2018 Achiever Programme Guidelines for Employers

1. DEFINITIONS

The following definitions apply in these Guidelines:
a. Assessment Centre means a process run by a third party provider pursuant to which Student Candidates may be asked to complete a set of varied exercises which are designed to simulate different aspects of the work environment. These exercises may run from 1/2 to 2 days.
b. CA ANZ means Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand ABN 50 084 642 571.
c. Eligible Student means any tertiary student that is undertaking an undergraduate or post-graduate degree, in Business, Commerce or Accounting in either Australia or New Zealand at the time the student makes an application to participate in the 2018 Achiever Programme.
d. Employer means a firm who has registered to participate as an employer in the 2018 Achiever Programme.
e. Placement means the employment of a Student Participant by an Employer through the 2018 Achiever Programme.
f. Placement Offer means an offer of employment made to a Student Candidate by an Employer facilitated through the 2018 Achiever Programme.
g. Placement Period means the length of the Placement.
h. Screening Processes has the meaning given in clause 4.3 below.
i. Student Candidate means an Eligible Student who has made an application to participate in the 2018 Achiever Programme.
j. Student Participant means an Eligible Student who has accepted a Placement Offer.
k. Student Registration has the meaning given in clause 4.2 below.

2. KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The key learning objectives for Student Participants in the 2018 Achiever Programme are set out below.
Objective 1 - Student Participants to gain an understanding of basic accounting tasks in a professional environment.
Objective 2 - Student Participants to further develop their interpersonal communication skills in a professional context.
Objective 3 - Student Participants to understand the type of work undertaken by accounting professionals at a senior level.
Objective 4 - Student Participants to gain some insight into the administrative aspects of running an accounting business.
Objective 5 - Student Participants to gain an insight into the variety of work available within the accounting profession.

3. KEY DATES

Date* Activity
14 May 2018** Employer applications for the 2018 Achiever Programme open.
29 June 2018 Employer applications close.
30 July 2018 Student applications for the 2018 Achiever Programme open.
9 August 2018*** Student applications close.
31 July - 14 August 2018 Students complete Screening Processes (psychometric testing).
16 - 19 August 2018 Students complete Screening Processes (video interviews).
4 - 7 September 2018 Students take part in assessment centres.
17 - 28 September 2018 Student and employer final interviews.
24 September - 3 October 2018 Placements offered.

*These dates are indicative only and may be changed at CA ANZ's sole discretion.
**CA ANZ reserves the right to reject the registration of any firm in the 2018 Achiever Programme at its sole discretion and is not required to provide its reasons for any such rejection.
***CA ANZ reserves the right to extend or close the application process early. As applications may close earlier, CA ANZ recommends that Eligible Students submit their applications and complete online assessments at the earliest time possible to be considered for a Placement.

4. THE PROCESS

4.1 - Employers' register to participate in the 2018 Achiever Programme via the registration page located at https://www.youunlimitedanz.com/get-connected/achiever-programme/employers.

4.2 - Eligible Students register to participate in the 2018 Achiever Programme via the registration form which be located on https://www.youunlimitedanz.com/get-connected/achiever-programme/students once applications for participation in the Achiever Programme by Eligible Student opens (Student Registration).

4.3 - Following receipt of a Student Registration, CA ANZ may, in its sole discretion, ask a Student Candidate to complete an online cognitive assessment and participate in a video interview with a third party provider and any other screening processes CA ANZ deems necessary for the purposes of assessing the suitability of Student Candidates for Placements (Screening Processes). CA ANZ is under no obligation to progress any Student Candidates through any or all of these screening processes.

4.4 - CA ANZ may, in its sole discretion, and based on the results of the Screening Processes, invite Student Candidates to participate in an Assessment Centre.

4.5 - CA ANZ may, in its sole discretion, shortlist Student Candidates for final interviews with Employers based on the details included in their Student Registrations, the results of the Screening Processes and Assessment Centres.

4.6 - Following the final interviews with Employers, Employers may, at their sole discretion make a Placement Offer to any of the Student Candidates whom they have interviewed in accordance with the Key Dates set out above.

4.7 - CA ANZ cannot guarantee that all Employers will be given a shortlist of Student Candidates to interview, as this will depend on the Employer's and Student Candidates' requirements and preferences with respect to a potential placement and the calibre of Student Candidates who have progressed through the Screening Processes and Assessment Centres.

5. PLACEMENTS AND PLACEMENT OFFERS

5.1 - The terms of any Placement Offers made by an Employer to a Student Candidate are solely at the discretion of the Employer. Whether or not a Student Candidate accepts a Placement Offer, is solely at the discretion of the Student Candidate.

5.2 - Notwithstanding clause 5.1:

a. Student Participants should be remunerated fairly and, as a minimum, in accordance with all laws and relevant industrial instruments; and

b. all Employees should comply with all legislative requirements with respect to the Placement and Student Participants, including, without limitation, all applicable industrial relations legislation (such as the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)) and legislation relating to discrimination and work health and safety.

