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Important Update - 15 October, 2021

Vaccinations

As the Victorian Government’s roadmap to re-opening continues, there are a number of changes to be introduced including changes that impact the Vocational Education and Training sector, which in turn impacts you as an student undertaking study on-campus.

On October 1, the Victorian Government introduced the need for all authorised workers to have received their first vaccine dose by Friday 15 October 2021 (or sooner) and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021.  A full list of Authorised Workers can be found online. This vaccination requirement extends to all students who are attending placement. Therefore, from Monday 18 October, all Chisholm students who are attending placement will be required to have had at least one vaccination, with full vaccination required by Friday 26 November 2021.

In line with Phase C of the Roadmap at 80 per cent fully vaccinated, on-site learning returns for fully vaccinated students.

To ensure Chisholm complies with the Roadmap, we are requesting all students who will be attending on-campus, to submit a copy of their vaccination record to Chisholm in the lead-up to the Phase C date.

If you will be attending classes on campus, you will be requested to submit:

  • your COVID-19 digital certificate, or
  • your Immunisation history statement or
  • a certificate from your doctor outlining a medical exemption from vaccination.

You can access your COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement by logging into your MyGov account and ensuring your health services are linked.  You can then access this information in the History and statements section of the Medicare services.

We are requesting you to email one of these documents outlined above to covidsafe@chisholm.edu.au prior to attending on-campus.

Chisholm will only collect, hold and disclose Vaccination Information as necessary to comply with its obligations under the Mandatory Vaccination Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.  All medical information submitted by you will be stored by Chisholm in accordance with these directions. Chisholm may also be required to provide evidence to an Authorised State Government officer or other third party (such as a placement host organisation).

Please continue to check your Chisholm emails for notifications and important changes. We will also provide information through the student newsletter, student app and our website.

If you have any questions or concerns about the requirements, please visit the dedicated Chisholm CovidSafe webpage for more information, or call the Chisholm Contact Centre on 1300 244 746

VCE VCAL Return to Remote – Updated 15 October 2021

From Monday 18 October 2021, all VCE and VCAL subject theory and examination revision learning will occur by remote, not on campus, according to normal timetables, as has previously been delivered throughout the year.

Students who will be scheduled on campus include those in the permitted essential learning activities for students studying Year 12 (final year) subjects.

Those students will return to campus for:

  • VCE assessments (e.g.: SAC, Examinations)
  • VCAL VET practical learning and assessments.

All Year 11 (first year) VCE subjects and VCAL Intermediate programs will continue as remote learning classes.

Berwick Campus - 15 October 2021

Further to our communications directly with students and their employers of last week’s closure of the Berwick campus, we can confirm that deep cleaning of the affected areas has been completed in accordance with Chisholm’s CovidSafe Plan and based on the recommendations of the Department of Health.  

We can also confirm that we’ve not received any further reports of cases at Berwick campus, or across any Chisholm campus site, this past week.

The Department of Health continues to process the detailed information provided by Chisholm, and in the meantime, there is guidance available online for anyone who is concerned about their exposure.

Chisholm’s Student Support and Engagement team is also available to offer support and our professional counsellors are also available by appointment. Phone 1300 244 746. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm.

Apprentices and their employers can contact the apprenticeship hub on apphub@chisholm.edu.au or phone 1300 775 265 during office hours from Monday to Friday.

 

COVIDSafe updates

Friday 8 October 2021

Important Information for Students and Placements.

For all students attending placement after Friday 15 October 2021, please read this information carefully.

Vaccinations Required

On October 1, the Victorian Government introduced the need for all authorised workers to have received their first vaccine dose by Friday 15 October 2021 (or sooner) and to be fully vaccinated by 26 November 2021. 

A full list of Authorised Workers can be found online.

Therefore, from Monday 18 October, all Chisholm students who are attending placement of that week will be required to have had at least one vaccination, with full vaccination required by Friday 26 November 2021.

Certificate Required by Due Date

You must email one of the documents outlined above to covidsafe@chisholm.edu.au no later than 5pm Thursday 14 October 2021. If you have made an appointment for a vaccination by 18 October 2021, you can email confirmation of the appointment, but will be required to provide evidence of vaccination as soon as it has been received.

All medical information submitted by you will be stored by Chisholm in accordance with the relevant legislation. Chisholm may be required to provide evidence to a third party (such as a placement host organisation). Chisholm will only collect, hold and disclose Vaccination Information as necessary to comply with its obligations under the Mandatory Vaccination Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

Students who do not comply with the vaccination requirements will not be permitted to attend placement.

If you have queries about the requirements or process you can call: 1300 244 746 (option 3). 

Please continue to check your Chisholm emails and the dedicated Chisholm CovidSafe webpage. We will regularly update this page with the latest information. We will also update the Chisholm App, MyChisholm, and send notifications for important changes.

Vaccination FAQs – last updated 15 October 2021

Where do I get my vaccination documents?

You can access your COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement by logging into your MyGov account and ensuring your health services are linked.  You can then access this information in the History and statements section of the Medicare services.

How do I get the certificates?

You can get a COVID-19 digital certificate or your immunisation history statement to show proof of your vaccinations.

How you get proof depends on your situation. This includes if you need to create a myGov account, link services or enrol in Medicare.

If you’re 14 or older, you’ll need to get your own digital certificate or immunisation history statement using either:

Once you’ve had all your required doses, you can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to your digital wallet.

If you’ve had mixed doses of approved vaccines, you can use your COVID-19 digital certificate or immunisation history statement as proof.

