Updated: 15 July 2020
Melbourne Polytechnic is following advice from the Australian and Victorian Governments in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are acting in unison with the Victorian TAFE sector. The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and wider community continue to be our highest priority.
Staff and Students
How We Are Responding
TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate.
In response to the current coronavirus situation, Melbourne Polytechnic is delivering courses in Semester 2, 2020 via a blended mode with scheduled remote learning wherever possible. Some activity and training for a small number of courses will also be undertaken on campus, in line with the government’s directive that travel is allowed for study or work which cannot be undertaken at home.
Staff members that can work remotely, are also encouraged to do so.
To support the wellbeing of everyone required to be on campus, Melbourne Polytechnic has implemented strict health and safety measures across all sites. These include following physical distancing guidelines and an increased level of cleaning and hygiene.
Health and Wellbeing
We are working diligently to support our community in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We are continually assessing information provided to the Institute from a range of government agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Australian Department of Health, the World Health Organization, Department of Education Victoria and more recently, Worksafe Victoria.
For more information on symptoms, details on protecting yourself against COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria's COVID-19 page.
In response to COVID-19 we have implemented additional cleaning at each campus.
An increased level of cleaning and hygiene is occurring in high traffic areas including building entrances, hallways, lifts, stairwells, bathrooms and libraries. There has also been a focus on frequently touched surfaces, including tables, benches, handles, switches, railings, taps, toilets, and sinks.
We are using hospital grade cleaner and sanitiser, and cleaning staff are required to wear gloves and follow all necessary hand hygiene and OH&S protocols.
As part of daily cleaning, all soap dispensers are checked and refilled when empty. Tissues and hand sanitiser are available on campus.
Cleaning kits are also located in classrooms for students and staff to use should they need to clean surfaces, in particular high-touch, shared surfaces such as keyboards and computers.
Cleaning is conducted in accordance with the government’s COVID-19 cleaning guidelines (Australian Government Department of Health’s Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19).
We are also incorporating physical distancing measures on campus and ways to reduce close personal contact. This includes spreading out seating and tables in common areas to allow for more space between people in accordance with the government guidelines on physical distancing.
What is physical distancing and why is it important?
Physical distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people. Physical distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:
So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.
International Student Emergency Relief Fund
Applications are open for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund – click here for information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning
Melbourne Polytechnic is implementing the physical distancing guidelines provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training:
Melbourne Polytechnic has been implementing an increased level of cleaning across campuses in response to COVID-19. Cleaning is conducted in accordance with the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 cleaning guidelines (Victorian DHHS Cleaning and disinfecting to reduce COVID-19 transmission).
We are continuing to monitor and review our cleaning measures to ensure strong standards and the safety of our community.
In order to reduce the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19, we advise that you follow the guidelines from government in relation to physical distancing, stay at home when possible and increase your personal hygiene by washing hands thoroughly at every opportunity. More information is available through the Department of Health and Human Services.
Melbourne Polytechnic is implementing a rule of one person per four square metres across our campuses, in line with Department of Education and Training guidelines. Additional cleaning is also occurring and bathrooms are stocked with the requirements for good hand hygiene. Staff and students are being requested to follow health and hygiene practices in line with those set out by the Victorian Chief Health Officer
Campus and facilities
In response to the coronavirus restrictions, Melbourne Polytechnic has transitioned most of our courses to remote and flexible learning. For courses which can no longer be delivered entirely remotely, a small number of students will be returning to face-to-face classes on campus.
If a student is required on campus, they will be sent an email to their Melbourne Polytechnic student email account.
As a temporary measure for hygiene precautions, we have stopped accepting cash at all campus service points.
For information about our library services, visit: https://melbournepolytechnic.spydus.com/
The enrolment centres remain open at the Preston, Fairfield and Epping campuses with strict physical distancing and additional cleaning measures in place.
Our Skills and Jobs Centre is open and has relocated to the Preston campus.
For more information, visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/locations/
Remote and flexible learning enables students to continue their study and training from locations away from the campus.
For Melbourne Polytechnic, we will be doing this in a few ways:
For assistance, please visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/student-and-staff-portal/students/student-login-help/
Student services and support
Please contact the Student Hub by calling 9269 1314 during business hours (Monday –Thursday 8am-6pm and Friday 8am-5pm, excluding public holidays) for general questions. The Student Hub will also be able to provide you with the contact details for the Program Lead of your course if you have course-specific questions. We also post regular updates on the student portal.
Yes, our Student Equity and Access (Disability Support) and Counselling services are continuing to support you. For information, visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/students/services-support/student-equity-and-access-service/
The International Office is currently providing services to students via email and telephone. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03) 9269 1666.
They are not available at this time for face-to-face enquiries or meetings due to the COVID-19 situation.
Yes, international applications are open for all available intakes. All applications will be assessed by the Admission Officers. The process to apply for a course at Melbourne Polytechnic has not changed. Information is available on our International Admissions webpage.
The Victorian Government Department of Education and Training is monitoring the impacts of coronavirus on apprentices and trainees. Apprentices and trainees can apply for the new Jobseeker payments for financial assistance.
For information on Melbourne Polytechnic’s Trade and Traineeship Support Unit (TSU), visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/qualifications/apprenticeships-traineeships/apprenticeships/the-trade-and-traineeship-support-unit/
Free short courses
To find out about Free TAFE courses at Melbourne Polytechnic, and to register to receive updates, please visit:
To find out if you are eligible, call us on (03) 9269 8400 during business hours to speak with one of our Education and Course Advisors.
We are looking at offering new courses as part of the Working for Victoria program.
Submit an expression of interest on our website to stay updated: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/about-us/news-and-events/news/new-tafe-funding/
Melbourne Polytechnic is looking at the best solutions to deliver free TAFE courses. To register your interest to receive updates as they come to hand, please visit:
For the moment, Melbourne Polytechnic is transitioning its delivery of courses to remote and flexible learning wherever possible.
Melbourne Polytechnic is working with government and regulators to ensure our remote and flexible teaching methods meet government standards and the qualifications we award are fully recognised.
Please call us on (03) 9269 8400 during business hours to speak with one of our Education and Course Advisors.
You can also submit an expression of interest on our website to stay updated: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/free-tafe/
Information on eligibility for Free TAFE for Priority Courses is available here: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/free-tafe/free-tafe-eligibility/. You can also call us on (03) 9269 8400 during business hours to speak with one of our Education and Course Advisors.
To submit an expression of interest in studies as part of the Working for Victoria program, visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/free-tafe/. We will send updates to those who register.