Fieldwork preparation

Below are the forms and resources to prepare for fieldwork and ensure compliance with Curtin’s fieldwork policies and procedures regarding risk, occupational safety and health, travel, legal arrangements and insurance.

Fieldwork forms and resources


It’s important to attend a pre-briefing session before you participate in fieldwork. Your unit coordinator or fieldwork advisor will let you know when you need to attend your pre-briefing session.

Fieldwork checklists

Your Fieldwork Coordinator may request that you complete the following checklist before commencing your fieldwork activity. Please return this checklist to your Fieldwork Coordinator.

Fieldwork agreements

A Fieldwork Agreement is negotiated between Curtin and partners who host students on a placement or industry-based project. Examples of templates are provided below. The templates may be edited according to the particular context.

Risk management

All fieldwork must be approved before students commence fieldwork. Unit coordinators, fieldwork coordinators, staff and students must use the Fieldwork Online Risk Assessment and Approval tool, to determine the level of risk associated with the activity to initiate the approval process. The Fieldwork Online Risk Assessment and Approval tool is integrated with the Travel Operations Portal for approval of fieldwork related travel.

COVID-19 and Fieldwork

The Australian Health Principal Committee has identified people who may be a greater risk of COVID-19 infection who should take additional precautions for self care and wellbeing. If you believe that you are in one of these categories of vulnerable people, please contact your Unit Coordinator, Fieldwork Administrator, Student Wellbeing or Accessibility staff and develop a plan to manage any concerns.

Additional Domestic Fieldwork considerations in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

See specific COVID-19 related advice on internal WA travel and interstate travel for Curtin students.

As you return to campus, note that the following processes are being used to assure your safety on campus.

Travel for fieldwork

Refer to Curtin’s Travel procedures for staff and student travel related to  domestic and international fieldwork.

The travel approval process is completed through the Travel Operations Portal (TOP).

See specific COVID-19 related advice on internal WA travel and interstate travel for Curtin students.

For more information about travel, refer to the Curtin Travel website.

For information about travel insurance, see Curtin’s Risk and Assurance website.


Certificates of Currency cover staff and students undertaking approved fieldwork activities for personal accident, public liability and professional indemnity where appropriate.

Security clearances

Check your course guide for appropriate security clearances prior to fieldwork.

International fieldwork

The forms below are useful for staff and students preparing for fieldwork overseas.

For information and examples of Fieldwork agreements with international host organisations, contact Professor Craig Zimitat, Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence Centre,