Due to the Coronavirus restrictions, QIBA has temporarily closed all face-to-face classes in all campus locations. However, all courses and programs (PY, VET, ELICOS) are continuing in on-line delivery mode as per normal schedules and with regular allocated trainers. We are also inviting new enrolments in all courses on offer. New and existing cohorts all commence in on-line delivery mode and will revert to face-to-face delivery when it is safe to do so. Please contact 0292673040 for further information




Return to Campus Plan

QIBA Return to Campus Requirements

Updated 25 March 2022

Class Requirement: PY has a BYOD (Bring your own Device) policy. Please ensure you bring your laptop to every class and that it is fully charged for use.

 

WE ENCOURAGE THE USE OF FACE MASKS AT ALL QIBA CAMPUS LOCATIONS.

 

IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL PLEASE DON’T COME TO THE CAMPUS. SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE, A MEDICAL CERTIFICATE AND NOTIFY OUR PY TEAM VIA py.student@qiba.edu.au to arrange a make up class.

QIBA COVID-Safe Return to Campus Guidelines

Updated 28 March 2022

The following information outlines QIBA’s return to campus plan for 2022. Whilst planning to return to campus for face-to-face delivery during Term 1, 2022, we recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic is continually changing and still impacting various states differently. With this in mind and after consultation with regulatory and professional bodies, QIBA has prepared the following guidelines.

It is important that we continue to work together to control the spread of COVID-19 and prevent transmission within our QIBA community and beyond. The guidelines below are designed to protect you, your friends and family, and the wider community from harm. You should also stay abreast of any updates to rules and restrictions relevant to your state/location.

QIBA staff are implementing safety protocols and measures across all campuses and facilities to ensure we are equipped to safely return to face-to-face delivery and support on-campus activities. These protocols will be reassessed regularly and are subject to change as new information and updates come to hand.

Students coming to campus must adhere to all safety protocols included in these guidelines prior to attending campus and follow safety measures when on site.

We are confident in our ability to provide all staff, students, teachers, and trainers with a safe, continuous, and successful learning environment. In saying that, we ask for your patience and understanding should new scenarios arise.

We have rigorous COVID-Safe practices and protocols in place and look forward to welcoming teachers, trainers, facilitators, and students back to campus.

Return to Classroom Dates

With COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease, we are planning a cautious and phased return to campus.

 

  Professional Year Program   VET & ELICOS Programs
  Brisbane – Sunday 27 March 2022   To be confirmed
  Hobart – Saturday 26 March 2022
  Sydney – Monday 28 March 2022
  Canberra – Friday 01 April 2022
  Gold Coast – Saturday 09 July 2022

Current Students of QIBA

Current students of QIBA are required to present their COVID19 vaccination certificates (double dosage minimum) to QIBA prior to 15 March 2022.

PY Candidates – please email as an attachment to py.student@qiba.edu.au

VET & ELICOS students – please email as an attachment to info@qiba.edu.au

New Enrolments

All new student enrolments must include their vaccination status (or valid medical exemption) as part of the QIBA application process. Evidence (vaccination certificate including a minimum of 2 doses) must be submitted together with all student applications for enrolment with QIBA.

QIBA Vaccination Policy - COVID-19

To ensure we are protecting the health and safety of our community, QIBA requires all staff, students, teachers, and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to our return to campus during 2022.

Special arrangements* will apply to those who hold a valid medical exemption.

 

*Special arrangements will include:

  • Evidence of a negative PCR Test Result within 72 hours or RAT within 48 hours of attending class. RAT to include photo ID and date.
  • No apparent signs or symptoms of the infection.
  • Wearing a mask on campus at all times.

 

 

COVID Safe Monitors

QIBA has appointed COVID-Safe Monitors at each location.

Brisbane – Kelly Kang & Lakmini Chandrasekara

Sydney – Kate Lee & Lochlin Fung

Canberra – Shruti Maharjan & Evelyn Huang

Hobart – Ondre Ham

What to do?

  1. Ensure you are in your enrolment location

If you are not in the same location as stated in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) please contact one of our Student Support Officers immediately.

  1. Make sure QIBA has up-to-date contact details

If you change your phone number or address, please ensure you update your personal details with QIBA immediately. The Academy will use these details to contact you, should we need to during contact tracing.

  1. Provide QIBA with your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (double dose)

The deadline for providing your Vaccination Certificate to QIBA is 15 March 2022. PY Candidates please email as an attachment to py.student@qiba.edu.au and VET & ELICOS students to info@qiba.edu.au

  1. Monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms

It is your responsibility to check if you have symptoms of COVID-19 before you come to campus each day. If you have any symptoms, even very mild, you MUST NOT come to campus; instead, you should self-isolate at home and seek medical advice. If not attending a class, students/candidates must notify QIBA Student Services team.

 

Please note: Medical certificates are required when candidates/students are not present in class.

All staff, students, teachers, contractors and visitors are asked to wear a mask when entering and onsite at any QIBA campus/site. Masks can be removed briefly to eat or drink. They can also be removed when delivering or presenting in the classroom.

