3 August 2020

Hi everyone,

We are aware of several cases of COVID-19 across our wider network, and we hope that everyone impacted is able to make a full and speedy recovery.

31 July 2020
Hi everyone,

We are aware of several cases of COVID-19 across our wider network, and we hope that everyone impacted is able to make a full and speedy recovery.

Importantly, none of the people who are unwell have been on any Kangan Institute campus or had any physical contact with any other students or staff for a considerable amount of time.

This means we have not had to take any additional action on any campus, and no other people are at risk.

Our strict campus protocols remain in place and only those people who have essential work or study can be on site at any time. All people who are on site must adhere to social distancing rules and use the appropriate PPE, and maintain good personal hygiene.
Mask up everyone!

The requirement to wear masks outside your homes will extend to everyone living in Victoria from Monday morning.

You will not be allowed on any Kangan Institute campus across Victoria if you do not have your face covered appropriately.
As the Premier reiterated this week, wearing a mask when outside and staying away from friends and family for now is a crucial way to fight the spread of COVID-19. It’s a small sacrifice when the alternative is so devastating.

There has been some interesting publicity around people refusing to wear masks and challenging the requirement. To provide some background and explanation to why public health rules can be enforced in this way, The Age newspaper put together this article which explains how the State of Emergency works.

It’s a challenging new step for everyone, but why not use it to explore your creativity?
Have a safe weekend everyone, stay home, stay healthy.

Kind Regards,

Kangan Institute

30 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

29 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

28 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

27 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

24 July 2020

Hi everyone,

We have not had any COVID-19 cases reported in our network this week, and we hope you are all taking care of yourselves and remaining healthy and well.

Two significant changes happened in our world this week – we introduced temperature testing for our VETiS students, and we all are now required to wear masks outside our homes in Melbourne.

The temperature testing is something that the Department of Education and Training has specifically asked us to do. Although it is currently just for high school students who come to us for part-time vocational training, we are considering extending this to all people coming on campus.

We are working through this and will be letting everyone know if and when this will be starting.

For those of us in Melbourne, it is now compulsory to wear a face covering when leaving the house. That has meant an adjustment for those people on campus – the only exception is that our teaching staff do not need to wear a mask while teaching a class.

For everyone else, at all other times, it is a mandatory requirement and the fine for not doing so is $200.

There is a silver-lining to this however, as the change has created quite a market for masks. We know of at least two talented designers within our wider BKI network who are making and selling face masks and you can find them here and here.

Our amazing students

As always, despite the challenges and uncertainty the world is experiencing, our students continue to shine through with their talent and resilience.

This fantastic, intricate cake was made by a nursing student this week to share with her colleagues. So very clever!
We were also happy to host our first virtual graduation this week with 25 international students being farewelled and congratulated.

Taking part in such a significant ceremony by video instead of in person is certainly a challenge, but these are truly unusual times! We wish all of our graduands the very best for their futures. We have been so pleased to be part of their learning journey.

Stay safe and healthy, and have a great weekend.

Kind Regards,

Kangan Institute

23 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

22 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

21 July 2020

Hi everyone,

From midnight Wednesday, everyone living in the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire lockdown areas must wear face masks or coverings when outside their homes. Any face covering will be acceptable – it does not need to be a cloth mask or a surgical mask.

The penalty for not doing so is a $200 fine. The full detail of the announcement by Premier Dan Andrews is here.

This means that staff and students arriving on campus must already be wearing a face mask. If you are not wearing one, you will be asked to leave campus.

The reason for the change is that the majority of current COVID-19 outbreaks are now coming from settings where people are working closely together.

Specific information for TAFEs has today been provided by the Department of Education and Training:

  • All staff must wear face coverings at, and when travelling to and from, their TAFE or training organisation.
  • Teachers will not be required to wear face coverings while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can.
  • Teachers should wear face coverings in other areas of the TAFE or training organisation when not teaching (for example, in the staffroom).
  • All students who are attending a TAFE or training organisation for their study, will need to wear a face covering.
  • This includes when travelling to and from training.
  • A person who has a medical condition - including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition - is not required to wear a face covering.
  • Individuals will be expected to supply their own face coverings.

Face coverings in regional Victoria continue to be recommended in situations where maintaining 1.5 metres  distance is not possible – however regional Victorians will have to wear a mask when visiting metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire for one of the permitted reasons.

More coronavirus-related information from the Department of Education and Training can be found here.

There is a lot of information available about types of face masks and coverings, both from an official health perspective, which you can read here (noting that this information was published before the rule change to make mask-wearing mandatory).

If you want to read information about mask-wearing from a broader perspective, try this Q&A story in The Age.

In this TV interview Dr Nick Coatesworth, Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer, explains why mask wearing has now been made mandatory in Victoria.

The $200 fine is a public health directive, and can be enforced just like the fines for being out of your home during lockdown for reasons other than work, study, buying essentials or exercising. In general, this coronavirus section of the 'Department of Health and Human Services'.

Take care out there. Face masks, hand washing and social distancing are to keep you safe and healthy.

Stay safe.

Kangan Institute

20 July 2020

We have been made aware of two COVID-19 cases in our wider network, although neither person has been on any of our campuses or in personal contact with anyone else at Bendigo TAFE & Kangan Institute.

17 July 2020

Hello everyone,

Over the past week we have been made aware of two COVID-19 cases in our wider network, although neither person has been on any of our campuses or in personal contact with anyone else at Bendigo TAFE & Kangan Institute.

The number of cases in Victoria is hitting record daily increases so it is not surprising that we are now hearing of cases in our network. We sincerely hope that anyone who is impacted by this virus is able to make a full recovery as quickly as possible.

The impact of COVID-19 is different for everyone who contracts it and thankfully most people appear to have only mild symptoms.

This increased surge in cases across Victoria underlines how important it is to social distance, wash your hands and to stay away from other people if you are unwell.

The current lockdown impacting Melbourne has another month to go. Please stay home unless absolutely necessary. This will reduce the chance of you catching or spreading this virus.
Free workshops for students

Our Employment Centre is running a series of free courses to help with getting ready for the job market.

They start on 3 August and cover resume writing, cover letter writing and answering key criteria questions, as well as interview tips. Anyone who is interested will need to register by calling 1300 484 335 or emailing employmentcentre@kangan.edu.au or through the website www.kangan.edu.au/students/employment-centre/register-with-us
Stay safe this weekend.

Kangan Institute

16 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

15 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

14 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

13 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

10 July 2020

Hello everyone,
 
We have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in our wider Kangan Institute network as of today. 

For those of you in our Melbourne network, you will be heading into the weekend mindful of the new Stage 3 restrictions.

For everyone working or studying at Kangan Institute, this does not create any change. Education is an essential service and our practical assessments will continue.  

This is all part of Australia’s bigger recovery picture, and our role in supporting the emerging workforce is critical. We are uniquely placed to play our part and we will continue to support our students to succeed.

Where we can, we will continue to deliver course content remotely or via digital channels.

To ensure everyone on campus remains safe and healthy, and to reduce the chance of COVID-19 spreading across our network, we have introduced a wide range of precautions. These have been in place now since early April and we review and adapt as we need to.

They include :

  • completing risk assessments prior to scheduling any classes
  • ongoing cleaning routines across all campuses
  • smaller group sizes
  • making sure additional PPE is provided (masks, gloves, and gowns where relevant),
  • hand sanitiser stations and
  • learning spaces set up to accommodate physical distancing expectations.
 
This is a robust set of procedures with an ultimate goal of keeping everyone healthy and safe while on campus.

This increased wave of COVID-19 cases will undoubtedly be causing many people concern but we are working hard to give you all the confidence that coming to campus remains safe.

