COVID-19 UPDATE FOR STUDENTS
21 January 2022
On 23 December 2021 the Premier announced that WA workers who come under an existing vaccine mandate will now be required to have a third dose as part of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.
The mandatory vaccination policy applies to workers in high risk-industries, those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected with COVID-19, or people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, or other critical workers.
To participate in live works training areas and work placements in industries covered by the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy, TAFE students are required to be double vaccinated. If eligible, students are also required to have a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, within a month of becoming eligible.
Students will be required to provide evidence to TAFE of their vaccination status prior to attending work placement or participating in live works training area.
Masks must be worn in all indoor public settings effective from 6pm Sunday 16 January in the Perth and Peel regions following the latest health advice.
Anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since 6 January and is now in another region will also need to follow the mask rules. This includes staff, students and visitors to all North Regional TAFE campuses.
If you have been in Perth and Peel since January 6 and are unwell and have symptoms, you should go and get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result. Testing locations can be found here.
Please continue to practice good hygiene, social distancing and use the Service WA app to check-in on campus.
For further information and assistance please visit:
o Western Australian Government(opens in a new tab)
o Australian Government Department of Health(opens in a new tab)
o Health Direct(opens in a new tab) has frequently asked questions, and a symptom checker
o HealthyWA (opens in a new tab)
o For details regarding travel restrictions and international travel, visit the Home Affairs website(opens in a new tab) . There is also information available on the Smart Traveller website(opens in a new tab) .
o For free advice and assistance, call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The mandatory vaccination policy is to protect WA and safeguard essential services and businesses for the long-term. More information on the policy can be found here.
- Vaccination significantly reduces the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 and helps to reduce the rate of transmission.
- Based on health advice, TAFEs are included in Group 2 industries and occupations because they are deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of services to the community.
- The TAFE sector has significant interaction with Group 1 and Group 2 industries and occupations through training of apprentices, trainees, schools and supervision of work placements across many qualifications delivered at TAFE.
- Any person who works on a TAFE campus must comply with the Public Health Act Direction. This includes TAFE employees, co-located services and contractors, and students doing ‘live works’ on campus in Group 1 or Group 2 occupations.
- TAFE employees must:
- have their first dose on or prior to 31 December 2021 because from 12:01 am on 1 January 2022, a TAFE employee must not enter or remain at an TAFE campus if the person has not been partially vaccinated against COVID-19;
- have their second dose on or prior to 30 January 2022 because from 12:01 am on 31 January 2022, a TAFE employee must not enter or remain at an TAFE campus if the person has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or
- have a medical or temporary exemption, as defined under the Directions.
- Students attending campus to study are exempt from this mandate unless they are doing ‘live works’ in a Group 1 or Group 2 occupation.
- The Public Health Act Direction makes mandatory vaccination a condition of the workplace to ensure TAFE campuses are safe places for the public to attend.
- There is no impact on visitors and students attending in a non-working capacity.
- Visitors will not need to be vaccinated to attend a TAFE campus.
- If a person attends a TAFE campus very regularly (ie. more than once a week) to carry out their work, they will need to be vaccinated in accordance with the requirements for Group 2 – first dose prior to 1 January 2022and double dose vaccinated prior to 31 January 2022.
- This may include Department of Training and Workforce Development staff and contractors such as cleaners, hospitality workers, and maintenance workers.
- If a person is required to be vaccinated under the Public Health Act Direction, they will be excluded from the workplace from 1 January 2022 if they haven’t had their first dose by that day.
- In addition, if a person is required to be vaccinated under the Public Health Act Direction, they will be excluded from the workplace from 31 January 2022 if they are not double dose vaccinated by that day.
- Yes, Jobs and Skills Centre staff working at TAFE campuses must comply with the Public Health Act Direction and be vaccinated in accordance with the timeframes for Group 2.
- The Public Health Act Directions provide for limited exemptions.
- Exemption on medical grounds must be obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) using their IM011 form. This must be completed by your GP or specialist medical practitioners and submitted to the (AIR) for assessment. Where an exemption is provided by AIR, this must be provided to your employer as proof of exemption.
- A person may apply for temporary exemption from the Chief Health Officer. Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to COVIDVaccinationExemption@health.wa.gov.au. A temporary exemption will only last for a limited time and may be subject to terms and conditions.
- Follow good hygiene practices such as washing your hands with soap, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Practice social distancing. This means you should keep at least 1.5 metres between you and other in public places, and you should not shake hands or hug when greeting others.
- Share the message with your peers - Good hygiene starts here (opens in a new tab)
If you have cold or flu-like symptoms or are concerned that you may have been in contact with someone who has, seek medical attention. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has or may have Coronavirus.
For further information and COVID-19 resources, please visit:
- The Australian Government Department of Health website (opens in a new tab) (opens in a new tab) has up-to-date healthcare and medical information
- The Health Direct website(opens in a new tab) (opens in a new tab) has frequently asked questions, and a symptom checker
- For details regarding travel restrictions and international travel, visit the Home Affairs website (opens in a new tab) (opens in a new tab) . There is also information available on the Smart Traveller website (opens in a new tab) (opens in a new tab) .
- COVID Clinics are now open. Visit the HealthyWA website (opens in a new tab) (opens in a new tab) for details.
- For free advice and assistance, call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
FAQs for Students
- Mandatory vaccination of TAFEs will help keep campuses safe places to learn.
- Students are asked to continue using the SafeWA app(opens in a new tab) to check-in on campus and practice good personal hygiene – wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Campuses are being cleaned on a regular basis, with particular attention to high contact surfaces. Hand sanitiser is available across campuses in key locations.
Do students who work at businesses (for example restaurants, vet clinics etc) on TAFE campuses have to be vaccinated?
If your course includes a live works training component, in an occupation that is affected by the mandatory vaccine policy, you will need to be vaccinated. Check the relevant course page for the specific requirements of your course.
If you are an apprentice or trainee working in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry, or your course or training program includes an industry work placement in Group 1 or Group 2 work sites, you will need to be vaccinated according to the Group 1 or Group 2 dates, or you may not be able to complete your course.
Are students that have already enrolled in a course eligible for a refund if they have already paid fees for the current enrolment period, and now want to withdraw because of the vaccine mandate?
If you have any queries regarding your current enrolment, please contact us on 1300 996 557 to discuss.
Our ongoing approach to COVID-19
NR TAFE's current protocol for delivery includes undertaking of risk assessments, following a risk mitigation guideline and a checklist prior to delivery. These include preventative and control measures, such as:
- Adhering to social distancing where practical
- Having hand sanitiser readily available (on campus, in classrooms and at events)
- Maintaining good hygiene including hand washing
- Regular cleaning of classrooms and facilities
- Ensuring students and staff stay home if unwell
- Inducting students on updated practices and procedures
Visitors, including students, are required to check in via the Safe WA app or form when visiting North Regional TAFE campuses, canteen facilities, student accommodation, hair and beauty facilities, and Jobs and Skills Centres.