Anyone without a Vaccination Certificate or a Valid Medical Exemption, must not enter a QIBA campus/site. You need to contact our Student Services team or a COVID-Safe monitor by phone or email.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I return to campus for face-to-face delivery?

Returning to campus will be a cautious and phased process. While we have dates for the Professional Year Program Candidates’ return, we are awaiting government direction for our VET & ELICOS students’ return.

Professional Year Program VET & ELICOS Programs
Brisbane – Sunday 27 March 2022 (Possibly 11 July 2022) To be confirmed
Hobart – Saturday 26 March 2022
Sydney – Monday 28 March 2022
Canberra – Friday 01 April 2022

If I am currently enrolled but not vaccinated by the 15 February 2022 what are my study options?

  • You can arrange vaccination (double dose) prior to your return to campus date, if time still allows, and provide the Vaccination Certificate to QIBA.

 

  • PY Candidates – if you are not fully vaccinated and do not hold a valid medical exemption, you will be required to defer when you are due to return to campus. Please contact one of our PYP Student Support Officers on 02 9267 3040 for more information.

I am currently living in a different location to what is shown on my enrolment. What should I do?

Notify QIBA immediately so a transfer can be arranged. An Administration fee will be charged.

What do I need to do prior to returning to campus?

  1. Ensure you are in your enrolment location
  2. Make sure QIBA have up-to-date contact details

If you change your phone number or address, please ensure you update your personal details with QIBA.  

  1. Provide QIBA with your COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (double dose)
  2. Monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms

It is your responsibility to check if you have symptoms of COVID-19 before you come to campus each day. If you have any symptoms, even very mild, you MUST NOT come to campus; instead you should self-isolate at home and seek medical advice.

What should I do if I fall ill while on campus?

You should:

  • Apply a face mask immediately, notify the COVID-Safe monitor (or delegate) and leave the campus
  • Avoid contact with others and limit your movements 
  • Self-isolate and seek medical advice immediately

I don't have the COVID-19 virus however I have some symptoms present, that may be easily confused with COVID-19 symptoms. What should I do?

Scenario’s

 

Q1. ‘If I cough or sneeze in class will I be asked to leave the campus?

ANSWER: No, not necessarily. If you are presenting fairly unwell to include a cough and other symptoms, our team will check in with you, check your temperature on site and make a suggestion depending on your temperature. If it is just a random cough, you will be wearing a face mask as required by QIBA and this will protect others anyway. Please note, we also have campus signage asking you to practice safe hygiene such as, ‘Cover your Cough or Sneeze’.

 

Q2. ‘I have hay fever, now I am worried I will be removed from class’.

ANSWER: If the trainer or staff have any real concerns with ongoing symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, a temperature check can be performed on site to put everyone’s mind at ease. Or, evidence of a negative RAT test taken within 24 hours of attendance can be provided to our Student Services team.

 

Q3. ‘You tell us to stay home if we are unwell. If I feel fine and have no symptoms, but I am positive … can I come to class?’

ANSWER: No, you must complete the required isolation period of 7 full days from the time of your positive result. You may feel well but unfortunately, you may spread the virus to others.

 

Q4. ‘If we are all unwell and stay home, does this mean the PY makeup class will be online?’

ANSWER: We are arranging mixed face-to-face make up classes to cater for our candidates missing various sessions. These sessions will be scheduled after candidates return to the classroom, after completing the isolation requirement. We will assist each candidate on a case-by-case basis.

 

If I don’t attend the campus due to COVID-19 symptoms, am I required to provide QIBA with a medical certificate?

PY Candidates – Yes, you must provide QIBA with a medical certificate if you do not attend class as 100% attendance is required. A make up class may be required.

VET Students – Yes, you must provide QIBA with a medical certificate if you have been absent from class for more than 20% of the session time as 80% attendance is required.

ELICOS Students – Yes, you must provide QIBA with a medical certificate if you have been absent from class for more than 20% of the session time as 80% attendance is required.

If I am not able to attend class, will there be an on-line study option for that Unit/Session/Module?

There will be no online study options available for international students on a Student Visa, or for PY candidates on a Graduate Visa.

QIBA operates under strict Australian Government rules and Quality standards. All Registered Training Organisations operate under these same rules.

Once we are instructed by DHA to return to face-to-face delivery, the current online delivery must stop.

I have completed the in-class session of my PY course. Do I still need to submit the vaccination certificate to complete my Internship?

Yes. Host companies have started asking for candidates’ vaccination certificates before confirming the internship. Hence, you must send the certificate to us even if you won’t be coming to the campus.

Accessing Vaccinations

Appointments can be made using the relevant location links below. There are now many walk-in vaccine clinics located across the country for everyone aged 18 years and over. Find your nearest clinic here:

QLD: QLD Vaccine locations and bookings

NSW: NSW Vaccine locations and bookings

ACT: ACT Vaccine locations and bookings

TAS: TAS Vaccine locations and bookings

 

Other useful sites and COVID updates:

QLD: QLD | Coronavirus (COVID-19) (www.qld.gov.au)

NSW: NSW | COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)

ACT: ACT | COVID-19 (act.gov.au)

TAS: TAS | Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)