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COVID-19 update

Return to campus

Friday 28 January 2022

A reminder that mask wearing is currently mandatory at all public indoor settings in the Perth, Peel and South West regions, following the latest health advice. From 6pm, 27 January 2022 the mask mandate also applies in the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions. 
 
Mask requirements also apply to anyone who has been in the Perth and Peel (including Rottnest Island) regions since Thursday 6 January, the South West since Wednesday 12 January and the Wheatbelt or Great Southern since Thursday 20 January for two weeks after leaving these regions.
 
Students returning to campus and workplaces next week will need to follow the latest health advice, including mask wearing requirements. 
 
It is recommended you wear a mask outdoors where physical distancing is not possible.
 
Before you return to campus, please check the advice on exposure sites which are listed on the HealthyWA website.

If you feel unwell or have symptoms, you should go get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result. Testing locations can be found online.

Mandatory vaccinations

Monday 17 January 2022

On 23 December 2021, the Premier announced that WA workers who come under an existing COVID-19 vaccine mandate will now be required to have a third dose as part of the  COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy.

The mandatory vaccination policy applies to workers in high risk-industries, those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected with COVID-19, or people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, or other critical workers. 

To participate in live works training areas and work placements in industries covered by the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy, TAFE students are required to be double vaccinated. If eligible, students are also required to have a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, within a month of becoming eligible. 

Students will be required to provide evidence to TAFE of their vaccination status before attending work placement or participating in live works training area.  Further details outlining the process to supply your evidence will be forwarded to you upon commencement of Term 1, 2022 and available on the COVID-19 vaccination evidence page. 

To better protect your health, your family and your community, everyone is strongly urged to receive their third dose, when eligible, even if not covered by this policy. 

Please use the ServiceWA app to check-in on campus and practice good hygiene, use hand sanitiser and follow the latest State Government advice on mask wearing.

FAQs - Students

  • Mandatory vaccination of TAFEs will help keep campuses safe places to learn.
  • Students are asked to continue using the ServiceWA or SafeWA apps to check-in on campus and 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.
  • 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. 

If you have already enrolled for Semester 1, 2022 and no longer wish to study at NMTAFE, you can withdraw before your course commences and receive a refund.

If you do commence and change your mind, withdrawals from Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses will receive a full refund of tuition and resource fees. For courses below Diploma level you will be entitled to a full refund of tuition fees and 50% of resource fees.

Withdrawals must occur before the census date of the units of competency you are studying. 

Withdrawal and refund information

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.