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«Gurkhas Institute of Technology Pty. Ltd., trading as RGIT Australia. National Provider No. 22088 ABN 68 127 999 CRICOS Code 03002G. Student Handbook ...»

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Visit RGIT’s website www.rgit.edu.au for full details of Fee Payment and Refund Policy.

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Relevant Legislation A range of legislation is applicable to all students of RGIT Australia. It is the responsibility of all RGIT staff to ensure that the requirements of relevant legislation for RGIT students are met. Students should refer to the websites indicated, or contact the Institute if they require further information. There maybe additional, course-specific legislation that is also relevant. Information about this legislation will be provided during the classes.

Occupational Health & Safety:


Equal Opportunity& Discrimination:


Education and Training Reform Act:

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/eatra2006273/ Registered Training Institute (RTO) matters: http://www.asqa.gov.au/ Personal Property and Security Students are responsible for safeguarding their own personal property. RGIT accepts no liability for lost or stolen student property.

If you have any concerns at all about your personal safety while on campus, please discuss this immediately with your trainer or Student Administration on Level 3.

Mobile Phone Usage Students are not permitted to use mobile phones in the classrooms.

Dress Code RGIT requests that students dress in an appropriate and respectful manner for a business college, which excludes very short skirts, singlets and thongs. Trainers have the right to refuse students permission to attend class if their clothing is deemed to be inappropriate.

Smoking Smoking is strictly forbidden inside the building (including stairwells and toilets) and outside the front entrance.

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Emergency Procedures Please take time to familiarise yourself with the Emergency Evacuation diagrams and location notification of First Aid kits, which are visible on each floor inside the elevators.

In the event of an emergency, such as a fire or bomb threat, you must be able to act swiftly and promptly. Emergency exit is via the building’s stairwell.

If you are required to leave the building, the Primary Assembly Area (place to meet) is on the corner of Davey Street and Harrington Street, and the Secondary Assembly Area is the park, in front of the Davey street Traffic lights.

International Students Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) The Australian Government wants overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding period of study. Australian laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework and they include the ESOS Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007(National Code 2007). RGIT Australia is governed by the ESOS framework and is committed to fulfilling its obligations under the ESOS Act and the National Code.

For a full description of the ESOS Framework, please refer to our website:

www.rgit.edu.au/esos-framework/ Relevant Legislation A range of legislation is applicable to international students of RGIT Australia.

Information on relevant legislation can be found at the following websites.

ESOS Framework:https://aei.gov.au/regulatory information/pages/regulatoryinformation.aspx

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP):

• http://www.immi.gov.au/students/ RTO & CRICOS matters: http://www.asqa.gov.au/ • It is the responsibility of all RGIT staff to ensure that the requirements of relevant legislation for international students are met. Students should refer to the websites indicated, or contact the Institute if they require further information. There maybe additional, course-specific legislation that is also relevant. Information about this legislation will be provided during the orientation session.

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City Doctors and Travel (03) 62313003 www.citydoctors.com.au Clinic Collins Street General (03) 62233355 www.grosvenorstgp.com.au Practice

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Counselling Services National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence 1800 737 732 www.dpac.tas.gov.au Counselling Line

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Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450 Study in Australia: Everything you need to know about studying in Australia.

http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/ Youth Central: Information and advice on jobs, study, travel and events in Tasmania.

https://www.movetotasmania.com.au Telephone directory: The Yellow Pages lists business and residential telephone numbers around Melbourne and Australia. www.yellowpages.com.au Places of Worship The following websites will help you find the closest place of worship to your home.

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Change of Institution or Course The National Code 2007 restricts the capacity of international students to transfer to other providers prior to completing six months of their principal course. RGIT Australia will therefore not allow students to transfer to another provider within six months of the commencement of their principal course of study, except in circumstances where the transfer would not be detrimental to the study plan as detailed in their application.

Students wishing to apply for a Letter of Release will need to complete the Application for Letter of Release, which is available from Student Administration. There is no cost attached to applying for a Letter of Release, however students will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to seek advice on whether a new visa is required.

All applications will be assessed on the basis of the Institute’s Conditions of Enrolment policy and the Fee Payment and Refund policy, the study plan and declaration submitted by the student in their application. Documented evidence supporting circumstances/reasons for seeking a Letter of Release must be included with this application.

If you wish to change your course within RGIT after having received your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) notice, you must pay a CoE Administration Fee of $50.

Deferred or Suspended Studies (Includes leave of absence for any length greater than 5 days.) Students may initiate a request to defer commencement of studies, or suspend their studies, on the grounds of compassionate or compelling circumstances. In urgency RGIT approves leave for maximum 2 weeks during the term under compassionate grounds only. The request must be made in writing to the Institute.

Reasons for suspending your enrolment are limited to extenuating circumstances:

• Personal illness (for example, you are going to the hospital)

• Bereavement (death of an immediate family member)

• Serious illness of an immediate family member

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If you know that you will not be attending classes during the study period, you should contact the Institute and arrange an appointment to discuss your circumstances.

