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Coronavirus update for TAFE

Face-to-face training paused from Monday, 28 March

Updated: 28 March 2020

North Regional TAFE is working closely with the Department of Training and Workforce Development to monitor new Coronavirus (COVID-19) information relating to TAFE attendance, travel and health considerations.

Today (28 March) the State Government made an announcement regarding the operation of WA TAFE colleges in relation to the pandemic.

As a result, NR TAFE is temporarily pausing most of its face-to-face training delivery starting this Monday, 30 March, until Term 2.

How will the temporary pause affect training

During the temporary pause, our lecturers will be working to prepare for a transition to blended learning, with a focus on online delivery wherever possible. Blended learning is an approach that combines online learning materials and opportunities for interaction online with traditional training methods.

Our aim is to recommence delivery primarily through blended learning at the start of Term 2 on Tuesday, 28 April. For some courses, where face-to-face delivery is required to meet training package requirements, we will look at a range of options including social distancing measures and, in some instances, rescheduling of components of the course.  

Training occurring next week

Courses that are already delivered online will continue as planned. In some areas where lecturers are trialling blended delivery, this may continue. 

Face-to-face training in essential service courses such as enrolled nursing, aged care and practical assessments will continue in some instances. Apprentices who are already part of the way through their training block and those that have travelled to commence their training block next week may also still attend TAFE.

The above training will continue with enhanced social distancing and hygiene measures in place. Students’ safety is our biggest priority and there will be an adjusted approach to delivery throughout this time.

All other face-to-face delivery, including short courses, skill sets, local block training and other courses that cannot move to online or blended learning will be cancelled for the duration of the pause.

We will continue to communicate with students and employers affected by the changes over the coming week.

Online delivery

Courses that are already delivered online will continue as planned. In some areas where lecturers are trialling blended delivery, this may continue. If this applies to you, your lecturer will work directly with you to ensure you can continue your training and assessment. We will communicate with you further over the coming week with more details about your studies.

Student support

We will continue to provide the following support over the pause period:

  • Customer service support
  • Aboriginal Training Services support
  • Disability services

Frequently asked questions

We are currently preparing a list of frequently asked questions and will make them available shortly.

Attending TAFE campuses

For the duration of the pause period, all students, staff and visitors must adhere to the below restrictions.

Students, staff and visitors cannot attend NR TAFE if they have:

  • Been outside of the Kimberley region for reasons other than undertaking an 'essential' service on or after 9.00pm on 26 March – applicable to Kimberley campuses
  • Travelled outside of their boundary region
  • Returned to WA after travelling interstate on or after 1.30pm on 24 March (unless otherwise exempt)
  • Returned from any overseas travel on or after 16 March
  • Left or transited through mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea or Italy in the past 14 days
  • Been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days

What does isolation involve?

During the 14 days of isolation, you must stay home and not attend any public places. Only people who usually live with you should be in your home – do not let visitors in. Please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health isolation guidelines for further information.

Measures to minimise risk at NR TAFE

  • NR TAFE's reception areas have been fitted with 1.5 metre markers to ensure all students, staff and guests are adhering to social distancing guidelines.
  • We are committed to cleanliness, with all of our frontline staff completing frequent cleans of the front counters and regularly touched surfaces
  • We have increased our daily cleaning services to ensure all areas of our campuses are regularly disinfected
  • We are working with our canteen staff to ensure measures are put in place for the transition to take-away services

Event restrictions

As of 18 March, non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, and non-essential outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people are banned by the Australian Government. North Regional TAFE will not be hosting any public events at our campuses this month and those involved have been notified.

Minimising personal risk

The risk of COVID-19 transmission in Australia remains low; however the situation is evolving. WA residents should remain alert but not be alarmed.

  • 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

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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.

Further information

Page last updated March 28, 2020