Risk management in Learning Abroad

Risk management in Learning Abroad is the process of identifying, assessing, and mitigating potential risks and hazards that students and staff may encounter while abroad. It involves measures such as risk identification, assessment, and mitigation strategies, crisis management planning, student support and communication, and ongoing monitoring and evaluation. The goal is to prioritise student safety and well-being while minimising legal, financial, and reputational risks for Western Sydney University.

How to complete the Risk Assessment and Critical Incident Management Plan

Step 1: Download Destination Guide from International SOS

  1. Login to International SOS (membership number is 12AGDA915576).
  2. Search for the Host Destination
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on ‘Export Guide’
  4. Select all the sections to include in your download.
  5. Click on ‘Download Destination Guide’

It is recommended to attach the Destination Guide to the  Risk Assessment (Step 3).

Step 2: Identify the Risks

Thoroughly review the Destination Guide and identify the potential risks and hazards associated with the study abroad location. These may include health and medical risks, political instability, natural disasters, cultural differences, transportation concerns, and other relevant factors that could impact the well-being and safety of students and staff. You may also need to consult with Smartraveller

Step 3: Download and Complete a Risk Assessment

WSU Learning Abroad Risk Assessment (attach to Project Proposal)

Based on the identified risks, conduct a detailed risk assessment to evaluate the likelihood and potential impact of each risk. Assign appropriate levels of severity to each risk and prioritize them accordingly. This assessment will help in determining the necessary risk mitigation strategies and resource allocation. The Risk Assessment needs to be attached to the Project Proposal.

Step 4: Download and Complete Critical Incident Management Plan

Critical Incident Management Plan (attach to Project Proposal)

Prepare a comprehensive Critical Incident Management Plan (CIMP) that outlines the procedures and protocols to be followed in the event of a critical incident or emergency abroad. This plan should include clear guidelines for communication, emergency contacts, evacuation procedures, medical support, and psychological assistance. It should also address crisis communication strategies to keep students, staff, and relevant stakeholders informed and updated. The CIMP needs to be attached to the Project Proposal.

Other Relevant Information


How to Think about Risk

To find out more about Risks and prospective Control measures , see Areas of Consideration and Risk Management.

Advice about Risk Assessment

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