Update 30 March 2020
CEO Message | 30 March 2020
As we continue to respond to our changing environment, I am committed to keeping you up to date with GOTAFE’s response to the COVID-19 situation. The health and safety of our students, staff and entire GOTAFE community remains our highest priority as we continue to navigate these challenging times.
I urge you to access the Government’s COVID-10 information resources to ensure you are up to date with the most recent advice Click here for more information.
I want to reaffirm that there are no current or suspected cases of COVID-19 at any GOTAFE campus.
In response to recent media circulating about a Shepparton student’s family member testing positive to COVID-19, I want to reassure you that GOTAFE made the decision to pause all on campus delivery prior to being notified of this situation.
Once we were notified, GOTAFE took all necessary steps to notify any impacted staff or students and ensure that we implemented precautionary measures in line with advice from the Department of Health and Human Services.
By now, most GOTAFE trainers have been in contact with their students to discuss remote education delivery options and support arrangements during this time. I also encourage you to reach out and communicate with your trainers proactively if you require any support.
Our education team is working hard behind the scenes to develop a range of remote teaching options to support your learning. We are committed to minimising disruption to your education and I want to reassure you that we will do anything possible to assist you in completing classes and assessments.
Student support updates
We are in regular contact with the Apprenticeship Support Program which is a state government program that supports apprentices. There are a number of support mechanisms available for apprentices who have been impacted by COVID-19. If you require information or assistance please contact with Tina McCormack on 0459 806 662.
We understand this is a very difficult time for our students and that you may be facing challenges in terms of your health, job, finances, childcare, families, and in fact, everything in day to day life.
We are here to support you and encourage you to get in touch.
For student wellbeing and disability needs please contact Michelle Robins, Student Wellbeing Coordinator on 0466 553 525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For students experiencing welfare and financial issues please contact the Coordinator of Student Experience Jade Blair on email@example.com or 0436 698 536.
COVID-19 Fact Sheets for diverse community members
We are committed to providing inclusive and accessible information for our diverse student group. We encourage you to access a range of fact sheets which are available to support our diverse community members. Fact sheets can be downloaded here.
Supporting your training
We are developing a range of remote learning options for training delivery.
To assist us with this planning please Click here to complete a short survey aimed at identifying the details of your device and internet connection status.
A range of information to assist you with remote learning can be found on our website.
The Shepparton Library and Bookshop have moved to remote delivery at this time.The library will not be lending any materials out but library services are available via online access, email and phone.
GOTAFE staff and students can access a full range of online resources via the library website www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/library.
Please be assured that any items that may have been due during this period will not be due until we reopen.
You can contact the library by:
Phone: 03 5833 2644
You can contact the Bookshop by:
Phone 03 5833 2501
Most municipal public libraries including the Wangaratta Public Library is closed until further notice.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we work through this challenging time. I encourage you to support one another and contact us if you require any assistance.
Please check the website regularly for up to date information.