COVID-19 ADVICE

ADVICE FOR STUDENTS, STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY REGARDING AIM AND COVID-19 

In line with other higher education institutions in Australia, the Australian Institute of Music is committed to containing the further transmission of COVID-19 and protecting the wellbeing of our students. 

It is critical that members of the AIM community remain as safe as possible, while  ensuring minimal disruption to teaching and learning activities.  

Students can login to see AIM’s COVID health and safety protocols here

AIM Sydney COVID Safe Plan

AIM Melbourne COVID Safe Plan

AIM Melbourne COVID Event Plan

 

STAY UPDATED 

It is important that all AIM students monitor their AIM student emails regularly for important updates and adjustments. 

At this stage, there are no reported cases of COVID-19 from any AIM staff or student at either of our Melbourne and Sydney campuses.  

 

SYDNEY CAMPUS UPDATE

All classes for Sydney students will continue to be delivered online as long as the city remains in lockdown. If you have any questions about the delivery of your class, please reach out to your teacher directly. 

The advice from the Chief Health Officer is to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary. Sydney campus will be open between the hours of 8am and 5pm only for staff and students who need to access the facilities to complete any study or work that cannot be done at home. If you do need to attend campus, you are reminded to check-in on arrival, to wear your face mask whenever you are moving about campus and to adhere to social distancing rules.

 

MELBOURNE CAMPUS UPDATE

On Tuesday 20 July, the Victorian government announced an extension to the current lockdown of 7 more days. Melbourne campus will remain closed and all classes that take place during this time will be delivered online. At this stage, campus will reopen for classes on Wednesday 28 July. If there is another extension to this lockdown, we will contact Melbourne staff and students following an official announcement. 
Keep an eye on the public exposure sites to check if your area is at risk, and remember to get tested if you exhibit flu-like symptoms.

 

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THERE IS AN OUTBREAK AT AIM? 

Students and staff will be contacted immediately with appropriate advice via email, SMS, social media and via the AIM website. 

AIM is committed to supporting all staff and students in the event that there is a Coronavirus outbreak that affects our ability to deliver learning and teaching.  

All students and staff have been informed that they should stay home if they feel unwell or feel uncomfortable attending campus. AIM has implemented several online adjustments to learning and teaching which means we are able to accommodate our AIM community in this situation. 

 

IS AIM STILL ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS TO STUDY IN  2021? 

Yes!  AIM is pleased to announce that students are able to commence or continue their studies online. 

For information regarding how to apply,  Enquire Now.  

 

CAN I STILL VISIT AIM? 

At this stage, we are offering scheduled campus tours in Sydney by appointment and with strict attendance numbers in place.  To schedule a time to check out our campus, email us enquiries@aim.edu.au . 

 

 

HOW WILL THE UNITS RUN?  

All units at the Australian Institute of Music are running in either online mode online or blended delivery mode.  Importantly, all units can be undertaken online with no reduction in teaching and learning quality.   

 

WHAT ABOUT PERFORMANCE STYLED UNITS SUCH AS MAJOR STUDY AND ENSEMBLE? WILL THEY BE ONLINE?  

Local and International students will be able to undertake these units via our Microsoft based online platform ‘Teams’ and will still have regular lessons and even ensembles. We are successfully running these units online right now and we are achieving some great results.  

 

I WANT TO WAIT UNTIL I CAN HAVE FACE TO FACE LESSONS FOR PRACTICAL UNITS! IS THIS AN OPTION?  

Yes it is. We understand if you would rather wait for practical classes. You can commence studying now by doing the theory and scholarship units online only, and take up the practical units when you can travel to Australia.   

 

I HEAR THAT SOME COUNTRIES ARE DISCOURAGING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM RETURNING. IS THIS THE CASE IN AUSTRALIA?  

No, every part of the Australian tertiary education industry, from government level down to individual institutional level is committed to welcoming back our international students as soon as possible. The government is trialling the safe return of international students right now on a small scale and if successful we hope it will be extended to institutions such as ours quickly. We miss our international students and are excited about the prospect of their return as soon as possible.  

 

IF I START ONLINE WILL IT CHANGE MY ABILITY TO APPLY FOR A POST STUDY VISA TO REMAIN IN AUSTRALIA?  

The Australian Government is considering granting post study work visas to students who commence their studies in their home countries. This is not yet confirmed but is being actively considered.  

 

WILL AUSTRALIA BE SAFE ONCE THE RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED?  

Yes. Australia is overwhelmingly a safe destination and the Australian Institute of Music is proud of its status as a supportive and inclusive learning environment. Like any country, Australia has its share of anti-social individuals, but these incidents are extremely rare and strongly condemned at every level of society. You will be warmly welcomed once you arrive here!   

WHAT ABOUT COVID-19?  

In relation to COVID-19, Australia has a very low infection rate and we are mostly successfully containing it. Australia is doing as well as the very best countries in the world. We continue to actively monitor the virus and take vigorous steps to prevent its spread.  Still have questions? Email us at enquiries@aim.edu.au