SAE COVID-19 Updates

SAE Institute Australia continues to monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19, which is presenting unprecedented challenges for our teaching and learning communities.

Information for Students


Attention SAE Adelaide Students - Tuesday 24 November 2020

The SA Government has announced the easing of restrictions this week. Whilst this is welcome news, it is important to remember that if you can study from home, please continue to do so. All practical classes will be conducted on campus from Wednesday 25 November, with all other teaching and learning taking place via zoom for the time being. 
Additionally, students who need access to specialist equipment and software to support their studies are also welcome to return to campus as required.
Importantly, by working together and adhering to the government's latest health advice, we'll continue to put the wellbeing of our community at the forefront of all we do at SAE. This includes the ongoing implementation of a rigorous COVID Safe Plan to ensure good hygiene practices, thorough cleaning, contact tracing, management of campus capacity and physical distancing is in place, where possible.

For more information about the latest announcement, please check your student email and refer to the SA Health website for further advice.

Attention SAE Adelaide Students - Thursday 19 November 2020

Following the SA Premier’s announcement of a six-day “circuit breaker” lockdown in response to the COVID cluster in Adelaide, we have closed our Adelaide campus for students and staff with immediate effect.

We are closely following developments and adhering to all guidelines issued by the SA Department of Health. Our robust and tested COVIDSafe plan is designed to maximise our students’ wellness while allowing them to continue their studies. We have introduced a range of mechanisms to facilitate flexible blended learning remotely, and this will be activated at Adelaide immediately. Your facilitators will be in contact with you to advise of any changes.

Your student timetables will continue as before, and we will facilitate opportunities to demonstrate your progress against the Units of Competency once the lockdown is lifted. If this can not occur during the course of this trimester, we are scheduling a Summer Semester to help address this. You will be informed if your progression is affected and guided as to your options available.

For more information please check your student email, ensure you are familiar with the SAE COVIDSafe Student Site, and follow the SA Health website for regular updates.

Attention SAE Melbourne Students - 28 October 2020

The Victorian Premier’s announcement on Monday (26 October) has relaxed several restrictions in relation to how and when you can access campus facilities and equipment to support your studies. 

Whilst this easing of restrictions is a welcome change to the way our community has been operating over recent months, it is important to remember that if you can study from home, please continue to do so.

All classes conducted on campus will still be available via zoom. 

To help clarify what the most recent changes in restrictions mean for you, below is a list of what has changed, and what will remain in place.

What has changed

  • Any student who requires access to campus facilities or equipment may now travel to campus without a travel exemption permit.
  • If you will be attending a practical session, you must inform your lecturer so that we can manage the number of students on campus.
  • Studios may be booked and utilised to support your project and learning outcomes.
  • Equipment may now be hired.
  • Equipment may now be taken off-campus in accordance with SAE COVIDSafe protocols.
  • Use of equipment off-site must be in accordance with Deptartment of Health provisions, including that the maximum number of people allowed to congregate is 10.

What hasn’t changed

  • All social distancing requirements are still in place
  • 1.5m separation
  • Maximum occupancy in each room as posted on the door
  • Before coming to campus you must review and sign our Physical Distancing Agreement. You will be required to do this every two weeks. 
  • If you come to campus you must sign in to our Contact Tracing System at Reception or the Technical Department before proceeding into the campus. 
  • You must wear a mask while on campus and while traveling to and from campus.


A subset of students who are enrolled in subjects that require access to specialist equipment has been contacted directly by SAE. 

If you are in this group, please consider a plan for how you would like to access campus in order to address these requirements. This may include attending practical classes, or booking facilities for you to work on your learning outcomes. Then please contact your module facilitators (for lessons), or the Tech Department (for bookings) so that we can manage the number of students attending the campus.

We are committed to returning to face-to-face teaching for all students as soon as it is safe to do so and government restrictions allow. For more information about the latest announcement, please refer to the Victorian Government website.

Attention SAE Melbourne Students - 21 October 2020

The Premier’s announcement on Sunday (18 October) did not change the restrictions currently in place for our campus. As such, we will continue to focus on the delivery of a high-quality online learning experience and will do so until we’re able to return to campus in a more regular way.

The current guidelines from the Victorian Government suggest a further easing of restrictions should occur for most students from Monday 2 November. However, until then, we have been given permission to allow students who intend to graduate from their course of study before the end of January 2021 to return to campus immediately.  

