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Academia International in Melbourne and Brisbane
Our response to COVID-19!

The Australian Government announced on 20th of July 2020 positive visa changes in assisting international students further:

The changes include:

  1. The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.
  2. International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge, if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.
  3. Current student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
  4. Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.
  5. Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

We have transitioned to online studies for all courses including during the coronavirus lockdown.

ACADEMIA's ONLINE DELIVERY DIFFERENCE

Our classes are delivered by an experienced teacher streaming the lesson online where students can ask questions, work on examples, share a whiteboard, join a virtual group to work together and so on. The online lesson is complemented by a wealth of digital learning resources students are offered an optimal environment to succeed in their studies.

This is very different to traditional online training where students study online independently with 1 or 2 hours per week of live teaching and support by their teacher.

Our students study in small online groups per 1 teacher with the lesson recorded for later playback.

Prospective students can join a free live class to see the quality of our tuition first hand.

Training continues ONLINE with full support from Teaching and Support staff

CURRENT TERM

For our current term we are offering theory units ONLINE utilising our proven Academia LMS fully supported by Trainers and support staff.

MORE INFORMATION AND SUPPORT

Current and New students are welcome to call or visit us to seek any additional information as a core support and teaching team will be available ongoing at both our Melbourne and Brisbane campuses.

ACADEMIA Institute Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Important information for Melbourne Campus Students - Updated 08-July-2020

Academia Management has decided to delay our Term 3 (July) Commencement for Melbourne Campus only

Dear Melbourne Academia Students,

With the recent announcement by the Victorian State Government of a further 6 week lockdown in order to reduce the spike in Corona virus, Academia Management has decided to delay our Term 3 (July) Commencement for Melbourne Campus only, by 1 week to now start on the week of the 27th of July.

The reasoning for this is to allow 2.5 weeks of "Lockdown" to help reduce the daily growth of Coronavirus especially as Health Experts state that the gestation period for the Coronavirus is 2 weeks.

As per State Government directive, Tertiary Education (such as Academia Institute) continues as normal with students studying both online and in-class for courses that cannot be delivered online.

We have also implemented temperature checking and additional cleaning procedures for our floors and building to attempt to negate Coronavirus outbreak at our institute. What is MOST CRITICAL is that if you are feeling unwell, do not come in to school. We will catch you up on missed studies at no additional cost as long as you have advised us and have gone to get a COVID-19 test before returning to school.

Our Trainers and Academic Support Staff have been working frantically to ensure your training remains uninterrupted and on schedule. We look forward to welcoming you back for a successful Term 3 starting July 27th and finishing 3rd of October.

We are monitoring the situation and receiving advice from Government Health Departments and will communicate to all students ongoing.

Regards, Mel

Principal Executive Officer

Academia Institute

COVID-19 (Links to Government Health websites)

How do I get myself checked

The Australian Government has launched a Coronavirus Australia app

The Australian Government has launched a Coronavirus Australia app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, or via a WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android, for people to receive the latest official advice and information. It builds off the improved content aggregator via the Australian government website.

Important information

How do I get myself checked
  1. If you are concerned you may have COVID-19, use the symptom checker on healthdirect
How to protect myself and others?
  1. Good hygiene including:
    1. covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
    2. disposing of tissues properly
    3. washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
    4. using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
    5. cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
    6. if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
    7. cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets
  2. Social distancing:
    1. Households
      1. Practice good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene
      2. Avoid handshaking and other physical greetings
      3. Regularly clean shared high-touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs
      4. Increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
      5. Buy more goods and services online so you limit visits to the shop
      6. Consider what travel and outings are necessary, both individual and family, and go to open places such as parks
    2. Social distancing in the workplace
      1. Stay at home if you are sick
      2. Consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled
      3. Stop handshaking and other physical greetings
      4. Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
      5. Reconsider non-essential business travel
      6. Defer large face-to-face meetings
      7. Hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible
      8. Promote good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene and provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers
      9. Take lunch outside rather than in the lunch room
      10. Clean and disinfect shared high-touch surfaces regularly
      11. Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more fresh air
      12. Limit food handling and shared food in the workplace
      13. Promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts
Who can I call for help?
  1. For questions about testing or patient welfare, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Support for international students in Melbourne

