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Student Life

Diversity and inclusion at GOTAFE

GOTAFE is committed to diversity and inclusion through the GOTAFE Social Justice Charter. The Charter speaks to GOTAFE’s commitment to respect, equity, participation, diversity and empowerment for all regardless of their Aboriginality, culture, disability, LGBTQI+ identity, age or background.

Through the Charter, GOTAFE is committed to delivering actions which will make GOTAFE a more inclusive training provider. These actions fall into five categories: policy, infrastructure, education, learning and teaching as well as celebration and awareness.

The Charter was formed from a reflection of over 500 student and staff voices and GOTAFE is committed to continued engagement with our diverse communities as we deliver on these actions.

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Our commitment to Social Justice involves the planning for infrastructure including parent rooms, prayer spaces and quiet rooms as well as training our staff in multiple aspects of inclusion, ensuring our events, including celebrations of days of significance are accessible and inclusive for all people. We also aim to be a significant part of the community by supporting and sponsoring local events celebrating diversity and inclusion.

We want your feedback

You have a right to feel safe, to be yourself and to be celebrated for your unique contributions to our community. We want to make sure that your time at GOTAFE is as welcoming and inclusive as possible. We want to hear from you if you have any ideas, or if you have experienced discrimination that has made you feel unsafe to be yourself. Your feedback will help us become an even more inclusive training provider.

Getting involved

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.

There are several ways in which you can get involved:

  • The Student Representative Council
  • Student Class Representatives
  • Student Social Justice Champions
  • Student Ambassadors
  • Student Peer Mentors

Student Representative Council (SRC)

The SRC plays a special role at GOTAFE, bringing together student representatives to ensure that the student voice is heard, and the student experience is the best it can be. We want to ensure that the diversity of the student population across our campuses is represented to share information and views, to work collaboratively in decision making and putting forward recommendations that affect the student body at GOTAFE.

The SRC receive a payment annually for the time spent to meet each month to discuss any issues that the student body may have, and to account for the additional support the President and Vice President may be required to make.

If you would like to nominate someone, or yourself, then please complete the Student Representative application form and email us your completed form.

The following positions make up the SRC:

  • SRC President
  • SRC Vice President
  • Aboriginal Student Representative
  • Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Student Representative
  • Benalla Campus Representative
  • Seymour Campus Representative
  • Wallan Campus Representative
  • Shepparton Campus Representative
  • Wangaratta Campus Representative
  • Online Campus Representative
  • The Director Student Success (GOTAFE Senior Leadership Representative)
  • The Chief Executive (or Executive Leader Delegate)(GOTAFE Senior Leadership Representative)

Student Social Justice Champions

Social Justice Champions are students who work with GOTAFE on a casual basis to ensure student voices are included in our work toward creating a more welcoming and safer environment for everyone. Social Justice Champions are an integral part of the development of the Social Justice Charter and will be important in the implementation of the Charter's vision going forward. This could involve promoting events and ensuring that diversity is represented at GOTAFE. It is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills and become a leader at GOTAFE. If you are interested in a casual employment opportunity with GOTAFE and wish to become a Social Justice Champion, please contact us.

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Student Ambassadors

GOTAFE Student Ambassadors play an important role in supporting GOTAFE’s student and community engagement. Student Ambassadors represent GOTAFE at a range of events and forums, including orientation, open days, expos and community events.

Student Ambassadors are employed by GOTAFE on a casual basis to represent GOTAFE at various recruitment initiatives and events. To lodge your interest in being a Student Ambassador, please email us.

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Student facilities

Our range of student facilities is designed to help you make the most out of your time at GOTAFE.

Overview of facilities

Lunchrooms

There are various lunchrooms located at each campus for study or relaxation. Each lunchroom has microwaves, hot water, and drinking water for student use. There are a limited number of tables and chairs.

These lunchrooms are not serviced, and all students are required to clean up after themselves. It is also important that strict hygiene measures are implemented.

It is a requirement of use that strict physical distancing and hygiene measures are in place. To ensure you know what these are, please follow the recommendations made at the Updates on Covid-19 page on the GOTAFE website.

Food and drinks

You can purchase snacks and drinks at all GOTAFE campuses through either a vending machine on every campus, campus café or nearby shops and cafes.