The best link to find out more information and step-by-step instructions is here: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/how-get-proof

I can’t access the site or the information I need to find it?

If you can’t get proof online, your vaccination provider can print your immunisation history statement for you.

You can also call the Australian Immunisation Register and ask us to send your immunisation history statement or COVID-19 digital certificate to you. It can take up to 14 days for your statement or certificate to arrive in the post.

The number for the Australian Immunisation Register is 1800 653 809. But remember, your vaccination provider should be able to give you your immunisation history for you at the time of your appointment.

Where can I get vaccinated?

There are now many places you can go to get vaccinated. Some pharmacies are also taking walk-ins and appointments for vaccinations. For a complete list of all of the vaccination hubs and how busy they are, visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment

Some of the locations close to campus include:

  • Frankston Community Vaccination Hub - Bayside Centre
  • Dandenong Palm Plaza
  • Cranbourne Turf Club
  • Leongatha Community Clinic
  • Sandown Racecourse (Drive Through and in-person)
  • Wonthaggi Town Hall
  • Rosebud Hospital – Point Nepean Road.

Remember you must book before you go to a vaccination centre.

When I have them, where do I send them to Chisholm?

You must email one of these documents outlined above to covidsafe@chisholm.edu.au no later than 5pm Thursday 14 October, 2021. If you have made an appointment for a vaccination by 18 October 2021, you can email confirmation of the appointment, but will be required to provide evidence of vaccination as soon as it has been received.

How are my documents stored?

All medical information submitted by you will be stored by Chisholm in accordance with the relevant legislation. Chisholm may be required to provide evidence to a third party (such as a placement host organisation). Chisholm will only collect, hold and disclose Vaccination Information as necessary to comply with its obligations under the Mandatory Vaccination Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

Read our COVID-10 Vaccination Information Privacy Collection Statement.

Do I need to be vaccinated for any/all placements?

In Melbourne, the only “placement” industries that are operating are those on the Authorised List.

It includes the following sectors (and related courses):

  • Building/Construction
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Health (including allied health and disability)
  • Aged Care
  • Early Childhood Education and Care

If you are eligible to attend placement, your employment sector will be listed as an authorised workplace, and its staff as authorised workers. For all students attending placement at these authorised workplaces, you must be vaccinated, and proof of vaccination will also be required.

If you can attend placement then yes you MUST be vaccinated.

Do I need to complete placement hours to complete my course?

Yes. Placements are an important part of every course and it’s the on-the-job training that allows you to be job ready. So, wherever a course has a placement component, it must be fully undertaken before you can be eligible to complete your course.

General Information

All learning modes will remain the same for the extended lockdown. Whether the course is continuing on-campus, moved to remote delivery, or has been postponed during the lockdown. Numbers of students returning to campus for training and assessments over the next fortnight is minimal and in-line with State Government direction. Students will have been advised directly via email or Moodle.

Apprentices in Plumbing, Electrical, Construction and Engineering, and Defence service training will remain on-campus, while all other apprentices including Cookery, and Hair, Beauty and Wellness will remain in remote learning.

Placements for all Nursing and Allied Health students - While placements in health and nursing programs are deemed essential and able to continue during the current lockdown, we have had a number of host organisations contact us to postpone scheduled placements during this period. If you are affected by this, the placement team will be in contact with you. If you are not contacted, then you are to assume that your placement is to continue as scheduled. Please check Moodle regularly for updates regarding placement.

Residential Aged Care Placement
COVID-19 vaccination for students on placement in residential aged care will be mandatory from 17 September 2021. This applies to all residential aged care workers, including students on placement. Students must have received a minimum first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by this time.  Chisholm can provide a letter to confirm eligibility for the vaccination if eligible. Information will be sent directly to those students impacted.

Remote Placement
Some hosts can still supervise students via a remote placement (though remote can only be for a percentage of hours, not all placement hours can be completed remotely).

Chisholm Online education delivery is not affected by the restrictions and will go ahead as scheduled.

Student, Support and Engagement staff are available remotely and online, and students can contact the team by calling: 1300 244 746 (option 4). 

Equitable Learning
 If you have a learning access plan in place, or require disability support, please reach out to our Equitable Learning and Disability Support team to discuss any adjustments to your mode of delivery. You can reach the team by emailing studentservices@chisholm.edu.au.

Mental Health Care This may be a difficult time and we wish to remind all students that there are a range of free and confidential services available including counselling and financial by calling 1300 244 746 (option 4).

Library Services continue to be provided remotely. More details are available via the Library website.

Loan Laptop Eligible students can access short-term loan laptops by emailing a request to library@chisholm.edu.au and once approved, students will be provided with an allocated time to collect the laptop from Dandenong campus Library. Please contact our Student Support and Engagement Team for further information, on 1300 244 746 (option 4).

Student Enrolment and Enquiry Hubs will remain transitioned to remote services until Friday 3 September 2021. The teams will continue to respond to phone enquiries, and course advice appointments will be via phone. If you have an appointment scheduled, the course advisor will phone you at the scheduled appointment time. Please do not attend campus as the Hubs are not attended. For more information, visit our Contact Us page.

Cafeterias The campus cafeterias will be closed during this period. Students attending classes on campus are encouraged to bring their own food and drink.  The cafeterias will have limited seating available for students to eat.

Chisholm Skills and Jobs Centre remains remote for support. Find out more: Skills and Jobs Centre

Reminder from Student Support and Engagement: This may be a difficult time for students and Chisholm staff are always here to provide help and support.  We have a range of free and confidential services available including counselling and financial support.

Please call 1300 244 746 (option 4) to make an appointment.