5.3 - Employers should be aware that CA ANZ will be encouraging Student Candidates to assess their Placement Offers in light of the requirements set out above. In addition, if CA ANZ becomes aware that any Employer does not comply with these requirements with respect to any Student Participant, CA ANZ will not invite that Employer to participate in any further Achiever Programmes.

5.4 - In addition, CA ANZ recommends that Employers adhere to the guidelines with respect to Placements and Placement Offers set out below.

CA ANZ Recommendations with respect to Placements and Placement Offers

5.5 - Placement Periods should be from 3-12 weeks, however for optimum benefit for both Employer and Student Participant, CA ANZ would recommend Placement Periods run for a period of at least 4 weeks.

5.6 - All Placement Offers to be made pursuant to the 2018 Achiever Programme should be made in writing (including via email) and should detail the terms of the Placement including:
a. location of the Placement;
b. start date, start time and contact name on arrival;
c. Placement Period;
d. expected working hours;
e. remuneration;
f. leave entitlements;
g. confidentiality obligations;
h. termination and notice requirements; and
i. any dress code requirements.

5.7 - CA ANZ recommends that Employers provide Student Participants with an induction or orientation at the commencement of their Placement, which could include:
a. an introduction to the firm and its people;
b. an overview of the Employer's values;
c. a briefing in respect of the Employer's policies and procedures (including any codes of conduct;
d. training regarding IT issues; and
e. workplace health and safety training.

5.8 - CA ANZ recommends that Employers assign each Student Participant with a supervising manager who will be responsible for assigning and supervising all work performed by the Student Participant throughout the Placement and providing feedback on the performance of such work to enable the Student Participant to maximise the learning opportunities provided through the Placement. When assigning work to Student Participants, Employers should bear in mind the Key Learning Objectives set out in clause 2 above.

6. COMPLIANCE WITH PRIVACY LAWS

6.1 - The following definitions apply in this clause 6:
a. GDPR means the General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679).
b. Personal Data Breach means an event qualifying as either an "eligible data breach" as defined in the Privacy Act or a "personal data breach" as defined in the GDPR.
c. Personal Information means information qualifying as either “personal information” as defined in the Privacy Act or “personal data” as defined in the GDPR.
d. Privacy Act means:
i. in Australia, the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth); or
ii. in New Zealand, the Privacy Act 1993 (NZ).
e. Privacy Laws means all laws that relate to data protection, privacy, the use of information relating to individuals, or the information rights of individuals and which apply to any Personal Information, including: (until 25 May 2018) the Data Protection Act 1998 (England & Wales) and (from 25 May 2018) the GDPR; the Privacy Act (including the Australian Privacy Principles), the Spam Act 2003 (Cth) and the Do Not Call Register Act 2006 (Cth); and the analogous legislation in any other relevant jurisdictions.

6.2 - Each Employer acknowledges that if CA ANZ give it a shortlist of Student Candidates to interview, it will also be providing the Employer with Personal Information in relation to those Student Candidates. Consequently, the Employer must in relation to that Personal Information:
a. keep confidential all Personal Information and only use it for the purpose set out in this document;
b. comply with the Privacy Laws, including the Australian Privacy Principles, New Zealand Information Privacy Principles as if it were regulated by these laws;
c. comply with CA ANZ's Privacy Policy (as updated from time to time, available at https://www.charteredaccountantsanz.com/privacy-policy) as if it were directly bound by it;
d. do all things necessary to enable CA ANZ to comply with its obligations under the Privacy Laws;
e. not disclose any Personal Information outside Australia or New Zealand;
f. regularly monitor and check for any potential or actual unauthorised use, storage, copying or disclosure of the Personal Information (including any event that could amount to a Personal Data Breach) and, if the Employer becomes aware of an event that could amount to a Personal Data Breach:
i. the Employer must, as soon as possible, and in any event within 24 hours of becoming so aware, notify CA ANZ of the event and provide CA ANZ with all information and cooperation that CA ANZ requests in relation to the event; and
ii. to the extent permitted by the Privacy Laws, as between the Employer and CA ANZ, CA ANZ will determine whether a Personal Data Breach has occurred and, if so, whether CA ANZ or the Employer will notify the Regulator and/or the affected individuals and the Employer will provide all cooperation to CA ANZ in relation to such notifications as CA ANZ reasonably requests.

7. CHANGES TO THESE GUIDELINES
CA ANZ reserves the right to amend these Guidelines at any time, at its sole discretion. If CA ANZ does amend these Guidelines it will notify Employers.

8. CONTACT DETAILS

Careers National team
Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
33 Erskine Street
Sydney NSW 2000

E: careers.national@charteredaccountantsanz.com
T: 1300 137322(AU)
0800 4 69 422 (NZ)