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With a focus on the commitment to the health and safety of all students, we are closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with the relevant government and health authorities across the nation.

Page last updated: 4 August 2020 at 9.00am (AEST)

FIAFitnation students and staff are encouraged to check this page frequently as we will update it as required. For more information specifically regarding higher education institutions, please visit the Department of Health website.

Key information

We would like to thank you for your ongoing diligence during COVID-19 in adhering to and maintaining the safety measures that have been put in place on campus to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  Your vigilance and diligence in supporting these protocols continue to support and maintain a COVID-19 campus free COVID -19 environment.

On Monday 27 July, the National WHS Committee met to review our current COVID-19 Safe Plan, going through federal and state government COVID-19 restrictions and adapting the plan accordingly across all of our campuses nationwide. As the risks associated with the potential of contracting COVID-19 varies dramatically from state to state, we have implemented a state by state approach. As a college, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely across all states.

Latest updates for students

Please see below for updated advice and information per campus.

Adelaide

Based on the directive of the Government of South Australia and the recent update to the Roadmap for easing of restrictions and recovery from COVID-19 planning,  the college will align with this recommendation for easing of the following restrictions from August 3rd (* subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation and State Government Directive).

On-Campus – Practical / Student Common Areas:

  • For practical classes, face masks will become voluntary for students — students may use their own face mask if preferred.
  • The commencement of meetings in meeting rooms/ breakout spaces is permitted adhering to state capacity rules.
  • The re-opening of common areas and kitchens, including the usage of fridges, microwaves, hot water.
    • Note there will still be restrictions placed on the sharing of utensils/milk/food/cups etc and this will not be permitted.
  • Within the HLTAID003 Provide first aid course, adjustments will be made to practical assessments where rescue breaths on CPR manikins will be performed to the side of the manikin, and all activities that would have previously been performed on a partner will be demonstrated on self.

Procedures to remain in place:

The health and safety and a COVID-19 free campus remains as our top priority and to support this the current procedures including adhering to physical distancing remains in place:

  • Maximum capacity (2m2) and physical distancing (1.5 metre),
  • Disinfecting protocols for all high touch areas,
  • Continuing with current COVID-19 Library processes with 72-hour quarantine for all loan books,
  • Use of Perspex Guards and floor distancing stickers,
  • Good hand hygiene and utilising provided hand sanitiser regularly,
  • Students must not attend campus if presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms,
  • Regular daily cleaning carried out on campus including all high touch areas,

COVID-19 Updates:

Perth

WA RoadMap, COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed further, the college will align with this recommendation for easing of the following restrictions from August 3rd (subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation and State Government Directive).

 On-Campus – Practical / Student Common Areas:

  • For practical classes, face masks will become voluntary for students and clients, students may use their own face mask if preferred.
  • The commencement of meetings in meeting rooms/ breakout spaces are permitted adhering to state capacity rules.
  • The re-opening of common areas and kitchens, including the usage of fridges, microwaves, hot water.
    • Note there will still be restrictions placed on the sharing of utensils/milk/food/cups etc and this will not be permitted.
  • Within the HLTAID003 Provide first aid course, adjustments will be made to practical assessments where rescue breaths on CPR manikins will be performed to the side of the manikin, and all activities that would have previously been performed on a partner will be demonstrated on self.

 Procedures to remain in place:

 The health and safety and a COVID-19 free campus remains as our top priority and to support this the current procedures including adhering to physical distancing remains in place:

  • Maximum capacity (2m2) and physical distancing (1.5 metre),
  • Disinfecting protocols for all high touch areas,
  • Continuing with current COVID-19 Library processes with 72-hour quarantine for all loan books,
  • Use of Perspex Guards and floor distancing stickers,
  • Good hand hygiene and utilising provided hand sanitiser regularly,
  • Students must not attend campus if presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms,
  • Regular daily cleaning carried out on campus including all high touch areas,

COVID-19 Updates:

Brisbane & Gold Coast

While we acknowledge that Queensland is doing well in terms of managing COVID-19 and is currently in phase 3 of easing restrictions, the close proximity of NSW to the QLD border and the high community spread threat is a concern to the Queensland Government and the WHS Committee and consequently, we are cautiously easing restrictions effective from 3 August on the Brisbane and Gold Coast Campuses (* subject to change and based on Government Directive).  There have been a few recent cases of QLD residents who have tested positive having travelled to Melbourne and Sydney and we ask that you keep up to date with the latest notifications and adhere to the Queensland Government Health advice and COVID -19 hotspots.

