Please read all the latest information and updates on COVID-19.
Update on COVID-19: 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. If you require any assistance, please contact our Client Services team by telephone 1300 300 822.
FAQs - Students
- Mandatory vaccination of TAFE staff helps keep campuses safe places to learn.
- Students are asked to continue to 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.
- From 12:01am Friday 29 April indoor mask wearing will no longer be mandatory but masks are encouraged if physical distancing is not possible.
Do students who work at businesses (for example restaurants, gyms, etc.) on TAFE campuses have to be vaccinated?
- 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 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.
Further information and assistance
- The Western Australian Government website – WA.gov.au
- The Australian Government Department of Health website has up-to-date healthcare and medical information.
- The Health Direct website has frequently asked questions, and a symptom checker.
- For details regarding travel restrictions and international travel, visit the Home Affairs website. There is also information available on the Smart Traveller website.
- COVID Clinics are now open — visit the HealthyWA website for details.
- For free advice and assistance, call the Australian Government’s Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.