This group of students have already been contacted by our Student Services team. We encourage these students to take advantage of this opportunity, whilst adhering to all COVID safe protocols as we continue to work together to maintain the wellbeing of our community.

We are committed to returning to face-to-face teaching for all students as soon as it is safe to do so and government restrictions allow. For more information about the latest announcement, please check your student email and refer to the Victorian Government website.

Attention SAE Melbourne Students - 6 October 2020

SAE is committed to returning to face-to-face teaching on campus when it is safe to do so and government restrictions allow. We are hopeful that the slowing spread of community infections will allow us all back to campus before too long, but in the meantime, we have some good news.

As part of the most recent easing of restrictions, students who intend to graduate from their enrolled course of study by the end of January 2021 will be allowed on campus, if they need essential access to campus resources to complete their course. This includes all students enrolled in the following programs who are in their final trimester of study:

  • Diploma
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Contact the following staff for more information:

Animation - Adrian Bruch a.bruch@sae.edu
Audio - Gareth Parton g.parton@sae.edu
Film - Jane Mancini j.mancini@sae.edu
Games - Geoff Hill g.hill@sae.edu
or our Student Services Advisors ssa.melbourne@sae.edu

FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans - 2 October 2020

Great news for SAE students accessing FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans (VSL) to help fund their studies between now and mid next year! You will be exempt from paying the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee – or 20% VSL loan fee – until 30 June 2021. The exemption was extended this week and is part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package. Click here for more information.

Attention SAE Melbourne Students - 28 September 2020

SAE is committed to returning to face-to-face teaching on campus when it is safe to do so and government restrictions allow.

We welcome the announcement by the Victorian Government that Melbourne has moved to the Second Step of easing restrictions. As a result, we understand that some final year SAE higher education students due to complete their studies by the end of January 2021 will be allowed on campus, providing they do not have alternative options to complete their studies.

We are urgently seeking clarification from the Victorian Government and will advise all students as soon as we have more information. In the meantime, classes will continue being delivered online and we’ll stay focused on supporting each one of you.

Importantly, we will be ready for a return to teaching and learning on campus as soon as we are allowed, with COVIDSafe plans in place at every campus to help ensure the health and wellbeing of our community.

For more information about the latest announcement, please refer to the Victorian Government website.

Attention SAE Melbourne Students - 8 September 2020

On Sunday, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced an update to COVID-19 related restrictions and his ‘roadmap for reopening’. Full details of this announcement are available on the Victorian Government website.

Under the heading of ‘Education and Childcare’, the Third Step (from 26 October) advises that: “onsite learning for hands-on skills-based learning” is permitted, providing the threshold for that stage is met. This means there must be less than five new cases (State-wide average over the previous 14 days) and less than five cases with an unknown source (State-wide total during the last 14 days).

As such, our campus will remain temporarily closed until at least 26 October (week 5 of Trimester 3).

Please rest assured that we will be doing everything to support your studies, progression and mental wellbeing during the coming months. Over the next days and weeks, our leadership team will be looking at how we can best modify our teaching and learning plans during these challenging circumstances.

As a learning and teaching community, we have proven our resilience and commitment during COVID-19. When it is safe to return to face-to-face teaching, we will be ready to do so. Until then, our focus will be on delivering a high-quality online learning experience for each of you.

Please continue to check your student email and COVIDSafe Student Site for up to date information.

Attention Melbourne SAE Students - Monday 3 August

Please be advised that SAE has received confirmation of a verified case of COVID-19 at its SAE Melbourne campus.

SAE has conducted deep cleaning of all spaces on campus where this person spent any amount of time and has been closely working with the relevant health authorities to carry out contact tracing protocols. All impacted staff and students have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days and to get tested for COVID-19 immediately if they feel unwell or develop any symptoms.

While this is very distressing for those affected, we have contingency plans with strict protocols in place in the event of a confirmed case within, or close to our communities.  Further to our earlier correspondence, the Melbourne campus is now temporarily closed until further advised, in line with the Government’s Stage 4 restrictions. Classes continue to operate via flexible blended delivery. 

This is a timely reminder that we can all do our part to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. We urge you to follow the advice and public health orders issued by the Victorian Government and continue to check your student emails regularly for further updates. 

