Code of Practice College

Code of Practice

Educational Philosophy

Hillsong International Leadership College (HILC) exists to train Christian leaders for ministry in every sphere of the church and community life. The College operates in a symbiotic relationship with Hillsong Church, which provides a wide and diverse number of resources and opportunities for the theoretical and practical aspects of College’s educational processes. The College operates as part of the ministry of Hillsong Church, and thus works to further the vision and mission of the Church, which is to reach and influence the world by building a large Christ-centred, Bible-based church, changing mindsets, and empowering people to lead and impact in every sphere of life.

 

The College recognises the divine call upon every Christian to servant-leadership, to serve God through Jesus Christ and to serve one another. Each student is viewed as having inherent value and great potential to impact their sphere of influence. HILC is committed to helping students identify their God-given calling and develop the personal talents and leadership skills that will enable them to fulfil their life purpose and ministry. In its broadest sense, ministry consists of service in every area of life including the local church, community and workplace. However the College recognises the specialist demands of ordained ministry and trains students for a broad scope of ministry expression, some of which include youth, children, missions, music and the TV & media, as well as general church leadership.

 

Effective ministry flows out of the whole person. Therefore the College adopts a holistic approach to all its educational programs and is deeply committed to developing all areas of the individual. This extends beyond knowledge to skills, values and attitudes. Training and education pervades all areas including the spiritual, cognitive, affective, relational and practical domains. Spiritual development remains the highest priority and is an integral component of all courses. The College specifically seeks to instil in students a distinctive approach and philosophy to church life and ministry, reflected in Hillsong Church’s life and ministry, which includes values such as servant-hood, excellence, dedication and integrity. These things underscore all of the College’s curriculum and culture.

As a Christian College, the Bible forms the core of the curriculum and is the standard for all teaching and praxis. Classes are conducted in a way that stimulates reflection, encourages personal growth and allows for self-directed study. Students are equipped with a sound knowledge of the Bible, as well as an understanding of the analytical processes for its application to personal growth and ministry. Teaching is always aimed at transformation, with a strong emphasis on application so that students’ lives display consistency in belief and practice.

 

The College recognises the different strengths and capacities of students and as such, seeks to provide a range of courses that cater for varying levels of academic ability. The acquisition of skills is an essential part of the College curriculum and subjects typically contain a high skills component. This ensures that students demonstrate competency in the workplace and include leadership, study skills, personal life skills, interpersonal and communication skills. The College employs a variety of teaching approaches with a heavy emphasis on learning through practical experience. Practicum, coaching and internships are an integral feature of academic programs. Students are able to learn both theory and practice side by side in and through the ministry departments of Hillsong Church.

 

Because of the practical approach to education and emphasis on modelling, care is given to employ leaders and teachers that are proven in their areas of specialisation. The teaching approach of the College is highly relational and the staff are engaged in a significant degree of pastoral involvement with the student body. Students work alongside of highly skilled and motivated leaders who impart not only knowledge and expertise, but also ethos and attitude.

 

The College provides training services to adherents of all church streams, but maintains the distinctive emphasis of the Assembly of God denomination (also known as Australian Christian Churches within Australia). While being Protestant in belief, it is referred to as being ‘Pentecostal in application’. The premise for all religious teaching in the course is based on the AOG Articles of Faith. The College also welcomes students from all Christian Church affiliated denominations.

Provision of Education & Training Services

  1. The College regularly reviews and updates its courses, and seeks approval with accrediting bodies prior to course changes or before commencing new courses.
  2. The College maintains a policy of access and equity in the delivery of all its services.
  3. The College maintains a learning environment that is conducive to the success of all students. The College has the capacity to deliver the nominated courses, provide adequate facilities and use methods and materials appropriate to the learning needs of students.
  4. All College courses and curriculum are developed according to its educational philosophy and express the mission and vision statement of Hillsong Church.
  5. The College has policies and management practices which maintain high professional standards in the delivery of education and training services, and which safeguard the educational interests and welfare of students. These standards comply with regulations set by Government bodies. Copies of standards are available on request.
  6. The College monitors and assesses the performance, course attendance and progress of students using assessments that are delivered in an approved manner.
  7. All courses delivered by the College are named appropriately and reflect the level and content students are taught.
  8. The College recognises prior learning and credit gained at other Registered Training Organisations. The College recognises awards with AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainments issued by other RTOs. Advanced standing is granted on the basis of documented evidence and compliance with predetermined criteria set according to course objectives and curriculum.

Marketing of Education & Training Services

  1. The College markets its courses with integrity and accuracy; avoiding vague, misleading and ambiguous clauses.
  2. In the provision of information, no false or misleading comparisons are drawn with any other educational institution or course.
  3. The College markets its courses in accordance with the principles and requirements of the accrediting or endorsing bodies relevant to each course.
  4. The College markets its courses to international students according to the education, cultural and regulatory systems of countries in which they seek to market and will not detract from the reputation and interests of other Australian institutions.
  5. The College gains written permission from students before using any personal information in marketing materials.

Financial Standards

  1. There is proper documentation of the contractual and financial relationship between the students and the College. The College makes copies of this documentation available to the student.
  2. The College refund policy allows for return of monies for any agreed services not delivered including instances where the College defaults.
  3. The College when dealing with fee paying students will seek to avoid causing financial distress and exploitation.

