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COVID-19 UPDATE FOR STUDENTS

28 April 2022

Easing public health measures

Based on the latest health advice, effective 12:01am Friday 29 April, WA’s public health measures will ease back to baseline settings.

For TAFE students, lecturers and staff it means: 

  • Masks are no longer required at indoor venues including classrooms. Students and staff undertaking work placements in identified settings, including hospitals, aged care and disability care facilities, prisons and correctional facilities and airports, will need to continue to wear masks while at those facilities.
  • While masks are no longer mandatory, masks are encouraged where physical distancing isn’t possible and you may still wear a mask if you wish.
  • Students and staff using public transport or rideshares to get to campus must wear a mask while travelling.
  • The proof of vaccination requirement has been removed for entry to all TAFE venues including our training restaurants and beauty therapy clinics.
  • Vaccination requirements for employment and work placements remain.
  • Travel to some remote Aboriginal communities will remain restricted to protect these more vulnerable communities.

WA has removed quarantine requirements for asymptomatic close contacts, students, lecturers, staff and visitors are reminded that for the seven days following their designation as a close contact, they are allowed to leave the house provided they have no symptoms and they:

  • undertake daily Rapid Antigen Testing;
  • wear a mask outside the home;
  • avoid high-risk settings, including hospitals, health care settings, disability and aged care facilities and correctional facilities;
  • work from home, where possible; and
  • notify the college and their employer of their close contact status.                                                                                                                             

Campuses continue to be cleaned regularly, with particular attention to high contact surfaces. Hand sanitiser is available across campuses in key locations. As always, please practise good personal hygiene – wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

We encourage you to continue to follow WA Government advice(opens in a new tab) . If you require any assistance, please contact our Client Services team by telephone (1300 996 573).  

28 January 2022

Vaccine mandate

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. 

For more information on how to collect your COVID-19 vaccination evidence, click here. For more information on where to get vaccinated, visit rollup.wa.gov.au.

 

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

General FAQs
  • 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:

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.

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.

The following courses require you to be fully vaccinated to undertake mandatory work placement: 

CHC33015- Certificate III in Individual Support

Work placement is required

CHC43015- Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Work placement is required

HLT51612- Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled-Division 2 nursing)          

Work placement is required

HLT54115- Diploma of Nursing

Work placement is required

CHC30213- Certificate III in Education Support

Work placement is required

CHC40213- Certificate IV in Education Support

Work placement is required

SIT20316- Certificate II in Hospitality

Live Works and Work Placement

SIT20416- Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Live Works and Work Placement

SIT30616- Certificate III in Hospitality

Live Works and Work Placement

SIT30816- Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Live Works and Work Placement

SIT40416- Certificate IV in Hospitality

Live Works and Work Placement

SIT50416- Diploma of Hospitality Management

Work Placement is required

CHC30113- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Work Placement is required

CHC50113- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Work Placement is required

 

The following courses require you to be fully vaccinated where work placement is being undertaken as part of your course:

CHC22015- Certificate II in Community Services

Where work placement is required

CHC32015- Certificate III in Community Services

Where work placement is required

CHC42015- Certificate IV in Community Services

Where work placement is required

CHC40413- Certificate IV in Youth Work

Where work placement is required

CHC52015- Diploma of Community Services

Where work placement is required

CPC20120- Certificate II in Construction

Where work placement is required

CPC20220- Certificate II in Construction Pathways           

Where work placement is required

CPC30220- Certificate III in Carpentry     

Where work placement is required

MEM20413- Certificate II in Engineering Pathways           

Where work placement is required

MEM20105- Certificate II in Engineering

Where work placement is required

MEM30219- Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade

Where work placement is required

MEM30319- Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade

Where work placement is required

SIT10216- Certificate I in Hospitality

Where work placement is required

TLI20421- Certificate II in Supply Chain Operations

Where work placement is required

TLI30321- Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations

Where work placement is required

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.