Attention Melbourne SAE Students - Monday 3 August

The SAE Melbourne campus will be temporarily closed from Monday the 3rd of August, until further notice, following the Premier’s announcement of a Stage 4 lockdown and declaration of a State of Disaster on Sunday the 2nd of August.

For more information about how this applies to you, please check your email and become familiar with the COVIDSafe Student site for all the details.

Attention Melbourne SAE Students: Tuesday 21 July

Over the weekend, Premier Daniel Andrews announced new restrictions in the wake of increased community transmission of COVID-19. These restrictions take effect from 11:59 pm on Wednesday 22 July.

Full details are available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

To ensure the health and wellbeing of SAE’s learning and teaching community, from Thursday, 23 July we are requiring all students and staff to wear a face mask when entering/leaving the building and while you are on campus. We ask that you wear your own mask to campus, but spare masks will be available onsite.

This is also a timely reminder that students should only come to campus if they are unable to study from home, and reach out to Student Services if you need extra support to complete your studies during this time.

Importantly, If you have been tested positive for COVID-19, you must inform Student Services immediately so that we can support you while minimising any further transmission of the virus.

Attention Melbourne SAE Students - Wednesday 8 July

The Victorian Government has announced a return to stage 3 restrictions at midnight on the 8 July for Melbourne in response to community transmission of COVID-19.

Consistent with Stage 3 restrictions, the Melbourne campus remains open for work and education, with a small update to our local COVIDSafe protocols. Effective Thursday 9 July, in acknowledgment of the relatively high rate of community infection in Melbourne, and in line with recent WHO guidelines, we are recommending the wearing of masks for all staff and students working in enclosed spaces for prolonged periods, i.e. studios, practical sessions and indoor film productions. Masks are available free of charge from the Technical Department.

The complete range of measures to ensure wellness and student success is outlined in an email to all Melbourne students. We continue to encourage all SAE students to study from home (consistent with government advice), any student who needs to come to campus for essential reasons - such as completing a project - may do so.

Please ensure you are familiar with SAE’s COVIDSafe student site during this time. For more information about government restrictions, please visit the Victorian Government website.

We ask all students to continue practising good hygiene, to stay away from campus if you feel unwell or have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, and to contact your facilitator and Student Services if you need assistance or have any questions.
Please contact your Student Services team if you are uncertain about how current Victorian Government restrictions apply to your attendance on campus - or to discuss study support and options available to you.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your studies. We are in this together and will continue supporting you every step of the way.

Attention Melbourne SAE Students - Friday 3 July

The Victorian Government has announced a return to tougher restrictions in response to community transmission of COVID-19.

While we still encourage all SAE students to study from home (consistent with government advice), any student who needs to come to campus for essential reasons - such as completing a practical assessment - may do so. This applies to students living in restricted postcode areas.

Please ensure you are familiar with SAE’s COVIDSafe student site during this time.  For more information about new government restrictions in COVID-19 hotspots, please visit the Victorian Government website.

We ask all students to continue practising good hygiene, to stay away from campus if you feel unwell or have been in contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, and to contact your facilitator and Student Services if you need assistance or have any questions.

For those of you residing in a restricted postcode area, please contact your Student Services team if you are uncertain about how current Victorian Government restrictions apply to your attendance on campus - or to discuss study support and options available to you.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your studies. We are in this together and will continue supporting you every step of the way.

Attention SAE Melbourne Students - Monday June 22 2020

SAE Melbourne Students: Optional practical classes are still being delivered at SAE Melbourne!

If you’re planning to come to campus, you’ll see we have a COVIDSafe Plan with strict protocols in place to help ensure the health and wellbeing of all staff and students. If you’re feeling unwell or have been in contact with a suspected case of COVID-19 please do not come to campus, seek medical advice when appropriate - and let us know so we can support you.

Attention SAE Students - Friday June 19 2020

Great news for SAE students accessing FEE-HELP or VET Student Loans to help fund their studies in Trimester 2 this year! You will be exempt from paying the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee – or 20% VSL loan fee – from April to September 2020. The exemption, passed this week in Parliament, is part of the Australian Government’s COVID-19 Higher Education Relief Package. Click here for more information.

Attention SAE Students - Friday June 12 2020

In early April, Adobe, Avid and Celtx offered SAE students a 90-day free licence for Creative Cloud, ProTools and Celtx.
New students commencing in Trimester 2 are advised to go to this site to access this offer.

