Announcement | January 2021
EQUALS is pleased to commence the new year, welcoming students and educators back to campus from commencement of the study period in January 2021. For the assurance of our EQUALS community, while we welcome the return of full campus operations, the staff and management remain vigilant and ready to adapt to the changing circumstances of our wider community, including a return to syncronous and asyncronous learning and teaching delivery in the event of a new lockdown event.
For the safety of our community, we are maintaining hand hygiene stations across campus buildings together with reminder signage and as well as access to a number of trained COVID Safety Representatives across campus buildings. Our Healing Frequency Clinic operates with a COVID Safety Plan and is supervised by our COVID Marshall. Clinic hours will vary and bookings are open via our Facebook page.
For new and prospective students and education agents, please contact our Admissions team for information about upcoming intakes. Existing students are welcome to visit us in person or via the Student Services Support Ticket system.
We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
Important announcement | 18 November 2020
The EQUALS campus is currently closed in response to the COVID-19 lockdown in South Australia.
We are still here for you and working remotely. Our team can be accessed via the Student Services Support Ticket system and via live chat from our website. Education services will continue remotely.
Please remember to check your EQUALS student email for updated notifications.
The campus will re-open on Monday the 23rd of November.
Important information as at 5 November 2020
We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, and our response is informed by the latest advice from Australian health and foreign affairs authorities. The EQUALS community are here to support you at this time and we are working hard to ensure that your health, wellbeing and study is at the centre of our hearts and minds.
- Students who reside in South Australia but have been studying in Victoria are now able to re-enter SA. More information is available from the South Australian Government.
- Travellers entering South Australia directly from the ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania are no longer required to quarantine for 14 days, providing they have not been in Victoria in the last 14 days. A pre-approval process is now in place for all travellers wishing to enter South Australia. Read the latest on travel restrictions into and within SA .
- The State Government’s new $13.8 million support package is designed to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship. Learn more International Student Support Package and how to apply.
- The Australian Government’s travel restrictions mean that only Australian citizens, permanent residents and their dependents are currently allowed to enter Australia. All people arriving back in Australia are subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at their first place of arrival.
- Quarantine requirements remain in place for individuals who have COVID-19 or who are suspected to have COVID-19. Please follow SA Health advice.
- If you are affected by the quarantine requirements or travel restrictions, please call EQUALS on 8110 1200 as soon as possible so we can assist you.
- Student Support Packages are still available for eligible students. Eligible students can make a Wellbeing Request here.
What is Coronavirus
The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is changing rapidly. To understand more about the virus as well as how you can help prevent others becoming infected, the Australian Government has created a Coronavirus Health Alert page. This page is updated regularly and provides up to date factual information. Access the Coronavirus Health Alert page here.
The Australian Government has created an online Symptom Checker if you are concerned that you may have symptoms consistent with Coronavirus. Click here to answer questions about your symptoms and see if you need to seek medical help or get tested.
South Australia Government Information
For essential information on COVID-19, visit the dedicated South Australian government webpage here.
Australian Government Information
Make sure you have the facts. Australian health and safety information on COVID-19.
Suspension of Face-To-Face Learning – effective 17 November 2020
Dear EQUALS Student Community,
We are writing to you with an important announcement regarding EQUALS’ response to the unfolding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. At this time we are considering decisions that will help ensure continuity of your learning, while also continuing to operate for our broader staff, educator and stakeholder community.
EQUALS has taken the decision to suspend all face-to-face learning at EQUALS effective from 17 November 2020 until further notice. This will mean that our campuses located at 54 and 81 Currie St will be closed to classes, with Student Services and Reception remaining open. Most of our staff will continue working from those buildings during this time and students will be able to contact them via email or telephone. This decision will be reviewed again on Friday 20 November 2020.
It is important to note you are required to continue with their learning and assessment obligations unless you are on leave or deferral, and that we will continue to monitor course progress.
Why have we made this decision?
EQUALS has made the decision to pause face to face teaching for a number of reasons. Importantly, we are taking this action in support of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 and to protect you and our wider student, staff and educator community.
Accessing learning and assessment content
You are expected to be online during your usual timetabled hours. Attendance will be recorded as per usual.
Physical simulations/practical assessments will be suspended until further notice. We will be closely monitoring the pandemic and will provide further information on this as circumstances evolve.
How do I access support?
Please Student Services via Support Ticket or phone support on 8210 8400.
What about placement?
If you are currently on placement, you are able to continue placement unless advised it has been cancelled. If a host facility advises your placement has been cancelled, please advise the Professional Experience team via a Student Services Support Ticket.
If you are scheduled to commence placement – we will be endeavouring to continue sourcing and placing students on placement as per industry availability and in consideration of the government’s efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Importantly, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at any of our buildings and our campus remains a safe environment. Please note that EQUALS is taking proactive steps to suspend classes and will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated of any further changes.
As the COVID-19 situation develops, EQUALS will continue to monitor updates from Australian health authorities and respond by ensuring our institute operates in a safe and responsible way.