COVID-19 (Coronavirus) information

Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to ensure the vocational education and training (VET) sector in WA is well placed to manage COVID-19 developments. 

We are working closely with lead agencies including Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Health to ensure our approach is informed by, and aligns with, central coordination points. 
 

Covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information

WA's recent low numbers are encouraging, and the WA Government thanks the community for playing their part and taking this seriously. We cannot be complacent and need everyone in WA to stay the course. This will give us the best chance of protecting every Western Australian. Information and advice on the COVID-19 coronavirus for the community and business in Western Australia is available on the WA Government website.

TAFE classes resume

In line with the COVID-19 Roadmap for WA and further easing of restrictions, TAFE colleges are returning to normal arrangements for training delivery where possible — in accordance with health guidelines. Face to face delivery is resuming where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented. For further information, please refer to your TAFE college's website.

Minimising personal risk

The risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission in Australia remains low, however the situation is evolving. Western Australians should remain alert, but not be alarmed.

  • Follow good hygiene practices such as washing your hands with soap, covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact (maintain a distance of at least one metre) with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

If you have cold or flu-like symptoms and/or are concerned that you may have been in contact with some who has, or if you become unwell and think you may have symptoms of Coronavirus, seek medical attention. Tell your doctor about your symptoms, travel history and any recent close contact with someone who has or may have Coronavirus.

Training sector pandemic incident response to COVID-19

The Department of Training and Workforce Development Executive and TAFE Managing Directors are working together to manage our Pandemic Incident Response Plan, with a key focus on minimising risk to students and staff. It’s important that we take precautions wherever possible to control the spread of the virus.

We continue to liaise closely with lead agencies in Western Australia, including the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Department of Health, to ensure our approach is consistent with current information and advice. 

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19

In response to reported cases of COVID-19 in Australia and overseas, the Department of Training and Workforce Development and TAFE are acting on national public health advice from the Australian Department of Health. A highly precautionary approach is recommended.
 

  • Students who have been in contact with any confirmed COVID-19 cases should self-isolate for 14 days following exposure and stay away from TAFE.

National public health advice is on the Australian Department of Health website

The WA Department of Health website has further information and fact sheets for parents, students and staff, and access to a helpline on 1800 300 243.

The following frequently asked questions provide general advice and information for students, staff, parents/carers and all other visitors to TAFE campuses and Department of Training and Workforce Development workplaces. Information will be updated as advised by health authorities.

WA TAFE colleges training delivery

Is TAFE open?

Yes. Western Australian TAFE colleges remain open. In line with the COVID-19 WA roadmap and further easing of restrictions TAFE colleges are working on the return to normal arrangements where possible and in accordance with the health guidelines. Face-to-face delivery will resume where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented.

Are online courses continuing?

Yes. If you are currently doing your course online, this will continue.

In line with the COVID-19 WA roadmap and further easing of restrictions TAFE colleges are working on the return to normal arrangements where possible and in accordance with the health guidelines. Face-to-face delivery will resume where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented.

How are TAFEs preventing the spread of COVID-19?

Hygiene practices and social distancing are being practiced in accordance with the most current health advice.

Lecturers are advising students to practice social distancing measures, and are applying and monitoring social distancing during classes.

What are the cleaning arrangement for TAFE colleges?

TAFEs have increased cleaning across all campuses, in line with the current advice from the Department of Health.

How are international students being assisted?

International students can ask their lecturer or International Centrefor more information about their specific circumstance.

As always, TAFE International is available to provide personal assistance to students who are unsure about any issue. Assistance is available by phone on 08 9218 2100 and by email via admissions.tiwa@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Are Jobs and Skills Centres still open?

Yes. Jobs and Skills Centres are open and available to provide free career and training information and advice to students and members of the community. Please visit the Jobs and Skills WA page of our website to find out more about services available at your local JSC.

General questions

What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a type of virus that can affect humans and animals. Some coronaviruses cause illnesses similar to the common cold, and others cause more serious illnesses,including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The current coronavirus is called ‘novel’ because it is new and had not been detected before this outbreak. 
How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

The risk of COVID-19 transmission in Australia remains low, however, the situation is evolving. To minimise your risk:

  • follow good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands with soap and covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing; and
  • avoid close contact (maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres) with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.

For students

Can I attend classes, if I don't have to self-isolate? 

If you are still attending face to face training, but you are unwell you should not attend class — even if you haven’t had contact with a person who may have COVID-19.  It is important that you stay home and only return to class when you are well again.

Will I miss out on my studies or fail my course if I have to self-isolate, or if I get sick?

If you are required to self-isolate, or become ill with Coronavirus, you can arrange other ways to continue your  studies.

Please make phone or email contact with your trainer/lecturer, or contact your training provider directly if you would like more information about available options.

I am very stressed and worried about the Coronavirus. Can someone help?

It's reasonable to be concerned about the Coronavirus, but try to remember that experts here in Australia and all around the world are working hard to keep people as well as possible. You should also feel assured that your training provider is taking all necessary steps to minimise the risk for their students.

The Beyond Blue website has some useful tips and information that may help with your concerns.

Your lecturer/trainer may be able to help, or you could also phone the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 for free advice.