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COVID-19 ADVICE TO OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY

Last reviewed: 10 February 2022
Last updated: 10 February 2022

 
Thank you all for your continued support and cooperation as we work together to keep our TAFE Queensland campuses safe.

SEMESTER ONE CLASSES HAVE COMMENCED

As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, TAFE Queensland has started Semester One training delivery as scheduled, with TAFE at School program delivery schedule to start from Monday 7 February 2022.

For the first few weeks of the semester most of our training programs have moved to online formats. Some training programs are continuing to be offered face-to-face where safe to do so and to complete necessary practical training.

** Operational changes have been implemented at the Palm Island campus and on-site training delivery will be paused at this location until further notice.

These precautions will help to slow COVID-19 transmission in Queensland, minimise the risk to our staff and students, and ease any disruptions to our training delivery.

TAFE Queensland will continue our commitment to keeping our staff, students and communities safe over the coming weeks by following the Queensland Health directions (including mandatory mask wearing).

Thank you all for your continued support and cooperation as we work together to keep our TAFE Queensland campuses safe.

 

STUDENTS

Congratulations for choosing to study with TAFE Queensland. We look forward to you starting your studies with us as scheduled.

If there are changes to the way your course will be delivered over the next few weeks a TAFE Queensland representative will be in contact with you.

Keeping you safe when you study at TAFE Queensland is our top priority. For more information about our training delivery and health and safety advice in response to the current COVID-19 situation, please continue reading below, contact your teacher directly or call our COVID-19 Hotline on (07) 3307 4789.

 

TAFE AT SCHOOL

To align with the Queensland Governments decision to delay the start of the 2022 school year in Queensland, TAFE Queensland will also start Semester One TAFE at School program delivery from Monday 7 February 2022.

If there are changes to the way your course will be delivered over the next few weeks your local TAFE at School Team will be in contact with you, and your school, closer to your scheduled start date.

 

EMPLOYERS

We know how important it is that your apprentice or trainee is progressing through their training. To give you certainty and enable your own operational planning, we will be delivering face-to-face training where it is safe to do so along with moving some training to online formats as appropriate.

If there are any changes to our training delivery that will impact your apprentice or trainee, a TAFE Queensland representative will be in contact with you closer to their scheduled start date. Conversely, please contact TAFE Queensland immediately if your apprentice or trainee is unable to attend their training as planned.

 

MANDATORY MASK WEARING 

Effective from 2 January 2022 you must wear a mask in all indoor spaces including at TAFE Queensland where it is safe to do so. There are some exemptions. In instances where you are unable or it is unsafe to wear a mask, you are strongly encouraged to consider a face shield, and maintain physical distancing.

 

PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS

  • Get tested and stay home when sick – if unwell, even with only very mild symptoms, it’s extremely important to get tested and stay at home until you get the results
  • Use the Check in Qld app on arrival at TAFE Queensland, and at each building as you move around campuses
  • Keep your distance from each other
  • Practise good hand hygiene.

REQUIREMENTS FOR CONFIRMED CASES AND CLOSE CONTACTS

In line with new national guidelines, from 12:00am on Friday 31 December 2021, the following changes to the requirements for confirmed cases and close, casual and low risk contact have come into effect:

 

Vocational placements requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID

 
 
 
Confirmed cases or close contacts on campus

In the event of a confirmed case or close contact on campus we have processes in place to ensure the safety of our staff and students while also minimising any disruptions to our course delivery. Find out what the process is if you or your teacher are impacted by COVID-19.

 

Teacher is a confirmed case/close contact 

Student is a confirmed case/close contact

 

CHECKINg in AT TAFE QUEENSLAND

On 7 February 2022, the Queensland Government announced changes to the collection of contact information via the Check In Qld App for businesses including TAFE Queensland.

Where businesses are permitted to allow unvaccinated people to attend, those businesses no longer need to collect contact information via the Check In Qld app. This applies to the majority of TAFE Queensland campuses/locations.

Where businesses are only permitted to allow fully vaccinated people to attend, TAFE Queensland must continue to collect contact information and proof of vaccination via the Check In Qld app (or where the app cannot be used, by suitable alternative means). This applies to those TAFE Queensland campuses impacted by the Public Health Direction COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Workers in a High-Risk Setting.

Therefore, staff, students and visitors are reminded to continue to check in via the Check In Qld app at these campuses:

 

  • Gympie including Trade Training Centre
  • Maryborough Trade Training Centre
  • Atherton
  • Cairns
  • Dalrymple Trade Training Centre
  • Innisfail
  • Palm Island (Lower and Upper)
  • Thursday Island
  • Dalby
  • Oakey
  • Alexandra Hills
How to check in at your TAFE Queensland campus

Please click on the video above to view our check in instructions. 

 

On-campus information for foreign language students

If you are having trouble with check-in using your phone's camera, you can enter the 6-digit code located on the QR code poster.

Under the current Queensland Health COVID-19 directive, some of our facilities, for example the auditoriums in our Brisbane campuses, are required to have allocated seating. Please follow the venue instructions at all locations for seating.

 

While you are required to check-in for contact tracing purposes, you don’t need to do this using the app. For students and employees who don’t have a smartphone or aren’t comfortable downloading apps, we can take your details using another method. Please speak with your teacher or a staff member at your location, or ask a friend to add you to their check-in.

One of our employees or an employee of an on-campus service may ask to see confirmation of your check-in. If asked, you are required to show evidence of check-in. If you used the app, simply present your check-in confirmation screen. If you didn’t use the app, you should present a copy of the manual check-in confirmation or from your friend’s.

Further detail of the businesses and activities that are now required to use the Check In Qld app is included in Queensland Health’s Restrictions on Business, Activities and Undertakings Direction.

Recording your check-in information when you attend a TAFE Queensland campus, or access a unique on-campus facility or service is the most important information to enable the Queensland Government’s contact tracers to focus on their investigation. Recording a check-out time is not a requirement.

For more information about the app, how to download the app on iOS or Android devices, and it’s functionality please visit the Queensland Government website.

Complaints and feedback about the Check In Qld app can be submitted online at www.complaints.services.qld.gov.au or by calling 134 COVID (13 42 68).

 
 

INTERNATIONAL BORDER CONTROL MEASURES

For information and updates on Australia's immigration and border arrangements during the COVID-19 outbreak please visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR CONFIRMED CASES AND CLOSE CONTACTS

In line with new national guidelines, from 12:00am on Friday 31 December 2021, the following changes to the requirements for confirmed cases and close, casual and low risk contact have come into effect:

Casual contacts who have been potentially exposed to a case but who are at lower risk of infection must monitor for symptoms and take a PCR test if symptoms occur.

 

STAYING INFORMED 

Safety and wellbeing is TAFE Queensland’s top priority and we will continue to follow the advice provided by Queensland Health, who is leading the State Government’s response to COVID-19.

Please make sure you stay up-to-date with reliable sources, such as:

 

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