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Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

Updated: 9 October 2020  

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Melbourne Polytechnic is implementing strict health and safety measures and has moved our courses to a blended delivery. These measures have been developed with advice from government and relevant authorities, and are in unison with the Victorian TAFE sector.

The health and wellbeing of our community continues to be the institute’s top priority.

Staff and Students

For more student and staff specific information, including additional FAQs, please visit your staff or student portal

How We Are Responding

Melbourne Polytechnic has designed our courses in Semester 2, 2020 to be delivered via a blended mode with remote learning wherever possible. A small amount of training and assessment will be occurring on campus in a planned way, in line with government permissions.

To support the wellbeing of everyone permitted to be on campus, Melbourne Polytechnic has implemented strict health and safety measures across all sites. These include following physical distancing guidelines and good hygiene practices, an increased level of cleaning, a pre-entry screening process and the wearing of face masks.

Libraries, enrolment centres and the Student Hub are currently providing services remotely and are closed for face-to-face service.

Health and safety measures on campus​

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.

Cleaning

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).

Physical distancing

We are also implementing physical distancing measures on campus and ways to reduce close personal contact. This includes limits to room capacity and arranging furniture 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:

  • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face. 

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.​

Frequently Asked Questions

Campuses and Facilities

Melbourne Polytechnic has closed all campuses, including libraries, enrolment centres and the student hub while stage 4 restrictions remain in place. As a result, with a limited number of permitted exceptions, all courses are being delivered remotely where possible.

If a student is required on campus, they will be sent an email to their Melbourne Polytechnic student email account.

Face-to-face service will be closed during the government’s stage 4 restrictions. For information about our library services, visit: https://melbournepolytechnic.spydus.com/

The Student Hub will continue providing services to students remotely by telephone wherever possible. Students can call the Hub on 9269 1314 (during business hours, Monday–Friday, excluding public holidays).

Face-to-face service will be closed during the government’s stage 4 restrictions.

The enrolment centres will continue providing services to students remotely. Students can call Student Connect on 03 9269 8400.

Face-to-face service will be closed during the government’s stage 4 restrictions.

Our Skills and Jobs Centre has relocated to the Preston campus. Under stage 4 restrictions, it is currently closed for face-to-face service.

For more information, visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/locations/

Everyone coming onto campus is required to follow the safety measures, such as teaching and non-teaching staff, casual staff, students attending classes, students visiting a campus, contractors, delivery personnel and visitors. More information can be found here.

Physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning

Melbourne Polytechnic is implementing the physical distancing guidelines provided by the Victorian Department of Education and Training:

  • 4 square metres provided per person in an enclosed space
  • keeping 1.5 metres distance between yourself and other people where possible
  • avoiding crowds and large student gatherings
  • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces
  • non-contact greetings (no handshakes).

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).

This includes:

  • Increased frequency of cleaning in high traffic areas including: building entrances, hallways, lifts, stairwells, bathrooms, canteens, and libraries.
  • Increased focus on cleaning frequently touched surfaces including: tables, benches, handles, switches, railings, taps, toilets, and sinks.
  • Use of hospital grade cleaner and sanitiser.
  • Hand sanitiser available in many building entrances and high traffic areas.
  • Cleaning staff are required to wear gloves and follow all necessary hand hygiene and OH&S protocols.
  • Increased signage around the campus to encourage good hygiene practices.

We are continuing to monitor and review our cleaning measures to ensure strong standards and the safety of our community.

As a temporary measure for hygiene precautions, we have stopped accepting cash at all campus service points.

Remote learning and courses

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:

  • Using online tools for classes and assessments
  • Using hard-copy materials sent out via post
  • Using email, phone and video calls for communicating between teachers and students.

For information on new courses, we encourage you to submit an expression of interest via the online enquiry form. By doing so, your details will be registered with us, which will allow us to share course updates as information comes to hand.

Due to stage 4 restrictions, all courses have returned to remote delivery where possible, with a limited number of permitted exceptions. Melbourne Polytechnic has sent an email to your student email account with an update on how your course is impacted.

For more information, you can contact your program lead (details on the student portal here) or call the Student Hub on 9269 1314 (during business hours, Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays).

Some placements in permitted industries are going ahead, however some placements need to be rescheduled.

Your teacher will send an email to your student email account with an update on how your placement is impacted.

Student services and support

You can call the Student Hub on 9269 1314 (during business hours, Monday – Friday, excluding public holidays) or visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/students/services-and-support/

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/

International Students

The International Office is currently providing services to students via email and telephone. Please email international@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au or call 03 9269 1666.

They are not available at this time for face-to-face enquiries or meetings until further notice 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 process to apply for a course at Melbourne Polytechnic has not changed. Information is available on our International Admissions webpage.

Refunds

Melbourne Polytechnic’s normal refund policy applies. For information on refunds, please visit: https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/fees/refunds/

Apprenticeships

On-the-job aspects of apprenticeships can continue if the work environment and industry are permitted under the guidance from the government on stage 4 restrictions.

Remote learning with Melbourne Polytechnic (e.g. online classes) will continue and a small number of permitted courses will continue with training on campus. An email has been sent to apprentices via their student email account with information on how their course is impacted.

Tenants and occupiers

As a result of stage 4 restrictions, all Melbourne Polytechnic campuses will close including tenant operations which are not recognised as “Permitted Activities” under the State Government’s State of Disaster Guidelines. If you believe that your operations qualify to remain open, please supply us with details as to why this is the case including the types of activities that will be undertaken. If it is agreed that you qualify to remain open, Melbourne Polytechnic will require full details of your expected operational days and times to enable us to provide you with access.

Free short courses

To find out about Free TAFE courses at Melbourne Polytechnic, and to register to receive updates, please visit:

https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/free-tafe/

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:

https://www.melbournepolytechnic.edu.au/study/free-tafe/

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.

If you have another question about COVID-19 that is not answered here, please email coronavirus@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au. To report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, call 03 9269 1113.