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COVID-19 Information

Published: 05 Oct 2022

COVID Smart at CIT

Following a ACT Government review into work health and safety measures, staff and students at CIT are advised that a number of changes to COVID-19 measures have now come into effect..

As part of these changes the direction for masks to be worn in all indoor workplaces has been withdrawn. CIT staff and students are no longer required to wear masks on campus, although CIT remains a mask-friendly environment.

It is a personal choice if you wish to wear a mask and if you choose to wear a mask you may do so at any time, you should follow the guidance for the correct use of masks.

Other COVID smart measures are still in place. These include

  • Wearing a facemask
  • Practicing physical distancing by separating yourself from others by at least 1.5 meters where possible
  • Practicing good hygiene
  • Staying home if you feel unwell
  • Getting tested if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Information for Students
    • Return of face-to-face teaching and learning activities at CIT

      Face-to-face teaching and learning has returned where required across CIT campuses. Please continue to monitor your emails and eLearn for information regarding the delivery method of your classes, and check with your teacher if you are unsure. CIT will continue to follow the public health advice regarding COVID-19.

      Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation new and existing students are encouraged to contact and/or enrol at CIT online through the CIT website, or for additional assistance please contact Student Services on (02) 6207 3188, infoline@cit.edu.au or click the Live Chat tab at the right of the page. CIT Student Services locations are open, check the opening hours when planning your visit.

      CIT strongly encourages vaccination against COVID-19, and information about eligibility and how to book an appointment is available here. All CIT staff are required to wear a mask indoors.

      Please check the ACT Health COVID website for further details.

      These additional links may be useful:
      - eLearn
      - Self Service
      - CIT Support Services
      - CIT Student Services
    • 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 the COVID-19 pandemic https://www.covid19.act.gov.au/services-and-support

    • 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.

      - offers free phone or online support for all students, support includes counselling, advocacy, disability support, careers advice, youth support, migrant, refugee and international student support, equity support and apprentice support.

      - for a Telehealth (video call over your computer or phone) appointment with a counsellor, phone (02) 6207 3290 or email citcounselling@cit.edu.au

      - Mindfulness Meditation online 20 minute sessions by CIT Counsellor Margaret available at 2:45pm or 3:10pm every Monday, during CIT teaching terms - join by entering this link in your internet browser: https://actgov.webex.com/meet/margaret.chua

    • The CIT Student Wellness Hub can be found in eLearn under 'Student Links'. It contains tip sheets and links to videos and audio to assist your wellbeing and mental health, along with links to information about coping during COVID.
    • 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, email CITApprenticeships@cit.edu.au. Additional information and links for apprentices and trainees is available in the below drop down titled Information for Employers of apprentices and trainees and Industry below, and also the CIT FAQs.
    • CIT International provides assistance to international students regarding fees and visa enquiries.
    • CIT Student Updates CIT continue to post updates on this page, as well as through Student News and on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.
  • Information for Staff
    • Face-to-face teaching and learning has returned where required across CIT campuses. Please continue to monitor your emails, the intranet and check with your manager if you are unsure. CIT will continue to follow the public health advice regarding COVID-19. CIT staff are required to wear a mask indoors.

      CIT strongly encourages vaccination against COVID-19, and information about eligibility and how to book an appointment is available here.

      Please check the ACT Health COVID website for further details.
    • Mental Health and Wellbeing

      Living with COVID-19 is challenging, your responsibility to self-assess your risk and practice self-care, while being conscious of your contributions towards the broader public good is a balance.

      All CIT staff (both permanent and temporary) and immediate families are eligible to access the ACTPS’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for both work-related and non-work-related issues.

      EAP services are free of charge, available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week. Sessions are available for you and your family, all conversations are confidential.

      If you need support, please reach out to our EAP provider Converge International on 1300 687 327.
  • Information for Employers of apprentices and trainees and Industry
    • 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 pandemic 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.

    • Where can I find information on Australian Government COVID-19 financial assistance and support for my business?


      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
  • 2021 CIT COVID Response
    • Continuation of remote teaching and learning activities at CIT - 14 October 2021

      CIT will continue to provide remote delivery for teaching and learning activities in Term 4, unless otherwise advised by your CIT teachers.

      Please continue to check eLearn for updates or contact your teacher if you are unsure.

      CIT strongly encourages vaccination against COVID-19, and information about eligibility and how to book an appointment is available here.

      Please check the ACT Health COVID website for further details.

    • ACT Lockdown Extended - 2:00pm, 14 September 2021

      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:

    • CIT COVID Committee Updates

      CIT's COVID Committee is meeting weekly to coordinate CIT's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic and assist with coordination, engagement, consultation and provide escalation points for issues affecting CIT and its stakeholders associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.