Mobility access

On campuses that have multiple levels, elevators are available for students who are unable to use the stairs to access all GOTAFE facilities. Please ask a staff member if you are unable to locate an elevator or require support.

At GOTAFE we strive to ensure all students have access to their learning and social spaces. If you feel that your ability to access any of these spaces is compromised, please let us know by talking to your SRC or Class Rep or sending us feedback

Toilets

There are female, male, and gender-neutral toilet facilities are available. There are also designated accessible toilets available which are also assigned as gender neutral.

Lockers

A limited number of lockers are available at each campus and are provided as a storage area only. We strongly recommend that you do not leave valuables or money in the lockers and all items stored are the responsibility of the owner. Students are required to provide their own padlock.

Parents’ facilities

Being a new parent is tough work at the best of times, but even more so when you are studying. Babies follow their own schedule, and parents need access to the right facilities throughout the day, wherever they are.

If you would like access to a parent’s room, please speak to our reception staff.

Public transport

Trains and buses are available to and from all GOTAFE campus locations. Some forms of public transport allow for student fee concessions so always keep your Student ID card with you. Plan your journey to GOTAFE.

Student safety

Your safety is of utmost concern to GOTAFE and we endeavour to ensure your health and safety is always at the centre of what we do.

As a result of COVID-19, GOTAFE have implemented a strict physical distancing policy while in class or anywhere else on campus. There are hand sanitiser stations across all campuses and we encourage all students to maintain good hygiene practices.

In case of emergency, phone 000.

Emergency procedures

GOTAFE has emergency evacuation procedures which explain what to do if there is a fire or other emergency requiring the evacuation of a building. Each campus has identified Emergency Wardens who will implement GOTAFE emergency procedures if this is required.

If you hear a continuous alarm bell or siren, or GOTAFE Emergency Wardens directing the evacuation of a building, you must assemble and follow the instructions of Emergency Wardens.

Refer to the Emergency evacuation procedure

During an emergency, please remember to:

  • Assist any person in immediate danger if safe to do so.
  • Raise the alarm if the emergency situation is in your immediate area - notify institute staff and Emergency Services if required.
  • Evacuate to the assembly area displayed on maps in institute buildings, using the closest emergency exit.
  • Remain at the assembly area until further advice and stay near to your class group so that your trainer knows you are accounted for.
  • Keep clear of the building to permit access by Emergency Services if required.
  • Do not use elevators or lifts.
  • Do not re-enter the building until advised it is safe to do so by a GOTAFE Emergency Warden or Emergency Services.
  • Participate in scheduled evacuation exercises if required.

Awards and recognition

We’re proud of our students, and we’re excited to show the world what they can do. GOTAFE participates in several competitions, ceremonies and awards every year, so you can show off your skills and be recognised for your outstanding achievements.

Awards and certificates

Upon completion of your study, your Course Coordinator will apply for your award which will be sent to you directly in the mail. For details please talk to your trainer.

Graduation ceremonies

You’ve worked hard for your qualification, and hard work deserves recognition. We hold graduation ceremonies every year to recognise graduating students and outstanding achievements.

Ceremonies are usually held in February/March at the Benalla, Wangaratta, Shepparton, and Seymour campuses. If you’re graduating this year, you’ll be contacted about attending a graduation ceremony. For more information, contact us.

Worldskills

The WorldSkills competition celebrates the achievements and importance of skilled workers around the world.

Students from vocational, technical, and service-oriented careers compete in an international competition to show off their skill set. Over the years, many GOTAFE students have advanced to the WorldSkills National competition.

If you are interested in applying for an awards program or competing in the next WorldSkills competition, contact us to find out how you can get involved.

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Victorian Training Awards

The Victorian Training Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education and Training (VET) students, teachers, training providers and employers. The awards are run by the Department of Education and Training. In 2020, GOTAFE won the Inclusive Training Provider of the year award. We are immensely proud of this achievement.

Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards recognise individuals, businesses, and registered training organisations for their contribution to up-skilling Australia.

The winners from each state and territory’s Training Awards are eligible to compete at the national level. There are also seven award categories that can be entered directly. The Awards are held annually in November.