STUDENT SAFETY

Melbourne Institute of Vocational Studies(MIVS) places the high priority on student security and safety and therefore planned its utmost to enhance its support services for our students in order that they achieve better-living experiences while studying in Australia. Our goal is to provide an environment which ensures that student welfare is not compromised in any way, and also assist in circumstances which are not within the classroom or outside the premises of MIVS' campuses.

Management staff is located at MIVS's main campus and are always to monitor and ensure that student security and safety measures are enforced.

Our staff conducts visits and checks at our main campus and other training facilities on a regular basis.

WHEN ATTENDING THE INSTITUTE

  • The campus entrance will be staffed at all times during day and evening time classes and all entrants asked for identification
  • Students will be asked to display their student card at all times when entering the campus
Please contact the nearest member of staff if you:
  • feel threatened or unsafe at any time on or off campus
  • have concerns about someone else's behaviour
  • are worried about someone harming themselves or someone else
  • receive unwanted attention or communications
  • Please do not approach another person who is concerning you with their behaviour. Contact the nearest member of staff.

ATTENDING EVENING OR WEEKEND CLASSES

  • When traveling to the College be vigilant when traveling from public transport to the College
  • When leaving the College at night or during the weekend, be vigilant when traveling to the public transport services
  • Park your car in a well-lit busy area and close to the building. Don't leave valuables visible in your car. Lock all doors and close all windows on leaving your car. Consider installing an immobiliser.
  • Look outside before you exit the building. Check your car - if you notice anyone hanging around, contact a member of staff or the police (call: 000)
  • Carry your keys in your hand for quick access to your vehicle.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Look around! If things don't look right, go back inside the building and contact a member of staff or call the police.
  • Always make sure there is someone else in the building that you know (staff, students, building attendant).
  • Walk confidently with a purpose, and at a steady pace.
  • Know the telephone numbers of the Institute and the Police.
  • If taking public transport, know your timetable, to avoid long periods of waiting, especially if you are alone.
  • A mobile telephone may help you feel more secure.
  • Create a buddy system for walking to parking lots or public transportation.

IF YOU ARE GOING OUT AT NIGHT REMEMBER

  • Think ahead - consider how you are going to get home - what about pre-booking a taxi or arranging transport with a friend or family member?
  • Never hitch-hike.
  • Make sure that you stay with your party and that someone knows where you are at all times.
  • Make sure you have enough money to get home or to phone.
  • Keep away from trouble - if you see any trouble or suspect that it might be about to start - move away from the scene if you can. The best thing you can do is to alert the police and keep away.
  • Walk purposely and try to appear confident. Be wary of casual requests from strangers, like someone asking for a cigarette or change - they could have ulterior motives.
  • Try not to carry your wallet in your back trouser pocket where it is vulnerable and in clear view.
  • If you are socializing in a public place never leave your drink unattended. Read about Drink Spiking under ‘Alcohol, Smoking and Drugs’.

For further information on public safety and advice on how to make your studying at MIVS as enjoyable and safe as possible please refer to Victorian Police Community safety website: http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?a=internetBridgingPage&Media_ID=57109 .

In an emergency you can contact the Police, Fire Brigade, and Ambulance by dialing 000. The operator will ask for your name and address and other details of the emergency situation. This call is free of charge but should be used only in an emergency.

If you feel unsafe or threatened at any time, have anything stolen, or are assaulted, you can contact the Police for help and to report the incident.

If you require non-urgent advice or information or need to report a non-urgent matter, like lost property, you should attend or call the local Police Station. Contact details for your local Police Station can be found at http://www.police.vic.gov.au

USEFUL CONTACTS

Australian Health Management 24-hour Emergency Helpline – Call 1800 006 745 Toll free any time any day.

The Emergency Service Helpline is accessible 24 hours, 7 days a week and gives you:

Victims of Crime Helpline1800 819 817 817 (free call).

Whatever the incident, being a victim of crime can be a frightening experience with many short and long term consequences. If you are a victim of a crime and would like to speak to someone, please call 1800 819 817 (free call).