If you need any support for whatever reason, please reach out. No question or concern will be taken lightly.

Stay safe this weekend.

Kind Regards,

Kangan Institute

9 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

8 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

7 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

6 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

3 July 2020

We have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our network today.

The new COVID-19 lockdown which began this week includes the wider Broadmeadows suburb, which is where one of our larger campuses is based.

As one of the permitted activities in this lockdown is to travel for work or study, we are able to continue with our practical assessments at our Broadmeadows campus in the same way we have been doing for the past few months.

We also know that the majority of students who will be attending practical assessments at Broadmeadows live in the region, so moving sessions to other campuses would not necessarily be practical. If you need to, please print out this letter and carry it with you to show that you are genuinely attending campus.

If you are coming to campus, please remember to take every precaution you can. We all need to continue to be vigilant in following all of our social distancing requirements, so please remain at least 1.5 m away from other people where possible.

Remember to wash your hands and use the provided gloves, masks and hand sanitiser.

If you are unwell, please do not come to any of our campuses. And if you have any concerns about being on campus, please contact your teacher.

The health and wellbeing of everyone in our wider Bendigo Kangan network is our primary concern, and as numbers of COVID-19 cases continue to spike, this is a truly a concerning and unsettling time.

Please reach out if you need any support using our dedicated range of student support options. Remember that it is absolutely OK to feel worried or anxious, and we are here to help you.

Kangan Institute:
Skype: studentsupport@kangan.edu.au
Phone: 03 9279 2511
Text Message: 0468 573 411 (Student Support Kangan)
WhatsApp: 0468 573 411 (Student Support Kangan)

2 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

1 July 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

30 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

29 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

26 June 2020

Hello everyone,

We hope your week has been great so far.

We are very glad to continue to report that everyone across the Bendigo Kangan network of staff and students is maintaining good health, and we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19.

We are still only having a small number of staff and students on campus, and only as their course work absolutely requires it. For some students, the remote option has been a huge help and you can read about that here!

Broadmeadows

It is concerning that there is a spike in COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks, and particular that a ‘hot spot’ is the suburb of Broadmeadows, in which we have a large campus.

We continue to encourage all of our staff and students to be vigilant with hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser when on campus. Social distancing is really important as it limits the risk to you while you are out and about.

The Government has provided some updated information today which you can on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.  For more information about where to get tested visit the getting tested for coronavirus web page.

If you’re concerned yourself or a family member has contracted the virus and need more information, please call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. 
Free hampers for Hume students

DPV Health Broadmeadows is distributing free hampers with basic essential items to our students and residents living in the Hume community who may be experiencing financial hardship, as a result of COVID-19.

Students will need to present their student ID cards to DPV Health at the time. 

These hampers are made up of shelf /pantry and long-life items where 30% are best before and use by date items. They include things such as tea/coffee, sugar, canned vegetables, tinned tomatoes, noodles, rice, flour, pasta, meal bases, toiletries, personal hygiene items, toothbrush, sauces, oil, sugar, etc.  

If you know of anyone who would benefit, please encourage them to go to the:

DPV Health Medical and Dental Centre Broadmeadows
42/48 Coleraine St, Broadmeadows VIC 3047
12 noon to 5 pm, every Thursday
Have a great weekend! Stay safe and healthy.

Kangan Institute

25 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

24 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

23 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

22 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

19 June 2020

Hi everyone

We are happy to say that no staff or students have contracted coronavirus as of today. We hope that everyone in our wider network is keeping safe and healthy.​

As some staff and students are spending more time on our campuses, it is appropriate for us all to get back up on speed with what to do if someone suspects they are at risk of contracting COVD-19.

We have protocols and processes to follow for all scenarios around COVID-19 in line with the health authorities' requirements.

The consistent health guidance is that unless someone has had direct close contact with a person confirmed to have coronavirus, the risk of contracting the virus is low.

But that does not mean any concern is unfounded, as these are challenging times for us all. The health and wellbeing of everyone in the BKI network is definitely our priority.

If you are unwell, for whatever reason, please don't come onto campus.

It is great to know that our people are taking every precaution and being tested when they need to, so thank you everyone who has been doing that as required.

Gender equity

Recently Bendigo Kangan Institute joined forces with over 30 organisations in the first ever Greater Bendigo Coalition Gender Equity Strategy.

The Coalition for Gender Equity is made up of local Bendigo public, private and community organisations, and groups who are committed to advancing gender equity and preventing violence against women and children. It's incredibly important work.

We are all responsible in addressing this social issue so that everyone can live in safety and be free to participate in all aspects of community life.  

Therefore, today we'd like to share this video of some of our female students who are breaking new grounds in traditionally male-dominated fields.


We are always proud when our students speak about their work, it is a credit to our passionate educators and staff who give our students the support and encouragement to succeed.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kangan Institute

18 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

17 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

16 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

15 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

12 June 2020

Happy Friday everyone and how great it is to be back watching the footy!  The impact of this pandemic is certainly making for some interesting changes, and watching players in the empty MCG on Thursday night was one of them.

The good news remains for us and our network that we have no cases of coronavirus impacting our staff or students.

Student successes

Despite these ongoing challenging times, we are proud to have seen 30 of our students make the final step towards starting their teaching careers after completing their training and assessment course remotely.

The Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116) at Kangan Institute was modified to be delivered through virtual classrooms over the past 10 weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions. The course is traditionally delivered through a mix of online tutorials and face-to-face practical training at Essendon campus.

Students responded positively to the shift, with two groups of students completing their final class at the end of May.  Positive feedback has also meant a new direction for Kangan Institute’s training and assessment course, and in future we intend to continue offering remote learning as an ongoing option for its new students.

Have a happy and safe weekend!

Kind Regards,

Kangan Institute

11 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

10 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

9 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

5 June 2020

Welcome to the long weekend. It will be great to see cafes and restaurants back in action, and that hopefully means many of our students will be back into their part time jobs.

We end the week with no reported cases of coronavirus impacting our students or staff.

Although some restrictions are easing, it is important to continue to observe the social distancing requirements. There are still coronavirus cases being reported across Victoria every day, and although most cases are related to each other, there is still a chance of wider community transmission.

Make sure you stay at least 1.5m away from other people in public places. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds – soap and water is your best defence. And of course, be hygienic when coughing or sneezing. Use tissues, or sneeze into your elbow – not on other people.

Note that the police are still out and about to ensure social distancing is happening. Some outdoor attractions remain closed because people were not following the rules last weekend, that includes the 1000 Steps in the Dandenong Ranges, the 12 Apostles and the St Kilda Pier penguin viewing platform.
Supporting people across our network

Did you know that the National Debt Helpline is the frontline for people seeking assistance for financial hardship?

The services provide free, confidential and independent financial counselling to people who are experiencing financial hardship and the team have recently reached out to make their services known to our students. 

This is particularly important to share at this time when our students may have lost their part time work, or for our international students who cannot access government financial assistance. 

If you know of someone this service might be of use for, please share the details with them https://ndh.org.au
Have a happy and safe long weekend!

4 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

3 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

2 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

1 June 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

29 May 2020

We are so pleased to start having students back on campus for practical assessments, and bringing our campuses back to life – even if it just for a few hours at a time.

Social distancing is key to making this work and our classroom and assessment spaces are being set up to enable this to run smoothly.

For any of our external suppliers who are coming back to our campuses, we’d like to also thank you for your efforts in this area. It is important that as we work towards returning to normal, we all respect each other and ensure we are keeping healthy and safe.

We do not have any staff or students impacted by coronavirus as at 29 May.

Reconciliation Week

As you know, it is Reconciliation Week and at Kangan Institute our own Indigenous Education Centre plays a key role in this important work.

