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COVID-19 Student Update

/ Coronavirus Student Updates
SWTAFE business operations continue in line with current Victorian Government restrictions for the Higher Education sector.

This means upon term 4 commencing, on Monday 4th October, remote learning will continue (unless identified as permitted study and specified below) for all students.

Current COVID+ cases in the Warrnambool area

Given the current situation with a number of COVID+ cases across 4 households in the Warrnambool area, we reiterate this important message from South West Healthcare:

It’s vitally important our communities continue their good COVIDSafe practices of mask wearing, hand sanitising and not receiving visitors in their homes and, most importantly, with the rise in case numbers it’s important to limit your movement in and around our region.

The best protection against COVD is vaccination.  It’s important that people get vaccinated when they can.  To make a booking online visit portal.cvms.vic.gov.au.

Mandatory QR code sign-in at every SWTAFE site

Please continue to sign-in with QR codes when entering any campus building.
We now have a QR code for every building at each campus.  It is of great importance that these are utilised by all students attending a SWTAFE site.

A reminder of what to do if you have you been to an exposure site

Any students that have been to an exposure site should follow the Department of Health guidelines:

TIER 1 Site exposure:

  • Get tested and isolate immediately
  • Quarantine for 14 days

 TIER 2 Site exposure:

  • Get tested and isolate immediately
  • Isolate until negative test received

If you do need to isolate or quarantine please advise your SWTAFE teacher immediately.

What this means for SWTAFE Staff & Students

TAFE campuses remain closed and the bulk of courses will continue as remote learning, unless identified as permitted study.

The only authorised classes that are currently permitted on-site are:

  • Certificate III in Plumbing (Apprentices)
  • Certificate III in Automotive (Apprentices) 
  • Certificate II in Automotive (Pre-apprentices) 
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology Electrician (Pre-apprentices)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician (Apprentices)
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making
  • Certificate III in Cabinet Making
  • Certificate II in Building (Pre-apprentices)
  • Certificate III in Building (Apprentices)
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical (Apprentices)
  • Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication (Apprentices)
  • Certificate II in Engineering
  • Certificate IV in Engineering (night)
  • Certificate II in Kitchen Operations
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Horticulture
  • Certificate IV in Wool Classing
  • Elevated Work Platform
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate III in Community Services VET DSS
  • Certificate III in Community Services (SBATS)
  • Certificate III in Visual Arts
  • Diploma of Visual Arts
  • WDHS Micro-credentials
  • VCAL Senior
  • EAL

While campuses will be closed, our Customer Service teams will still be available via 1300 648 911 or learn@swtafe.edu.au or via chat on our website swtafe.edu.au 

We will continue to keep you informed

As this is an evolving situation locally, we will ensure that we communicate with you promptly should there be any updates or changes to business operations or course delivery.

Enjoy your weekend.

Mark Fidge
CEO
South West TAFE