BYO Technology Program


Melba College runs a Bring Your Own Technology program for Senior Campus students. This program was trialed in 2016 with Year 12 students and was adopted in 2017.

Students must opt in to the program and sign an agreement covering their use of the Melba network prior to connection. Once this has occurred and students have demonstrated an understanding of the requirements placed upon them, connection credentials will then be created. A small fee will may levied for a new connection, this will be invoiced to parents after connection.

All devices will be connected through EduSTAR, this facility will also manage student identities and access. Additionally all connected devices must have Meraki mobile device management software installed at all times. The College will supply this software and monitor its functionality on each device. Removal of the software will result in immediate disconnection.

Students must nominate and connect only one approved device, total. This device must be registered with Meraki and remain so at all times, no other device will be permitted to be connected for that student. An attempt to breach this policy may result in permanent disconnection.

Approved Devices

Students may use either a tablet (with IOS or Android) or a laptop (with Windows or Apple OS X) - however PHONES ARE NOT APPROVED FOR CONNECTION


Windows The laptop must have Windows 7 or later installed. It must have one of an approved Anti-Virus installed, up to date and running at all times

Mac/OS X The laptop must have Apple OS X 10.7 or later installed. It must have one of an approved Anti-Virus installed, up to date and running at all times


Apple/IOS Any iPad including the Mini that has IOS 9 installed.

Generic Tablet Any tablet with a 7 Inch display or larger that has Android Jelly Bean or later installed

Approved Anti-Virus

Essentially any reputable and commercially available antivirus software that is up to date and supports real time virus scanning is suitable. These models of antivirus software are specifically approved. Note that students may access the College’s enterprise grade Microsoft System Centre Endpoint Protection (SCEP) at not cost- see technicians for details.

(Not required for IOS or Android)

  • AVG
  • Norton Securities / Semantic
  • Malwarebytes (Paid version only)
  • Kaspersky
  • McAfee
  • Avast
  • Trend Micro
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Windows Defender

Students will have access to a cloud storage service located at Melba called OwnCloud. This will be accessible on any of the approved devices, however an OwnCloud app is required to be installed on any device connected. This will allow files to be stored and accessed at the College by the device.

OwnCloud apps

IOS  ($1.49)

Android ($1.49)

Windows (Free)

OSX (Free)

Technical Support

Technical support staff will endeavour to assist students with simple technical problems but will be unable to provide in depth or complex technical support. The student ICT support team called TECHNIC is in place and will be able to provide greater support by arrangement. It is expected though that students will largely support and manage the devices themselves. A troubleshooting self help knowledgebase will be accessible to students via the Helpdesk at


Any device connected must be secured by means of a passcode, fingerprint scanner or username and password irrespective of the type of device. If for any reason the device cannot have a locking function applied it cannot be connected to the Melba network.

The device must be locked at all times when not in use.

No “jailbroken” or “rooted” devices may be connected

Acceptable use

The purpose of this program is to support student learning. It is expected that students will use their devices as a learning aid not an entertainment device. The usage at school of BYOT program devices will be monitored closely. Students who consistently use their device connection for non educational uses such as media downloads or game playing will be counselled and in the unlikely event the unacceptable use continues they will be subsequently disconnected from the Melba network.

Students will also be required to sign and abide by a contract of general acceptable use. This agreement lays out expected behaviours in regard to the use of a personal device both in physical and virtual spaces. Serious breaches of this agreement will engage the student discipline mechanisms at Melba College and may result in sanctions being applied to the student by the College beyond revocation of network access. For a copy of the full acceptable use policy see here -

Additional Software

Students must install and register Meraki Systems Manager software to their device within 48 hours of connection being initiated. The installation and operation of this software forms part of the terms and conditions of the connection agreement, failure to install and register this software may result in the device being disconnected. The Meraki Systems Manager software may be downloaded below;
Meraki SM for OSX (Mac)
Meraki SM for Windows
Meraki SM for iOS (iPad)

Purchase of a Device

Parents may choose to supply and existing device that meets the minimum standards, purchase a device through a retailer of their choice or purchase a discounted device via a purchase portal Melba College has negotiated with JB HiFi Education.

BYOT Agreement Form

Please find the agreement form to initiate program membership here

Open BYO Technology Agreement