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GOTAFE Student Handbook

Getting Started

Welcome to the GOTAFE community! An exciting experience awaits you and we’re delighted that you have chosen to learn, dream, and succeed with us.

Whether you are fresh out of school, returning to study after a break, or want a formal qualification to support your career aspirations, GOTAFE is here to help you achieve your goals.

Getting Started
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Welcome to GOTAFE

Our values

First steps

  • Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • Student account access
  • Email and Office 365
  • Orientation
  • Opening Hours for all campuses
  • Contact Us

Your first week at GOTAFE

  • Student Identification Cards
  • WiFi
  • Parking and Private Property
  • Mobile Phones
  • Keeping your details up to date
  • Photocopying and Printing
  • Lost and Found Items

Staying connected

  • GoLearn
  • Student Lounge
  • Student Forms and Policies

Student Life

As a new or continuing student, why not use this opportunity to get involved with Student Life – it’s a great way to meet new people and make friends. At GOTAFE, we strongly encourage you to become involved in having your say in how we can make your experience the best it can be.

Student Life
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Diversity and Inclusion at GOTAFE

We want your feedback

Getting involved

  • Student Representative Council (SRC)
  • Student Class Representative
  • Student Social Justice Champions
  • Student Ambassadors

Student facilities

  • Lunchrooms
  • Food and drinks
  • Mobility access
  • Toilets
  • Lockers
  • Parents’ facilities
  • Public transport

Student safety

  • Emergency Procedures

Awards and recognition

  • Awards and Certificates
  • Graduation Ceremonies
  • Worldskills
  • Victorian Training Awards
  • Australian Training Awards

Supporting Your Study

Undertaking further study is a big commitment, and we know that life doesn’t stop just because you’ve started studying. GOTAFE offers a range of support services to help you balance study with a busy schedule and make sure that, no matter what else is happening in your life, you have all the resources required to stay engaged with your studies.

Supporting Your Study
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Online learning tools

  • goLearn

Library & knowledge hub

Learning support unit

  • Special Consideration
  • Reasonable Adjustment
  • Read and Write Gold
  • Studiosity

Skills and Jobs Centres

Student wellbeing

  • Student Wellbeing Team
  • Apprenticeship Support

Student support

  • Disability Services
  • Equitable Learning Support
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students
  • Multicultural support

Other support services

Important Things to Know

This section details all the important information that you need to be aware of. Please read this carefully and familiarise yourself with it.

Important Things to Know
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  • Reasonable Adjustment
  • Extension of Time
  • Assessment Attempts
  • Resubmissions
  • Plagiarism (Copying)
  • Skills Recognition


  • Payment of Fees
  • Refunds
  • Debts to GOTAFE
  • Financial Hardship
  • Scholarships
  • VET Fee Help/VET Student Loans

Student Safety and Security

  • Child Safety
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • First Aid
  • Ambulance
  • Injuries and Illness

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Student Engagement Charter
  • Respect and Consideration
  • Fairness and Equitability
  • Bullying or harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Safety and Health
  • Duty of Care for Minors
  • Social Media Policy
  • Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Protected Disclosure (Whistleblowing)
  • Recording of Lectures/Classes
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Weapons
  • Student Dress Standards
  • Statement of Adherence