The campuses in Queensland remain open with continued adherence to health and safety protocols in place and based on the directive of the Queensland Government and the recent updates to the Roadmap to easing restrictions Stage 3, the college will align with this recommendation for easing of the following restrictions from August 3rd (subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation and State Government Directive). The college will remain

On-Campus – Practical / Student Common Areas:

  • For practical classes, face masks will become voluntary for students and clients, students may use their own face mask if preferred.
  • Connect with the facilitator if you have further questions about these protocols.
  • Within the HLTAID003 Provide first aid course, adjustments will be made to practical assessments where rescue breaths on CPR manikins will be performed to the side of the manikin, and all activities that would have previously been performed on a partner will be demonstrated on self.
  • Within the practical assessments for SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, students will be required to adhere to the CovidSafe plan of the external facilities being used for the assessment sessions.

Procedures to remain in place:

The health and safety and a COVID-19 free campus remains as our top priority and to support this the current procedures including adhering to physical distancing remains in place:

  • For practical classes, face masks will remain mandatory when the 1.5 metre distancing is not practical to do so
  • Maximum capacity (4m2) and physical distancing (1.5 metre)
  • Kitchens for students will remain closed
  • Disinfecting protocols for all high touch areas
  • Continuing with current COVID-19 Library processes with 72hr quarantine for all loan books
  • Use of Perspex Guards and floor distancing stickers
  • Good hand hygiene and utilising provided hand sanitiser regularly
  • Students and clients must not attend campus if presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Regular daily cleaning carried out on campus including all high touch areas

COVID-19 Updates:

Sydney

As there have been documented cases of COVID -19 in NSW, the state remains in a high-risk category and there will be no major changes to the easing of restrictions taking place at this time ( subject to change and based on Government Directive).

The Sydney Campus remains open with continued adherence to health and safety protocols in place and based on the directive of the NSW Government and the recent updates on the COVID-19 latest news and updates,  the college will align with this directive to support the health and safety of all students, clients and staff at the college and the wider community. (* subject to change based on the COVID-19 situation and State Government Directive).  We ask that you remain vigilant about your health and safety at this time as we strive to maintain a COVID-19 free campus environment.

On-Campus – Practical / Student Common Areas:

  • For practical classes, face masks will become voluntary for students and clients, students may use their own face mask if preferred.
  • Connect with the facilitator if you have further questions about these protocols.
  • Within the practical components of SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness, students must adhere to the hygiene processes in place for the gym space used.  This will involve the wiping down of equipment before and after each use, as well as adhering to the other measures outlined here.
  • Within the HLTAID003 Provide first aid course, adjustments will be made to practical assessments where rescue breaths on CPR manikins will be performed to the side of the manikin, and all activities that would have previously been performed on a partner will be demonstrated on self.

Procedures to remain in place:

The health and safety and a COVID-19 free campus remains as our top priority and to support this the current procedures including adhering to physical distancing remains in place:

  • For practical classes, face masks will remain mandatory when the 1.5 metre distancing is not practical to do so
  • Maximum capacity (4m2) and physical distancing (1.5 metre),
  • Kitchens for students will remain closed,
  • Disinfecting protocols for all high touch areas,
  • Continuing with current COVID-19 Library processes with 72hr quarantine for all loan books,
  • Use of Perspex Guards and floor distancing stickers,
  • Good hand hygiene and utilising provided hand sanitiser regularly,
  • Students and clients must not attend campus if presenting with cold or flu-like symptoms,
  • Clients will continue to be monitored by current COIVID-19 greeting process (such as temperature checks),
  • Regular daily cleaning carried out on campus including all high touch areas,

COVID-19 Updates:

Melbourne

First and foremost, we hope this communication finds you and your family safe and well and we thank you for your adaptability, patience and diligence during COVID-19 as the campus remains closed in Melbourne.  We would like to acknowledge that this is challenging for many students who had planned to continue their study at the time and although study and work are two of the reasons residents are able to leave home, the Victorian State Government directed all non-essential businesses in the Melbourne Metropolitan and Mitchell Shire areas to close, the college adhered to this directive.