You can find out more about that here
This year's Reconciliation Week theme is ‘In This Together’. We believe this theme is very fitting for us at Kangan Institute. We are very much in it together to ensure our students have the best opportunities and support possible. 

Free TAFE*

This week the Victorian Government released its 2019 Free TAFE* Scorecard and it showed that almost 40,000 students were able to access training through this scheme last year. That was an 88 per cent increase on the previous year and showcases the value of the program.

Our own figures show that across Kangan Institute we supported more than 3,660 students last year. This figure is over a huge range of courses – from nursing to accounting, construction and horticulture.

The Free TAFE* program continues to play an important role in our new post-Coronavirus environment. It offers options for Victorians needing to retrain and it is important that Kangan Institute remains front-and-centre in supporting this recovery.

Please visit our Kangan Institute website to find out what Free TAFE* courses we have on offer.
 
Have a great weekend everyone.

*Free TAFE on selected courses only. Eligibility criteria apply. Other fees and charges may apply. Find out more at freetafe.vic.gov.au​

28 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

27 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

26 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

25 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

22 May 2020

We head into the weekend without having any cases or suspected cases of coronavirus across our network. We are really pleased that our collective efforts in social distancing and increased hygiene practices are contributing to Australia’s success in managing the spread of the virus. It means there is no increased pressure on the health system, and those who do need urgent medical care are not impacted.

Maintaining our digital delivery of education is still challenging. We know that many of our students are keen to get back to campus as quickly as possible, but for now we need to keep delivering all theory and as much practical as possible by remote and digital means.

Where it is essential and unavoidable, we are holding practical assessments on campus. These are staggered to ensure the least amount of people are on campus at any one time, and that all social distancing rules are followed.

Hand sanitiser stations have been installed around our campuses, please use them. If masks and gloves are required, they will be provided. If you are unwell at all, please do not come to campus. Let your teacher know so that other arrangements can be worked through.

In the news

Our work-arounds to help students carry out their practical work have been attracting attention. Some of our Year 12 VET Hair and Beauty students have told their school what has worked for them and how the remote training still allows them to keep up with their studies. You can read about that here.

International students

The Victorian Government has announced a $45 million fund to support international students in Victoria facing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund is being delivered in partnership with Victoria's tertiary education providers.  

Our international students facing financial hardship as the result of job and income losses since March 2020 can now apply for this once-only support payment up to $1,100. We have established a dedicated team of student support officers to receive and assess applications to determine eligibility for this financial assistance and disperse the funds. 

If you are an international student or know someone who might need this information please contact our International Team by phone at 9279 2631 or email international@kangan.edu.au

​Have a great weekend, stay healthy and safe.

21 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

20 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

19 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

18 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

15 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

14 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

13 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

12 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

11 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

8 May 2020

We end the week on a really positive note – no cases of coronavirus among our staff or students as of today Friday May 8, and we have not been notified of any of the stakeholders in our wider group being impacted either.

The instances of the disease spreading in our community has slowed considerably, which means the tough measures put in place by the federal and state governments have been successful. The point has been to ensure our health system and hospitals are not overwhelmed, and that everyone needing care for whatever illness they have, can get it.

Today the Prime Minister announced the next steps to move Australia out of lockdown, and he outlined how each state and territory will now need to set the pace for that change.

One key point that applies everywhere is his statement on coming to work if you are sick:

"No more heroics of coming to work with a cough and a cold and a sore throat. That's off the agenda for every Australian for the foreseeable future. Please."

While our students and teachers have moved off campus, our construction progress rolls on.

In Bendigo we are making great headway on our campus redevelopment, and having less people around is actually making it a bit similar for the construction crews to get their work done.

An added bonus is that our construction and building students have had real-time practical experience of being on the construction site to learn how things are done. This flexibility from our construction partners is excellent, and we are grateful that we have such practical learning environments to showcase right on our doorstep. 
Student success

Our students continue to make us proud – just today we heard that one of our Plumbing students, Andrew Jan, is one of the winners of a Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grant. He will receive $2,000 to help with his TAFE fees and textbooks, $1,000 to help build his own trade toolbox, and a tool tote bag for transport and storage of tools on the jobsite. 

Congratulations Andrew!

We are grateful for the support of organisations like Rheem, who see the value of the apprenticeship scheme. The Victorian Government has already outlined that it believes TAFE training is going to be critical for economic stimulus post-coronavirus, and we know it is an excellent option for our students.

According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 91.5 per cent of apprentices who complete a trade apprenticeship retain employment, with a median annual salary of $62,800.
Lastly, a challenge

Some of the students and staff from Bendigo Kangan Institute are taking part in a Push-Up Challenge Community event as a way to promote fitness, mental health and community spirit.

It starts on Monday and involves doing lots of push-ups for the month… Fun!

Fundraising is optional but if you do, the recipient is Headspace Bendigo which is an organisation providing mental and physical health support for young people.

We challenge you to PUSH yourself by signing up and if you do create a team, let us know so we can check out your efforts.

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

7 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

6 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

5 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

4 May 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

1 May 2020
We have ticked over into May and have now been set up to deliver our courses digitally for five weeks.  It is still a challenge in some respects, but we are very pleased with everyone’s efforts – thank you.

There are no staff or students who have reported to have contracted coronavirus as of today at 3:00 pm on Friday 1 May. We are not aware of any suspected cases or people awaiting test results. The number of new cases across Victoria since yesterday is in the single digits, which continues to please health officials.

Social distancing and good hygiene practices have made a significant impact for Australia.
Our students’ success
Not to be missed is Material Gain on ABC Compass this Sunday 3rd May at 6.30pm. The program will feature Kangan Institute’s collaboration with Red Cross to transform pre-loved clothing into runway gems, including interviews and scenes of our fashion shows. Our  fashion students Luisa Marollo and Bethany Peele will make an appearance and can be seen at our Richmond campus and at Red Cross Shops’ Warehouse in Derrimut.
It’s a wonderful collaboration that sees our fashion students bringing cutting edge designs to the catwalk, all informed by a reduce, reuse and recycle philosophy. By considering sustainable fashion principles, this experience better equips our students for a future in the ever-evolving fashion industry! 
Support for international students
The Victorian Government this week announced a $45 million support package for international students called International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

This fund will provide up to 40,000 eligible international students experiencing financial hardship as a result of employment loss due to COVID-19 with a one-off payment of up to $1,100 to help cover necessities such as rent, food, utilities and healthcare.

Details on the program and a form for students to register their interest are available on the Victorian Government's Study Melbourne website.  Please direct any students you know that may benefit from this resource.
The weather has definitely taken a wintry turn this week. We hope you all stay warm, safe and healthy over the weekend.

30 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

29 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

28 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

27 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

24 April 2020

We have no cases of coronavirus affecting any staff or students across the Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute network, and that is no surprise given the number of cases reported across Victoria have continued to drop. Only six new cases were reported yesterday.

Regardless, we can’t lose sight of the health risks. There is no cure or vaccine for coronavirus as yet, and we need to provide new levels of health safety to keep this disease at bay as much as we can.

Travel permission letter for students

As TAFE is an essential service all students are permitted to travel outside their homes during this lockdown period when the journey is connected with their studies.

To help our students feel secure about this, we have developed a letter than can be downloaded and carried with you.

You can download this from the student portal.

Library operating hours

A reminder that although access to our physical library spaces have been reduced until further notice, all services are available online.

Metro Library opening hours for term two:

Broadmeadows
(for basic library services and computer access)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Monday – Thursday)   
Access to computers at the Broadmeadows Campus is also available in Building J, Room 207 


8:30am - 5:00pm  

Docklands 
Closed

Essendon 
(Computer access only)
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
(Monday – Thursday)


8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Friday)  

Richmond
(Computer access only)
8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday)
The book collection is closed.

