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Welcome 2022 Students: Student Support

Covid Safe Teaching

COVID SAFE TEACHING

Update Jan 2022

The situation with COVID and the current outbreak caused by the Omicron variant is creating a fast moving and dynamic environment, and we  understand that many questions can emerge at this uncertain time. As new students at AFTRS we wanted to let you know that AFTRS has clear COVIDSafe plans and protocols that are continuously reviewed against the latest government advice.  

We are currently revising these plans in the light of current situation and its impact and will be sending an update on January 21st to tell you more about the COVIDSafe plans for the semester so that you are best prepared for the year ahead.

  • To ensure that we provide a safe learning environment and as a risk control measure, the School strongly recommends all students are vaccinated in accordance with Government health advice against COVID-19.  
  • Students are encouraged to get a booster as soon as they are eligible. It will become a requirement for entry and participation in broadcast and production activities.  Booking your appointment now is a good idea. You can book here:
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please advise the Student Centre as soon as practicable so that options can be reviewed and discussed.  

BOOSTER 

All incoming students are strongly recommended to be fully vaccinated before starting their studies on campus. Participation in hands on teaching and learning, as well as broadcast and production related activities requires all staff and students to be vaccinated.  

Students are encouraged to get a booster as soon as they are eligible. It will become a requirement for entry and participation in broadcast and production activities.  Booking your appointment now is a good idea. 

You can book here: https://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au/booking/ 

If you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please advise the Student Centre as soon as practicable so that options can be reviewed and discussed.  

STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU ARE VACCINATED

AFTRS is committed to providing safe working and learning environments for all members of our community.  The health and safety of all of our staff and students is a priority for the School.   

Content creation in the screen and broadcast industry necessarily inherently requires many of our staff and students to work in close physical proximity to each other.  There are, of course, risks associated with people working physically close to one another.  Additionally, there are risks associated with filming and recording in places away from campus when AFTRS does not own, manage or control building and workplace practices.    

To ensure that we provide a safe learning environment and as a risk control measure, the School strongly recommends all students are vaccinated in accordance with Government health advice against COVID-19.   

AFTRS may exclude unvaccinated students from designated high-risk activities (including hands on teaching and learning, as well as production related activities) subject to either Government health orders/guidelines or to comply with our commitment to provide a safe environment for all staff and students in light of the impact of COVID-19.   This will be discussed with students and defined in AFTRS policies and risk assessments.   

If you are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19, please advise the Student Centre as soon as practicable so that options can be reviewed and discussed.  

COVID SAFE PROTOCOLS

AFTRS is one of the leading screen and broadcast schools in the world, and we review the most appropriate measures required on a weekly basis to ensure all our learning activities are COVIDSafe; and will continue to do so throughout 2022.  

You can view the COVIDSafe protocols, which were developed by AFTRS and now used by the Screen and Broadcast industry as best practise. AFTRS will follow these protocols for all production activities in 2022. 

Reasonable Adjustments

ACCESSIBILITY

If you have indicated on your enrolment that you have a disability or medical condition which requires access support. a Student Engagement Manager will contact you.

It is essential that you register with us as soon as possible in order to receive additional help and support. Our aim is to ensure students requiring support realise their full academic potential. We are committed to the provision of reasonable adjustments, in consultation with you, within a reasonable time after notification of the need for adjustments.

Reasonable adjustments are measures taken to enable you to participate fully and equally in areas of the School’s operations on the same basis as a student without a disability. These include:

  • Admission and enrolment
  • Academic activities
  • Curriculum development, assessment and certification requirements
  • Physical access to buildings and facilities
  • Information access
  • A safe learning environment

 If you haven’t notified the Student Centre about your access needs, please complete the Student Access form located on the AFTRS website and send back to studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au.

A Student Engagement Manager will arrange a meeting with you and devise a Learning Access Plan if required which may include adjustments that support you in your course.

LEARNING ACCESS PLAN

AFTRS is committed to ensuring that all curriculum, classrooms, work areas, public areas, online environments such as Moodle and Library Search, and other tools and resources are accessible for any individual, including those with a disability or medical condition, that impacts an ability to study.

Students can disclose disability status to a Student Engagement Manager at any time.

  • Disclosures and requests may be made verbally in person or via the medical information received during enrolment.
  • Students with a disability or medical condition may identify themselves during the enrolment process and contact the Student Centre.
  • Students are not required to disclose their disability or medical condition unless they choose to.
  • There will be a certain level of disclosure needed when a student seeks reasonable adjustments, however, this information will only be to ensure suitable adjustments are offered and implemented.

Reasonable adjustments are recorded in an agreed Learning Access Plan (LAP).

Arriving at what is a reasonable adjustment for an individual student request involves consultation between Student Engagement Managers and the student.

  • Students can nominate a support person to assist them in the process of negotiating reasonable adjustments.
  • Approval for Reasonable Adjustments is approved by the Director of People and Culture.
  • Learning Access Plans are managed by the Student Engagement Managers, reviewed annually, and are in place for the duration of the student’s study at AFTRS. 

Travel Concession Card

TRAVEL CONCESSION CARD - OPAL NSW

All full-time students at AFTRS are eligible for a Concession Opal card to use for travel in the Opal network in NSW. 

You can apply for a concession card once you have been sent your AFTRS Student Number. 

AFTRS Students can use their AFTRS photo ID card, which you will get during O-Week, as proof of entitlement when travelling with a Concession Opal card in the Opal network.

