What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is defined as taking, using, and passing off as your own, the ideas or words of another person by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement.  This includes material from any source, staff, students, the Internet - published and unpublished works.  

Examples of Plagiarism:

  • using another  author's work which is paraphrased or presented without a reference to that author
  • copying other students' work; including items of the assessment which are written in conjunction with other students (without prior permission of your teacher/educator/lecturer)
  • submitting work which has already been submitted for assessment previously in another course
  • re-presenting  the same assessment for more than one module in the course
  • presenting as their own work an assessment completed by another person
  • presenting as their own work information, text, figures, statistics, artwork, graphics or other material taken from any source
  • quoting  or paraphrasing  material from a source without acknowledgment

The best way to avoid plagiarism 

Make notes of where you find information, and then  acknowledge the source of the information used in the assessment.   Such work may include sections of text, quotations, original ideas, graphics, diagrams, charts, tables and figures.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that full acknowledgement is given to the use of another person’s work, thoughts and/or intellectual property.  (Link to Academic Skills Tutorial click here)


All written assessment must be submitted through Turnitin.  This is an automated process. Turnitin compares a text with a range of sources including the internet, electronic journals, books, databases, literature, works of art, bibliographies and any student assessment which have been submitted previously through Turnitin. Draft assessments are able to be checked through Turnitin and are able to be reviewed and reworked by the student prior to final submission. When an assessment is submitted through Turnitin the system will colour code the sections which appear in other sources and will produce a similarity score expressed as a percentage. The similarity score indicates how much of the assessment is found in other sources. All written assessments must be submitted to Turnitin in Microsoft Word format.  PDF format will not be accepted.(Frequently asked questions about Turnitin)


While a variety of referencing styles and systems are in use, the College requires all Higher Education students to use the APA Referencing Style.   For this reason, VET students should also use this style when referencing.  However, students will not be penalised in their overall assessment result for inconsistency in referencing style.   Poor referencing alone will not result in a ‘not yet competent’ result unless referencing has not been attempted, resulting in plagiarism.   Students should refer to the Referencing Guide for details and examples of this referencing style.

Students must acknowledge the work of others whenever they include it in their assessment  tasks, both to acknowledge the work and ideas of the originator and also to enable the reader to follow up the original work if required. It is the student’s responsibility to follow The American Psychological Association Publication Manual (6th edition) style for any referencing that is included in assessments.