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Published: 14 Sep 2021

ACT Lockdown Extended - 2:00pm, 14 September

The ACT Government has announced today a further extension to the ACT lockdown - extended until 11:59pm on Friday 15 October. CIT campuses will remain physically closed during this time, online learning will continue.

ACT Lockdown Extended - 2:00pm, 31 August 2021

As announced by the ACT Government today, the ACT lockdown has been extended until midnight Friday 17 September 2021. CIT campuses will remain physically closed during this time.

CIT COVID-19 exposure location update - 9:00am, 21 August 2021

On 20 August 2021, ACT Health has advised that an additional day and time at CIT Bruce campus has been listed as a COVID-19 exposure location. Details of this update are available ACT Government COVID-19 website.

CIT understands this continues to be a time of uncertainty and this development may be unsettling for some. To keep our community safe, the best thing we can all do is follow ACT Health's directions and advice. CIT will continue to liaise with ACT Health.

CIT Teaching and Learning Activities Paused - 2:00pm, 17 August 2021

In light of recent developments regarding COVID-19 exposure locations at CIT Reid, CIT Bruce and the broader community, CIT will be pausing all teaching and learning activities from today, 17 August 2021 until Tuesday 24 August 2021, to support students, staff and the community in following ACT Health advice and directions.

It is anticipated remote and virtual teaching and learning activities will recommence from next Tuesday 24 August 2021. Please check the CIT website, eLearn and your emails for up-to-date information.

CIT Campus Exposure Locations - 9:00am, 17 August 2021

ACT Health has advised on Monday 16 August that CIT Reid and CIT Bruce campuses have been listed as COVID-19 exposure locations. Further details about times, dates and locations are available on the ACT Government COVID-19 website.

CIT understands this is a time of uncertainty and this development will be unsettling for many. To keep our community safe, the best thing we can all do is follow ACT Health’s directions and advice.

CIT will continue to liaise with ACT Health.

ACT Lockdown Extended - 1:00pm, 17 August 2021

As announced by the ACT Government today, the ACT lockdown has been extended until Thursday 2 September 2021, meaning all CIT campuses will also be physically closed for this duration.

ACT Lockdown - 3:00pm, 12 August 2021

CIT learning activities

Due to the current ACT lockdown all CIT campuses are currently physically closed. To find out whether your classes have moved online or are paused at this time, please check your email and eLearn for updates regarding your learning activities.

If you are unsure what is happening with your classes after checking eLearn, please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au

Key messages and communication for all students and stakeholders will be published on this page. For the most up to date information regarding the ACT Government response to COVID-19 please visit https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/home

What does this mean for you?

As always, the wellbeing of our students, staff and the community is paramount. In line with ACT Government announcements regarding the 7-day lockdown of the ACT, CIT campuses will be closed from 5pm Thursday 12 August 2021.

CIT is implementing transition arrangements for remote teaching and learning activities during this period and will communicate via this website.

Please check this page regularly for updates and ensure your contact details are up to date in CIT self-service. Please also ensure you have access to eLearn and your CIT email account to receive specific information regarding your course.

Wellbeing support for you

This will be a challenging time for all of us – here’s a reminder of the CIT support available to you during this time:

  • CIT Counselling is available for appointments by phone and Telehealth (video call over your computer or phone). Please phone (02) 6207 3290 or email citcounselling@cit.edu.au to book a time to talk to a counsellor. We are here to help you.
  • Meditation online session by CIT Counsellor Margaret available at 2pm or 2:45pm on Tuesday - just put this link in your internet browser: https://actgov.webex.com/meet/margaret.chua
  • The CIT student Wellness Hub which is found in eLearn under 'Student Links'. There are tip sheets and links to videos and audio to assist your wellbeing and mental health. Also links to information about coping during COVID.

These additional links may be useful:

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Check in on CIT Campuses is now compulsory

All staff, students and visitors are required to check in via the Check In CBR app each time they enter a CIT building. This is an ACT Government requirement as a safe and easy way to support contact tracing efforts. Posters with QR codes have been placed around every building on each campus.

You must check in every time you enter a different building on either Reid, Fyshwick or Bruce campus. If attending Gungahlin or Tuggeranong campuses, you only need to check in when entering the campus. You do not need to check out.

Be sure to download the Check In CBR app from www.covid19.act.gov.au/check-in-cbr

Please contact CITcovidenquiry@cit.edu.au if you have any questions or concerns about CIT's COVID-19 response.