Based on the Victoria State Government directive, non-essential business closure request, related stay at home restrictions, the Melbourne Campus remains in a high-risk category and will remain closed at this time until these restrictions ease, based on State Government directive. The college is monitoring the situation closely and will adapt the re-opening plans to align with State Government authority and directive advice (subject to change and based on Government Directive).

Campus Closure:

  • The campus will remain closed until further notice and will be revisited based on Victorian State Government directive  (* subject to change based on evolving COVID-19 situation).
  • The college is monitoring this situation closely and will adapt the campus re-opening plan to align with  state government authority and advice.

Please refer to the summary of the previous correspondence:

Practicals (On Campus):

The College is currently reviewing the impact of the College closure and how this will impact your studies across the next six weeks, as follows:

  • Practical Assessment classes will not be able to be completed in the current time and form, you do have the option to submit your practical assessment by video submission or receive a course extension until such time that the campus has reopened and practical assessment sessions are available. Extension Application
  • First aid courses will not be able to be completed during this time.
  • the College is currently reviewing the impact of this closure.

Re-booking practicals: 

  • Re-Book Certificate III or IV in Fitness Practical Assessment Here: Re-Book
  • Re-Book First Aid Practical Date Here: Re-Book

COVID-19 Updates:

Support:

  • If you or your family are impacted by the current situation and are seeking professional support, we recommend that you reach out to the SAP (Student Assistance Program) on 1800 336 207 (24/7), confidential counselling for study-related or personal problems hotline exclusively for Endeavour students, free for a series of sessions.
  • If you would like progression support, we recommend booking a personalised consultation time with your Academic Tutor 1300 136 632 – ext 2
  • Student support operating hours will remain at 8 AM to 4 PM
  • Refer to FAQ’s on the website at https://www.fiafitnation.com.au/covid-19-information/

We acknowledge that this update will be disappointing, however, your health, safety and that of the community you live in remains a priority.  These are challenging times and at this time we would also like to congratulate all students that have remained determined and committed to their studies online, this is truly commendable for those that are now ready to graduate as you remain an inspiration to those still on their study journey in challenging times. As we continue to adapt and plan together we ask that in all communications with staff, you remain respectful and align with the Student Code of Conduct.

Please ensure that you have all the support that you need and remain diligent and vigilant about you and your families health and safety.

Stay fit and healthy.

The FIA team

Re-opening of campus

The College will adhere to all measures recommended by the Government and the relevant Health Authorities alongside the principles and protocols for reducing risk of COVID-19 recommended by Universities Australia to stop the transmission in a College environment, which include but are not limited to:

  • help stop the spread and stay healthy;
  • stay informed and continue to support physical distancing in accordance with the Australian Government and State/ Territory Guidelines; and
  • apply specific sector-based guidelines to all entities on campus were relevant (e.g.: common areas, breakout areas, classrooms, practical classrooms, clinics etc.)

When you come back to campus this will look and feel different, to give you an insight into what to expect some of the health and safety measures being put in place are outlined below with further updates and answers to your FAQ’s across the coming weeks.

General measures

The following general measures will apply to support physical distancing,  best practices in health and safety and support teaching and learning continuity on campus.

  • Students who are sick with cold and flu-like symptoms must NOT attend College;
  • Online access to content will continue online
  • All students, staff and visitors must adhere to the physical distance guidelines, these have been put in place throughout the College including 1.5 metres distancing.
  • All high touch point common areas such as kitchens and the use of fridges, microwaves will be restricted/limited. You will need to plan your meals accordingly;
  • Non-essential events will continue to be deferred or cancelled and remain online for 2020;
  • All campuses will have access to temperature scanners for usage should a student present with cold and flu-like symptoms, if you present with any of these symptoms you will be asked to leave the campus and can only return once you have no presenting symptoms, feeling better and have had clearance from your GP;
  • Additional cleaning and sanitising protocols are in place across all campuses, including the use of recommend cleaning products increased cleaning schedules across common areas in bathrooms and high touch-point areas;
  • Additional checklists are in place for cleaning and disinfecting after usage of shared resources, such as photocopiers, meeting rooms, desk spaces etc;
  • Clear signage will be provided on each campuses to support physical distancing and appropriate disinfecting and cleaning protocols for high touch-point areas, all students are expected to comply with the signage directive;
  • Appropriate hand hygiene products will be in place in each public or counter area.
  • As a College we are focused on supporting all measures to stop the spread and to stay healthy and encourage all students, staff, and visitors to download and utilise the COVID-19  safe app to assist contact tracing, we recognise this is an individual’s choice.
  • We ask that you be vigilant about your health and safety and mindful of those you will sharing in space with on campus.
  • For the latest COVID-19 advise refer to the Australian Government Department of Health website, click here and the COVIDSafe app here.