Victorian Government - International Student, Emergency Relief Fund (APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN - Updated eligibility criteria - 27 August 2020)

International Student Emergency Relief Fund – eligibility updates (27 August 2020)

Are you facing financial hardship due to lost work and wages because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

The Victorian Government's $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund is available to support eligible international students who are facing financial hardship due to lost work and wages because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The International Student Emergency Relief Fund offers a one-off payment of up to $1,100 to eligible students, and applications are open.

Please visit International Student Emergency Relief Fund - information for private training provider students for instructions on how to apply through Study Melbourne.

If you need help to apply for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund or you can't find the information you need on the Study Melbourne website, please contact Study Melbourne on 1800 056 449. They can arrange for an interpreter if you need one.

A range of support is available to help you submit a successful application, including:

  1. a detailed Application Guide which includes examples of the documents you need to provide
  2. Frequently Asked Questions to help you with your application questions
  3. translated reference examples of the application form.

Tips to make a successful application

  1. Confirm your eligibility before you start your application
  2. Read the application support information, including the Application Guide (Stream Two) and Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Prepare your support documents before you start your application.
  4. Only JPEG, PDF or PNG formats will be accepted. Learn more about Preparing supporting documents in the Application Guide.
  5. Use a desktop or laptop computer to make the application, not a mobile device.
  6. Check that all information is correct before submitting. If you provide incomplete or incorrect information your application cannot be processed.
More support for international students in Victoria

In addition to the hardship funds, pastoral care and student support services available through Victorian education providers, the Victorian Government is providing the following support to international students:

  1. one-off rent relief grants for people in rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, designed to help keep renters in safe and stable accommodation
  2. help to find new work opportunities through Working for Victoria
  3. a dedicated international student coronavirus (COVID-19) support hub on the Study Melbourne website, including a directory of community support and food relief
  4. access to free accommodation and employment legal advice
  5. free and confidential support and practical help through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including access to mental health services and referral to other services.

Support for international students in Brisbane

For Academia students

The Queensland Government is providing financial support to enrolled international students based in Queensland who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Applications for the Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Grant are submitted through https://www.communityrecovery.qld.gov.au/options. It could take 7-10 business days

What documents do you need?

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at a Queensland CRICOS registered education and/or training provider. Academia CRIOS number is 02634E - Academia International & Academia Australia – Brisbane.
  3. Proof of address (may be a utility or phone bill, student identification, employment payslip, overseas student health cover)
  4. VEVO status (You must complete a VEVO check to confirm your location and student visa status. To access VEVO please visit the Department of Home Affairs website. Save your VEVO check as a PDF document and attach it your application.
  5. Evidence of the current balance in your bank account with $1500AUD or less (such as bank statement or screenshot of your bank account) displaying your name, current balance and transaction history from 19 May 2020 until time of application.
  6. You must have an Australian phone number – it may be used to contact you about your application.
Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Package

