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VCE/VCAL/VETDSS return to on-campus delivery

22 May 2020

We are now in the planning stages for returning our VCE, VCAL and VETDSS students. This transition needs to be carefully planned to ensure we adhere to the appropriate protocols given our education is delivered in an adult learning environment, which has more stringent social distancing requirements to secondary schools.

Therefore at this stage, we do not anticipate on-campus delivery next week for VCE, VCAL or VETDSS students, and we believe it is unlikely that on-campus delivery will occur prior to 9 June 2020. We will use this time to ensure we are fully prepared and can manage the health, safety and wellbeing of all students and staff. In the meantime, our existing remote learning arrangements will continue to be provided until we can finalise and confirm a date for on-campus delivery.

Once arrangements have been confirmed for on-campus delivery, students will be provided with detailed information, advising of the new health and safety protocols, any updated timetable schedules, and what to expect when returning on campus.

Updated 12 May, 2020

A message from the Director and CEO, Stephen Varty

8 May, 2020

I would firstly like to thank all students for your ongoing understanding and patience, as we continue to provide remote and online learning. I hope you are all keeping safe and well and supported during this time.

This week, Chisholm welcomed a small number of students and staff back onto campus for core learning and practical assessment activities. I would like to thank those who have attended, for their professionalism and pragmatism, in following the health and safety guidelines to ensure social distancing was maintained. For those of you returning in the weeks ahead, please note that all teachers on-site have been provided with support and training and are following strict guidelines on safety protocols for onsite course delivery.

The transition from traditional face-to-face, hands-on learning to online delivery has affected not only students studying at Chisholm but other TAFEs in Victoria and nation-wide. This week, the TAFE Network received the gratitude from the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews who thanked the TAFE community for their calm, ability to adapt to change, face challenges, and their commitment to keeping the state safe and strong.

I was pleased to hear of the Victorian Government’s recent announcement that international students, including those at Chisholm, may be eligible to receive a once-off relief payment as part of an emergency support package. This will benefit up to 40,000 international students who are facing hardship, including a proportion of those who study with us directly and via the Chisholm - La Trobe partnership.

Before I sign off I would like to share one of the many good-news stories that have come across my desk recently. Gemma Deakin is a current Chisholm student, and an Endorsed Enrolled Nurse who has been working on the COVID-19 response, scanning patients and triage at a surgery. Gemma recently completed her Diploma of Nursing at Chisholm and is now in her third-year studies of a Bachelor of Nursing as part of the Chisholm-La Trobe Degree partnership. Please join me in congratulating Gemma on receiving the La Trobe Golden Key award for excellence and wish her safe and well with her essential work. For those students who returned to campus this week, welcome back. To all others navigating a new way of learning, we are proud of the adjustments you've made. Keep up the good work!

Stay safe.

Stephen Varty
Director and CEO, Chisholm Institute.

What are the plans for Term 2 remote learning?

For most Chisholm students, remote learning is still very much the immediate future for the delivery of your study. We have no plans to return all students to campus in Term 2, although we are receiving daily updates from the State Government and will align our education delivery to their planning and response to COVID-19.

Have more students returned to campus?

Last week, Chisholm welcomed a small number of students from Trades, Hairdressing, Nursing and Allied Health back onto campus for core learning and practical assessment activities. I would like to thank all the students involved for their professionalism in following the health and safety guidelines to ensure social distancing was maintained. This week, some Business and IT students will return to campus to also complete assessments.

What plans are in place to support students who need to return?

For those students who will be returning in the weeks ahead, it’s important for you to know that we have carefully planned the staging of classes and workshops to ensure your health and safety at all times, and that all teachers on site have been provided with support and training, and are following strict guidelines on safety protocols for onsite course delivery.

The return to campus will be very gradual and is supported by the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Our return to classes is also reflective of the national and state-wide commitment to education and training.

For students who need to return to campus for assessments, or your classes have been selected to resume in line with the advice from Government and Health authorities, you will receive an email approximately one week ahead of your first class. This email will be from your educator advising the day, time, room and duration of your classes – essentially your new timetable.

I am a Bachelor of Nursing student, what are the plans for placement?

All Nursing students should have received an email update regarding their placements.

The current COVID-19 situation in Victoria has presented many challenges for both the education and health sectors, and we are working through the changes with our industry partners, to ensure the best possible outcome for you, while maintaining your health and wellbeing.

The Nursing Department is exploring multiple options to ensure that our students continue to receive a quality education including both the laboratory and practical aspects of their programs, whilst maintaining the safety of all involved.

We are working closely with our placement providers to secure placement positions, which will allow you to continue with your study as planned. Many placement providers are continuing to allocate placements as planned whilst others have chosen to defer placement opportunities until further notice. We will, however, continue to work with the sector to secure the placements required to meet the needs of all our students and will keep you informed as we work through the detail.