How to Apply

In order to enable access to apply for a concession card, you will need to: 

  1. Complete this link to an editable pdf  Application for a Tertiary Student Concession form. The form gives consent for AFTRS to share your contact details with Transport for NSW.
  2. Your details must match your legal name details as provided on your application/enrolment.
  3. Return the form to Student Centre, either by email to Studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au or in person at the Student Centre.
  4. Wait for Student Centre to advise you of when you can apply for a Concession Opal card via the Opal website. Once you have applied it will take 7-9 days before you receive your card in the post.

You cannot apply for a concession card without submitting a completed form to the Student Centre. 

If you require any further information please go to the Opal website Concessions page.

TRANSPORT ENTITLEMENT CARD

You may also apply for Transport Concession Entitlement Card at the same time.

This is an official concession card issued by Transport for NSW used to prove concession entitlement when travelling with a Concession Opal card but also allows eligible students to prove their eligibility to travel on a concession fare outside the Opal network including:

  • Many rural and regional buses 
  • NSW TrainLink Regional services

What is the difference between Opal card and Transport Entitlement Card

Having an Opal card does not prove that you are entitle to concession for the fact that the Opal card is not personalised.  So a student could have picked up this card from the ground and start using it. 

Transport Officers when inspecting will check to see that the Concession Opal card is current and they will ask for the student to prove concession entitlement in the form of a Student ID (if your institution ID card has been approved) or the Transport Concession Entitlement card.

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LOST YOUR CARD? 

What you need to do is to apply for a replacement Opal concession card:

  • Logg into your Opal account via opal.com.au and apply for a replacement card. 
    • This is the account you set up when you first applied for your concession card
  • Once received your replacement card, you can transfer the balance from the lost card to the new card.

For more information visit Transport NSW Manage your Opal card pages

AFTRS Library

The Jerry Teoplitz Library 

AFTRS has a fantastic and extensive library with physical and online resources to support your studies.  

To help get you started the Library team have put together a guide to introduce you to the AFTRS Library and all of the services and benefits you will receive once you become a student.

Click Here to enter the AFTRS Library.

Student Accommodation

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

While AFTRS doesn’t provide dedicated student accommodation on campus, or residential colleges, we have provided information and advice on off-campus options in vibrant surrounding suburbs.

The Student Accommodation Guide has information on Rental & Shared Housing, Private Student Accommodation, Residential Colleges as well as short term accommodation and home share options. 

The iconic Bondi Beach is just 2kms to the east of AFTRS and the Sydney CBD a mere 2kms in the other direction where you’ll find Chinatown, Darling Harbour, the Rocks and Circular Quay. The inner city suburbs of Darlinghurst, Redfern, Paddington and Surry Hills are in close proximity to the AFTRS campus and the inner west suburbs of Newtown and Marrickville just beyond. The sprawling Centennial Parklands surround the Entertainment Quarter and the EQ itself is home to food markets and cinemas. A world-class city, Sydney is home to a multitude of festivals and events throughout the year.

Please contact the Student Centre if you would like anymore information on Accommodation in Sydney

Orientation 2022

There will be two Orientation Sessions in 2022 with activities scheduled throughout the week.  

Orientation is a key part of your course, so please put these dates in your diary to attend.

Course

O- Week

Semester Start Date

Graduate Diploma in Radio & Podcasting

Mon 21 Feb - Fri 25 Feb 2022       

Mon 28 Feb 2022                         

Bachelor of Arts Screen Production 

Mon 28 Feb - Fri 4 March 2022

Mon 7 March 2022

Master of Arts Screen

Mon 28 Feb - Fri 4 March 2022

Mon 7 March 2022

Master of Arts Screen: Business

Mon 28 Feb - Fri 4 March 2022

Mon 7 March 2022

 

A detailed schedule will be provided in February. 

If there are any changes in your enrolment status before Orientation, then please get in touch with the Student Centre: email studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au or call us directly on +61 2 9805 6444

Headspace for Students

HEADSPACE APP FREE FOR AFTRS STUDENTS

AFTRS have partnered with Headspace to offer all students free access.

From waking up to exercising, eating to sleeping, Headspace has 1,000+ hours of exercises to help you live your whole day mindfully — not just when you’re sitting to meditate

Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to help people stress less, focus more, and sleep soundly, and Headspace is your personal guide. With hundreds of guided exercises for meditation, sleep, focus, and movement, we’ll help you start and end your days feeling like your best self.

Here’s what you’ll find:
• Guided meditations for stress, focus, productivity, and more
• Sleepcasts and bedtime audio for restful nights
• The Wake Up: bite-sized videos for daily inspiration
• Focus: music and meditations designed to get you in the zone
• Move Mode: quick workouts and guided cardio for body and mind

Here is the invitation link to Join for Free. 

You can sign up once you have been sent your AFTRS Student Number and email at the end of Jan 2022. 

  1. Create a new account
  2. Enter your studentnumber@student.aftrs.edu.au email address
  3. Create a password for your Headspace account  (do not use your AFTRS student password)
  4. Enter your email again to verify your access 
  5. You will be sent an email from Headspace to confirm

If you run into any issues signing up, please let the Student Centre know

DOWNLOAD THE HEADSPACE APP ON YOUR PHONE 

 

 

Need some extra guidance?

Watch this Launch webinar to learn all about the Headspace approach to meditation and mindfulness, and tips for using the app.

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Use password: helloheadspace