Academy of Interactive Entertainment Student Handbook

AIE Student Handbook



In accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and Privacy Amendment Act 2014, it is AIE’s policy to ensure the privacy of all staff, students and third parties.
Any confidential information obtained by AIE and committees, individuals or organisations acting on its behalf, will be safeguarded by secure storage and accessed only by designated persons.
No information will be disclosed to a third party without the written consent of the client or student, except as required under the standards for Registered Training Organisations or by law. Details provided may be checked with or supplied to other authorized agencies (for example the Australian Vocational Education and Training Management Information Statistical Standard (AVETMISS) for external reporting purposes.By request, through the Administration Manager and/or Head of School, students and/or clients can access their personal records.


During the course, we will try to make sure that copyright laws are understood both for your protection and for ours. Each computer in the classroom contains a blue-ray/CD/DVD writer. Blue-ray disks, USB keys or USB external hard drives are to be used only to produce demos or backup of your own personal work. Under no circumstances whatsoever are they to be used to reproduce commercial CD or DVD products, be it music, movies, computer software, or other materials. The reproduction of software onto DVD's or removable media is also not permitted by law. A breach of these copyright laws will result in a written warning and may incur suspension from the course or a failed result. Please ask your teacher if you have any doubts about the legality of what you are doing.

Language, Numeracy and Literacy[edit]

AIE will assess your LLN skills and levels as part of the interview process to determine whether any adjustments are required. Students requiring additional language, numeracy and literacy help should approach the Administration Manager and/or Head of School. Support will be given on an individual basis and may involve referral to an agency recommended by the AIE.

EEO and Students with Specific Needs[edit]

The AIE actively promotes equity in access to, and participation in, vocational education and training in accordance with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015.
The AIE is committed to equal opportunity for all students.
The AIE applies the principle of ‘reasonable adjustment’ in providing support for students of equity groups. In some cases, the AIE can make flexible arrangements so that you are not disadvantaged. These might include special places in a course, curriculum modification or alternative assessment arrangements. You should tell us of your specific needs on enrolment or at the interview. We can’t help if we don’t know!

Access and Equity[edit]

AIE is committed to access and equity for all students. It is not only a staff responsibility but also the responsibility of our whole learning community to make sure that no student is discriminated against because of race, colour, origin, nationality, gender, sexual preference, religious beliefs and/or any other circumstance, characteristic, appearance or belief.


It is the policy of AIE to provide a workplace free of harassment and to uphold the relevant State and Commonwealth legislations. All students/staff are expected to fully comply with this policy.
Harassment is offensive, belittling or threatening behaviour directed at an individual or group. Harassment is behaviour that is unwelcome, unsolicited, usually unreciprocated and usually (but not always) repeated. Harassment is often focused on the sex, cultural or racial background or disability of the individual or group.
For harassment to occur there does not have to be an intention to offend or harass. Moreover, harassing behaviour may be of a minor nature. Individual incidents may seem too trivial to warrant attention, or the person subjected to harassment may seem unaffected. Where the behaviour continues over a period and it is not addressed, however, such behaviour can undermine the standard of conduct.
Examples of harassing behaviour include:

  • offensive physical contact, derogatory language or intimidating actions;
  • insulting or threatening gestures or language (overt or implied) or continual and unwarranted shouting;
  • unjustified and unnecessary comments about a person's work or capacity for work;
  • openly displayed pictures, posters, graffiti or written materials which might be offensive to some;
  • phone calls or messages on electronic mail or computer networks which are threatening, abusive or offensive to students/staff; and
  • sexual harassment, which can consist of any or all of the following:
    • Unwelcome comments about a person’s sex life or physical appearance;
    • Suggestive behaviour such as leering or ogling;
    • Unnecessary familiarity such as deliberately brushing up against a person;
    • Sexual jokes, offensive telephone calls, photographs, reading matter or objects;
    • Sexual propositions or continual requests for dates;
    • Physical contact such as touching or fondling; or
    • Indecent assault or rape (which is also a criminal offence)

AIE recognises that in any area of human interaction, the boundaries of what constitutes harassment may vary from one individual to another. In addition, individuals may have different boundaries for different relationships. It is the responsibility of each student/staff member to recognise and respect the boundaries set by others. It is important to talk to a harassment officer or other appropriate person if you feel you are being harassed.  You can view the Non-Academic Grievance Policy and Procedure here.

Contact officers:

CANBERRA - (02) 6162 5131
Grahame Dickson
Rylie Dickson

MELBOURNE – (03) 9820 8201
Laurie Costabile
Frank Farfalla

SYDNEY – (02) 8514 8800
Jeff Lockhart
Sara Matthews or Samantha Clarke

ADELAIDE – (08) 7325 6300
Ann-Maree Davies

ONLINE – (02) 6162 5139
Lea Michael
Joshua Skeates


WHS/OH&S Acts, Regulations and Codes of Practice[edit]

The AIE implements and maintains WHS/OH&S standards within our working and training environments in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety ACT 1991, the Occupational Health and Safety Code of Practice 2008 and Work Health and Safety Act 2011 as legislated by the Australian Federal Government.
The AIE aims to provide its students with a safe and healthy study environment. Your responsibility as a student is to know and follow all common sense and posted safety and fire regulations and utilise safety equipment properly to protect you and your fellow students from inconvenience or serious injury. It is your duty to report any unsafe conditions and defective working tools or equipment to your teacher. Any and all accidents, no matter how small, should be immediately reported to your teacher.

Management/Teacher Action[edit]

To ensure that accidents and injury are avoided, staff shall ensure that:

  • Work is not assigned which is hazardous or located in a hazardous area until all steps have been taken to provide for the safety of the student.
  •  All students have received proper instruction and are familiar with pertinent health and safety rules and regulations.
  • Work areas are frequently examined to ascertain that the work environment is safe and the employees are working in a safe manner.
  • All health and safety deficiencies are corrected immediately and are not repeated.
  • Accidents are investigated and corrective action is initiated where necessary.

Student Health and Safety Responsibilities[edit]

It is the responsibility of all AIE students to uphold the AIE’s accident and injury prevention efforts. Students are expected to participate actively in developing an awareness of safety and observing all established precautionary measures.

Reporting Injuries[edit]

All injuries, irrespective of their nature, are to be reported immediately to the Administration Manager and/or Head of School who will help decide the best action to be taken.
Failure to report injuries or illness may result in a delay or denial of workers’ compensation benefits.

Accident Investigation[edit]

A completed Incident Report form must be returned to the Administration Manager as soon as possible so that any necessary corrective actions can be implemented as soon as practicable. Forms are available from the Administration Office.

CANBERRA - (02) 6162 5131
The WHS Contact is:
Grahame Dickson
The First Aid Officer is:
Craig Brown

MELBOURNE – (03) 9820 8201
The WHS Contact is:
Laurie Costabile
The First Aid Officer/s is:
Laurie Costabile
Rebecca O'Donnell
Domenic Curulli
Jonathan Strgunell

SYDNEY – (02) 8514 8800
The WHS Contact is:
Jeff Lockhart
The First Aid Officer/s is:
Simon Freeman

ADELAIDE – (08) 7325 6300
The WHS Contact is:
Ann-Maree Davies
The First Aid Officer/s is:
Sam Robinson