Our online e-Library is available 24/7 as normal.

Our online chat service (accessible from the right-hand side tab on the e-Library) is live during office hours.

Help for students studying online from home

We have produced a guide for students studying from home. This includes information on how to login to the network and how to access MyLearning, with contact numbers for password resets and other connection problems.

The guide also has tips on studying from home (including how to stay safe), as well as a page of newly available stuff available online for free.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Regards,

Bendigo TAFE & Kangan Institute

23 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

22 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

21 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

20 April 2020

There are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff.

E-mail updates will be provided every Friday.

17 April 2020

Another short week and it ends on the positive note that there are no reported cases of coronavirus across our network of students or staff. Australia is doing very well to slow the spread of this virus, which you can see for yourself as each day the Department for Health and Human Services provides an update on the latest number of cases.

Campus cleaning
We have now been off campus for three weeks, but our on-site cleaning regime has still continued.

That means we can be confident that as there have been very few people on any campus, the chance of the virus making its way on campus is extremely unlikely. Our regular and vigilant cleaning process will have kept all areas sanitised every day, regardless.

This cleaning schedule will continue as we do have some staff on some campuses, and our libraries are still available for student use.

Digital delivery
The Government is still requiring us to continue as much digital or remote delivery as we can, which is working well at the moment.

A good example is the work load being delivered by the team managing our automotive courses. Last week 136 courses were held online, and next week that will increase to 160. It is great to see that attendance rates are between 80 and 90 per cent, so it appears that doing theory remotely is not putting students off.

Thanks for your patience as we adapt to this new way of teaching.

This will continue for some time with ongoing support of the Government as Premier Daniel Andrews announced today, which you can read about here.

Keeping in touch
This will be our last daily message to students, we can see from the reduced rate of emails being opened that this may not be of as much use to students on a regular basis.

These updates will now come out every Friday.

However, don’t forget that support is always available to you and that we have a range of ways for you to reach out for help.

Kangan Institute:
Phone: 03 9279 2511
Text Message: 0468 573 411 (Student Support Kangan)
WhatsApp: 0468 573 411 (Student Support Kangan)


Don’t forget – these strange times will pass eventually
Therefore, it is definitely OKAY to think to the future and as part of that future-focus, BBM has launched its 2021 BBM Global Industry Scholarships for young Australians.

The scholarships offer $8,000 grants for 17-23 year olds to take on the opportunity of a lifetime. The funds cover two to three months’ travel in which time students will learn from global leaders in their industry (agriculture, trades, horticulture and performing arts) before bringing their new skills and ideas back to Australia.

Applications are now open online at www.bbm.asn.au and close midnight 8 May.  

16 April 2020

In an announcement today the Prime Minister said that we should expect our current levels of social distancing to remain in force for another four weeks. He also explained that the impact on our health system is currently manageable and that is really positive. A rundown on today’s announcement from the media is here, and a version direct from government is published here.

We continue to be delivering the good news that we do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff as of this afternoon, Thursday 16 April.

Library operating hours for term two
 
Access to our physical spaces has been reduced until further notice.
 
Metro Library opening hours for term two:

Broadmeadows (for basic library services and computer access): 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Monday – Thursday)   
Access to computers at the Broadmeadows Campus is also available in Building J, Room 207 8:30am - 5:00pm 

Docklands Closed

Essendon (Computer access only) 8:00 am - 8:30 pm (Monday – Thursday) 8:00 am - 6:00 pm (Friday)

Richmond (Computer access only) 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Monday – Friday)

Our online e-Library is available 24/7 as normal.

Our online chat service (accessible from the right-hand side tab on the e-Library) is live during office hours.

Help for students studying online from home
We have produced a guide for students studying from home. This includes information on how to login to the network and how to access MyLearning, with contact numbers for password resets and other connection problems.

The guide also has tips on studying from home (including how to stay sane), as well as a page of newly available stuff available online for free.

15 April 2020

With no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff as of this afternoon, Wednesday 15 April, we are really pleased to know everyone is healthy across our Kangan Institute network.

Please continue to practise those excellent social distancing skills and good personal hygiene. 

The dangers of sitting too long     
Sitting down can be a nice break during a busy day, but as we have started to study and work remotely we have all become a lot less active. These fascinating stats published by Apple show exactly how that has changed by region across the world.

Unfortunately, research suggests that sitting for more than four hours each day can have some serious effects on our bodies. Don’t forget to take a break away from your computer when you can, get some fresh air and exercise.

Adapting to online learning
Don’t forget that there is help at hand for any students unfamiliar with the BlueJeans format we are using for some class delivery:


Students are also invited to access one-on-one online Learning Support from our Maths and English specialist teachers. Just email one of our teachers to book a one-on-one appointment. Check the details below:

14 April 2020

Hope you’ve all had a great and relaxing Easter break.

It was announced on the weekend that the state of emergency in Victoria has been extended for another four weeks, to give us the best chance of combating the effects of COVID-19 on our health system.

Stage 3 restrictions will stay in place for the same period i.e. until midnight 11 May. You can read about that and all other Government information here.

As education is an essential service, we will continue operating and delivering courses for our students through digital and remote learning channels.

We will continue to operate this way until told otherwise, so we will all remain working, teaching and studying remotely where possible. The exception will be any practical course work that needs to be completed and this will be carried out under the social distancing guidelines as much as possible. 

We are pleased to continue to report that we do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff as of this afternoon, Tuesday 14 April.

The importance of practising social distancing and good hygiene is evident on our campuses, and we know people are following the guidance at home. This is having a positive impact for the whole community.

Did you know that you can access our library services online?

The e-library is open 24/7, here is the link: https://libguides.kangan.edu.au/home/. Alternatively, you can contact the library via webchat, or email us at llc@kangan.edu.au.
 
If you need to access a library for computer use or library services, this is what you need to know:

  • Broadmeadows Library will be open for basic library services and computer access from Monday – Thursday, 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Access to computers at the Broadmeadows Campus is also available in Building J, Room 207 from Monday- Friday,  8:30-5:00pm 
  • Docklands Library is closed
  • Essendon Library is open (Computer access only) from Monday to Thursday, 8:00am - 8:30pm and Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Richmond Library is open (Computer access only) from Monday – Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Please remember that social distancing rules apply and are required to be followed at all times. Please keep at least 2 metres away from other library users, and remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before using the library equipment. ​

9 April 2020

As we take a well-earned Easter break we are pleased to report that we do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff as of this afternoon, Thursday 9 April. If this changes, we will let you know.

The importance of practising social distancing and good hygiene is evident on our campuses, and we know people are following the guidance at home. This is having a positive impact for the whole community. Thank you!
 
Do I come to back campus after Easter?

As education is an essential service, we continue operating and delivering courses for our students. The difference is that we are doing that through digital and remote learning channels – we know this is challenging for some people but it is to everyone’s credit that we have been able to adapt so quickly to this change.

The Government has told us we need to continue operating this way for a while, so as of Tuesday we will all remain working, teaching and studying remotely where possible.  The exception will be any practical course work that needs to be completed and this will be carried out under the social distancing guidelines as much as possible. Your teacher will let you know if this applies to you.

For guidance on general social distancing you can watch our video here.
 
Stay home this Easter break. Leave only to get groceries, do exercise, or seek medical care. Stay home. Stay safe!

8 April 2020

There are still no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff as of this afternoon, Wednesday 8 April, which is excellent. We will update you if this changes.

What will happen after Easter?
 
As education is an essential service, we remain operating and delivering courses. The difference is that we are now doing that through digital and remote learning channels.

