Some new measures have been put in place to help manage COVID-19 in Australia.
- Non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned by the Australian Government from 18 March 2020.
- The Australian Government announced Level 4 travel advice for Australia: do not travel. All Australians are advised to reconsider their need for overseas travel at this time.
These measures are in addition to requirements in place from 16 March:
- anyone arriving in Australia from overseas will be required to self-isolate for
14 days; and
- non-essential outdoor gatherings for more than 500 people are banned.
What does this mean for TAFE staff, students and visitors?
TAFE colleges are open and students can attend classes.
All students, staff, parents/carers, contractors, visitors and volunteers should continue to follow health advice for self isolation.
- Anyone who has returned from overseas cannot attend TAFE for 14 days.
- Anyone who has been informed by public health authorities that they have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19), they must also isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case.
If this is you, please notify your TAFE college immediately to advise you will be away for the isolation period, and confirm the date/s and location/s of your travel.
What does ‘isolation’ involve?
- Please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health isolation guidelines for further information about isolation.
- For further information or advice, please contact your TAFE college directly.
Everyone should practise ‘social distancing’.
This means you should keep a safe distance between you and others in public places, and you should not shake hands or hug when greeting others.
From 16 March 2020, the medical advice preventing non-essential, organised gatherings of 500 people or more going ahead will be enforced. This is for indoor and outdoor events. From 18 March 2020 non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned by the Australian Government.
For TAFE colleges, this means smaller gatherings, such as graduations and forums will probably be cancelled. You will be notified by your TAFE college of events that have been cancelled.
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.
Further information and assistance
- 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.