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COVID-19 ADVICE TO OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY

Last reviewed: 13 September 2021
Last updated: 13 September 2021

 
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WEARING A MASK AT TAFE QUEENSLAND

If you are attending a class or training on a campus in South East Queensland (listed below) should wear a mask at all times when you are indoors, even when physical distancing is possible. You may remove your mask if you are eating or drinking, you are alone in an office or meeting room with the door closed, or it is unsafe to wear a mask. In the case of educational delivery, our teachers will wear a mask but may remove it if required to provide a clear instruction during delivery, putting the mask back on once finished giving the instruction. There are some exceptions to the mask wearing requirement.

 
RESTRICTIONS ARE CURRENTLY ACTIVE

SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND RESTRICTIONS APPLY ON-CAMPUS

The following restrictions remain in place for campuses in South East Queensland including: Acacia Ridge, Bracken Ridge, Browns Plains, Eagle Farm, Grovely, Inala, Mt Gravatt, South Bank, Ashmore, Coolangatta, Coomera, Coomera Marine, Southport, Ipswich, Springfield, Lockyer Valley (Gatton), Loganlea, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Alexandra Hills, Maroochydore / AITC, Mooloolaba, Nambour and the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI).

  • Mask wearing – all students, staff and visitors to TAFE Queensland campuses should wear a face mask at all times when indoors, even when physical distancing is possible. You may remove your mask if you are eating or drinking, you are alone in an office or meeting room with the door closed, or it is unsafe to wear a mask. In the case of educational delivery, our teachers will wear a mask but may remove it if required to provide a clear instruction during delivery, putting the mask back on once finished giving the instruction. There are some exceptions to the mask wearing requirement.
  • Maintain physical distancing – in addition to mask wearing, please keep up the good work with maintain 1.5m physical distancing wherever practicable.
  • Observe occupant density– please observe all capacity signage on campus. Limit large gatherings, avoid crowds and consider technology solutions for study sessions and meetings in place of face-to-face.
  • Remember to check in – keep up the good work using the check-in codes and the Check-in Qld app. This is important and supports Queensland Health conduct contact tracing if required.
  • Vocational placement(at clinical or care facilities)– Currently, the Queensland Government requires anyone in a restricted local government area that only students fully vaccinated against COVID-19 enter hospitals, residential aged care facilities, and disability accommodation services to undertake a clinical placement. If you are not fully vaccinated, your placement will be paused.

RESTRICTIONS FOR NSW BORDER RESIDENTS

From 1am Monday 13 September 2021 people who have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed to cross the Queensland border to or from the identified New South Wales border zone for essential work, including volunteer work, or other purposes.  This means providing an you have received a single dose of vaccine, and you will be able to cross the border to attend any classes that were scheduled as face-to-face for the week commencing 13 September 2021. 

To enter Queensland from the border zone people will need to complete a Queensland entry pass, get tested if you develop COVID-19 symptoms after entering the state, monitor interstate exposure sites and comply with stay at home and face mask requirements.

For clarity the following NSW Local Government Areas where restrictions have eased can travel into Queensland:

Tweed, Ballina, Byron, Moree Plains, Gwydir, Clarence Valley, Inverell, Glen Innes Severn Shire, Tenterfield, Kyogle, Richmond Valley and Lismore.

 
 
 

PLEASE CHECK IN AT TAFE QUEENSLAND

From 1am Friday 9 July, the Check In Qld app is mandatory for businesses across a range of sectors, including TAFE Queensland.

The Check In Qld app is a safe, secure and convenient way to support the Queensland Government’s contact tracing efforts.

Students, staff, contractors, and visitors must check-in at TAFE Queensland. The easiest way to check-in is to use the Check In Qld app and scan the QR code on arrival before starting class or work each day. QR codes are conveniently located at venue entry points.

Some blocks, venues and on-campus services (such as restaurants, gyms, live salons, cafes and auditoriums) on our campuses have their own unique QR codes which you or our students will be required to scan before entering.

Your details will be stored securely by the Queensland Government for contact tracing only (if required). TAFE Queensland will not have access to this information, nor will any third parties.

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.

 

CLOSE CONTACT EXPOSURE

If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you are requested to self-isolate for 14 days following the last exposure.

If you complete your full 14-day isolation follow the advice of Queensland Health.

If you are a student and you took self-isolation precautions please contact us on 1300 308 233 to discuss returning to class.

 

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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