway and/or hold a qualification approved by the Program Director (or equivalent) to be at least equivalent to the entrance requirements. An interview with the Program Director may be required for alternative pathway categories to ascertain the student’s suitability for the course.
3. have access to computer and internet facilities to view the unit content, undertake research, and submit assessments. Applicants are advised before admission that computer and internet literacy and access are essential requirements and skills.
4. comply with all LI policies related to students and comply with conditions place on admission and enrolment.
5. pay all relevant fees by the specified due date.
6. for international students on a visa, comply with the conditions of their visa.
Admission criteria may be reconsidered on educational disadvantage grounds if the applicant meets one or more of the following criteria:
1.         carer responsibilities;
2.         financial hardship;
3.         language and/or learning difficulties;
4.         disrupted schooling;
5.         regional or remote disadvantage;
6.         long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse;
7.         First Nations Peoples descent where the normal ATAR (or equivalent) entry path has not been followed.
A person may be considered for entry based on recognition of prior learning, prior employment in a relevant field, or the acquisition of a non-award qualification in a relevant field supported by a current curriculum vitae that summarises education and work history, a statement from at least one employer that describes the scope of management responsibility, and a statement of 500 words that outlines the reasons for enrolling in the course. Applicants seeking alternative entry must fulfil the English language entry requirements. Applicants seeking alternative entry must fulfil the English language entry requirements.
Alternative pathways are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Program Director (or delegated representative).
International students, where English is not their first language, require an International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) score or equivalent according to the admission criteria of each course. Processing a student requiring an IELTS or equivalent includes confirming the score meets the entry requirements for the course.
Students are responsible for:
·     managing their unit enrolments according to the terms outlined in the offer of admission, for the duration of their study at LI;
·     enrolling in the correct units each trimester according to their course structure on or before the census date;
·     keeping their contact details current. International students must provide their overseas residential address to LI and keep this current throughout their enrolment, as well as maintain and update their Australian address and contact details within seven days of any change. They must also notify LI of any changes to their visa or visa conditions immediately;
·     payment and/or deferral (where eligible) of all tuition and non-tuition fees;
·     ensuring they meet the prerequisite unit requirements and assumed knowledge for units in which they enrol;
·     meeting any study load requirements, such as international students who must maintain full-time enrolment in each compulsory period.
LI is responsible for:
·      providing an enrolment period (either on campus or online) prior to commencement of each trimester;
·     allocating time for students to speak with the Student Support Officer and relevant Program Director to discuss their unit enrolment choices;
·     ensuring course sequencing, pre-requisites, and major/minor requirements are clearly stipulated in course handbooks.
A normal full-time study load is four units, or 40 credit points, per semester (80 credit points per year). International students on student visas must maintain a full-time study load. Commencing international students should undertake four units in their first semester. Any variations to the study load must be approved by the Program Director.  



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Step One:
·     applicant first submits the LI Application Form for the course.
·     processes for establishing applicant identification are published as part of the application process.
·     The applicant must provide permission for LI to verify the academic qualifications and/or transcript(s) of academic record presented by the applicant with the issuing institution (except where LI has issued qualification and/or transcript).
Step Two:
·     The Administration Manager (or delegated representative) will ensure mandatory sighting of original documents (or certified copies in some cases).
·     In the case of an overseas applicant the age will be checked against the applicant’s passport.
·     The admissions process will ensure satisfactory fulfilment of academic and other essential admissions requirements for the course as stipulated in the accreditation documents.
·     If an applicant satisfactorily meets the above criteria and provides the relevant documents, they are sent a Conditional Offer.
Step Three:
·     Meeting Conditional Offer requirement, the student is then offered an Unconditional Letter of Offer.
·     To accept the offer, students must complete and sign the Unconditional Letter of Offer, and return it together with payment for the fees due in advance (if required).
·     On receipt of a written offer of admission to a course, an applicant must follow the instructions on the written offer and: accept or decline the offer.
·     Prospective students should refer to the Fee Refund Policy before signing an acceptance of offer.
Step Four:
·     When a student has successfully met the admission requirements and signed the Unconditional Letter of Offer, the student is admitted.
·     For international applicants, LI will enrol the applicant on PRISMS, and issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) letter, which is needed to apply for an Australian student visa.
The admission process is deemed completed when an applicant has accepted an offer of admission, signed a Student Agreement, and enrolled in units of study.
The Institute reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission or cancel the enrolment of an applicant where an offer is made in error or is made based on incomplete, inaccurate, fraudulent or misleading information supplied by the applicant or certifying authority. In such cases, fees paid may be forfeited.
Where necessary, LI verifies the authenticity and Australian equivalence of overseas qualifications through Australian Education International (AEI) within the Department of Education. These are appraised under a twofold procedure:
1.    referral to AEI directories or officers for advice is the starting point for all applications for student admission that are predicated on overseas qualifications;
2.    where sufficient information or advice from AEI is either insufficient or obtainable in relation to the relevant qualification(s), such applications are eligible for consideration under alternative pathways by the relevant Program Director.
LI may refuse admission, even if the applicant has met the entry requirements, if the applicant has:
·     been deemed unlikely to cope academically;
·     outstanding fees with the Institute;
·     been excluded from another educational institute;
·     displayed conduct (including criminal activity or ethical misconduct) that would provide reasonable grounds to exclude the applicant.
Applicants who have met the entry requirements, but have been excluded from any other educational institution, will need to demonstrate that circumstances have changed such that they are likely to succeed in the course. The Administration Manager will send a letter to the applicant advising the grounds for refusal of admission to the Institute and advise of alternative pathway options.
If an applicant wishes to appeal the decision regarding their admission they should refer to the Student Grievance and Appeals Policy.
All deferral requests must be based on compelling or compassionate grounds and will be assessed by LI according to the Changes in Course or Unit Enrolment Policy. After that time, the offer may be withdrawn. International students shall be advised that deferral of their enrolment may affect their visa. Students must request a deferral of the commencement of their course prior to the course commencing by completing a Deferral of Studies Form.
International students should be aware that deferring, suspending or cancelling enrolment on any grounds may affect their visa.
Applications for admission from international students must be in English. Students should ensure that academic transcripts and all other supporting documentation have been certified as true copies and translated into English by a qualified translator. International students will need to pay an application fee.
International students must maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the student and any of their family dependents accompanying to Australia for the duration of their studies.
International applicants must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs English language and other requirements for visa applications. An assessment of English Language Proficiency (ELP) must be undertaken before an international student is accepted. Staff assessing English language proficiency must check submitted documentation to ascertain if an international student meets English language requirements in one or more of the following ways:
·     English is their first language;
·     English was their language of instruction in their secondary and/or previously completed tertiary studies;
·     satisfactory level of performance was achieved in an English language unit at Year 12 or equivalent.
·     LI students must enrol in the required units during each relevant semester period.
·     To enrol, students must complete the Unit Selection Form before the census date. The last date for dropping/adding units without academic or financial penalty is each semester is census date.
·     If the student is seeking credit for previous study, they will also need to complete the Credit Transfer Form and return it along with the Unit Selection Form. 

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