Subsequent to your meeting, and after providing documented evidence supporting your circumstances/reasons for seeking suspension or cancellation of enrolment, you will be required to complete and submit an Application for Suspension or Cancellation of Enrolment form.

RGIT-Initiated Suspension The Institute may decide to suspend or cancel a student’s enrolment on its own accord in response to misbehaviour by a student. Deferral of commencement, suspension of enrolment and cancellation of enrolment has to be reported to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by the Institute and this may affect the status of a student visa.

Refund Policy If a student visa is refused: Where a prospective student is refused an initial student visa by the Australian Government, a full refund of course fees, excluding the administration fee, will be made. In order to receive the refund, students will have to provide to the Institute with authenticated evidence of the visa refusal.

If RGIT defaults on course delivery: International students are covered by the Tuition Protection Service, which is a national placement and refund service for all registered Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers. In the unlikely event that RGIT is unable to deliver a course, students can opt to receive either a refund, or accept a placement in an alternative course at no extra cost.

See RGIT’s Fees Payment and Refund Policy at www.rgit.edu.au for full details.

Study Methods & Difficulties In Australia, much emphasis is placed upon private (individual) study along the lines of assignments, on research and learning to analyse data, on presenting arguments about subject matter and being willing to defend one’s argument. All these involve heavy use of research resources, intensive note-taking in lectures and active participation in the learning process (as opposed to passive listening and role learning).

To be a successful student in Australia, you need to adapt to these methods of learning, but trainers at RGIT are very willing to offer assistance to develop effective study skills. Many of our lecturers have substantial experience teaching overseas students. They understand the difficulties in getting used to different study methods and will be patient in helping students to develop new skills.

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If you are having difficulty, please, do not suffer in silence. Ask for assistance.

Working in Australia Australian Immigration laws allow students to work for a limited number of hours while studying on a student visa in Australia. Students can currently work 20 hours per week during the Institute study time, and may work full-time during term breaks. However, work is not always easy to find and under no circumstances should students rely on income earned in Australia to pay tuition fees. Students are not permitted to work if it interferes with their study.

Use of Personal Information Information is collected during your enrolment in order to meet the Institute’s obligations under the ESOS Act 2000 and the National Code 2007 and to ensure student comply with the conditions of their visas and their obligations under Australian immigration laws. The authority to collect this information is contained in the ESOS Act 2000, the ESOS Regulations 2001 and the National Code 2007.

Information collected about students during the enrolment can be provided, in certain circumstances, to the Australian Government and designated authorities and, if relevant, to the Tuition Protection Service. In other instances, information collected during enrolment can be disclosed without the student’s consent where it is authorised or required by law.

It is a requirement of the VET Quality Framework that students can access personal information held by the Institute and may request corrections to information that is incorrect or out of date. Students should apply in writing to the Student Administration Manager if they wish to view their own records.

Student Visa Obligations ELICOS Attendance International students enrolled in English (ELICOS) courses must meet the attendance requirement. If the ELICOS student’s attendance falls below 90% over the term period, RGIT Australia is required to provide counselling and implement an intervention strategy. If poor attendance persists, RGIT is required to notify the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

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consecutive study periods in the same course, are then sent a Notification of Intention to Report the student to DIBP, which results in cancellation of the student’s COE.

For further details please refer to the RGIT website.

Reassessment administration fees You will need to pay a reassessment administration fee if you have attended less than 50% of scheduled classes for a unit or you do not complete assessments within the term in which they were offered.

Reassessment fees are $20 per theoretical assessment and $100 per practical assessment (Hospitality courses only). You must repeat unit if you miss an entire unit throughout the term. Repeat Unit fee is $300 per unit.

To avoid reassessment administration fees, we advise that you come to class regularly and submit all assessments on time.

Change of Address upon arriving in Australia, students are required to advise the Institute of their residential address and telephone number, and of any subsequent changes to those details. This is extremely important as the Institute is obliged to contact students at their last known address; as the Institute may send warning notices to help you prevent any breaches of your visa conditions.

Students are required to update their contact details at least every six months. It is your responsibility and in your own interests to ensure that your contact and address details are always up-to-date at the Institute and to ensure you receive important information about your course. Additional information on student visa issues is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection web site at www.immi.gov.au.

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Living in Hobart

1. Hobart Hobart is the capital city of the State of Tasmania, an island state situated off the Southern Coast of Australia. One of the oldest cities in Australia, it is nestled beneath Mount Wellington with the Derwent River flowing through it. It is a beautiful city renowned for its heritage buildings, rich maritime history, beautiful parks, fine restaurants, the Salamanca Market, vibrant arts scene and its festivals.

Greater Hobart has a population of approximately 212,000 with around 13 percent born overseas.

2. Climate The Hobart climate overall is a temperate maritime climate. This means that the summers are not too hot and winters are not too cold.

It experiences 4 distinct seasons-summer, winter, spring and autumn.

Daily average temperatures given below:

• Summer: December-February (10-23°C)

• Autumn: March-May (4-20°C)

• Winter: June-August (3-12°C)

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