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We are pleased to welcome you among us. We look forward to working with you as you adjust to life in our institution and in Australia. Everyone here is delighted that you have chosen to study with us. We wish you all the success as you fulfil your academic goals and as you learn more about yourself and your place in the world. Right now, you must be very eager and curious about the new experiences awaiting you at JTI. As you settle in JTI and in Australia, we are all here to assist you. Ask as many questions as possible and do not be afraid to approach any of JTI staff for assistance. At JTI, our motto is ‘lifting you to the next level ‘and we can only achieve this if you let us be aware of any struggles and challenges that you may be experiencing. On behalf of JTI, Our CEO and all staff, I wish you the very best throughout the year. We expect to get to know you better in the months ahead.
Best wishes to all of you!
Mrs Loice Njanja
Life in Melbourne
Melbourne is the capital of the state of Victoria and Australia’s second largest city with a population of 4.8 million people. The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has ranked Melbourne as the World's most liveable city. Melbourne takes top spot for seventh year receiving a perfect score for healthcare, education and infrastructure. International students too have often voted Melbourne as one of the world’s best study destinations and we’re sure you’re going to LOVE living in our vibrant city!
Melbourne is perhaps Australia’s most multicultural and ethnically diverse city. People from over 140 countries call Melbourne ‘home’ and Melburnians are welcoming and accepting of different cultures and customs. JTI’s Dandenong campus is located in one of Melbourne’s most culturally diverse regions so students are sure to find a little bit of ‘home’ in the surrounding area.
Melbourne’s melting pot of cultures is reflected in its thousands of restaurants, cafés and bars. It has a strong café culture and is recognized as the food and wine capital of Australia. The city celebrates its love of good food and wine with several festivals throughout the year dedicated to enjoying the good life! Notable for its distinctive blend of Victorian (19th century) and contemporary architecture, beautiful beaches, parks and gardens, you’ll enjoy clean, fresh air and open spaces – all in a friendly and safe environment. Melbourne’s central city area is famous for its laneways which feature ‘hidden gems’ in the way of food outlets and shopping. It is a city where a sense of adventure and curiosity will always be rewarded.
Australia is often said to be “sport mad” and nowhere more so than in Melbourne. The city is home to some of Australia’s most significant cultural and sporting institutions. From soccer to cricket and golf to rugby and tennis events – the world’s sporting stage is at our doorstep. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is the ‘spiritual’ home of Aussie Rules (AFL) football.
Culturally, there is always a wide variety of Broadway musicals, concerts, plays, live music, comedy and theatre. Live bands frequently do ‘gigs’ at local pubs, so there’s never a dull night with the city’s live entertainment offerings.
Getting around Melbourne
Cost of Living in Melbourne
The cost of living in Melbourne can vary according to the type of accommodation you choose and the lifestyle you lead. Although the cost of groceries, utilities, dining out and entertainment is similar across Melbourne, the cost of accommodation in and around the city centre is more than in the outer suburbs. On the other hand, travel costs may increase the further you live from the centre of the city. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) advises that applicants for student visas require AUD$18,610 per year for living expenses. You can get more information if you visit the DHA website. These are some expenses that you will most likely have: rental bond, weekly/fortnightly rental, furniture, electricity and gas start-up and ongoing usage, internet installation and ongoing usage, telephone connection and ongoing usage, food/groceries, transportation, and other incidentals. It is advisable to have a computer or a laptop for your studies.
For more information you visit here. Once you have established yourself in accommodation, you will need to budget for ongoing costs. These are approximate weekly costs.
Rental Accommodation (per week) $150 - $400+
Groceries (per week) $70 - $100+
Utilities (power, gas,) (per month) $50 - $80
Cinema ticket $14 - $19
Myki card (public transport) (per week) $30 - $43
Telephone and Internet (per month) $50+
Restaurant meal $20+
Fast food meal $8 - $12
Clothes entertainment $50+
Melbourne enjoys a relatively mild climate and distinct seasonal changes – although, as is sometimes said, you may get all four seasons in one day! Students coming from tropical countries may find the winters cool (but it’s never cold enough to snow) and northern hemisphere students will find the summers pleasantly warm to hot, although extreme temperatures are rare. Melbourne’s summer heat is quite dry with far less humidity than in other parts of Australia.