The below update will give an overview of the practical classes health and safety best practices to be implemented.

Practical classes:

  • Physical distance and controls are in place in practical classrooms and specialist teaching spaces this includes managing of access to equipment and workspaces, checklist  protocols for cleaning and disinfecting spaces after each usage;
  • In practical classes, classroom caps are placed on the number of people per room so physical distancing rules are maintained and adhered to and you may find yourself across multiple classrooms as you return into the practical completion classes;
  • Each specialist learning space including practical classes, will be provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) e.g.: facemasks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant etc;
  • The academic team are making necessary adjustments to content and assessment criteria to maintain physical distancing as a priority;
  • As you start the practical and on campus classes the academic teams will brief you on the new health and safety measures to adhere to that are in place at the start of the class;
  • All new safe campus and health and safety protocols are expected to be adhered to at all times to support a COVID-19 free campus;
  • Cleaning and disinfecting protocols and checklists have been developed for communal equipment and areas and all signage is to be complied with;
  • Students who are sick with cold and flu-like symptoms must NOT attend College and can connect with their lecturer directly to discuss class options.

In the case of a student, staff member, or visitor being confirmed with COVID-19, this will be reported to the Government in the first instance and the College will take directive on the recommendation for campus closure to complete a deep cleaning protocol. In the case of a positive COVID-19 case and there is a directive to close the campus, all students will be informed of a campus closure decision and the expected return date based on the relevant Government and Health authority clearance and approval.

The College is committed to a COVID-19  free campus environment and this will require your vigilance and diligence as your return to campus nationally.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Stay Safe and Stay Well.

Practical assessment and First Aid update

Thank you for your patience whilst we have put the required plans in place to navigate the ever-changing environment created by COVID-19. We are now in a position where we can recommence the delivery of practical assessments for SIS30315 Certificate III in Fitness and SIS40215 Certificate IV in Fitness. However, there are some changes we will be required to make to ensure we create a COVID-safe environment for all staff and students involved in the assessment. These changes are summarised below. Please ensure you do not attend campus if you have symptoms or feel unwell.

1. Class caps

Classes will be capped at a maximum of four participants. This will allow us to ensure social distancing measures can be adhered to, and resources can be appropriately shared and cleaned. Extra sessions will be provided on each campus to ensure all students can be accommodated. Please note, we cannot accept any additional participants who are not booked in due to space restrictions.

2. Practical assessment adjustment

With fitness being a ‘hands-on’ course, it is considered a higher risk in relation to COVID-19 transmission. In order to manage this, some changes to the practical assessment will be implemented in line with Safe Work Australia and Fitness Australia guidelines. There will be changes to our gym layout and available equipment to assist in the achievement of this. Specific considerations for students being assessed include:

  • Equipment use

Students will be provided with designated equipment to be used throughout each practical assessment task. This may require you to adjust pre-planned programs. You will be given sufficient time and advice to help you with this process. On completion of each assessment task, students will be required to wipe down the equipment they have used before progressing the session.

  • Coaching

Social distancing of 1.5 metres and one person per 4m2 will need to be adhered to throughout the delivery of all screening and exercise delivery. Students will need to be aware of their positioning during all client interactions, selecting exercises that do not require physical contact between client and trainer.

3. Use of PPE

As per the previously issued guidelines, appropriate PPE (primarily face masks) will be provided where required to ensure compliance with health and safety standards and recommendations.

4. Campus changes

Please note rooms will have restricted numbers, and areas such as fridges, kitchens and microwaves will not be in use. Please consider this in preparing for your on-campus time.

5. Booking your practical assessment date

In order to book your date, please click here. Please ensure you have selected the correct course from the tabs at the top of the page.

