Response to Stage 4 roadmap and important information – update 9 September, 2020

Following the Victorian Premier’s recent announcement regarding plans for a gradual return to activity across the State, we have reviewed delivery of courses for the remainder of the year.

In line with the Government’s plans to broaden the types of industries that are allowed to resume operations between now and November, we will also aim to increase delivery of essential training and assessment throughout this time.

Chisholm continues to work closely with the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as we navigate the staged, on-campus, essential delivery of essential training and assessment, and VETDSS courses to ensure the best possible outcomes for our students. Throughout this year, the return-to-campus program has prioritised students’ health, safety and wellbeing in these challenging times.

The Victorian Government has identified a number of milestones in its plan toward an easing of restrictions and we have aligned our schedule for delivery of courses through Term 4.

Our delivery remains dependent on the easing of restrictions and the follow-through of the Government’s plan.

Where there is change to course delivery or students will be required to attend essential training or assessment on campus, emails have been distributed this week. For students who have been learning remotely and are not required to undertake essential training or assessment, your course delivery will continue remotely for the foreseeable future.

If you need support during these challenging times, we hope that you will contact one of our Student Support and Engagement Team members so they can help to guide you to professional services or advise of the many student resources we have at Chisholm.

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 Wi-Fi internet dongles. Our Student Support team is offering the full range of services remotely and can be contacted on 1300 244 746 or studentservices@chisholm.edu.au.

We hope that our FAQ page will answer most of your questions. Your educator will also be able to assist.

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.

We will provide further updates to all students/apprentices throughout Term 4.

Please continue to check your student emails for this important information. We want to reassure you that our teachers and support staff are available for you, and your success remains our priority.

Important information - updated 25 August, 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne enters Stage 4 restrictions

Following the Victorian Government’s announcement to move Metropolitan Melbourne to Stage 4 restrictions, Chisholm has reduced 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. The approved courses (within the permitted industries) are listed below:

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

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