RGIT Australia conducted a Student Welfare Session for ELICOS and VET students on Thursday, 19 September 2019.
The session, facilitated by members of RGIT Australia’s Student Welfare Committee, was aimed at providing students with information on the Institute's student support services at its Melbourne and Hobart Campuses.
Both VET and ELICOS international students attended the session, some of whom had arrived in Australia only weeks prior. The session was conducted in addition to student orientation sessions, and was aimed at finding out how students have been settling in to their studies and life in Australia. Communications Team Lead, Zeb Pinder, opened the session providing information on student support and welfare services. Zeb emphasised the need for students to be proactive in looking after their mental health, and encouraged all students to reaching out to staff should they or a fellow student require additional support. Zeb also spoke about the importance of work, study and life balance, and students' rights as employees working in Australia. He discussed how the student services team can assist students to find work, especially in Melbourne's hospitality industry. He spoke about RGIT Australia's Short Courses, and how they can be beneficial for students in finding casual or part-time work while studying.
Training Manager and Hospitality Coordinator, Ayush Gupta, provided information students' responsibilities. Ayush re-capped topics discussed at orientation, including course progression, the complaints and appeals, suspension and leave processes, and highlighted the importance of attending classes.
RGIT Australia CEO, Chandra Yonzon, addressed students and reiterated the importance of making the most of the wealth of opportunities studying in Australia can provide.
Student Services Officer and Support Officer, Zing Biak Thluai, played an integral role in facilitating discussion and engagement, assisting in translating for ELICOS students, who made the bulk of students in attendance.
Joined by Operations Manager, Sanushka Rajbhandary, and Student Services Coordinator, Sushil Adhikari, the team conducted an information question and answers session before light refreshments. The session encouraged student feedback, with staff discussing student concerns and encouraging participation in extracurricular activities.
For more information on RGIT Australia’s Student Welfare Committee and support services, visit www.rgit.edu.au/student-welfare.
If you or a student require assistance, book an appointment with RGIT Australia's Student Welfare Committee at Level 2 Reception, Main Campus (28-32 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne VIC 3000), call (+61) 3 8639 9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.