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Education and training sector guidance

Sector guidance for education and training businesses within Victoria.

Victoria to further relax COVIDSafe Settings

The Victorian Government has announced a further easing of COVIDSafe settings from 11.59pm Friday 9 April.

For more information, see the statement from the Minister for Health.

 

Restrictions for the education and training sector

For more information on restrictions in each education and training sector, visit the following pages on the Department of Education and Training website.

Education and training services businesses must abide by current restrictions, which are summarised below. 

All businesses or workplaces with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan and have a responsibility to protect the health and safety of workers, clients, contractors and the general public.

Current restrictions for education and training services

Updated: 1 March 2021

    • all workplaces with on-site operations must have a COVIDSafe Plan in place 
    • home-based businesses must also have a COVIDSafe Plan.  
    • Unless workplace- specific capacity limits apply, any shared space, or publicly accessible space, in a workplace must apply a density quotient of one person per two square metres when electronic record- keeping capability is in place, such as the Victorian Government QR Code Service. If electronic record- keeping is not used, a density quotient of one person per four square metres applies. See relevant sector guidance information for workplace specific capacity limits. 
  • Record keeping applies to all Victorian workplaces. 

    • employers must keep a record of all workers and visitors who attend the workplace for longer than 15 minutes, including first name, contact number, date and time of visit and areas of the workplace visited 
    • employers are strongly encouraged to use electronic record keeping for this purpose. This includes the Victorian Government’s QR Code Service
    • employers must keep records to show compliance with the Victorian Chief Health Officer’s Directions. This includes keeping logs created during the time of directions being in force in line with record keeping requirements, including work premises rosters, time and attendance records and payroll data.
    • You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to. 
    • Face masks continue to be mandatory in some locations, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies. 
    • For a full list of settings where masks continue to be mandatory, see: Face masks
    • where a workplace has a publicly accessible space, employers must display signage at each public entry to each indoor and outdoor space, indicating maximum capacity, and face mask restrictions where required.
    • employers should ensure shared spaces and public spaces are cleaned with disinfectant regularly, with high-touch surfaces cleaned at least twice each day. Shared equipment should be cleaned between uses 
    • for more information, visit: Preventing infection in the workplace.


Frequently asked questions - COVIDSafe Settings

Updated on: 18 March 2021

Read below for answers to questions frequently asked by businesses and organisations in the education and training sector.

Does the density quotient apply in childcare and education settings?

No. Spaces used by students and children such as classrooms, hallways and gymnasiums, are not subject to the density quotient in the following settings: 

  • schools
  • non-school senior secondary providers
  • childcare or early childhood services
  • higher education services used by students or children, including classrooms and clinical areas of a hospital. 

The density quotient applies to spaces used only by workers (such as workers’ lunchrooms, photocopier room, principal’s office, reception and resource rooms). The density quotient also applies to any publicly accessible areas such as foyers. The density quotient is one person per two square metres. Find out more about the density quotient rules

What are the current face mask requirements?

You must always carry a face mask with you when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Face masks continue to be mandatory in some locations, unless a lawful reason not to wear one applies.

For a full list of settings where masks continue to be mandatory, see: Face masks.

Do I need to wear a face mask when working with children in an education setting?

Teachers and education support staff are not required to wear face masks while teaching, but those who wish to do so, can.

For more information on current face mask requirements, see face masks.

I am an early childhood education and care provider — do I have to provide hand sanitiser throughout the premises?

Yes. Liquid soap and running water, or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, should be made available at the entrances and throughout the workplace. Hand sanitiser and soap should be placed in appropriate locations in accordance with workplace health and safety, and other early childhood education and care services requirements. Hand sanitiser should be located safely out of reach of children to avoid accidental ingestion.

Can on-site learning for higher education occur during COVIDSafe Settings restrictions?

Yes. On-site learning is permitted under COVIDSafe Settings restrictions. Higher education students can return to campus for face-to-face learning. 

For more information on current face mask requirements, see face masks.

Can workers be employed at more than one early childhood education and care service during COVIDSafe Settings?

Yes. However, employers are encouraged to keep groups of workers on the same shifts for a given geographic area and site. Employers are also encouraged to stagger shift start and finish times, and minimise the need for face-to-face handover. 

If working for more than one employer, it is recommended that the worker provide written details of the other work premises they are attending to assist with contract tracing. 

For more information visit Early childhood education and care.

Are driving instructors allowed to give driving lessons during COVIDSafe Settings restrictions?

Yes. Driving lessons and training are allowed under COVIDSafe Settings restrictions. However, because the enclosed space of a car presents a heightened risk of transmission of COVID-19, it is important to stay COVIDSafe.

If travelling with people who are not from the same household, it is strongly recommended you wear a face mask.

Increase ventilation by opening windows and do not have air conditioning on re-circulate. Shared vehicles and material, such as pens and learner handbooks, should be thoroughly cleaned after each passenger or driver. More information about cleaning and disinfecting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is available at Preventing infection in the workplace.

Reviewed 22 March 2021

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