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Stage 4 Restrictions – Term 3 FAQs

What are the State Government’s Stage 4 restrictions?

From 6pm on Sunday 2 August, restrictions are changing for metropolitan Melbourne. Metropolitan Melbourne is moving to Stage 4 Restrictions. The definition of metropolitan Melbourne is based on the Planning and Environment Act 1987 which sets out the local government areas that form metropolitan Melbourne and will not include Mitchell Shire for the purposes of the Stage 4 curfew or travel restrictions.

These changes are being introduced to reduce the number of people leaving their homes and moving around Victoria.

From 2 August, a curfew will be in place in metropolitan Melbourne. Curfews will be in operation from 8 pm to 5 am every evening, with people only allowed to leave their house for work, and essential health, care or safety reasons.

From 5 am – 8 pm, you can only leave your home for one of the following four reasons:

  • Necessary goods and services
  • Exercise
  • Care and health care
  • Work

For more specific information on these reasons please visit the Victorian Government website that details the Stage 4 restrictions.

If you do need to leave home, you should wash your hands before you leave and when you return home. Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others. Always wear a face covering, unless you have a lawful exception. Never, ever go out if you are unwell, unless it is to get tested and then you must go straight home.

If we all do this, we can protect our loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care workers and the community.

How have the Stage 4 restrictions affected Chisholm?

Following the announcement by the Premier, Daniel Andrews, on Sunday 2 August 2020 that the Melbourne Metropolitan area would move into Stage 4 restrictions, we have reassessed our course delivery options to reflect the new requirements.

As part of Stage 4 restrictions, the State Government has confirmed that we can continue on-site delivery and assessment for qualifications that service a small number of industries. These industries as they relate to Chisholm courses broadly include apprentices and students in approved construction, health, aged and disability care, as well as some of our VCE and VCAL programs.

What are the limited courses that are permitted to continue to have on-campus classes under the Governments new Stage 4 restrictions?

Health

  • 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

Trades

  • 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

What happens if I was attending on-campus classes and training, but my course is not on the list?

If your current qualification does not align with the permitted industries as set out by the Victorian Government, Chisholm must therefore deliver your classes through remote and online learning during the Stage 4 restrictions.

If you were scheduled to attend classes on campus this week, please note that on-campus classes, which do not relate to the permitted Government-listed industries will be cancelled from 5 August 2020, for the duration of these current restrictions.

We want to reassure you that our teachers and support staff continue to be available for you, and your success remains the priority for us. We will do all that we can to continue to deliver the course remotely. Educators will be working with you remotely and will be in touch soon with your revised timetable and further information.

Other TAFES are closing for a few days – will Chisholm need to close as well?

At this stage, we believe that we can transition students to remotely learning, just as we did during the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic. We will endeavour to communicate with all students and employers as quickly as possible and we thank you in advance for your patience during this time. There have been many changes to education, and indeed throughout all industries in Victoria, and we are working closely with DET to ensure that the safety and health of our students, as well as continued delivery of education wherever possible, continue to be the top priorities for us.

I am an employer of an apprentice who needs to be on campus for training. Is it safe?

We have extensive safety protocols in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The health and wellbeing of those we teach, and our staff is paramount.

For the past four months, we have been operational on-campus for students and apprentices requiring essential assessment, practical training or need to complete exams. We have an excellent track record of health and hygiene practices and our workplace and study areas meet all the requirements set down by the Department of Health and Human Services. We are guided by the Department of Education and the Chief Medical Officer. Students (apprentices) are also required to follow the strict safety protocols that are in place, which includes wearing a mask on-campus and practicing social distancing, hand washing and regular cleaning of their work areas.

I live more than 5km from campus, am I still allowed to travel to class?

Under the Government’s restrictions for Stage 4, students may travel to campus providing that their classes are essential. We are in the process of notifying each student who may have been scheduled to attend campus this week and in coming weeks to advise if their course falls into one of the government’s permitted industry categories – or essential learning.

We have a full list of those essential courses, which will continue on campus, and a list of those courses that we must transition to remote learning. You can find that list within this FAQ page.

I need to travel to campus for classes. Is there a form I can obtain from Chisholm to say I am allowed on to campus?

Yes, we can provide you with a form that confirms your timetable and has the contact details of your educators listed. You will be provided with a form in your first class on-campus from 6 August 2020. You will also be required to carry with you your Chisholm Student Identification Card or another form of photo identification.

If I am a student who needs Childcare or Kindergarten for my child(ren) while I am on campus studying, can I access this?