  • Information for Students
    • Further support

      If you need support during this time, please reach out for help. There is a range of help available from ACT Government programs to support all Canberrans through COVID-19 – this includes food relief, wellbeing phone calls, a pandemic helpline and a special website detailing services currently available.
    • Food and essential supplies:

      If you need help with essential food and household supplies, the Canberra Relief Network is ready to assist. Through the program, they provide regular hampers to families and individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. To check eligibility and to access the program, visit: act. gov.au/ConnectinCanberra or call 1800 43 11 33 between 9:30am and 2:30pm, Monday to Friday.
    • Friendly phone calls and service referral:

      the Wellbeing Calls program is available to anyone who would like a regular or one-off chat with a friendly Australian Red Cross volunteer. Volunteers are also able to help to provide advice and help you find the right services and support in Canberra. Calls are available in a range of languages. To register, visit: act.gov.au/ConnectinCanberra or call 6234 7630 between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday.
    • Connect:

      The Connect in Canberra website brings together information from across Government and the community in a range of areas including: Community Services and Support; Supporting our Neighbours and Communities; Online safety and help getting connected; Health and Wellbeing; Activities Hub; Kids’ Corner; What’s On; and Community Activity Packs. Visit act.gov.au/ConnectinCanberra
    • CIT Counselling:

      CIT Counselling is available for appointments by phone and Telehealth (video call over your computer or phone). Please phone (02) 6207 3290 or email citcounselling@cit.edu.au to book a time to talk to a counsellor. We are here to help you.
    • Meditation online session:

      CIT Counsellor Margaret available at 2pm or 2:45pm on Tuesday - just put this link in your internet browser: https://actgov.webex.com/meet/margaret.chua
    • Wellness Hub:

      The CIT student Wellness Hub which is found in eLearn under 'Student Links'. There are tip sheets and links to videos and audio to assist your wellbeing and mental health. Also links to information about coping during COVID.
    • These additional links may be useful:
      - eLearn
      - Self Service
      - CIT Support Services
      - ACT Health Website
    • CIT response to COVID-19 lockdown 12 August 2021 - Information for Students (PDF 183Kb).
    • The CIT Student Support team can provide you with guidance referrals and support to cope with different aspects of student life including finances, health issues or even homesickness.
    • CIT Student Support is offering free phone or online support for all students. There is counselling, advocacy, disability support, careers advice, youth support, migrant, refugee and international student support, equity support and apprentice support available.
    • The CIT Student Services team can answer your questions about courses or administrative matters. The team understands it might be a stressful time for some of you. They can help with enquiries about fees and debt, concessions and award applications.
    • The CIT Student Association (CITSA) and its Student Assistance Officers can help you connect with Government agencies and other support arrangements due to COVID-19 along with financial options, employment and general enquiries.
    • The Training Initiatives Unit (TIU) looks after apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements at CIT. If your employment arrangements have changed, the TIU team is able to assist you to have your Australian Apprenticeship training contract updated. Additionally, TIU can direct you to appropriate support services available and assist with any apprenticeship-related queries.
    • CIT International provides assistance to international students regarding fees and visa enquiries.
      We will continue to post updates on this page, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Information for Staff
  • Information for Employers and Industry
    • Can an apprentice or trainee continue study during lockdown?

      Apprentices and trainees who are continuing to work during lockdown, which includes those who are permitted to undertake essential work in line with lockdown restrictions, must maintain adequate training and supervision arrangements in the workplace. Due to the current ACT lock down all CIT campuses are currently physically closed. Apprentices and trainees can find out whether their classes have moved online or are paused at this time, by checking their email and eLearn for updates regarding learning activities. If they are unsure what is happening with their classes after checking eLearn, please contact CIT Student Services on (02) 6207 3188 or email infoline@cit.edu.au.

    • Is there financial support available for apprentices and trainees who are unable to work because of the lockdown?

      The Australian Government has released a COVID-19 Disaster Payment to support individuals who couldn’t work due to an Australian Capital Territory COVID-19 public health order. See the Services Australia website for more information and eligibility.

    • What government support is available?

      The ACT Government is delivering a range of measures to support local business and industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit https://www.act.gov.au/business/business-support/covid-19-economic-support-for-business

    • Will the lockdown affect my training contract?

      Apprentices, trainees and employers should contact their relevant State Training Authority for information regarding their training contract.

      ACT Workplace

      Skills Canberra
      Website - https://www.skills.act.gov.au/
      Email: skills@act.gov.au
      Phone: (02) 6205 8555

      NSW Workplace

      Training Services NSW
      Website: https://www.training.nsw.gov.au
      Phone: 13 28 11

    • Where can I get information about pay and entitlements for my apprentice/trainee?

      For advice on pay and entitlements for your apprentices during lockdown visit the Fair Work Australia website. If you need assistance with interpreting this information you can contact the Wage Entitlement Information Service which is free for employers and apprentices to access – Phone 1300 278 681 or email apprenticeship@canberrabusiness.com.

    • Find Information on Australian Government COVID-19 financial assistance and support for your business

      Information includes:

      - Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
      - COVID-19 Disaster Payment
      - JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme
      - Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements
      - Instant asset write-off for eligible businesses
      - Backing Business Investment
      - Support for Indigenous businesses
      - Assistance for affected regions, communities and industries
      - SME Recovery Loan Scheme
      - International Freight Assistance Mechanism
      - Support for the cultural and creative sector
      - Banks' COVID-19 relief program

      Visit: Australian Government COVID-19 assistance for business | business.gov.au


      The Canberra Business Chambers offers advice and news for employers in the ACT region as the community responds to the COVID challenge. The Chamber also facilitates Canberra Buzz which allows business owners from across Canberra to collaborate and gain insights from fellow employers. Employer tools such as the helpline and COVID-19 guides are also offered as a resource for members.


      Visit: Canberra Business Chamber - The voice of business in Canberra

  • CIT COVID Committee Updates