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COVID-19 Information

Published: 19 Jan 2021

The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and has put measures in place to protect our staff, students and the community.

Travel and quarantine restrictions are in place in the ACT for people who have travelled to COVID-19 affected areas. These restrictions are law and must be followed by anyone who is in the ACT or entering the ACT.

Refer to the ACT COVID-19 Website for more details. The situation can change daily so please continually check the website for up to date information.

Stop the Spread

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
    • 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.
    • All visitors and students are requested to book appointments for counter service. Please note, appointments will be booked on a first contact, first serve basis. To make a booking, visit the CIT Student Services Booking Form page.
    • 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.
    • Students or Staff who are self-isolating should register their details through the CIT self-isolation reporting form.
  • Information for Staff
    • Adjusting for COVID-19 in 2021 at CIT

      In line with ACT Health advice, CIT has commenced transitioning the campuses to enable 1 person per 2 square metres (was previously 1 person per 4 square metres). This will significantly improve the capacity of classrooms and workshops. It is however a legal requirement that we must check in using the Check In CBR app every time we enter a different building on our campuses.

      To enable this we have established QR codes for each building on the three main campuses, and one each at Tuggeranong and Gungahlin. Posters with the CBR Check-In codes have been placed in numerous locations in each building and must be used, in line with ACT Health directions by all staff, students and visitors.

      As part of the transition planning to 1 person per 2 square metres, we need to ensure all students and staff can maintain 1.5 metre social distancing when at their desks or workbenches. In most spaces this will be achievable without any modification to the rooms and spaces (as per pre COVID), however in some areas and rooms some changes/restrictions may need to be implemented. Our CIT COVID Safe (Transition) team will be available to assist in the planning by teams and local areas to enable this.

      Moving to 1 person per 2 square metres will also allow non-teaching staff to commence transitioning back to campus. This will be done team by team with the support of the Transition team, if required, and each team member must be consulted. The transition planning should commence as soon as teams return from leave however the actual team transitions of non-teaching staff are temporarily on hold as the COVID-19 situations interstate unfold.

      As was the case prior to shut down, any staff member wishing to work on campus can do so provided they focus on hygiene and social distancing. If you are feeling unwell, do not attend any of our campuses. If you suspect you may have COVID symptoms follow the ACT Health advice on their website and get tested. CIT will continue to act consistent with ACT Health advice.

      Revised guidelines for flexible work arrangements will be available in the coming weeks. Any staff member who wishes to have flexible working arrangements can discuss them with their manager/supervisor or with HR pending the guidelines being made available.

      CIT campuses continue to be mask friendly environments and supports staff, students and visitors who choose to wear a mask.

    • Mental Health and Wellbeing

      Home isolation, quarantine requirements and/or the spread of COVID-19 can be stressful and may leave you feeling concerned.

      It is particularly important in these challenging times for you to practice self-care and be conscious of our contributions towards the broader public good. If you need support, please reach out to the CIT Staff Employee Assistance Programs (EAP):

      - Assure: 1800 808 374
      - Converge: 1300 687 327
      - People Sense: 1300 307 912
      - Benestar: 1300 360 364
      EAP providers have advised that face-to-face consultations are now unavailable, however phone or video consultations are available for you and your family.
    • Signage and Safety Resources

      - CIT update on cleaning products and hand sanitisers (PDF 303Kb)
      - Viraclean (PDF 127Kb)
      - Methylated Spirits (PDF 491Kb)
      - Hand Sanitiser (PDF 252Kb)
      - Chemtools Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) (PDF 256Kb)
  • CIT COVID Committee Updates
  • Facilities Update
    • Shower Facilities

      One shower block at each of the major campuses will be re-opened for use by staff and students:

      CIT Reid Campus
      E block showers located on first floor next to the hall/gym

      CIT Bruce Campus
      H block showers located on lower ground floor next to the hall

      CIT Fyshwick Campus
      G block showers located on the first floor

      Note that in accordance with WorkSafe Australia, the following safety measures have been introduced:

      - Shower facilities will be cleaned twice daily – mid-morning and after lunch
      - Disinfectant wipes will be provided to wipe down frequently touched surfaces
      - Users are to:
      - Provide their own toiletries
      - Take all personal items with them after using change rooms and showers
      - Continue to practise usual good hygiene for change rooms and showers such as wearing thongs or waterproof shoes.
    • Squash Courts

      The squash courts at CIT Reid have also re-opened for use from Monday 30 November. Disinfectant wipes will be provided to wipe down any frequently touched surfaces including the door handles.
    • Water Access Points

      Water bottles can be refilled at the following filling stations across the major campuses:

      CIT Reid Campus
      C Block - 2nd floor near reception
      D Block - 1st floor near D120
      E Block - outside entry E26, in E16 & inside library
      F Block - near east ground floor entry
      G Block - near G25
      H Block - near H15
      J Block - ground floor near disabled toilet & top floor near cleaner's room
      K Block - lower ground near K31 & outside K207
      L Block - ground floor near L17 & top floor near L106

      CIT Bruce Campus
      A block - ground floor in front of gym & 1st floor foyer
      B block - ground floor & 1st floor
      G block - ground floor Barn and 1st floor corridor
      H block - 1st floor corridor

      CIT Fyshwick Campus
      Blocks A, B, C and D - in workshops
      E block - canteen dining room
      G block - main foyer on ground floor

      Due to the restrictions placed on maintaining gyms during COVID to ensure user safety, the CIT Reid gym will remain closed.