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Current COVIDSafe settings for higher education, TAFE and training providers

Higher education and training in metropolitan Melbourne

Based on the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer, TAFEs, universities, Learn Locals and other training providers in metropolitan Melbourne will continue remote learning until 11:59pm Thursday 10 June. If students can study from home, they must continue to study from home.

To the extent possible, TAFEs, universities, and other training providers should continue to ensure that students have access to digital and remote learning classrooms and materials to enable learning from home.

Higher education and training in regional Victoria

TAFE, universities, and training institutions in regional Victoria can reopen however Students who reside in regional Victoria should learn from home if they can. 

VCE/ VCAL/ VET provision in TAFEs, non-school senior secondary providers and other training organisations in metropolitan Melbourne

VCE/VET students in years 11 and 12 and school-aged students undertaking the final year of a VCAL qualification in TAFEs, non-school senior secondary providers, and other training organisations can return to face-to-face learning from and including Friday 4 June.

VCE/ VCAL/ VET provision in TAFEs, non-school senior secondary providers and other training organisations in regional Victoria

Students can participate in their VCE or VCAL classes, including VET studies, in TAFEs, non-school senior secondary providers, and other training organisations including where these are held in other schools. Schools should contact their RTOs to understand any changes to their current operating arrangements.

The following health and safety measures should be put in place to minimise risk associated with learning outside the school environment:  

  • Mixing of students from different educational facilities and schools should be minimised whenever practical.
  • Physical distancing should be maintained whenever possible, particularly for classes that involve attendance by students from multiple institutions. 

Physical distancing and density quotients for on-site attendance

A variety of strategies to support physical distancing among students and staff on-site should be implemented, to the extent that is reasonably practicable. Density limits do not apply in learning and classrooms spaces used by students. Density limits of 1 person per 4 square metres apply to staff areas such as staff lunchrooms and areas accessed by the public, such as reception areas. For public areas (foyer/reception area), signage should be displayed to indicate the maximum number of members of the public that may be present in the space at a single time.

Other arrangements for Victorian border communities

Students and staff who live in regional Victoria and are enrolled in or work in a TAFE, university or training provider in a bordering state will be able to attend on-site if permitted by that state.  

Students and staff who live in bordering states and are enrolled in or work in a Victorian TAFE, university or training provider in regional Victoria can attend on site.

Key health advice

Face masks

In metropolitan Melbourne: face masks must be carried at all times and worn indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home unless an exception applies.

In regional Victoria: face masks must be carried at all times and worn indoors except if at home, or if an exception applies. Face masks must be worn outdoors where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Vaccinations

We encourage all higher education and training provider staff and students to get vaccinated where eligible. Further information on vaccinations and eligibility can be found on COVID-19 vaccines.

Guidance on deep cleaning

The Department of Health, Infection Prevention Control Response (IPCAR) team conduct on-site visits at locations where there has been a confirmed coronavirus exposure. Please ensure you review the guidance on deep cleaning for workplaces and organisations on mental health, hygiene and wellbeing for higher education, TAFE and training providers.

Reviewed 16 June 2021

24/7 Coronavirus Hotline

If you suspect you may have COVID-19 call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days.

Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only.

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