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The current COVID19 situation continues to develop and with the increased Omicron cases in our community, exposure to the virus is far more common than it has ever been. Our thoughts are with our students who may be unwell, isolating, or caring for someone.

Recently, the Premier announced new requirements to keep workers in key sectors safe. You can read the Premier’s statement here.

If you have any questions or concerns about information on this page, please call the Chisholm Contact Centre on 1300 244 746 during Chisholm open hours.


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Important Information 2022 Term 1 Update

Please read this information carefully as it provides important information regarding the start of the academic year at Chisholm.

Aligning with the Victorian Government’s recommendation, and to support the health and safety of all students and staff, Chisholm will move course delivery, wherever possible, to remote learning for the start of the academic year. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as required. The exception is VCE/VCAL and VETDSS classes which will continue on campus as normal. Some short courses will also continue on campus as required. Your educators will provide details of your orientation program and course information directly via email.

Practical Classes

It is most likely that some students will be required to attend on campus to participate in practical classes, while theory classes will be delivered remotely where appropriate. Your educators will advise your timetable before your first class for those who need to participate in on-campus practical training.

If you are required on campus, we have a range of measures in place to support your health and safety and you will be required to wear a mask while indoors. We recommend to:

  • Wear a surgical grade mask of three layers;
  • Remain outdoors wherever possible when not in class;
  • Maintain appropriate social distancing and try not to gather in large groups during breaks;
  • Bring your own food and drink if appropriate. While the cafes will be open, we recommend against gathering in the cafes. Try and find an outdoor area while eating food;
  • Leave the campus once classes are finished. All Chisholm services will be available remotely.

On-Campus and Vaccination Certificates

For all students required to attend campus, you must provide a copy of your vaccination certificate before attending your first session. Please email a copy of your certificate to covidsafe@chisholm.edu.au.

Students who are not double vaccinated won’t be able to attend on-campus classes. Please note that if you are not intending to be double vaccinated, this may impact your ability to complete your course, and you may want to reconsider your current study arrangements.

For more details on accessing your vaccination certificate via My.Gov.au and our privacy legislation, visit our CovidSafe webpage.


Positive test results

To support our efforts in advising our Chisholm community, students who have attended campus and tested positive to Covid19 via a PCR (testing site) or Rapid Antigen Test will need to let us know. You can do this by emailing studentsafety@Chisholm.edu.au with the details of your attendance on campus, times and dates and the date of your test result.


Changes to exposure advice

In line with the Victorian Government’s reporting and isolation guidelines, we will advise via our CovidSafe webpage of on-campus positive case information, including dates, times and building locations. We will not disclose any personal or identifying data.

The page will be updated as new information becomes available and replaces our previous close contact tracing process. If you have attended on-site and are concerned about possible exposure to the virus, please check this webpage.


Vaccinations and Placements

Some Chisholm courses have mandatory practical placement requirements.  Please ensure you are aware of these requirements.

To attend placement, you must adhere to the vaccination requirements as listed by the host employer or industry. If you are required to undertake placement in Term 1, our placement team will be in touch to confirm your vaccination status as per the Industry standards and confirm to your employer that you have met the requirements.

Students managing their own arrangements will need to liaise directly with their host about their vaccination status prior to work placement.

This week, the Premier has brought forward the timeframes to receive the third vaccination (or booster) for some workers in critical sectors, including health, aged care, and hospitality. 
More information and dates are available via the Government’s website.

We encourage you to plan for your placement and ensure you have finalised your vaccinations as required by Government. Students who cannot fulfil the placement component of their courses won’t be eligible for completion.


Chisholm Support Services

Our support teams can provide counselling and financial services, connect you with peers and assist you in navigating our IT and Library Services. They can also access disability services with you, create Indigenous and Community connections and engagement, introduce you to our Student Committee and student club members. 

You will find a complete list of our services online via our Current Student page.

Our Caroline Chisholm Education Foundation Scholarships are available to students who need financial support for their tuition fees to continue their education.


Student Communications in 2022

We will continue to connect with you through email, Moodle, MyChisholm app and social media, so please check your Chisholm emails often. Email is where you will receive the most critical information about your enrolment, changes to campus access and services, and COVIDSafe processes.  Your educator will contact you via Markbook, Moodle or email for information specific to your course, study and your orientation program.

On behalf of our educators, support staff and the wider Chisholm community, we hope that our families, work, study, and environments can return to a more consistent normal as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we will be in touch regularly in the coming weeks as we support you through your first few weeks of Term 1.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact one of our friendly Contact Centre staff on 1300 244 746.


 


On-Campus Reported Covid19 Results

To support our efforts in advising our Chisholm community, students who have attended campus and tested positive to Covid19 via a PCR (testing site) or Rapid Antigen Test will need to let us know.

You can do this by emailing studentsafety@Chisholm.edu.au with the details of your attendance on campus, times and dates and the date of your test result.

Please note that in keeping with the latest advice from the Victorian Government, Chisholm will not be conducting detailed contact tracing.

Instead, positive case information provided to us will be listed, and we encourage you to check this website if you are experiencing any symptoms.

 


Feeling Unwell or Have Symptoms?

Students and staff who are feeling unwell are reminded to stay at home and not to attend class or work. If you or someone you are in close contact with are awaiting COVID-19 test results, you are not to attend campus until a negative result is confirmed.

To be able to return to campus, you must provide Chisholm with a copy of your confirmed negative test result, at least 6 or 13 days after your first day of isolation (depending on whether you have been vaccinated).

If you or someone you’re in close contact with has had a COVID test, please advise your educator/manager that you won’t be attending campus and email:

 


Frequently Asked Questions

How is my information collected?

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).   More information on our Privacy Collection statement can be found on our website

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 at: 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 visit: https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/book-your-vaccine-appointment.

Where do I send my vaccination certificate to Chisholm?

You must email your vaccination certificate document to covidsafe@chisholm.edu.au