For students who are attending onsite delivery (on campus or in the workplace) permitted in the Stage 4 Permitted Industries list, you will be eligible to access childcare or kindergarten, provided you do not have anyone else in your household who is able to supervise your child/ren.

If you believe you meet these criteria, please contact your Education Manager for a copy of a permit, which will require completion. Your Education Manager will assess your application for eligibility. If approved, the form will be returned to you and can then make your arrangements for your child/ren and their attendance at a childcare or kindergarten program.

I am an employer and am concerned about the completion date for my apprentice?

We understand that following on from the Stage 4 announcement and further restrictions that delays to completion may be more likely. However, we will be working to catch-up apprentices throughout the remainder of 2020 and will do all that we can to ensure that timelines are managed and reached wherever possible.

I am a VCE/VCAL student, do I need to come to campus?

Following the Victorian Government’s announcement to move to Stage 4 restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne, the State Government has confirmed that we can continue mandatory on-site delivery and assessment for our VCAL and VCE courses.

If you have mandatory, practical VCAL training or VCE Unit 4 School Assessed Coursework (SAC) scheduled throughout the remainder of Term 3, your on-campus delivery will continue as planned. To support your learning, we will continue to provide blended and remote delivery options to ensure your preparation for practical and assessment requirements.

I am a student who is feeling really concerned about studies. What kind of support is there?

We understand that these are increasingly challenging times for you and your families. We aim to support you during this phase and a range of services continue to be available including counselling, financial information, disability assistance, Indigenous Engagement and access to loan laptops and wifi internet dongles Our Student Support team is offer the full range of services remotely and can be contacted on 1300 244 746 or studentservices@chisholm.edu.au.

You can also access support 24/7 via phone, web chat or online by contacting Lifeline 13 11 14 or BeyondBlue 1300 224 636.

Our Library team continues to operate remotely to support you with study and research, IT and Moodle access, Zoom, and how to forward your Chisholm emails to your personal account. The library website is the best place to access their services.

Our student newsletter is being distributed each week to your inbox and it has all of the latest information for you. If you’re not receiving it and would like to, contact us at student.communications@chisholm.edu.au.

What kind of mental health, wellbeing and peer support help is there now that we are in Stage 4?

Counsellors can help you to get some support and lighten the load. This service is free and confidential. Reasons you might speak with a student counsellor include:

  • Support for mental health including anxiety and depression
  • Debrief about life concerns such as relationship issues, financial stress, home sickness etc.
  • Study or course issues.
  • We can also provide guidance on Chisholm policies such as special consideration.

Appointments are available. Contact Student Services via email counselling@chisholm.edu.au.

A longer-term counselling service, of up to 10 sessions per year, is also available on campus. Students are required to have a Medicare Mental Health Care Plan to access this service. Contact Student Services for further details.

If you feel that you may benefit from some self-help tips or peer connection, we encourage you to check our Eventbrite pages for free webinars, which are happening regularly throughout August and into September. We also have our social clubs that have transitioned online, and encourage you to reach out and connect with your peers.

If I am unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons, do I need a medical certificate for the exemption?

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing one, or you have a reason for exemption, then this also applies to on-campus. In line with the information from the Department of Health, people who cannot wear masks, need not have any special letter or medical certificate to prove that but police are entitled to question people not wearing masks: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/face-coverings-covid-19#exceptions-for-not-wearing-a-face-covering

I am thinking of withdrawing from my course, what should I do?

Prior to withdrawing you will need to speak with a financial counsellor who will provide you with advice and to see if there is a way to work around any temporary issues. if you’re concerned about meeting your course requirements in the short term, perhaps you may wish to consider deferring for now. Unfortunately, we’re unable to suspend courses for short periods of time, however, there are options to defer your studies for longer periods of time, from six months onwards. Whatever concerns you have, it is best to discuss your future studies with a financial counsellor or personal counsellor, as there are often many ways, we can find you the support that you need.

I don’t know whether to continue my plans to enrol in a course now that the Government restrictions have been extended. What should I do?

We encourage you to visit our course options on our website as many of our courses continue to be offered remotely. Our Client Services team can also be contacted to discuss course enquiries and you’re still also able to meet with a course advisor who can provide you with course information specific to you and your circumstances. For more information, contact us on 1300 244 746.

I am on placement. Is there a form that I need that proves I am a student at Chisholm and permitted to work at my placement provider?

Chisholm can provide you with the necessary form that confirms you are a student on placement and that you have permission to travel and work. Chisholm also can provide students with a form that confirms their required attendance on campus and that training meets with the Government’s approved training for industry.