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COVID-19 ADVICE TO OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY

Last reviewed: 22 July 2021
Last updated: 22 July 2021

 
IMPORTANT: RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE FOR QUEENSLAND

Restrictions remain in place for a number of impacted areas and all of Queensland, from 6am AEST Friday 16 July.  Please visit the Queensland Health website for more information.

Please adhere to restrictions while at TAFE Queensland.

MASK WEARING – SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

All residents within impacted areas must adhere to Queensland Government restrictions, which means carrying a face mask at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.

Please carry a mask with you at all times, and wear it while indoors at TAFE Queensland where it is safe to do so and you are unable to maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres from others (where practicable).

This advice is applicable to the following campus locations:

REST OF QUEENSLAND

Please visit the Queensland Health website for more information.

NSW BORDER CLOSURE AND BORDER ZONE

From 1am AEST Friday 23 July 2021 all of New South Wales will be a declared hotspot. A NSW border zone will come into effect at this time.

If you reside in the border zone you are permitted to enter Queensland for a permitted purpose including attending work, study or training at TAFE Queensland.

ADVICE CURRENT FOR ALL CAMPUSES

It’s also important that you:

  • be mindful of physical distancing (keep 1.5 metres distance between yourself and others where practicable) and room capacities in elevators and common areas
  • stay home and take care of yourself if you are sick or feeling unwell, and get tested if you have even the mildest symptoms of COVID-19
  • practise good hygiene, including regular hand-washing
  • clean equipment after use with wipes provided
  • check the contact tracing site regularly
  • always follow the advice of the Queensland Government

If you are required to get tested and isolate, please do not attend campus and notify your teacher. Your studies will not be negatively impacted – your health and safety is priority.

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PLACEMENT VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS IN IMPACTED AREAS FOR RESTRICTED VULNERABLE FACILITIES

In order to keep Queenslanders safe, on 6 July 2021 Queensland Government introduced new vaccination requirements for all students on placement within Impacted Areas.

If you are a student you should have received communication directly to your nominated email with information and next steps. If you have not received communication or would like to understand how these changes affect your placement you can contact our hotline on 3307 4789. Some specific information for students is below.

For further information about Queensland Health restrictions or the requirement to vaccinate if you are attending placement in a restricted vulnerable facility, please visit the Queensland Health website.

 

FOR STUDENTS IN SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND

From 8.00pm Wednesday 7 July 2021, all students who are on a placement within the Impacted Areas (as above) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before they may be permitted to enter a restricted vulnerable facility (hospital, residential aged care, disability accommodation services, or correctional centre).  On 15 July 2021 the Premier of Queensland announced this measure would be extended until Friday 23 July 2021, at this stage.

IMPORTANT: Queensland Health has advised that students who have been in a local government area subject to restrictions in the preceding 14 days (from actual or proposed entry to a restricted facility) will not be able to enter any facility in Queensland without being fully vaccinated. This means if you are not fully vaccinated, we may not be able to start your vocational placement again until 6 August 2021 at the earliest, subject to restrictions easing.

 

FOR STUDENTS IN NORTH QUEENSLAND

Restricted area status for North Queensland (Townsville City including Magnetic Island, and Palm Island) was lifted at 6am Friday 16 July.  However, Queensland Health has advised that students who have been in a local government area subject to restrictions in the preceding 14 days (from actual or proposed entry to a restricted facility) will not be able to enter any facility in Queensland without being fully vaccinated. This means if you are not fully vaccinated, we may not be able to start your vocational placement again until 30 August 2021 at the earliest.  If your vaccination status changes during this time you may be able to restart you vocational placement sooner.

 
 
 

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. 

 

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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