With the current lockdown across the State, we understand the times are tough, and lockdown isn’t easy on everyone, especially the international students.
Please stay safe, practice good hygiene and follow the current restrictions. From 11.59pm on Thursday 27 May to 11.59pm on Thursday 3 June, circuit breaker restrictions apply across Victoria. These restrictions will be in place for Melbourne until 11.59pm Thursday 10 June. Restrictions in regional Victoria are proposed to begin easing from 11.59pm Thursday 3 June. For more information on current restrictions, please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/victorias-restriction-levels-covid-19.
Please remember, the Study Melbourne supported foodbank international student pop up store is now open from 10 am – 2 pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding public holidays). For more information, please visit https://www.foodbank.org.au/students/?state=vic
MIV paused its campus-based activities and revert to a remote working model during this period. Should you need any support, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
Last but not least, we wish to advise that Mercury Institute of Victoria will be closed on Monday 14 June 2021 due to the Queen’s Birthday public holiday.
Stay safe and have a good day.
Please be noticed that the Privacy Notice on application form has been updated on 1st Jan 2021, based on the suggestions from National Centre for Vocational Education Research and Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment.
VET Data Policy, Part B, Clause 7.2: states:
Where personal information is collected from a student, RTOs must make students aware of the purposes for which their information may be collected, used or disclosed. RTOs must give the student a copy of the Privacy Notice at Schedule 1 of this Policy. This can be achieved by including the ‘Privacy Notice’ during the student’s enrolment process.
The minimum mandatory content for inclusion in a Privacy Notice as at Schedule 1 of the VET Data Policy is provided below, and is to be used from 1 January 2021. This content is also available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website: – https://www.dese.gov.au/.
Why we collect your personal information
As a registered training organisation (RTO), we collect your personal information so we can process and manage your enrolment in a vocational education and training (VET) course with us.
How we use your personal information
We use your personal information to enable us to deliver VET courses to you, and otherwise, as needed, to comply with our obligations as an RTO.
How we disclose your personal information
We are required by law (under the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 (Cth) (NVETR Act)) to disclose the personal information we collect about you to the National VET Data Collection kept by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd (NCVER). The NCVER is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing and communicating research and statistics about the Australian VET sector.
We are also authorised by law (under the NVETR Act) to disclose your personal information to the relevant state or territory training authority.
How the NCVER and other bodies handle your personal information
The NCVER will collect, hold, use and disclose your personal information in accordance with the law, including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and the NVETR Act. Your personal information may be used and disclosed by NCVER for purposes that include populating authenticated VET transcripts; administration of VET; facilitation of statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage; and understanding the VET market.
The NCVER is authorised to disclose information to the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), Commonwealth authorities, State and Territory authorities (other than registered training organisations) that deal with matters relating to VET and VET regulators for the purposes of those bodies, including to enable:
- administration of VET, including program administration, regulation, monitoring and evaluation
- facilitation of statistics and research relating to education, including surveys and data linkage
- understanding how the VET market operates, for policy, workforce planning and consumer information.
The NCVER may also disclose personal information to persons engaged by NCVER to conduct research on NCVER’s behalf.
The NCVER does not intend to disclose your personal information to any overseas recipients.
If you would like to seek access to or correct your information, in the first instance, please contact your RTO using the contact details listed below.
DESE is authorised by law, including the Privacy Act and the NVETR Act, to collect, use and disclose your personal information to fulfil specified functions and activities. For more information about how the DESE will handle your personal information, please refer to the DESE VET Privacy Notice at https://www.dese.gov.au/national-vet-data/vet-privacy-notice.
You may receive a student survey which may be run by a government department or an NCVER employee, agent, third-party contractor or another authorised agency. Please note you may opt out of the survey at the time of being contacted.
At any time, you may contact Mercury to:
- request access to your personal information
- correct your personal information
- make a complaint about how your personal information has been handled
- ask a question about this Privacy Notice
From midnight Wednesday, everyone living in the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire lockdown areas must wear face masks or coverings when outside their homes. Any face covering will be acceptable – it does not need to be a cloth mask or a surgical mask.
The penalty for not doing so is a $200 fine. The full detail of the announcement by Premier Dan Andrews is here.
This means that staff and students arriving on campus must already be wearing a face mask. If you are not wearing one, you will be asked to leave campus.
The reason for the change is that the majority of current COVID-19 outbreaks are now coming from settings where people are working closely together.
Specific information for TAFEs has today been provided by the Department of Education and Training:
- All staff must wear face coverings at, and when travelling to and from, their TAFE or training organisation.
- Teachers will not be required to wear face coverings while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can.
- Teachers should wear face coverings in other areas of the TAFE or training organisation when not teaching (for example, in the staffroom).
- All students who are attending a TAFE or training organisation for their study, will need to wear a face covering.
- This includes when travelling to and from training.
- A person who has a medical condition – including problems with their breathing, a serious skin condition on the face, a disability or a mental health condition – is not required to wear a face covering.
- Individuals will be expected to supply their own face coverings.
Face coverings in regional Victoria continue to be recommended in situations where maintaining 1.5 metres distance is not possible – however regional Victorians will have to wear a mask when visiting metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire for one of the permitted reasons.
More coronavirus-related information from the Department of Education and Training can be found here.
There is a lot of information available about types of face masks and coverings, both from an official health perspective, which you can read here (noting that this information was published before the rule change to make mask-wearing mandatory).
If you want to read information about mask-wearing from a broader perspective, try this Q&A story in The Age.
In this TV interview Dr Nick Coatesworth, Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, explains why mask-wearing has now been made mandatory in Victoria.
The $200 fine is a public health directive and can be enforced just like the fines for being out of your home during lockdown for reasons other than work, study, buying essentials or exercising. In general, this coronavirus section of the ‘Department of Health and Human Services’.
Take care out there. Face masks, hand washing and social distancing are to keep you safe and healthy.