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COVID-19 Student Update

/ Coronavirus Student Updates
Yesterday afternoon the Victorian Government announced that the whole of Victoria would move to a lockdown from 11.59pm last night (until 11.59pm 20 July).

While all of our campuses will close during the lockdown period, some of our courses will move to remote learning from Monday, while others will be able to return to on-site learning following State Government guidelines. A return to the classroom will be dependent on the course. We have listed these below outlining those that will remain off-site as virtual classrooms, and those that are returning to campus.

Masks must now be worn indoors and outdoors by all. Face masks must be fitted covering both your nose and mouth, a fitted snood or gaiter can be worn if it covers both your nose and mouth.

The QR code sign-in/sign-out process remains in place for students and visitors. Contact tracing is critical to the control of outbreaks so we remind all students to ensure daily adherence to this important process.

What this means for SWTAFE students on Monday and Tuesday

Students will shift to remote learning as per the timetable for the following classes:

  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Accounting Principles Skill Set
  • Certificate III in Accounts Administration (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • Certificate III in Business (traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Business Administration (workplace-based and traineeship)
  • Aromatherapy massage (short course)
  • Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics (traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Barbering (on campus and apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Beauty Services (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Hairdressing (on campus and apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Make-up
  • Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Massage Therapy (on campus and traineeship)
  • Diploma of Beauty Therapy
  • Diploma of Remedial Massage
  • Stone massage (short course)
  • Certificate III in Information Technology
  • Certificate III in Tourism (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
  • Diploma of Travel & Tourism Management
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Community Services
  • Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention
  • Certificate IV in Disability (on campus and traineeship)
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate II in Agriculture (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)  (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Agriculture (on campus and traineeship)
  • Diploma of Agriculture
  • Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (traineeship)
  • Diploma of Conservation and Land Management
  • Certificate II in Horticulture (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Horticulture (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Landscape Construction (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Parks and Gardens (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Production Nursery (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate IV in Wool Classing (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Baking (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Bread Baking (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Cake and Pastry (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (on campus and apprenticeship)
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Certificate III in Hospitality (traineeship)
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services)  (traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Meat Processing (Food Services) (traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety) (traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (on campus and traineeship)
  • Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Visual Arts
  • Certificate IV in Visual Arts
  • Diploma of Visual Arts
  • Certificate III in Education Support (on campus and traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Education Support
  • Certificate III in Sport and Recreation (traineeship)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
  • VCAL - Portland, Hamilton, Colac campuses only

Please follow the directive given by your teacher.

Students will remain on-site as per the timetable for the following classes:

  • Certificate III in Cabinet Making (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Carpentry (apprenticeship)
  • Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (short course)
  • Licence to operate a forklift truck (short course)
  • Course in Workplace Spotting for Service Assets (short course)
  • Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Engineering (Fabrication Trade) (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical) (apprenticeship)
  • Certificate III in Plumbing (apprenticeship)
  • English as an Additional Language courses
  • VCAL - Warrnambool campus only

The following courses will be cancelled for Monday and Tuesday next week:

  • Certificate II in Building and Construction
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-Vocational)
  • Certificate II in Engineering Studies
  • Belinda Keeley workshop (short course)
  • Provide First Aid (short course)
  • Mental Health First Aid (short course)
  • Coffee Making (short course)
  • Certificate I in Work Education
  • Certificate II in Work Education
  • Certificate I in Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy
  • Certificate I in Transition Education
  • VCAL Young Parents

Student support

A Study from Home Guide has been prepared to assist students. The guide provides a raft of info and FAQs. This can be accessed via the SWTAFE website on the Services and Support page. Plus, we have a dedicated Student Helpline for ICT where students can get help with connectivity. Please call 5564 8854.

You can now find the SWTAFE Student Hub on the SWTAFE website. Here you can find support documents and utilities like Password Reset while studying from home. The link is students.swtafe.edu.au  

Our student wellbeing team are here to help

Our Student Wellbeing team are available to assist all students and are always happy to chat.

The adjustment from on-site at SWTAFE to study at home can be a challenge and we can help to talk through this transition, or anything else we can help with. We encourage you to get in touch with any of our team members if you feel you need some assistance.  

The Disability Services team are here to continue to support you through your studies, developing individualised support plans targeted to your delivery modes. We can support you to explore online tutoring sessions, negotiation of reasonable adjustments, accessibility and more.  Our team can be contacted on 5564 8720 or via Disability.support@swtafe.edu.au

Have any questions?

You can still contact SWTAFE via 1300 648 911 and one of our team will be able to assist or direct you to the help you may need.

If there are important questions that you don’t feel are being answered please let us know via incident.response@swtafe.edu.au

Next steps

We will be updating you with more information closer to the end of the lockdown period.

Stay safe.

Best regards,
Mark Fidge
CEO