Understanding Risk Assessments

1. How to analyse risk

If you are developing an overseas programs for students, you may be required to complete a Risk Assessment. When completing a Risk Assessment, you will need to list the potential hazards and consider the likelihood and impact of an event occurring. Before completing a risk assessment, it is advised that you watch the short videos below. These provide a good explanation on how to analyse and visualise risks.

How to use a Risk Matrix

2. Areas of Consideration and Identifying Risks

The short videos above demonstrated how to analyse an activity by using a Risk Matrix and scoring the likelihood and impact. When completing a Learning Abroad Risk Assessment you will be required to identify all of the potential risks in a host location, e.g. health, transport, crime etc.

Provided below is an example of the steps if 'Terrorism' was identified as a risk in the fictitious country of Ambrosia.

For examples of other potential hazards in Learning Abroad visit Concept Development webpage.

3. Information about Risks

Provided below are some Risks and prospective Control measures that can be used on a risk assessment. Many of the controls should be discussed with participants  prior to pre-departure.

HEALTH

RiskExisting ControlsAdditional Controls
Risk of contracting  COVID 19 or other diseases.All participants:
1. Uphold the recommendations provided by the WSU COVID-Safe Plan
2. Take part in pre-departure training and are reminded of their responsibilities and the employment of safe practices.
3. Are advised to follow the advice of local authorities.
4. If infected, are advised to isolate immediately and contact WSU and the in-country provider.
Review the host location  with overseas partner and International SOS. Seek further advice and implement  additional mitigation strategies.
COVID 19 - High risk of lockdowns and curfewsResearch to see if host location is at risk of lockdowns or curfews - see  smartraveller.gov.au.Review the host location  with overseas partner and International SOS. Seek further advice and implement  additional mitigation strategies.
Outbreak of COVID 19 and other diseases. High risk of treatment being  limited or unavailable
Medical treatment is limited . Hospitals lack special equipment and services.
Research to see if high quality treatment is available in the host destination.Review the host location  with overseas partner and International SOS. Seek further advice and implement  additional mitigation strategies.
Medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are not available in host locations. Some medications may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.WSU requires project leaders to highlight this risk to participants, prior to departure, and ensure they are not carrying prohibited medication to the host location.Review the host location  with overseas partner and International SOS. Seek further advice and implement  additional mitigation strategies.
   

INFRASTRUCTURE

RiskExisting ControlsAdditional Controls
High risk of lockdowns and curfews due to COVID 19Seeking further advice and ensuring host location is not at risks of lockdowns or curfews see  smartraveller.gov.au. If at risk, postpone or cancel program.Seek further advice from overseas partner and International SOS.
   
   
   
  

4. Advice about Risk Assessment


4. Further Assistance

If you require any assistance, contact the Manager Short Term Mobility or visit Information for Staff.