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COVID-19 Student Update

/ Coronavirus Student Updates
We welcome the news delivered by the Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today, that the lockdown in regional Victoria will end at 11.59pm tonight.

This means:

  • primary and secondary schools return tomorrow
  • 5km radius from your home has been lifted
  • five reasons to leave home no longer apply
  • still no visitors or gatherings allowed at home
  • cafes and restaurants can open for seated service
  • retail and beauty will open with density limits as well as entertainment and community venues
  • public gatherings outdoors (not at private residences) will be allowed with up to 10 people
  • maximum of 50 people permitted at weddings and funerals
  • masks are will still be required everywhere indoors and outdoors, except for private residences

However please remember that COVIDSafe behaviours like checking in everywhere and every time, wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, and getting vaccinated when you’re eligible remain key.

How does the change in restrictions impact training delivery at SWTAFE?

For Higher Education and Training the Victorian Government has advised if you can study from home you should continue to study from home. SWTAFE are therefore carefully planning the transition back to on-campus studies.

Only the following classes will return to campus as outlined, all other classes will remain as remote learning (from home) unless you receive direction from your teacher to come on campus for any required practical classes.

And please remember, if you are unwell, do not attend a SWTAFE Campus.  If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, you should get tested for COVID-19.

From tomorrow, Tuesday 10 August, the following classes will be returning to on-campus delivery as per timetable:

  • VCAL (all campuses)
  • English as an Additional Language classes
  • All visual art classes (Warrnambool and Colac)
  • Certificate III in Tourism
  • Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management
  • Certificate III in Information Technology
  • Certificate III in Accounts Administration
  • Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • VET Delivered to Secondary Students (all campuses)
  • Certificate II in Agriculture
  • Diploma of Agriculture
  • Non-accredited night welding short course
  • Short courses as timetabled (with the exception of the first aid and coffee making short courses which will be rescheduled)

Training within workplaces will recommence in the regional areas for bakery, butchery, hospitality, education support, sport and recreation, and early childhood education and care courses.

From Wednesday 11 August, the following classes will be returning to on-campus delivery as per timetable:

  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Certificate IV in Wool Classing

Next week, from Monday 16 August, the following classes will be returning to on-campus delivery as per timetable:

  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Colac)
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Glenormiston)
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) (Glenormiston)
  • Certificate IV in Agriculture (Glenormiston)
  • Certificate IV in Engineering

NDIS Participants

From Tuesday 10 August, NDIS programs and support will transition back to campus through South West Disability Services. Please note that our Disability courses will return to campus on the following dates:

  • Certificate I Work Education – Tuesday 10 August
  • Certificate I Transition Education- Wednesday 11 August
  • Certificate I Initial Adult Literacy and Numeracy – Thursday 12 August
  • Portland - Certificate I courses will resume Wednesday 11 August

Thank you

We sure are being tested for our flexibility!  So, thank you all for being as fluid as possible as we fluctuate in and out of restrictions.

If you need any assistance please speak to your teacher or our Student Support team, all of whom are here to help.

We will continue to provide you with timely updates.

Best regards,
Mark Fidge
CEO