Unfortunately, the vendors are not extending the free licenses, so students have a few options:

  • If you have an SAE machine on loan, the software will continue to work;
  • you can come to campus to use an SAE computer,
  • you can use an alternate application. A suggestion list will be posted on our software site
  • you can purchase your own license and claim a $50 subsidy from SAE, or,
  • if you wish to buy Adobe software, SAE has negotiated a bulk discount for SAE students which will be passed on in full, as well as the $50 subsidy.

Apply via this form. Submit proof of purchase, along with your bank details, and we will process a $50 credit to your account or arrange purchase from Adobe on your behalf.  Note, applications must meet the Terms and Conditions specified on the form. 

If you have any questions, please contact your Student Services team, so we can partner with you in finding the right solution for your needs

Attention SAE Students - Tuesday June 9 2020

SAE has put comprehensive plans in place to help support your return to campus. Visit COVIDSafe for everything you need to know about on-campus changes; giving you more access to facilities and equipment with your wellbeing top of mind.

Attention SAE Students - Friday May 29 2020

Mannys and Store DJ stores in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney are offering SAE students significant discounts on music and audio hardware. SAE is proud to have industry connections that support our students, particularly in challenging times. For more information visit Mannys.

Attention international students in Melbourne - Tuesday May 19 2020

The City of Melbourne is offering additional support for international students through the provision of food vouchers. International students in Melbourne can apply for vouchers on the City of Melbourne website from Wednesday 20 May.

Welcoming staff and students back on campus - Thursday 14 May 2020

SAE Australia is looking forward to gradually welcoming staff and students back to campus - starting with optional practical classes - from June 15, 2020. Our phased return to campus will continue to be guided by the advice of health authorities and governments - and we’ll have strict protocols in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our teaching and learning community. For more information please check your student email or contact your Student Services team.

Assistance Measures for International Students - Thursday 30 April 2020

SAE Creative Media Institute Australia recognises that many international students have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and may require special assistance. In response, we have developed a number of measures aimed at supporting our international students during this challenging time. 

Any international student experiencing hardship and/or struggling with their studies is encouraged to contact their Students Services Advisor to explore all available options.

We have put a range of assistance measures in place which includes:

  • Tailored study plans
  • Payment deferral plans
  • Counselling Support
  • One-off assistance payments

Further to this, the Australian Federal and State Governments have announced a number of measures to help support international students during this time. We encourage international visitors to explore all available financial support measures and/or reach out to their local education group for more information.

A summary of state-based support measures can be found here.

Important changes to the Academic Calendar - Wednesday 8 April 2020

In addition to the implementation of remote learning and teaching for the remainder of Trimester 1, we are also moving the commencement date for Trimester 2 to Monday 15 June 2020. By adjusting our academic calendar for the remainder of 2020, we are giving staff and students some valuable time and space to adapt to unforeseen challenges arising from COVID-19. During this time, SAE will be focused on fine-tuning our programs and remote delivery to ensure the best possible student experiences.

What are the changes to the academic calendar?

  • Remote learning will continue until the end of Trimester 1, Friday 1 May 2020.
  • An extended 5-week intra-trimester break will now occur between Trimester 1 and 2, from Monday 4 May to Friday 5 June 2020.
  • Campuses will be closed from Saturday 16 May to Sunday 7 June.
  • Trimester 2 and 3 dates will move out by 3 weeks, and all changes to the Academic Calendars are now available.

We are currently developing a range of additional short-course and masterclass options for the extended intra-trimester break. These will be freely available to any enrolled student and will provide opportunities for further professional development and engagement with your learning community.

Notice for SAE Students - Wednesday 1 April 2020

Over the last five days, SAE has loaned nearly 350 computers to its students, nationwide. The deadline to request equipment is approaching. Students still wishing to hire a computer must submit an application by 5:00 pm, Thursday 2 April, and all computer collections must be made by 5:00 pm, Friday 3 April. Any equipment not collected by this time will be no longer available. Apply here before 5:00 pm Thursday.

Notice for SAE Students - Thursday 26 March 2020

From Thursday 26 March, SAE is inviting students who are in genuine need of computer hardware (iMac, PC, Wacom tablet), to apply via this form. We cannot guarantee all needs will be met, and we ask for patience while we process applications. As long as the campus remains open, and we have sufficient inventory, we will do whatever we can to meet these requests. Please note, we cannot do the same with cameras, microphones, etc. as those are high contact, short term loan items.

