Step 11 - Other Important Tasks
Get your Student ID card
Both On-campus and Distance students require an Avondale Student ID card.
Presenting your Student ID card at Examination venues is required. This applies to both On-campus and Distance students.
You will also need a Student ID card to access parking, access some classrooms, access residential halls for those living on campus, access the computer labs, library services, photocopying, printing, identification for exams, meals in cafeteria (if living on campus) and you may need to use it for work commitments.
Getting your Student ID CardWhen you arrive at college on your Orientation day, you will have your photo taken first. Then at the end of the Orientation process, you can collect your ID card and fill out an application form for travel concession if you meet the criteria.
If you are a Distance student, please provide us a current photo of yourself (head and shoulders), preferably on a plain background in a jpeg format and email it to email@example.com
Replacement Cards - On-campus studentsIf your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to Student Services and/or relevant Residence Manager who will deactivate your card so no-one else can use it.
To replace your card, go to or email Student Services and pay $30. Your new card will be issued once payment has been made.
Travel Concessions (Australian citizens only)Student Services issue NSW Transport application forms on on behalf of NSW Transport. Travel concessions are only available to students who meet the criteria.
1. You are an Australian citizen or permanent resident
2. You are a full-time student enrolled on an internal basis (this means you are studying on-campus)
Australian citizens can apply for an Opal card on the 'Opal' website if they meet this criteria. Eg. www.opal.com.au after a couple of weeks of enrolling.
Opal CardFor those that don't meet the criteria for a concession opal card can still go to the Opal website (www.opal.com.au) and apply for an adult opal card.
MoodleMoodle is the learning management system used at Avondale College to provide students with access to key online learning resources and activities.
You will need to log into Moodle to obtain the Unit Outline for each unit in which you are enrolled. Unit Outlines are normally available in Moodle from 2 weeks prior the commencement of the unit.
While these online learning activities and resources are the main focus for off-campus students, on-campus students also participate in many online tasks to supplement their face-to-face lectures, tutorials and other practical classes. Active participation and interaction in online course components is essential and beneficial for all students as many key resources and instructions are only available in Moodle. Students are encouraged to orientate themselves with the Moodle presence for all units taken early in each semester. Look for the link to Moodle in the top menu bar on the Avondale College website. Contact your lecturer or IT services if you have difficulties accessing Moodle.
We recommend you familiarise yourself with Moodle (Modular Object-Orientated Dynamic Learning Environment) by watching our demonstration on Youtube
TurnitinTurnitin submission links added to Moodle allow both students and lecturers to assess the originality of academic assignments. A Turnitin similarity report provides feedback to students by indicating how much unoriginal content is present in a submission by comparing it with internet pages, other student submissions and academic articles. To avoid plagiarism, it is essential that students understand how to identify credible sources, paraphrase correctly and cite the ideas of others using required referencing styles.
A range of information skills tutorials are available online and from the Avondale College Library website.
Other Useful Information
Health CareMedicare is Australia's universal health scheme. It is a Commonwealth government program that guarantees all citizens (and some overseas visitors) access to a wide range of health services at little or no cost. You are eligible for Medicare if you:
- Hold Australian citizenship who resides in Australia
- a New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia
- an Australian permanent resident who resides in Australia
- someone who holds a Resident Return visa who resides in Australia
- an applicant for permanent residency status (excluding parent applications) who resides in Australia, and has permission to work or can prove a relationship to an Australian citizen, permanent resident or with a New Zealand citizen who resides in Australia
- a resident of a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (RHCA) country who is visiting Australia, or
- covered by a Ministerial Order
Medicare provides access to a range of medical services, lower cost prescriptions and free care as a public patient in a public hospital. All eligible residents and certain categories of visitors to Australia can enrol in Medicare and access these services. Apply here
Residents from New Zealand are able to receive some essential medical treatments while visiting Australia. You can get your medicines under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) at a lower cost. As you are not covered by Medicare, you should arrange for your own health insurance which must include ambulance cover. Further information available here
ACA Health Benefits Fund is available to students who are connected to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and/or its associated entities.