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Education and training sector guidance

Sector guidance for education and training businesses within Victoria.

COVIDSafe Summer — new restrictions apply from 11:59pm, Sunday 17 January 2021

From 11:59pm on Sunday 17 January face masks will no longer be mandatory in most public indoor settings.

  • Face masks continue to be mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, on public transport, and on domestic flights to and from Victoria.
  • You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • It is strongly recommended you wear one whenever you cannot keep 1.5 metres distance from others.

Find out more about COVIDSafe Summer restrictions.

Information to help your business Stay Safe and Stay Open

Every Victorian business must have a COVIDSafe Plan and follow the six principles of COVIDSafe workplaces.

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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

    • every Victorian business must have a COVIDSafe Plan, including those with on-site operations as well as home-based businesses. 
  • 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. 
    • face masks must be carried at all times when you leave home 
    • face masks are mandatory in airports, hospitals, large retail stores over 2000 sqm, shopping centres, indoor markets, in taxis and rideshares, on public transport, and on domestic flights to and from Victoria
    • wearing a face mask is strongly recommended when you can’t keep 1.5 metres distance from other people
    • for more information, visit: Face masks page.
    • 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 page.

Frequently asked questions

Updated on: 12 January 2021

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

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.

Teachers and education support staff must wear face masks in other indoors areas of the school when not teaching if physical distancing cannot be maintained.

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home. Fitted face masks must be worn when you are in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to. Face masks continue to be mandatory on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles.

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. For example, 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 Summer restrictions?

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

You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home. Fitted face masks must be worn when you are in public indoor spaces unless you have a lawful reason not to. Face masks continue to be mandatory on public transport and when in taxis or ride share vehicles.

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

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 page.

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

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

If driving with people who you don’t live with, you must wear a face mask

Increase ventilation by opening windows and do not have air conditioning on recirculate.

Shared vehicles and materials, 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 coronavirus (COVID-19) is available at Preventing infection in the workplace page.

Reviewed 19 January 2021

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