The Government has told us we need to continue operating this way for a while yet, so as of Tuesday we will all remain working, teaching and studying remotely where possible.  The exception will be any practical course work that needs to be completed, and this will be carried out under the social distancing guidelines as much as possible.

For advice about that, watch our social distancing video here.

The message is really clear from the health specialists. Stay home this Easter break. Only leave the safe bubble of your home for essential things like groceries, exercise, and medical care. 

Missing AFL and looking for sport to watch?

Why not tune into the Supercars All Stars Eseries starting tonight!

As a partner of Kelly Racing, the Kangan Institute and Automotive Centre of Excellence (ACE) logos will also be featured on Kelly Racing’s entries.
The race will be live streamed on the Supercars Facebook page every Wednesday from 7pm, starting tonight: https://www.facebook.com/supercars/
Vin Ryan, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts teacher (Corrections department) created a fast forward video on HOW TO DRAW A KOALA, as a trial and demonstration on how this technology can be used in the future creative arts space.

 Working or studying at home has led to a lot of creativity – we’d love to hear yours. Please send your tips and photos to corporatecommunications@kangan.edu.au
Do you need any support?

Kangan Institute are doing everything possible to ensure our students have access to support during these confusing and challenging times.
 
TalkCampus is a 24/7 global anonymous group chat that lets students connect with their peers around the world in 25 different languages in a moderated environment, giving our international students another option to reach out for support.
 
Students can register using the unique Kangan Institute email address, which was provided at enrolment. Please log on to the student portal or refer to the student handbook to find your student email address.

We also have teams available wherever you are to lend an ear.

7 April 2020

As of today, Tuesday 7 April, we do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff.

However, we want to emphasise the importance of continuing to practise social distancing and good hygiene wherever you are. This is the best way to slow the spread of the virus, and ensure that the health system is able to cope with any serious cases as they occur in the wider community.

Looking to the future – apply for scholarships now

While we are all navigating our new normal it is also OK to think to the future, as there will come a time when life will return to normal. As part of that future-focus, BBM has launched its 2021 BBM Global Industry Scholarships for young Australians.

The scholarships offer $8,000 grants for 17-23 year olds to take on the opportunity of a lifetime. The funds cover two to three months’ travel in which time students will learn from global leaders in their industry (agriculture, trades, horticulture and performing arts) before bringing their new skills and ideas back to Australia.

 Applications are now open online at www.bbm.asn.au and closes at midnight 8 May 
Our Events team has created Self-care Bingo cards to stay mentally and physically healthy when practising social distancing:
SAVE IT, PRINT IT, SHARE IT! 

Lastly, we know that working or studying at home has led to a lot of creation – we’d love to see yours. Please send your tips and photos to corporatecommunications@kangan.edu.au

6 April 2020

We continue to be pleased that we do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff as of this afternoon, Monday 6 April.

The importance of practicing social distancing and good hygiene is evident on our campuses, and we know people are following the guidance at home. This is having a positive impact for the whole community. Thank you!

TalkCampus App launches today
Kangan Institute are doing everything possible to ensure our students have access to support during these confusing and challenging times.
 
We are pleased to be leading the way as the first Australian TAFE to embrace technology and extend further support to our students. Today we launch a new peer to peer mental health support app called TalkCampus which adds to the range of support services we already have in place for our students. 
 
TalkCampus is a 24/7 global anonymous group chat that lets students connect with their peers around the world in 25 different languages in a moderated environment, giving our international students another option to reach out for support.
 
Students can register using their unique Kangan Institute email address, which was provided at enrolment. Please log on to the student portal or refer to the student handbook to find your student email address.
 
TalkCampus will be a helpful tool for many students, but it will not replace the support that is also available from our exceptional team on the ground. To talk to someone, all you need to do is reach out.

3 April 2020

It has been another very busy and challenging week for us all, but we are pleased to be able to report that we do not have any confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus affecting our students or staff as at this afternoon, Friday 3 April.

Social distancing and good hygiene is evident on our campuses, and we know people are also following the guidance at home. This is having a positive impact for the whole community, thank you to everyone. We have produced videos to explain social distancing and the correct handwashing procedures and you can find them here.

There has been a lot of information shared by the Government about what people can and cannot do while managing life in these unprecedented times. The ABC has published a helpful guide you might find useful, especially over the weekend.​

Isolation innovation
We are hearing great stories about people adapting their work and study processes while we are all in this more digitally-focused environment. We had hundreds of courses delivered by digital means this week – a significant change for our organisation and our students, but one we have embraced and adapted to quickly.

And our subject material has had to adapt too. Here’s an animal studies grooming class about to be broadcast from the teachers’ deck… and the client looks quite happy about it too.​
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Skills and Jobs Centre now online
Our Skills and Jobs Centre has adapted its operations and is fully operational at this time. The centre is offering free employment workshops, career & employment advice and support via online, over phone and email. The centre is offering FREE 1:1 consultations for those who are;

  • Looking for training and wanting to understand their study options including Free TAFE*
  • Considering a career change
  • Preparing for employment
Contact the centre on 1300 100 606 or email:


Three tasty wins for our baking students
In other news, we are very proud of our baking students Russell Sawtell and Rosario Thomas, who clinched first and second place awards at the Baking Association of Australia’s annual Victorian Baking Show held in Shepparton on 14 March.

Armed with mouth-watering chocolate, ginger and chilli pull-apart loaf, 100% rye sourdough and a three-layer black forest gateau, our baking students wowed baking industry experts from across Victoria.

Read our full story here. ​

Reach out if you need support
And finally, please don’t forget that there is help at hand if you need it at any time. Our professional counselling staff can be reached in many ways.

This is a very unsettling and challenging time for everyone, but you are not alone, and we want to make sure everyone gets the support they need.​​

Kangan Institute:
Phone: 03 9279 2511
Text Message: 0468 573 411 (Student Support Kangan)
WhatsApp: 0468 573 411 (Student Support Kangan)​

Have a safe and healthy weekend.

Kangan Institute​

2 April 2020

Good Afternoon,

The good news continues in that we have no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus relating to any of our staff or students at any of our campuses, as at today Thursday 2nd April 2020.

Why staying at home will slow the spread of coronavirus
The Government’s strict new regulations around social gatherings are designed to limit unnecessary contact and therefore exposure to coronavirus. As you will have read from other countries’ experiences, this is a critical tool to slow the spread of this virus.

Each day the Department for Health and Human Services provides an update on the latest number of cases available to the public.

As of today more than 49,000 people have been tested in Victoria and there have been 1035 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This equates to 0.01% of Victoria’s 6.3m population. Of those cases 828 are in Melbourne and 193 are in regional areas.

In total 422 (or 40%) have already recovered which means there are just 613 people currently with the infection and of those 36 are in hospital. In total, five people have died. These statistics show that the chance of contracting the virus in Victoria is relatively low right now.

However, there are now 57 confirmed cases of community transmission in Victoria which means the person with coronavirus has not been overseas, or had close personal contact with someone who has. This growing number is the reason that it is essential to stay at home if you can.

The more exposure to other people and places you have, the higher the chance of becoming unwell. Details explaining when you are allowed to leave your home are published here.

Attending TAFE to work or study is still allowed because education is an essential service. But with the majority of classes now set up to provide learning in some form via online methods, we are seeing a huge reduction in on-campus attendance.

If you are on campus, please adhere to the social distancing guidance of remaining 2m away from others, and ensure you are washing your hands regularly. We have produced some videos to help explain these steps:



1 April 2020

We are pleased to still be able to report that we have no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus on any of our Kangan Institute sites as at today, April 1st 2020.

We are seeing very few students around campus now with most classes moving to an online delivery and remote model, and of course many of our students are also on term break. But libraries are open should anyone need to use Moodle or access the internet.

