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Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

Updated: 06 April 2020  

Melbourne Polytechnic would like to reassure our community that we are following advice from the Australian Government in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and our wider community continue to be our highest priority. Currently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Staff and Students

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

Term 1 Classes Rescheduled 

TAFEs are recognised as essential services by the Victorian Government and are continuing to operate. However, our classes from Tuesday 24 March were rescheduled to recommence in Term 2, with the exception of activities or exams that cannot be moved. This means students will not be required on campus unless notified by their teacher.

For higher education students, where arrangements have been made with the program to enable online delivery, students are continuing with these arrangements.

Many staff members are also working remotely.

For those who are required to attend one of our campuses, we are implementing strict social distancing measures to minimise the risk of transmission. We are also continuing to undertake increased cleaning and hygiene practices.

Staff are working hard to prepare for remote and flexible learning where possible, as well as ensuring that appropriate social distancing measures are in place on campus.

For those who are required to attend one of our campuses, we will be working to implement social distancing measures to minimise the risk of transmission. We are also continuing to undertake increased cleaning and hygiene practices.

TAFEs are recognised as essential services under the State Government’s Emergency Plan and will continue to operate. We will be using this time for staff to prepare for the possibility of moving to remote and flexible learning, as well as further implement social distancing measures on campus.

Health and Wellbeing

We are working diligently to support our community in an effort to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus. 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. 

Currently, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus at Melbourne Polytechnic.

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 two hours of additional cleaning at each campus, from 11am – 1pm each day. This is in addition to our regular cleaning services. Their specific task is to clean all key touchpoints i.e. buttons, drink fountains, handrails, switches, door handles as well as bathroom basins, toilet/urinal flushes, seats, walls, basins and taps.

As part of general daily cleaning, all soap dispensers are checked and replaced when empty. Tissues are available on campus.

Social distancing
We are also incorporating social 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 social distancing so expect to see changes in these areas.

What is social distancing and why is it important? 
Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people. Social 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

Students will not have to attend campus from between 24 March until the commencement of Term 2, unless they have activities such as exams that cannot be rescheduled.

Teachers will notify students if they need to attend campus for any reason.

For those who are required to attend one of our campuses, we will be working to implement social distancing measures to minimise the risk of transmission. We are also continuing to undertake increased cleaning and hygiene practices.

Melbourne Polytechnic is considered an essential service under the State Government’s Emergency Plan and will continue to operate. However from 24 March classes have been rescheduled to Term 2. This means students will not have to attend campus unless notified by their teacher. Staff will use this time to prepare for remote and flexible learning.

Melbourne Polytechnic is implementing the social distancing guidelines provided by the 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
  • non-contact greetings (no handshakes).

Remote and flexible learning enables students to continue their study programs from locations other than Melbourne Polytechnic’s campuses. It can include using technology like webinars and online learning tools, email or postal services.

Please note that not all of Melbourne Polytechnic’s courses will be able to be delivered via remote learning. We will be in contact with students over the coming weeks.

In the short-term, we will be working to enable courses to be completed as per expected timelines. We are currently working with the relevant authorities to help us understand how course completions might be impacted in the event of an extended shutdown period, should it occur.

We are working on a range of solutions to enable courses to continue following the break, subject to further guidance from the relevant governments and authorities. We will contact students as soon as more information comes to hand.

Please contact the student information centre, and we will also post regular updates on the student portal.

Melbourne Polytechnic has been implementing an increased level of cleaning across all campuses in response to COVID-19. 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).

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.
  • 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.

The libraries will continue providing services to students remotely. Students can access this through the student portal.

If face-to-face service is required, the libraries remain open at the Preston, Fairfield and Epping campuses with strict social distancing and additional cleaning measures in place.

Yes, the International Office is open but operating remotely and is currently providing all services to students via email and telephone. Please email international@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au or call 03 9269 1666.

Unfortunately, it is not available for face-to-face enquiries or meetings until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation.