TAFE and training operations

Education remains one of the essential reasons that Victorians may leave their premises, and there are a number of courses for which face to face instruction is required. TAFEs and other institutions will conduct a small number of classes on campus where necessary, and best efforts to maintain physical distancing should be made.

Training during Term 2

If remote or online learning is not possible, best efforts to maintain physical distancing measures should be followed by staff and students undertaking face-to-face learning.

You should continue to attend training if classes are still being conducted.

However, if classes are available online, you should carefully consider whether you need to physically attend the campus. Avoid spending time in shared facilities such as libraries and campus study areas. Collaborative assignments and team study projects should be done using online tools. Study at home.

If you have concerns about your placement, contact your training organisation in the first instance.

The Department is aware of, and is monitoring, the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on student placements and is working with universities, TAFEs and training organisations to provide advice and support. 

Resources for training organisations

The Department has published new resources on the Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS). Login to access the following resources:

  • CN 2020-05 Government Response to Novel Coronavirus – information about the arrangements under the VET Funding Contract to support continued training activity during coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Fact Sheet COVID19 - Disrupted Training and Reapportioning – helps training providers understand and comply with their reporting obligations during this period
  • Skills First and Covid-19 – Questions and Answers – answers to commonly asked questions.

Learn Local pre-accredited training

The ACFE Board has issued two fact sheets on the funding and delivery arrangements for pre-accredited training for the remainder of Term 2, 2020.  

Training remotely or online

The Department is communicating regularly with universities, TAFEs and training organisations to ensure they have the most up-to-date information from the Victorian Chief Health Officer and the Australian Chief Medical Officer.

All TAFEs and training organisations are encouraged to increase their ability to deliver training remotely or online where possible. Learn Locals should adopt these approaches to support continuity of provision of pre-accredited training where there is existing capability and capacity.

We understand that this may be difficult for some courses, such as trades. Where activities continue to happen on campus, it is recognised that physical distancing in some practical/hands-on teaching and learning spaces may not always be appropriate or practical, in this situation best efforts to maintain physical distancing should be made and other strategies to reduce risk of transmission emphasised (e.g. hand hygiene and cleaning).

Any staff who can work from home should now be working from home. If this is not possible, physical distancing advice should be strictly followed at all times.

Attendance

From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

From 11.59pm AEDT 28 March 2020, all travelers arriving in Australia will be required to undertake a mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival.

This includes students and staff who may be returning from overseas excursions or other travel.

On 12 June 2020, the Commonwealth Government announced a pilot program that would allow international students to enter the country on pre-approved plans for particular institutions, starting in July. The pilot is the first step to a larger-scale return of international students to Australia. At this stage, only states and territories that do not have interstate border controls in place will be eligible for the pilot.

Advice for international students

We encourage international students to get the most up-to-date information by:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in many languages.

The Department is working closely with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, and universities, TAFEs and training providers to understand and respond to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on international students.

VET delivered to school students at Registered Training Organisations

Please see current advice at the Schools page ‘Changes to Student Learning’ under the heading 'Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidance note - Victorian Public Sector

All TAFEs are referred to the guidance note Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) guidance note - Victorian Public Sector

This Guidance Note applies to the Victorian TAFE Sector and provides useful information about safe working practices, managing leave requests and employees undertaking overseas travel.

Childcare services

There are a number of providers that also deliver childcare services.

These providers can subscribe to the Department of Education and Training early childhood education and care COVID-19 updates.

Advice for Learn Local organisations

Learn Local organisations with a current Business Governance Status (BGS) assessment due by 31 March 2020 are advised that the ACFE Board has approved a six-month extension to this requirement until 30 September 2020.

You can find more information about this in the latest memo.