To reiterate, as an essential service TAFEs are not subject to the new restrictions on social gatherings that came into force at midnight Monday. But to clarify, these do mean that if you are outside you home for anything other an essential outing, there can be no more than two of you together – excluding anyone who you already live with.

The Department of Health and Human Services has published the new rules so you can take a close look if you are unsure.

Isolation innovations
Having your classroom in your house will be a big change for many students and has no doubt led to a lot of creative approaches – we'd love to hear yours. Please send your tips and photos about "attending" class from home to corporatecommunications@kangan.edu.au

Here's a tall person's solution to not having a stand-up desk at home… not sure how the cats feel about sharing their scratching tower though!

Employment Centre fully operational
Our Employment Centre is fully operational and offering our free assistance to all our current students and recent graduates. The friendly team has adapted operations in these unusual times, and now offers appointments online, on the phone and via email and will help with:

  • Resume and application letters
  • Key selection criteria
  • Interview techniques 
  • Job search assistance and advice
  • Access to vacancies advertised through the centre

Co​ntact them on 9279 2459 or 1300 484 335 or email employmentcentre@kangan.edu.au


Coronavirus health information
The Australian Government has created a new app where it shares all its up to date information about coronavirus, including what to do if you think you have been exposed or if you have any health concerns. You can access the app here.

31 March 2020

Good afternoon everyone.

Firstly, to reassure you, there are no known or suspected cases of COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 31 March 2020. Maintaining your strict social distancing and hygiene practices is playing a part in this and slowing the spread of the virus, thank you.

Stage 3 restrictions now in place
You may be aware that the Government moved to Stage 3 of its coronavirus response from midnight last night, and that means more restrictions on social gatherings. People may now only socialise with up to two other people other than those in their household. This is due to the thousands of people ignoring the health advice over the weekend to stay home and away from others, and if people are found to be in breach of these new rules, they can be fined $1600.

As an education facility we are an essential service, so this does not apply on our campuses. But we do ask that if you are working or studying on any of the Kangan Institute sites you practice good social distancing and of course, good personal hygiene.

Friday 27 March 2020

Good afternoon,

We come to the end of another tough week, and one that has seen significant change for our organisation.

It is important to note that we end the week with no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19. Maintaining your strict social distancing and hygiene practices is playing a part in this and slowing the spread of the virus, thank you.


Digital delivery
It has been a week of phenomenal change for students and staff as we transitioned as many courses as possible into digital and remote delivery modes. Many are already up and running in the new formats successfully while some will take longer, and may have less adaptable components.

As a TAFE we are proud to be leading the way with our flexibility and ability to change quickly. Next week alone the automotive department will run over 100 individual classes through digital means – a huge change from the way we delivered courses even just two weeks ago. This is a credit to all staff and students.


Libraries
As the majority of our students are now completing their course work off campus, it is timely to note that our library services are also available online.

The instruction from Government remains clear that we must continue to operate and support our students, and that applies to libraries. Providing this service using online channels also fulfils our obligations.

The libraries remain open for use by students who need to access Moodle or the internet.

 
Campus changes
The transition to digital delivery and working from home arrangements has had the most visible impact on our smaller campus sites. Visitors to our Castlemaine, Echuca and Moonee Ponds next week will be guided by signage to explain this digital delivery change, and ensure they can still contact who they need to by phone or online.


Change of communications
In crisis management terms, we are now at a point where a significant amount of operational change and readiness planning has been completed. The issues and concerns around the health of our staff and students on campus have eased.

From next week this daily communication will be more functional. It will provide updates on Kangan Institute operational matters, working for home advice, and also lighter content to keep us all connected while we work separately. We will be asking you to share your experiences in this new digital learning world too.

There will be the need for urgent, coronavirus-related communications to be shared but this will only be as required. That type of information will likely come directly from our Chief Executive Sally Curtain.

 
Have a safe and healthy weekend.

Regards,
Kangan Institute​

Thursday 26 March 2020

Good afternoon everyone,

As at 4.30pm Thursday 26 March there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus at any of our campuses.

Our campuses are starting to look quite different however, as so many our courses are now being delivered using a range of online channels, and students are completing their courses from home. This shift in delivery is enabling us to remain operational as we are required to by the Government and we’d like to thank everyone for their flexibility.

If that situation changes, you will hear it from us in these updates. The decisions and changes made by other educational facilities will not necessarily apply to us, nor will the decisions Government makes for different industries and services. If in doubt about your work or course requirements, please just ask.

On Campus
For those still on campus, it is good to see the social distancing guidelines being observed where practical. We understand that our legal requirement to stay open is confusing for some, especially as the general health advice is to work from home and isolate.

We have had further clarification from the Department of Education and Training today to reiterate that we must keep providing services for students, including library support. Our libraries are an integral part of our delivery of education and are not regarded as separate operations.

For students who do not have access to Moodle or the internet at home, you are welcome to use your campus library. Please make concerted efforts to respect our library staff and your fellow students. Ensure you are keeping an appropriate distance from other people, wash your hands thoroughly before entering the library and use hand sanitizer if it is available.

If you are sick with a cold or flu, do not use the library, do not go to class or work.​

Café closures
Both remaining Bendigo Campus cafés at BTEC and Charleston Rd sites will temporarily close from tonight, including takeaway options. We will update you when the cafés are reopening.

Health information
The number of coronavirus cases is increasing across Australia as predicted. To slow that growth, we must all continue to be vigilant with our health and hygiene.

  • Wash your hands, use soap and warm water
  • Use hand sanitizer where available
  • Do not cough or sneeze on other people
  • Practice social distancing, be at least 2m from other people in every practical situation

If you have concerns about your health, please follow the required coronavirus guidelines as issued by the Australian Government.​
Regards,
Kangan Institute​

Wednesday 25 March 2020

Good afternoon,

There are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus at any of our campuses as at 4.30pm today, Wednesday 25 March.

We remain in daily contact with the Department of Education and Training about our obligations as an essential service. This has not changed and we must continue to remain operational in every aspect to deliver our quality education program to our students.

We are not subjected to the same restrictions as pubs, restaurants and public facilities like libraries, and we must remain open and operational so that our students are not disadvantaged. This means transitioning to digital and remote learning, and we are well underway with these changes where possible.
 
Your health and well being

We want to thank everyone for continuing to step up the hygiene practices. Hand washing will help slow the spread of this virus. You may also note our increased campus cleaning cycle. This now comprises a continuous 45-minute rotation to clean all kitchens, restrooms, mirrors, offices, meeting rooms, desk phones, doors and door handles.
 
TAFEs are considered an essential service and have different exemptions from restaurants, cafes, and pubs, but we do need everyone who is still working on site to practice responsible social distancing.

We appreciate this has been confusing. There is a lot of information coming out from Federal Government and State Government about this, and we are constantly seeking clarification in order to follow the correct instructions.

We need to be able to operate and teach, including in courses which have yet to move to a digital or remote teaching option.

  • You must stay 2m away from other people where at all possible.
  • The number of people in a closed area must have the equivalent of 4sq meters per person.  This means dividing the square meters of a room by 4 to determine the capacity.
  • If this means spacing out desks in classrooms and workspaces, please do so immediately
  • Where this is not possible, ie when giving practical instruction to a student or colleague, please limit the time spent within that 2m space to less than 15 minutes.
  • The close connection between people is the most common way the coronavirus spreads. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands and use sanitizer where it is available.

Signage will be going up around campuses from today to remind everyone about the need to maintain social distancing.

We will keep you all updated if there are any changes to our operations.