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Of course, the seasons are the reverse to those in the northern hemisphere with the summer vacation period (December and January) coinciding with the Christmas festive season. Classes cease around the beginning of December and resume in late January or early February.
What’s happening in Melbourne?
Jump onto these websites and explore Melbourne closely. They will give you all the information that you need to know about the current events and shows happening in Melbourne. These include free events, Community events, cultural festivals, music, Art and culture, Markets and shopping, Theatre and shows, Talks and workshops, Sport and outdoor, Visitor info, Food and drink, Fashion and accessories.
Explore Our Campuses
Melbourne City Campus:
Our newly opened campus is located in a prime location of hustle and bustle of Melbourne CBD. The campus is conveniently positioned near the historical landmarks like Flinders Street Station and the State Library of Victoria.
The vibrant campus has spacious class rooms with high tech facilitates like classroom projectors, High-speed internet, resource centre equipped with the computers and the books, an access to online resources.
Address: level 4/259 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9653 4100
Dandenong campus is located in the south eastern region of Melbourne. Dandenong is a very culturally diverse area and this is reflected in JTI’s student cohort. As an international student, you are very likely to find yourself sitting next to a ‘local’ student from your own ethnic or cultural background. This is sure to help your assimilation into both your classes and life in Melbourne.
The Dandenong Campus is located directly opposite the large Dandenong Plaza shopping mall. Student amenities include several modern classrooms equipped with audio-visual equipment and whiteboards, professional practice training ‘labs’, a resource library and free Internet to access online learning materials and do research. The campus also has a kitchen with complimentary tea and coffee making facilities. There is also a library and computers for internet research and to access online learning materials and other student documents.
Address: Level 5, 26 McCrae St, Dandenong VIC 3175
Phone: (03) 9212 3535
Sunshine campus is located in Sunshine is a suburb of Melbourne, lying 11 to 13 km west of the Melbourne CBD. Conveniently located near the Sunshine train station, the Sunshine campus is a preferred location for the students residing in western suburbs.
The institute is centrally located between the Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport. There is plenty of metered parking available on site.
Address: Suite 4, level 1, 25-29 Devonshire Road, Sunshine VIC 3020
Phone: (03) 9802 9697
JTI conducts language and culturally appropriate orientation program specially designed for our students which includes information regarding thesSupport services available that may assist in the transition into life and study in Australia.
It is mandatory for all the students to attend the orientation day at the beginning of their studies with the Job Training Institute. Students receive the orientation kit, which includes all relevant information including Melbourne train network, a Student key contact card, OHSC brochure, details about Fair Work Australia and a JTI Student Handbook. Students are also assisted in their application for a USI (Unique student Identifier) as a part of their orientation program.
A tour of the JTI campus is organised to help students locate classrooms, student areas, student administration area, and any other relevant areas such as toilets, library, computer room, fire exits, emergency exits, evacuation points and restricted areas. An optional city tour is conducted for the students where they are shown important places such as train stations, banks, the post office, supermarkets, council library and eateries conveniently situated close to JTI campus.
The Student key contact card is made available to JTI students and includes the numbers of JTI key contactable people and emergency services. JTI student support staff assist international students in setting up bank accounts, applying for their tax file numbers (TFN), Unique Student Identifiers (USI) and myki cards.
JTI offers student’s payment plans/direct debits with easy installments to help them pay their fees in a timely manner to avoid unneccesary financial strain.
JTI also assists students with medical emergencies. Our staff will accompany students to the hospital or doctors. In case of any emergencies at campus, JTI's emergency process is activated immediately.
JTI offers free counselling services to the students who are facing challenging situations during their study period. We have engaged the services of a qualified counselor for which students can book an appointment through student support to access this service.
Student Support also assists students to make a booking with other free counselling services offered by the local councils and the non-profit organisations like:
Melbourne Counselling Services - (03) 9653 3250
Salvation Army - 13 137 258
Beyond Blue (Lifeline) - 131 114
In case students require Legal services JTI will direct them where to get access to free legal advice.