What if I can’t attend placement for Bachelor of Nursing?

For students who are in a high-risk category of contracting COVID-19 or have carer responsibilities for others who are in a high-risk category, please email BNclinicalplacement@chisholm.edu.au and your case will be managed on an individual basis.

I am needing information of placements for courses other than Nursing

If you’re studying for a qualification that includes a practical placement component, please note the following guidelines:

  1. For students who have a current placement arrangement in place, contact our Placement Coordinator Team Leader, George MacRae (contact details below) to discuss these plans, so that we can re-confirm with the host on your behalf that there are no changes to your original arrangement.
  2. For students who have recently sourced their own placement, we ask that you contact our Placement Coordinator Team Leader, George MacRae via placement2020@chisholm.edu.au so that we can support you as much as possible.
  3. For students waiting to hear from us about practical placement options, we thank you for your continued patience. We are working hard to try to source an opportunity from the reduced pool of organisations who are able to offer placements under the new COVID-19 restrictions. You’re welcome to check in with us but we will be in touch as soon as we find availability.
  4. Finally, a reminder that the course does not support students swapping ‘workplace’ placement bookings for ‘online’ placement. Under the requirements needed to meet your qualification, students must be engaged in on-site, workplace-based placement and not an online substitute.

Please be assured that we are doing everything possible to secure the placement opportunities while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students, teachers and partners, and that the delivery and completion of all modes of study, including placement, is completed as soon as practicable.

All teaching and professional support staff are available and will continue to work and support students as required. If you need personal, financial or academic assistance, our Student Support and Engagement Team has a range of services and networks to help you through these challenging times.

I am a VETDSS (VET Delivered in Secondary Schools) student, is there any updated information?

Yes, all VETDSS students should have received an email from Chisholm and regular information from your educators in the past few weeks. We have also been in contact with school principals to coordinate information via your school and school newsletter.

In line with the guidance from DET, Chisholm recommenced all VETDSS programs from Monday 27 April. There is no change at this stage to remote delivery (12 May 2020), and you’re not permitted to attend your class on campus at Chisholm until further notice. Your Term 2 class timetables are the same as Term 1 including class start times. In the event of your class being postponed at some stage during Term 2 this will be communicated to you in advance so alternative plans can be implemented by your school.

Chisholm offers many VETDSS programs where remote delivery for an extended period is readily available but other programs rely on practical tasks that must be delivered on campus. This may impact your VETDSS program at some stage as Chisholm plans the return of students on campus to participate in practical tasks. If students attend classes on campus, we will ensure that we adhere to the appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices required. Chisholm will contact students individually, to let you know if you are required on campus for assessment or training.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the School Liaison Team at schoolsprograms@chisholm.edu.au.

International students

What assistance is there from the government?

The State Government is providing emergency relief support for international students.

The Victorian Government has allocated $45 million to an International Student Emergency Relief Fund to support international students facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund will provide one-off payments of up to $1,100 to vulnerable international students who have lost their jobs or had a significant reduction in their employment as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). International students at TAFEs, training organisations and Vocational Education Training (VET) providers may be eligible for this payment. More information about the relief fund is available through the Study Melbourne Student Centre website: Coronavirus (COVID-19) support for international students or visit our International Student Emergency Relief Fund page to find out more.

For more information on support on international students, please visit our dedicated page.

Key information

Updated 12 May, 2020

  • At this time, Chisholm does not have any suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • Universities, TAFEs and training organisations continue to operate.
  • Online and remote learning alternatives offered to students in term 2.
  • At all campuses, Aroma Cafes are closed until further notice.
  • We have updated our operating hours for campuses receptions and the Apprenticeship Hub. Visit Contact us for more information.
  • We have consolidated our activities to our four main campuses of Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick and Cranbourne. This means our Wonthaggi (Bass Coast) and Mornington Peninsula (Rosebud) campuses are no longer open, as service team members have transitioned to remote delivery.
  • All Chisholm Library spaces are closed until further notice.
    • If you have library books on loan they will be renewed for you, until on campus classes resume, you’ll then have four weeks to return your books.
    • Library staff continue to provide support to students and staff via web chat and phone. Extensive online resources and web chat are available via the library website.
    • You can contact library staff via the Library Chat on the library website or via email at library@chisholm.edu.au.
    • The following spaces will be available for students to access computers, internet and printing with appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices in place: Dandenong campus – A120 –4 computers
      Berwick campus – Client Services Building A – 12 computers
      Cranbourne campus – Client Services Building A – 4 computers
      Frankston campus – Building A Foyer –5 computers (printing not available)
  • For general enquiries, please call 1300 244 746 or email enquiries@chisholm.edu.au.
  • For support services, including counselling, please call 1300 244 746 or email: studentservices@chisholm.edu.au.