6. Booking your First Aid date

For HLTAID003 Provide first aid, if you haven’t paid for the course yet, please enrol online here: Enrol Online

If you’ve paid for your First Aid course but haven’t booked your practical date then please book your spot here: Book Here

College FAQs

Have any FIAFitnation students or staff been diagnosed with coronavirus?2020-03-17T05:50:44+11:00

No FIAFitnation students or staff have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

What should I do if my studies are disrupted?2020-03-17T05:51:10+11:00

Contact Student Services by phoning 1300 136 632 or via email on Certificate3@fiafitnation.com.au, Certificate4@fiafitnation.com.au, diplomaoffitness@fiafitnation.com.au to explain your specific circumstances. We are doing what we can to minimise any disruption to your studies and will work with individual students should they be impacted.

What is the College doing to keep everyone safe?2020-03-17T05:51:31+11:00

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff are a priority. Our measures are consistent with Federal and State Health Departments’ advice and we are consistently reviewing these measures. We are promoting healthy personal hygiene habits across our campuses which includes the availability of hand sanitiser around campuses as well as more stringent classroom/clinics/on campus facility sterilisation and cleaning protocols.

What will happen if I have to become a full-time carer for my children if they are unable to attend school?2020-03-17T05:51:54+11:00

We will review this on a case by case basis. In some cases subjects may be able to be taken online or a webinar may be set up in order for you to continue your studies. We can support you with attendance requirements or schedule in make up work shops, depending on the situation.

I am feeling anxious about coronavirus – what should I do?2020-03-17T05:52:25+11:00

It is normal to experience some worry or concern about this issue, however if it begins to affect your mental health or physical wellbeing it is recommended you seek support from a health professional.

FIAFitnation offers a free and confidential counselling and support service for students. The College Student Assistance Program (SAP) is available 24/7 through Access EAP. Call 1800 336 207 or accesseap.com.au. The SAP counsellors are fully trained and will be able the support that you need at this time.

More information

The College is closely monitoring the situation and following all the relevant advice from the Department of Health, Department of Education and Government agencies. As new information becomes available updates will be provided on this page.

  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after last contact with the confirmed case.
  • If you have been in close contact with someone who has, and are presenting symptoms including fever, flu-like symptoms, sore throat, headache, and shortness of breath, you need to contact your usual doctor. You cannot attend College until Public Health informs you that it is safe for you to do so.
  • Students and Staff in these circumstances should not attend the college and must avoid contact with other students and staff
  • If you are currently in classes and are excluded from the College due to presenting symptoms of the virus then please contact the student services team in the first instance.

For further detailed and updated information, refer to the links below and a list of state and territory public health hotlines.

COVID-19 FAQs

We have taken our information from the Australian Government Department of Health’s website.

What is COVID-19 (coronavirus)?2020-03-17T05:47:28+11:00

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses that can range from the common cold to more severe diseases. The new strain of coronavirus was first reported in December 2019 and has been named Coronavirus (COVID-19), ‘novel coronavirus’ and ‘2019-nCov’.

Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

What are the symptoms?2020-03-17T05:47:57+11:00

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. People with coronavirus may experience fever, flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue, and shortness of breath. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

Who is at risk?2020-03-17T05:48:20+11:00

Those at highest risk are those who have recently been in mainland China and Iran, or have been in been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus.

The elderly and people with underlying medical conditions such as heart or lung disease may be at risk of a more severe disease if infected.

How does coronavirus spread?2020-03-17T05:48:40+11:00

Evidence suggests that the virus is spread from person to person. This most likely happens through:

  • Close contact with an infectious person
  • Contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • Touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.
Do I need to wear a surgical mask?2020-03-17T05:49:05+11:00

Wearing surgical masks when out in the community are only helpful in preventing people who have coronavirus disease from spreading it to others.

If you are not sick, you do not need to wear a surgical mask as there is little evidence supporting the widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people to prevent transmission in public.

What’s the best way to prevent COVID-19?2020-03-17T05:49:32+11:00

It’s important to practise good hygiene to prevent the spread and contraction of infections. This includes:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water
  • Using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching

Read more about protective measures against coronavirus on the World Health Organization website.

If you have a confirmed case, you need to isolate yourself to prevent it spreading to other people.

How long does COVID-19 last on surfaces?2020-03-17T05:49:52+11:00

It is not certain how long the virus that causes COV-19 survives on surfaces, but studies suggest coronaviruses may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a common household disinfectant to kill the virus. Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

What do I do if I have symptoms of coronavirus?2020-03-17T05:50:13+11:00

If you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of coronavirus, seek medical attention. Book an appointment ahead of time and be sure to tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has coronavirus. It is advisable to wear a surgical mask to protect others.

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