17 August 2021 COVID Update

17 August 2021 COVID Update

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17 August 2021 COVID Update

 Melbourne’s lockdown has been extended to 11.59pm Thursday 2 September with tighter restrictions put in place. These include:

·         Curfew: A curfew in place from 9pm to 5am, during which time a person is not permitted to leave their home except for limited reasons

·         Permits: Authorised workers are required to carry permits when working and travelling for work. The permits must be certified by an employer. Permits also need to be carried by students who are permitted to attend campus

·         Work: If you can work from home, you must work from home

·         Higher education and training: Closed, remote learning only unless permitted study

More information on restrictions can be found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.


Permits are required for any student who is attending a Box Hill Institute campus or work placement (or contracted site) to work, study or undertake a mandatory work placement.

Permits will be approved for students undertaking activities in line with the Authorised Provider and Authorised Worker list. All other employees and students are to remain working / learning remotely.

If any student is found to have completed a permit with false or misleading information or using it for unauthorised travel, the permit will be void and heavy fines will apply.


Process for Obtaining a Student Permit

Your teacher or Course Coordinator will complete your details on a Student Permit Template with the days, dates and times you will be required on campus or attending a work placement. 

A Manager will sign the template and you will be sent a PDF version, which you will be asked to sign. This must be carried with you, along with your Student Card, when you travel to and from, and while you are on, campus. You are only eligible to travel with the permit on the times and dates identified.

Please do not attend campus if you have not been invited to return.

If you are attending campus for an approved class, please remember to:

·         scan QR codes for every building every day

·         abide by COVIDSafe protocols including hand hygiene, maintaining 1.5m distance

·         wear masks

·         abide by capacity limits


If you are unwell, even with mild symptoms, do not attend campus or any workplace. Please speak to your teacher or Course Coordinator to make alternative arrangements.

If you have urgent questions, please contact your Course Coordinator or email returntocampus@boxhill.edu.au


The cafés at Elgar, Nelson and Lilydale are closed.


The libraries are closed however, library staff can be reached by leaving a message on (03) 9286 9283 or by emailing library@boxhill.edu.au. Library staff are working remotely but can still assist you with advice and training on library resources, including the online resources available to you while access to hardcopy resources is not possible.


Student Life

If you require support during this time, please contact Student Life on (03) 9286 9891 or email studentlife@boxhill.edu.au.

For International Students, please contact the International Student Wellbeing Officer, Nikki Singh on (03) 9286 9445 or via email at nikita.singh@boxhill.edu.au.

If you have questions about your academic progress and would like assistance with your assessments, please contact the International Academic Advisor, Faz Maghami on (03) 9286 9734 or via email at f.maghami@boxhill.edu.au.

Campus Security

If you are concerned for your safety at any time while on campus, you can call security. For those students who are on campus extremely late or early, having someone with you to walk to your car and see you off can be a relief.

You will see our security staff in the student lounges and around campus, sometimes driving their bright little hatchbacks. So, if you’re feeling uncomfortable or afraid, talk to them, call them, make them aware of what is going on. They are here to help you and help the Institute to manage any safety issues that occur. See phone numbers for Box Hill Institute campuses listed below.

Box Hill - Elgar, Nelson & Whitehorse Campuses
03 9286 9286

City Campus
03 8892 1700

Lilydale Campus
03 8892 2555

Health and safety measures on campus


An increased level of cleaning and hygiene is occurring in high-traffic areas including building entrances, hallways, lifts, stairwells, bathrooms, and libraries. There is also a focus on high-touch surfaces, this includes tables, benches, handles, switches, railings, taps, toilets and sinks.

We are using hospital grade cleaner and sanitiser, and cleaning staff are required to wear gloves and follow all necessary hand hygiene and OHS protocols.

Hand sanitiser is available on campus, as part of the entry screening process, at most entrance points and is also available in all classrooms. As part of daily cleaning, all soap dispensers are checked and refilled when empty. 

Hygiene caddies are also located in classrooms for students and staff to use should they need to clean surfaces, in particular high-touch, shared surfaces such as keyboards and computers. 

Cleaning is conducted in accordance with the government’s COVID-19 cleaning guidelines, as per Australian Government Department of Health’s Environmental cleaning and disinfection principles for COVID-19.


Physical Distancing – maintaining 1.5 meters between yourself and others on campus – reduces close personal contact and has been identified as an effective measure for reducing the potential spread of COVID-19. As part of our approach to provide a safe environment for everyone on campus, Box Hill Institute has adopted the government guidelines re: COVID-19. Please see FAQs for more details.
The more space between you and other people, the harder it is for the virus to spread and infect people.