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Griffith College COVIDsafe Plan

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Griffith College is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and our primary focus is the health and well-being of our students and staff.

The Australian Government’s policy response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to see closed Australian borders. Given this, and until there is a change to this policy, students who are not currently in Australia should be prepared to continue or start their studies at Griffith College in Trimester 3 2020 via our digital campus. Students already in Australia who are also restricted by closed or conditioned State borders, should also be prepared to study via our digital campus, and where necessary abide by relevant quarantine guidelines before coming on to the College campus.

Griffith College has a comprehensive COVID-safe Plan guiding our gradual return to campus. Staff and students who are able to attend the campus for available on-campus activities are asked to adhere to the guidelines outlined in that plan. That plan will be updated as University and government authorities make changes to COVID-19 policy settings.

We will keep students and staff informed as updates are provided, and recommend all in the college community stay in touch via the digital campus.

 

COVID-19 FAQs

Is there any financial support available?

Financial support for Local (Australian) Students: The Australian Government has also announced its special Coronavirus Supplement will be extended to eligible Abstudy, Austudy and Youth Allowance (student) recipients. The $550 supplement will be available for an initial six months, with the possibility of a further extension.

Eligible students will also receive the first $750 one-off economic stimulus payments being provided to income-support recipients, pensioners and other eligible concession cardholders. See the Government’s Coronavirus Supplement announcement for more details.

Financial support International Students: Griffith College recognises that many international students have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and require financial assistance. A limited number of Hardship (COVID-19) Grants are now available to support eligible individual international students short-term and are aimed at providing temporary relief for unforeseen circumstances. Approved students are eligible for one (1) Hardship (COVID-19) Grant. Further information about the application process will be provided in the coming days.

How is the College keeping students and staff safe as we manage a return to campus?

Griffith College is following the advice of authorities to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students and staff.

As the Campus begins to slowly open up again in the second half of 2020 the health and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be of paramount importance and we will continue to follow and apply appropriate physical distancing measures.

Physical distancing will require the College to minimise the number of students in a teaching room, hence the majority of our courses and classes will continue to be delivered online. When activity increases on campus, so too will cleaning of small teaching rooms, computer labs, and student and staff social areas.

We will also continue to offer all of our College Support services remotely, so if you need to make an appointment you can do so by setting up an online appointment via this link: https://students.griffithcollege.edu.au/schedule/pcs.html. In time, these services will be available face to face once we are back on campus sometime in July 2020. We will let you know when.

The College will continue to email you directly with updates as well as provide this information via this website. You can always call us at 07 3735 6900 (Mount Gravatt) / 07 5552 8500 (Gold Coast)  or email us at admin@griffithcollege.edu.au

I'm feeling sick, what should I do?

Please ensure you follow the directions of the Australian Government.

That is,

  • contact 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) immediately; and
  • call ahead to the medical centre or doctor’s surgery, advising of your symptoms (if attending a surgery)

Please make sure you continue your studies while you are at home. You can always email your teachers for help if you need assistance with anything.

I'm an international student - will my Overseas Student Health Cover cover me if I need medical assistance?

Students who have an Allianz OSHC policy should refer to this site for information: allianzassistancehealth.com.au/en/helpcentre/oshc/covid19-coronavirus-oshc/

Students who have OSHC by any other provider, should contact their provider directly.

As an international student, can I study from my home country in trimester 3?

International Students are allowed to study from their home country for Trimester 3 as your courses will be delivered 100% online. However, if you are already in Australia, we encourage you to stay! By staying in Australia and continuing your study online in the meantime, , you will be ready to come back to campus when we re-open our face to face services. In time you will be able to meet up with your fellow class mates and talk to teachers and support staff face to face.


Further Questions

If you have any questions about your study, or if you are feeling anxious or concerned, please contact admin@griffithcollege.edu.au.

Further information regarding health advisories and what Griffith University is doing in response to the COVID-19 outbreak is available here: www.griffith.edu.au/coronavirus.

For the most updated information from the Australian Government please see details provided on the website of the Australian Government Department of Health.

You can also email the Australian Government at international.students@dese.gov.au or call 1300 981 621 for support. The service is bilingual.

Helpful Links

To support which Students can access through Government agencies

Australian Government:

Queensland:

Health and Wellbeing:

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