Regards,
Kangan Institute

Tuesday 24 March 2020

Good afternoon all,

As at 4pm Tuesday 24th March there are no confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus, and we want to continue to thank you for the efforts you are all making around social distancing and personal hygiene practices.

Yesterday the Department of Education and Training (DET) clarified our position as an essential service. This is why we must keep our doors open, but we are now allowed to move to digital or remote course delivery models. That means our facilities remain operational but that we will start to have less student activity and attendance on campus.

We appreciate that this is difficult for some people to understand, however it is not our decision to make and we must follow the Government instruction. The health advice given to the DET is that we are able to remain open and that we are exempt from the stricter social distancing rules seen at pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes. However, we must be sensible and take the health advice around hand washing and social distancing seriously.

In most instances, our course delivery will change. This will happen in different timeframes for different courses. Some will already be able to move to a fully digital learning experience and may do so quite quickly; others will take more time to set the new processes up.

Given the current situation and the serious moves in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, these changes will continue for some time – this could be weeks or even months. At this point we do not know the time frame.

More details will be provided to you about your specific course information or teaching requirements as soon as possible but for now we continue as normal.

Cafe closure

The transition to having less students and staff on campus has prompted the cafés at Broadmeadows and Docklands to close from today.

Other information

The Department of Education and Training is also sharing its general information on its website: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

More health-related information is available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Our coronavirus section of the intranet is the repository of all the information we are sharing and you can find that here.

As you will all be aware, this is an unprecedented global health emergency and the significant measures the Government has announced should be taken very seriously. We know people are concerned and worried, and it is absolutely understandable in this time of uncertainty. Your health and well-being is extremely important to us.

Monday 23 March 2020

Good afternoon all,

There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 4.30pm Monday 23 March.

As we have seen over the weekend and throughout today, the federal and state governments are all moving swiftly with extremely strict measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
 
The Department of Education and Training has clarified our position as an essential service, but is also allowing us to move to digital or remote course delivery models. That means our facilities remain open and operational, but we will start to have less student activity and attendance on campus.

This change will happen in different time frames for different courses. Some will already be able to move to a fully digital learning experience and may do so quite quickly; others will take more time to set the new processes up.

Given the current situation and the serious moves in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, this new model of course delivery will continue for the time being.  We should assume that to be weeks or even months, rather than days.

More details will be provided to you about your specific course as soon as possible but for now we continue as normal.
 
Our campuses are open and, as an essential service, we are exempt from the more restrictive social distancing that other parts of the community must follow. However, we do ask that everyone practice the social distancing of keeping 2m apart where possible. Please take every precaution with your health. Wash your hands with warm soapy water, and do that for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if it is available. Do not come to class or work if you are unwell.

As you will all be aware, this is an unprecedented global health emergency and the significant measures the Government has announced should be taken very seriously.

We know people are concerned and worried, and it is absolutely understandable in this time of uncertainty. Your health and well-being is extremely important to us.

Thanks for your patience at this very difficult and unsettling time.

Sally Curtain

Friday 20 March 2020

Good afternoon,

We come to the end of what has been a particularly unusual and stressful week. Our world is changing significantly as we prepare for the strange times ahead, and across the world everyone is trying to anticipate what might be ahead of us. To reassure everyone, there are still no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 4pm Friday March 20. All campuses will be open Monday as normal.
 
We are getting a lot of questions about our facilities being open and we understand that is of concern to many students, parents and staff. We must legally stay operating until there is a health-related reason to close, or until we are ordered to by the Department of Education and Training. Meanwhile, we are working hard to transfer our working and teaching capability to an online model where possible, so that we can deliver classes digitally at a local level. This means we will continue to practice and pilot these new processes as much we can – we want to be sure we are set up and ready to switch mode when we need to. An extraordinary amount of work has gone into this over the past week, and our IT team has moved mountains to get us to this level of capability.

As well as confirming that schools, TAFEs and universities will remain open and operating, the Prime Minister today clarified that all essential services are exempt from needing to enforce the new 4sqm social distancing requirement. This is impractical for schools, this health service and the Cabinet our work-around is to continue to be vigilant about personal hygiene practices and stay home if you have a cold or flu.

Please be reassured that all of this remains part of our ongoing conversation with the Department, and should anything change in terms of our requirement to keep our doors physically open, we will let everyone know quickly.

As we continue with our preparation to be capable of delivering classes using online teaching channels, it has been fantastic to see our Bendigo TAFE and Kangan Institute community come together and support each other with the workload. This is exactly what we all need to do across our work and home networks. Thank you all.

Stress and worry at this time is absolutely normal and if you need support, please reach out. But while there is no community transmission of coronavirus in Australia, the only way to contract this virus is through direct exposure and therefore the panic we are seeing across our community is currently more damaging than the virus’ actual impact. The personal hygiene instructions, strict social gathering and border controls measures the Government has put in place, is intended to slow the spread of the virus. The panic buying we are seeing across Australia is not necessary and not helping people’s general state of mind. If you can play a small part in reassuring any of the people in your network, please do.

Next Monday
 
To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases. Classes are on, campuses are open. If you are at work, please demonstrate your own personal responsibility with regular hand washing after using kitchens and restrooms. Hand washing is simple and effective in fighting any virus, including coronavirus.
 
We are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and that a number of staff are taking sick leave/personal leave to remove themselves from any potential risk. This is appropriate, as your health and well-being is very important, and while only a relatively small number of people around Australia have coronavirus, the stress for people who are worried they might become ill can be immense.
 
Some staff and students are also concerned that by being out in the community or at TAFE, they are putting other family with health issues at risk. If this is the case for you, please consider what you can do to limit that exposure to any vulnerable people by using strict personal hygiene practices and social distancing, just as you would if you had a cold or flu.
  

Self-isolation information:

 
The current official guidance regarding self-isolation remains as follows:


Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.

Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days ‘Close contact’ is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.


What you need to do:
 
Not everyone will get Coronavirus, but regardless, you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal hygiene:

·     Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet

·     Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

·     Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19. There is an international shortage of hand sanitizer, we are no different to any other organisation with this issue, so please do not keep asking our facilities staff for this.  Soap and water should be your friend; please wash your hands.


More important health information:
 

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer’s advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

 
Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:
 


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus
 
Please take time to relax and recharge over the weekend, and we will see everyone Monday.
 

Kind Regards,

Bendigo TAFE & Kangan Institute

Thursday 19 March 2020

There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 3.30pm today, Thursday 19 March. This message will be communicated daily until such time as the situation changes. Classes are continuing as normal and all campuses are open.

We are getting a lot of questions about our facilities being open and we understand that is of concern to many students, parents and staff. We must legally stay operating until there is a health-related reason to close, or until we are ordered to by the Department of Education and Training. And we are working hard to transfer our working and teaching capability to an online model where possible.

But for now, we are open and running classes as normal, because the actual risk to us all is still very low. And here is why: of the 24 million people in Australia, only 636 individuals have contracted coronavirus, including those who have already recovered. All of those people have either contracted it overseas or had direct, close personal contact with someone with the virus.

This situation will eventually change but we can still all do our part to keep these figures low for now, and slow the rate that the virus spreads. Please demonstrate your own personal responsibility with regular hand washing after using kitchens and restrooms. Hand washing is simple and effective.

To help reassure everyone on our campuses, our cleaners will be doubling their efforts from tomorrow. You will see more cleaners working in all shared spaces. Please note that hand sanitizer is not yet available everywhere, there is an unprecedented global run on this product. We have our orders in and we will have sanitizer in place across campuses once it becomes available.

To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases, and we do not need to close any classes or campuses.  However, we are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and that a number of staff are taking sick leave/personal leave to remove themselves from any potential risk. This is appropriate, as your health and well-being is very important. Some staff and students are also concerned that by being out in the community or at TAFE, they are putting other family with health issues at risk. If this is the case for you, please consider what you can do to limit that exposure to any vulnerable people by using strict personal hygiene practices and social distancing, just as you would if you had a cold or flu.