Provision of Information

  1. The College supplies accurate and current information to students and prospective students on all relevant matters. This will include, but not be limited to, detailed and realistic estimates of costs of tuition, accommodation and living expenses; course and entry requirements (including and not limited to attendance, academic and ministry matters and standards of conduct), language requirements, status and outcomes of academic programs including recognition given to qualification(s) offered; withdrawal arrangements; refund entitlements; details of facilities and equipment; living conditions and staffing, visa conditions for international students, accommodation availability; internal and external appeals procedures and non academic student support services.
  2. The College reviews regularly all information provided to students to ensure its accuracy and relevance.

Recruitment of Students

  1. Recruitment of students is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner at all times.
  2. Offers of course placements are based on a student’s selection in their application form.
  3. The College ensures that the recruitment and placement of students complies with equal opportunity legislation and is consistent with immigration requirements.

Student Support

  1. The College is sensitive to the needs of all students, and provides adequate services to meet them. These services include and are not limited to orientation, information and advice on accommodation, counselling, and welfare (pastoral care) facilities.
  2. The College informs students of their rights and responsibilities and ensures they have access to a fair and equitable process for dealing with appeals. Where appeals cannot be resolved through internal processes, the College will advise students of external bodies where further assistance can be sought.

International Students

  1. The College supplies accurate and current information to enable a person unfamiliar with the Australian education and training system and living conditions to make an informed decision about the appropriateness of the provider and its courses to the student’s needs.
  2. The College has obtained National registration for international students for its courses.
  3. The College will ensure that staff involved with international students are not only suitably qualified but also sensitive to the culture(s) of the students being taught and will provide for training of such staff as appropriate.
  4. The College informs prospective students of the migration regulations governing international student entry to and stay in Australia. The College informs prospective and enrolled students of any changes to student entry visa conditions, as advised by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) or its equivalent. This information includes advice on visa conditions, work rights, course requirements (including enrolment in a full-time course of study, attendance and academic progress matters), and to maintain adequate arrangements for the education of dependants, and to seek the prior approval of DIBP or its equivalent for certain course changes or before commencing or changing courses.
  5. The College supplies support services particularly pertaining to the special needs of international students (practical, social and academic) throughout the enrolment, arrival and integration phases.
  6. The College notifies the relevant Government authority if a student is no longer participating in a course at an institution for which they were enrolled.
  7. Providers will ensure that the recruitment and placement of international students comply with equal opportunity legislation and are consistent with immigration requirements.

Staff Employment and Practice

  1. As a statutorily-defined religious institution, the College recruits faculty and support staff on the basis of their ministry gifting and calling, qualifications, proven ministry experience and character in accordance with the Assemblies of God fellowship with which the College is associated.
  2. All staff are expected to perform their duties with competency, integrity and compassion in compliance with the standards outlined in the Staff Code of Conduct and consistent with the College mission and purpose. Any breaches of the requirements will result in disciplinary sanctions. All staff are required to remain conversant with College expectations of their conduct.
  3. The College ensures the ongoing professional development of its faculty and staff (including professional skills and teaching qualifications).
  4. The College complies with the Occupational Health and Safety standards and other statutory and industrial award agreements as per current legislation, in order to provide a safe working environment for its staff. A review committee has been established to assess risk and safety matters. The Committee consists of College staff, church production staff, church events staff and other church staff.
  5. The College provides an appeals mechanism for staff to ensure equity, due process, natural justice and fair practice.

Record Keeping

  1. The College keeps accurate and up-to-date records of student information. This includes but is not limited to, personal details, academic progress, reports of interviews, financial records and welfare reports in both hard copy and electronic format.
  2. Student files include any forms, records of interviews or results while at College. This covers hard copies or computerised documentation. Examples include, but are not limited to; Application Form, Pastoral Reference Form, salvation testimony, academic transcripts, records of interviews and any counselling notes (all of which remain private and confidential at all times).
  3. Access to these files remain confidential and are accessible by defined personnel according to College procedures and privacy legislation. These staff members include;

 

Executive Vice President
Principal
Academic Dean
Campus Managers
Tutorial Leaders
College Counsellors
Registrar
Administration staff

 

  • The student may give written consent for someone other than the people listed above to have access to their files.

 

  • Students are required to put a request in writing using the Application to Access Student file form (which can be found on the Student Portal) in order to be given access to their student file.

 

  • Student results are retained for a period of 30 years.

 

  • Records of completed student assessments are retained for the duration of the student’s enrolment & then for a period of 6 months from which the competence for the student assessment was made.

Access and Equity Policy

Hillsong International Leadership College is committed to equal opportunity in all areas of its operation. Access to the programs delivered by the College is open to all candidates with a sense of divine calling on their life, regardless of age, gender, race, national background, marital status, pregnancy, socio-economic background or physical disability.[1]

 

The College has clear guidelines on the use of non-discriminatory language. Both staff and students are to avoid language in speech and in written communication that discriminates, stereotypes or denigrates people on the basis of their sex, age, race, marital status, ethnicity, linguistic or religious background.

 

There is instruction for use of non-discriminatory language within assignments provided in the Assessment Guide of the Student Handbook.

[1] Copies of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 are available through the Church Finance & Administration Manager.