Notice for SAE Students - Wednesday 25 March 2020

This week we transitioned to our flexible, blended learning model; a necessary and important change to the way we operate. The impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our community is significant, complex and changing daily. We have moved quickly to this new delivery mode to allow our students to continue their studies.

SAE continues to follow all advice provided by government and health authorities - the health and wellbeing of students and staff is our top priority and remains at the forefront of every decision we make.

Changing the way we attend class and work together will continue to be an adjustment for students and academic staff alike. In addition to the delivery of blended learning, SAE is providing students with access to software for remote use, and opportunities to connect with academic and support staff online.

Students are asked to take the necessary steps in preparing for this new mode of learning. SAE understands students may be feeling anxious and concerned about their projects, classes and work placements this trimester, and are putting measures in place to ensure no student will be disadvantaged.

At this stage, campuses remain open and students are still permitted to access facilities, though are required to adhere to strict social distancing and hygiene protocols at all times. Government advice on this is likely to change in the coming days, so we ask that students work with us in preparation for mandated, temporary campus closures, at which point all classes will transition fully online, until further notice.

To help students navigate this challenging time, SAE will continue to communicate via student email, though everything you need to know will be located on Campus Online to ensure ease of access to information at any time.

Confidential, free counselling is available for all SAE students. Currently, we are offering all appointments remotely, via Zoom or telephone. If you would like more information, or to book a counselling session, please contact your campus Student Counsellor.

Things you need to know

We will continue to monitor the situation daily and will provide updates via student email and SMS as the situation evolves.

Thank you for collaborating with us as we prepare for further changes. 

Notice for SAE Students - Sunday 22 March 2020

Due to new social distancing guidelines introduced by the government on Friday, 20 March 2020, off-campus production work should not go ahead under any circumstances, regardless of whether or not teams can source their own equipment.

No equipment will be available for off-campus production work, effective immediately. This is to comply with strict social distancing rules for non-essential gatherings, as implemented by the Federal Government. SAE has a duty of care to all its staff and students for their health and wellbeing, and like all other universities, we are following advice from the government and medical professionals in a bid to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in our community.

As a result, all SAE production equipment will be unavailable for use off-campus until further notice. We ask all students who currently have equipment out on hire, to return it by 5:00 pm local time Monday 23 March. 

Please refer to our FAQs for more information. 

Flexible, blended learning - from Monday, March 23

SAE will commence delivery of its flexible, blended learning environment from Monday 23 March. Students can attend class on campus, or at home. Whilst this is a challenging shift for many to adapt to; gaining experience in remote practice is widely used within the creative industries, and this will be a valuable skill to master.

With strong industry links, SAE has been able to implement a range of tools that will enable students to continue their studies next week, wherever they are.

For all the details, students are urged to continue monitoring their emails or click here for more information. 

Statement from SAE Australia

In light of recent government advice about mass gatherings and social distancing, we have reviewed our response and today announce further proactive steps to help slow the spread of the virus.

While there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases at our campuses, SAE Australia is preparing to offer flexible, blended learning in its teaching so that SAE students can access their studies from any location. Beginning Monday 23 March, all modules will be delivered on campus and online until further notice. This will give students the flexibility to continue their studies remotely while still having the option to access studios, computer labs, and specialist equipment on campus in small groups with social distancing measures in place. SAE students are advised to refer to their student email for more information. 

All classes will be held on the same days and at the same times as currently scheduled. At this point in time, campuses will remain open, with staff onsite to support students and we will continue to review this in light of evolving government guidelines.

Further to this, all non-essential events such as graduation ceremonies, public lectures, campus tours, and Info Nights will be postponed or delivered in an online setting until further notice.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, SAE has put the health and wellbeing of students and staff first. We have increased cleaning services on campus, provided additional hand sanitisation at our campuses, and widely promoted good hygiene to minimise the risk of infection in our SAE community. Staff and students have been encouraged to stay home if they feel unwell and to seek medical advice. We have a global reporting system to record all suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our students and staff, and have continuity plans in place which focus on supporting students to continue their studies with minimal disruption.

We understand this is a stressful time for staff, students, and their families. We will continue working hard to ensure the health and wellbeing of our community, support students to continue their studies, look after our staff, and protect the future of our Institute.

Last updated on November 24, 2020, at  14.41 (AEDT).


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