Term 4 update: 21 October, 2020

We’re now past the mid-way point of October and on the home stretch for the 2020 academic year. Once again, I would like to thank all our students for their patience and understanding during the Melbourne Metropolitan lock-down restrictions. While it may not have been the outstanding education experience we were expecting to deliver, I sincerely hope you have been able to continue your education pursuits with the support and guidance from Chisholm teachers and support staff. We continue to work closely with the government and industry to bring permitted students on campus for practical activities and assessment and allow placement activities where permitted.

Recent announcements by the Victorian Premier and the promising numbers this week, provide hope for more good news. The easing of restrictions to allow more social interaction and people returning to work and study will be appreciated across the community.

As the restrictions begin to lift, we will continue to review our operations to determine the critical course requirements and where demand for on-campus training and assessment is most needed.

We were able to welcome back to campus some of our hairdressing and barbering students this week. Yet, due to the strict Covid safety plans and conditions, we can accommodate only those students who will be completing their course this year.

Students in permitted industry-aligned courses in Trades have continued on site in recent weeks, and we look forward to further announcements that may expand the permitted criteria to more students to return for essential training.

For the remainder of Term 4, remote learning will continue to progress for many students and courses. Please continue to check your student email inboxes for updated advice.

A reminder that our Student Support and Engagement Team continue to be available to you - whether that be for personal, financial or career counselling services, loan laptops and dongles, student clubs or the four-week webinar program with strategies and advice on offer to help you through the remainder of the year. Our services are available to you, so I encourage you to make the most of them.

I hope you can take a few moments in the coming days to acknowledge your work and commitment this year, and recharge for the final sprint to the end of the year. It's also timely to say again, thank you for your understanding and cooperation throughout this year. Our teachers and staff appreciate your support.

Stay safe,
Jane McLennan
Chief of Student Success and Support.

Students enrolled in a limited range of qualifications, which are covered by the Government’s permitted industries can continue to attend on-site learning. The approved courses (within the permitted industries) are listed below:


  • Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate III in Pathology Collection
  • Certificate III in Sterilisation Services
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate III in Individual Support


  • Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying
  • Certificate III in Carpentry
  • Certificate III in Carpentry and Joinery
  • Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Certificate III in Joinery
  • Certificate III in Plumbing

For more information on our Stage 4 planning, please visit our FAQs.

Important update on Childcare and Kinder programs for Chisholm students who are parents or carers.

From 20 August 2020, the Department of Education and Training has extended access to Childcare and Kindergarten for the children of students who meet the eligibility criteria. Students who wish to apply will need to complete a permit form, and have it assessed by a Chisholm Education Manager.

Process for application

To meet the eligibility to apply for a permit you must:

For students who meet the above criteria, contact your Education Manager directly, who will provide you with the form to complete.

Stage 4 restrictions

Chisholm continues to work closely with the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to ensure we comply with requirements, as Victoria remains in a State of Disaster, and Melbourne continues through Stage 4 restrictions with greater limitations on the movement of people.

Earlier this month, on Sunday 2 August, metropolitan Melbourne entered Stage 4 restrictions. In addition to these restrictions, a curfew was introduced from 8 pm - 5 am, allowing you to leave your house during this time only for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Additionally, during the day from 5 am - 8 pm, very limited allowable reasons to leave your house were introduced:

  • Shopping for necessary goods and services, with only one person per household able to do this once per day, and only travelling up to 5km from your home. · Exercise for a maximum of one hour, only with one other person, whether they live in your household or not and within 5km of your house.
  • Care and health care reasons, such as attending medical appointments, caring for a sick or elderly relative, or accompanying someone for essential medical treatment.
  • Going to work if you cannot do this from home.
  • Personal reasons, such as visiting your partner, or shared parenting arrangements.

Find out more about the allowable reasons to leave your house.

Recent announcements regarding workplaces has seen changes from Thursday 6 August. Non-essential workplaces are closed or moved to remote and online servicing, and those workplaces that are part of a permitted activity must begin to implement COVID Safe Plans that may include restricted operations. If you are required to attend your place of work you must carry a Permitted worker permit.

Read more about the Permitted Worker Scheme.

From Sunday 2 August, Regional Victoria has also entered Stage 3 restrictions. It continues to remain mandatory across all of Victoria to wear a mask or face covering when leaving your house unless an exception applies.

Return to remote learning

Following the Victorian Government’s announcement to move Metropolitan Melbourne to Stage 4 restrictions, Chisholm is required to further reduce the training and assessment provided to students on-campus.

Students enrolled in a limited range of qualifications, which are covered by the Government’s permitted industries can continue to attend on-site learning.

Chisholm's dedicated Coronavirus website has a range of information for students, employers and our partners. The information is updated in line with the latest advice and directions from the Department of Education and Training, the Chief Health Officer, and Chisholm's response to the COVID-19 planning by the State and Federal Governments.

From this page, you can access a range of information about Chisholm's health and safety response to COVID-19, ongoing return-to-campus activity for students, information for VETDSS, VCE and VCAL students, international student updates, and information for apprentices and employers.

If you have any questions that you would like answered, and included on our FAQs page, please send them to student.communications@chisholm.edu.au.

A reminder that although most Chisholm students are studying remotely and engaging with classes via Zoom from home, we still have many of student support services available to you.

Student support and engagement

Chisholm offers support services for students including counselling, career counselling and financial support.

Most services are being provided remotely via Zoom. To make a free, confidential appointment please contact the team by calling 9212 5269 or emailing studentservices@chisholm.edu.au.

24/7 support

You can access after-hours resources via phone, web chat or online.

Lifeline Call 13 11 14 or visit their website
BeyondBlue Call 1300 224 636 or visit their website

Engage with student life

Although we're not yet back on campus for student events and activities, the Student Life team continues to bring you plenty of opportunities to connect with fellow students and take some time out to unwind from studies in a digital space.

There is a range of Social Clubs you can join, and you can also get involved in online workshops with Daily Mindfulness sessions or connect with the Careers Team for Job Seeking Strategy and Interview Preparation sessions.

All Student Life activities are taking place over Zoom. You will need to register for the clubs or sessions you'd like to take part in, and then you will receive the Zoom link via email. View what's on and register now via Eventbrite