Covid-19


As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has continued to evolve around the world, PIA continues assessing the risk and impact on its community. As we monitor the situation on a daily basis through the guidance from the public health and regulatory authorities, PIA will continue to update its staff and student accordingly.
We are focused on the health and safety of our students and staff.
The campus has moved to remote delivery and all staff are working from home, but remain available via email. Our phone lines remain open to attend to any enquiries.

Follow the advice of the Australian Government at www.health.gov.au. If you are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical advice. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080. S

Should you have any concerns, please contact Dr Michael Milgate, PIA Dean via email at m.milgate@pia.edu.au..

COVID-19 Announcement from PIA CEO

At a time when the WHO (World Health Organisation) has pronounced COVID-19 (“coronavirus") a pandemic, Polytechnic Institute Australia continues to prioritise the health and safety of its students, staff and their families. The business remains vigilant following the advice of the Australian Department of Health. Operations have moved to an online campus and Polytechnic Institute Australia continues to monitor the advice of the Australian Department of Health.

To date, no incidence of COVID-19 has been reported at the Polytechnic Institute Australia campus. That said, appropriate measures and existing protocols are in place and continue to develop to mitigate unnecessary risk.

Polytechnic Institute Australia is committed to educating staff and students on important prevention measures, including through the deployment of posters and frequent digital communications.

We wish to provide you with an overview of the actions we are taking following the decision of the National Cabinet and the State Government to implement Stage 2 of a shutdown of non-essential activity.

The Federal and State governments have made it very clear that they expect the community to reduce the level of face-to-face interactions as much as possible to limit the spread of COVID-19. We must take it upon ourselves to do what we can to contribute to this.

We are transitioning to an ‘online campus’ model to enable us to continue to deliver a high-quality education for our students for the remainder of this Semester.

If you need to contact people, please use their email address. PIA is and continues to be operational in an alternative capacity.

We intend on ensuring that your learning experience little to no disruption at all.

For student services please contact admin@pia.edu.au

For Academic Learning support please contact katerina@pia.edu.au

For Moodle or Zoom related issues please contact alessia@pia.edu.au

In the event you cannot contact your Lecture please contact Associate Professor Michael Milgate on m.milgate@pia.edu.au

For Emergency matters please contact 0422 462 432, please note this phone number is for emergencies only and all enquiries relating to the above matters will be advised to email the addresses provided.

We understand that in these testing times, your well-being remains at the forefront of our operation and understand that in these times some of you may be experiencing some emotional challenges. In the event, you are feeling sad or down we offer you the internal support of our team specifically through the contact at sunny@pia.edu.au who will provide you with the appropriate resource to assist you in your time of need.

Additionally, I leave you with the following support lines you can call if you feel the need LifeLine 24-hour Counselling, Advice and Referral Services Phone: 131 114

All Lectures can be contacted directly through the Moodle site.
Instructions on how to use zoom can be found in the student portal under the heading Zoom Instructions.

During these unprecedented times, it is important to have a regular routine which is why we are keeping classes to another normal day and times.

Staff may not be able to immediately respond to your emails - remember they are still working their normal business hours (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Australian Eastern Time), if you email outside of normal business hours, please do not expect that there will be a prompt reply, it may be the next day.

Thank you for your assistance. Polytechnic Institute Australia will continue to monitor the Department of Health alerts and provide any important updates to staff and students as soon as they are available. For additional information please visit;https://www.health.gov.au/ and for our international students please visit https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/English/student-support

Lastly, thank you for your continued support of Polytechnic Institute Australia during this stressful time.

 

Kind Regards

Professor James Barber
CEO


Apply for international student COVID-19 crisis accommodation
The NSW Government is funding up to 20 weeks’ accommodation for vulnerable international students in NSW during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme will be delivered through approved student accommodation and homestay providers.

Service NSW is administering the application process and will allocate the accommodation. Applicants will not be able to self-select their accommodation.
For further information please visit https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-international-student-covid-19-crisis-accommodation