For More information please visit this link

Queensland Roadmap

Continuing Studies at Academia International

Academia still operating
  1. Yes, we have launched online study utilising our proven Academia Learning Management System that we have been operating since 2015 and how have extended to include live lecture streaming that is also recorded for later playback
Is it still okay for me to come to campus?
  1. Academia has transitioned to online to minimise the need for students to come to campus during the pandemic. However, you are still welcome on campus, except in the following circumstances:
    1. You are subject to any of the travel or quarantine restrictions imposed by the Australian Government, as outlined here.
    2. You have come in close contact with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus within the last 14 days.
    3. You are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Can I still study online, if I return to my home country?
  1. Yes - contact our Academia Services team AcademicServices@academia21.com to find out how
Can I complete my study without placement?
  1. Academia will provide the mandatory hours of placement arrangement next in the future, we will place you as soon as we can.
  2. This may be reduced contact hours due to limitation at the time of availability. We will update and discuss with you at that stage.
  3. If it affects your study duration you may need to extend it. The Australian Government is considering waving visa extension fees. We will inform our students if and when this takes place.
If my course has a practical component how will I complete this?
  1. For the next term commencing the week of April the 27th we will be delivering 2 days of theory units per week ONLINE for each class. These are units normally delivered throughout your qualification but we have brought these forward to enable pure online delivery
  2. For students who are scheduled to study practical subjects next term, these will be rescheduled for you to be completed at a later date.
  3. For students who are in their final term of study we will schedule practical lessons on campus with reduced student numbers per class to meet the social distance requirements (Government Health Departments permitting).
How long will classes be delivered online?
  1. Online delivery will continue for the remainder of Term 1, 2020 and planned for all of Term 2, 2020
  2. Academia International will follow the advice from the relevant authorities (e.g. Department of Health) in when to return to class room studies.
Who do I contact for technical support regarding online delivery?
  1. Academia International cannot support your internet connection, please contact your internet service provider for that support
  2. For Learning Management System (LMS) support, please call 03 9671 4755 or email ithelpdesk@academia21.com
  3. For device support (e.g. Academia laptops), please call 03 9671 4755 or email ithelpdesk@academia21.com
Can I extend my student visa while I’m deferred?
  1. Yes, you can apply your student visa extension as normal case, as long as you have active enrolment and COE(s).
I can no longer start and want to withdraw, what can I do?
  1. If you want to withdraw please complete this form
  2. International students, please leave Australia within 28 days from the withdrawal date.

Enrolling at Academia International

Can I still enrol if I am already in Australia?
  1. Yes, simply complete the enquiry form
Can I still enrol if I am currently outside of Australia?
  1. Yes you can for later intakes where we expect Australia will reopen its borders for international travel. For our 2020 and 2021 intake dates see: https://www.academia21.com/future-students/VET-and-english-courses-start-dates
Can I commence studies online if I am currently outside of Australia?
  1. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic Australia has closed its borders for the time being. For updates see https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/travel-restrictions
  2. Even so you can commence part of your studies online - To find out more contact our Academia Services team AcademicServices@academia21.com to find out how
  3. Note - By commencing part of your studies online to continue studies in Australia once our borders reopen, you still need to meet the student visa requirements as per the Australian Student visa eligibility requirements see https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500. If you cannot continue studies in Australia you only pay for the delivered online studies on a prorata basis.
Who do I contact?
  1. You can also call us on (03) 9671 4755 or email info@academia21.com

Financial Queries

Financial Queries
  1. We are offering MORE flexible payment plans if required. Please contact our Accounts Department – accounts@academia21.com

Employment

How can I make myself more employable?
  1. Complete the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training at https://covid-19training.gov.au/ and receive a certificate to show prospective employers
  2. Obtain a self-declaration form from Academia International to show your employer
What Industries are currently hiring and who do I contact?
  1. Coles https://www.colescareers.com.au/
  2. Woolworths https://www.wowcareers.com.au/
  3. Telstra https://careers.telstra.com/home
  4. BHP https://careers.bhp.com/careers/SearchJobs
  5. Cleaners
  6. Nurses
  7. Call Centre operators
  8. Aged Care workers
  9. Delivery drivers
  10. https://joboutlook.gov.au/ a resource to see industries currently hiring
Are International students still restricted to working only 40 hours for every 2 weeks during school term?
  1. Yes, student visa holder still restricted to working 40 hours fortnight except meet the following 2 special arrangements:
    1. Australia’s major supermarkets will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international student employees to help keep shelves stocked.
    2. International students ready to fill critical staff shortages in aged care.
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Note: The above FAQ is based on information available at the time of publishing and is subject to change. Please ensure you continue to access Australian Government websites including https://www.australia.gov.au/ to ensure you receive the most up to date information.