Self-isolation information:

The current official guidance regarding self-isolation is as follows:

Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.
Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days 'Close contact' is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.

What you need to do:

Not everyone will get Coronavirus, but you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal hygiene:

  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19. There is an international shortage of hand sanitizer, we are no different to any other organisation with this issue, so please do not keep asking our facilities staff for this.  Soap and water should be your friend; please wash your hands.
 
Preparation for a potential class or campus closure:

Because it is practical to assume that some degree of campus closure is likely for us at some stage, our Crisis Management Team is working hard to prepare for all operational scenarios. That means making sure that if we are required to close a campus or need to enable classes to use more online channels, that our systems can all handle that online traffic, that our staff have the equipment to work from home and that our level of cyber security is adequate. We are not quite ready for that logistically at the moment, but we are working quickly to bring that all together. 

When this happens, in whatever form it takes, we ask that you all become extra security-conscious. There are digital bandits out there taking advantage of this situation and we need to make sure our cyber-practices are as secure as possible, be mindful of cyber scams.

More important health information:

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer's advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

Education specific advice from Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-novel-coronavirus

 
Updates will continue daily to keep everyone informed.

This update was sent as an e-mail to all current students of Kangan Institute at 5PM on Thursday 19 March, 2020.


These communications have been sent to all students as a duty of care. We understand you may have unsubscribed to receive marketing and promotional communications, and this will still be the case however this is a service message containing information in these unprecedented times. 

From this point on if you have unsubscribed to marketing and promotional communications you will not receive these communications either. However in the event of a change in circumstance which could impact on your health and safety you will be contacted.​

Wednesday 18 March 2020

There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 4.30pm today, Wednesday 18th March. This message will be communicated daily until such time as the situation changes. Classes are continuing as normal and all campuses are open.

We recognise that people are feeling anxious. This is a truly unprecedented global health crisis which is changing rapidly, and it is very difficult to anticipate what might happen next. Today the Prime Minister announced that people should not attend indoor events with groups larger than 100, but that is with the exception of schools, TAFEs and workplaces. We remain open for classes at all campuses, and we cannot legally close until the Government orders us to.

However it is practical to assume that some degree of campus closure is likely for us at some stage, and so our Crisis Management Team is working hard to prepare for all operational scenarios. That means making sure that if we are required to close a campus or need to enable classes to use more online channels, that our systems can all handle that online traffic, that our staff have the equipment to work from home and that our level of cyber security is adequate. We are not quite ready for that logistically at the moment, but we are working quickly to bring that all together.

To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases, and we do not need to close any classes or campuses.  However, we are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and that a number of staff are taking sick leave/personal leave to remove themselves from any potential risk. This is appropriate, as your health and well-being is very important.

Some staff and students are also concerned that by being out in the community or at TAFE, they are putting other family with health issues at risk. If this is the case for you, please consider what you can do to limit that exposure to any vulnerable people by using strict personal hygiene practices and social distancing, just as you would if you had a cold or flu.

 
Self-isolation information:

The current official guidance regarding self-isolation is as follows:

Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.
Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days ‘Close contact’ is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.

 
What you need to do:

Not everyone will get Coronavirus, but you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal hygiene:

·     Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet

·     Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

·     Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19. There is an international shortage of hand sanitizer, we are no different to any other organisation with this issue, so please do not keep asking our facilities staff for this.  Soap and water should be your friend; please wash your hands.
 

More important health information:

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer’s advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

Education specific advice from Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-novel-coronavirus
 

Updates will continue daily to keep everyone informed.

This update was sent as an e-mail to all current students of Kangan Institute at 5PM on Wednesday 18 March, 2020.

Tuesday 17 March 2020
There are no known or suspected cases of coronavirus COVID-19 at any of the Kangan Institute campuses as at 3.30pm today, Tuesday 17 March. This message will be communicated daily until such time as the situation changes. Classes are continuing as normal and all campuses are open.

We recognise that this is an unprecedented health crisis facing the world and these are uncertain times, so we are asking for your help in protecting the health and wellbeing of our shared community.

Our organisation’s Crisis Management Team is preparing for all potential operational scenarios; for example, if we are required to close a campus, or need to enable classes to use more online channels. This is likely at some stage, and other tertiary institute are already modifying their operations to move online as much as possible. We are not quite ready for that logistically, but we are working quickly to set up for all options.

To reiterate, at this stage we have no coronavirus cases, and no need to close classes or campuses.  However, we are aware that some students are choosing not to come to class, and an increased number of staff are taking sick leave/annual leave. This is not impacting on our capability, and we are able to continue classes in most instances. We are creating a visual flowchart to help guide you with the best action to take if you think you or a colleague might be unwell. We will publish this as soon as possible.

Self-isolation information:

The current official guidance regarding self-isolation is as follows:

  • Everyone arriving into Australia from overseas from midnight, Sunday 15 March, must self-isolate for 14 days. This refers to the person who travelled and is a precautionary measure. It does not mean the traveller is infected.
  • Anyone who has been a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days ‘Close contact’ is defined by Department of Health and Human Services as someone who has had at least 15 minutes of face-to-face contact with a confirmed case, or shared a closed space with someone who has a confirmed case, for more than two hours.

What you need to do:

Not everyone will contract this illness, you should take every step possible to care for yourself and everyone around you. Your easiest and best defence starts with your own basic personal  hygiene:

  • Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the toilet
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Use tissues and discard immediately

Even without a global health emergency, staying home when sick is the best defence against the spread of the common cold, the flu, and now also coronavirus COVID -19.
 
More health information:

The Victorian Chief Medical Officer’s advice remains that most people who contract the virus will experience symptoms like a bad cold or flu. Please be sensible with your personal health care. Wash your hands regularly and properly, which means rubbing your hands together for at least 30 seconds using soap and warm water. If you have existing health issues which mean you are particularly vulnerable, please do what you need to in order to limit your physical contact with other people.

Please be mindful that some media reports may not have the most accurate or up to date information, and we recommend you check official sites, including:


Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus

Education specific advice from Victorian Health and Human Services - https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/information-education-sector-novel-coronavirus


Updates will continue daily to keep everyone informed.


This update was sent as an e-mail to all current students of Kangan Institute at 5PM on Tuesday 17 March, 2020.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

As you may be aware, the situation regarding the emerging outbreak of novel coronavirus has continued to evolve.

I am writing to reassure you that at this point in time, there have been no cases of Coronavirus COVID-19 within our staff or student body. 

We have a Crisis Management Team who is working with the Department of Health and the Department of Education to monitor the situation and put in place as many mitigations as possible, for instance we will be installing hand sanitiser units across the campuses over the coming weeks.

Please read the Department of Health guidance regarding hygiene as these practices will also reduce the rate of spread.

We are following the response guidelines as provided by the above government agencies.  The current guidance is that anyone who has travelled to a country that has a travel ban (listed here) or who has been in direct contact with a diagnosed case of COVID-19 should self-exclude themselves at home and not attend campus for 14 days.  If a person meeting these criteria develops symptoms of the flu or a respiratory infection should seek medical advice immediately.  If you meet this criteria, we ask you to let us know by calling 13 TAFE so that we can help with any ongoing training needs while you are self-excluded. 

If someone has recently travelled to a country listed on the 'exercise a high degree of caution ' and has not been in contact with a known case of Coronavirus COVID-19 and has no symptoms, they are not required to self exclude.

You can also contact the Department of Health to talk to a registered nurse if you are experiencing any symptoms that concern you.  https://www.health.gov.au/contacts/healthdirect-hotline