COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information

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Vaccination requirements for staff and students

For staff: There is no change to the existing two-dose and three-dose vaccination mandates for all staff (unless exempt). This means that most Higher Education workers continue to require two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to work outside their home unless they have a valid exception.

For students: While most students and other visitors attending onsite (excluding paid or volunteer workers) are no longer required to show evidence that they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination, those undertaking placements must continue to adhere to the vaccination mandate that applies to their sector.

Pure Academy students: as an operating hair, beauty and massage facility to the public, Pure Academy will be following industry vaccination requirements where two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are required. Therefore, all students are required to show evidence that they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination.
Before Pure Academy students attend a SWTAFE campus you will need to provide evidence of vaccination via one of the three following ways:

  1. Upload evidence of your vaccination here.
  2. Email your vaccination evidence to studentinfo@swtafe.edu.au
  3. Attend your nearest campus and register your vaccination information with one of our Customer Service team members

Please note: all medical information submitted by you will be stored by SWTAFE in accordance with the relevant privacy legislation. SWTAFE will only collect, hold and disclose Vaccination Information as necessary to comply with its obligations under the Mandatory Vaccination Directions issued by the Chief Health Officer under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

QR code and face mask requirements

QR code check-in requirements will no longer be in place for TAFEs, universities and other training and adult education providers.

Any students or staff members who wish to wear a mask may do so, including those who are medically at-risk.

Requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19

People who return a positive PCR or rapid antigen test for COVID-19, must isolate for 7 days.

You must also notify SWTAFE if you were onsite during your infectious period (in the 48 hours prior to returning the positive result if you had no symptoms, or in the 48 hours before you first experienced symptoms of COVID-19), so SWTAFE can notify potentially exposed staff and students.

How to report a COVID-19 case to SWTAFE

If you are a student or staff member of SWTAFE and need to report a positive COVID case, please immediately contact Andrew Long.

During business hours:
Call 5564 8821
Students email Incident.Response@swtafe.edu.au
Staff email CovidReporting@swtafe.edu.au

After hours:
Contact 0418 363 956 

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 and completed their 7-day isolation period are not required to get tested or isolate/quarantine if re-exposed to a case within 12 weeks (previously within 8 weeks) of ending their isolation period.

If a recovered case develops new symptoms during the 12-week period, they should get tested for COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses (for example, influenza) and remain at home until symptoms resolve. Those at high risk of severe disease should consider seeking advice from their primary care provider.

Rules for household contacts

Household contacts are not required to self-quarantine if they follow these requirements for a period of 7 days.

  • To continue working onsite at SWTAFE during this period, all household contacts will be required to wear a face mask indoors at work (and in all indoor settings when outside of your home) and conduct at least 5 rapid antigen tests over the course of the 7 days. These tests must be at least 24 hours apart.
  • Household contacts must have returned a negative rapid antigen test prior to working on site, and must not work onsite if they return a positive rapid antigen test. If a household contact does test positive they must follow the checklist for cases, report their result and isolate for 7 days.
  • Household contacts must notify SWTAFE that they are a household contact if they are attending during the household contact period.
  • Household contacts must not visit a hospital or care facility. It is strongly recommended that household contacts also do not interact with members of their family or the community who may be at risk of severe disease from COVID-19, including the elderly.

Vaccinations are the key to staying well

Influenza (or ‘the flu’) is a highly contagious virus that causes widespread illness every year. The Victorian Department of Health recommends a flu shot as the best way to protect against the flu and reduce the spread of it during the coming months. Note that the flu vaccine cannot give you influenza as it does not contain any live virus. If you are still awaiting your COVID vaccination or booster shot this can be administered at the same time as your flu vaccine. There is no requirement for a time interval between these vaccines.

Further information

For more information on current restrictions, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au. It is the single destination for all Victorian COVID-19 information and resources, including information about TAFE, university, training and adult education providers, apprentices and trainees, and health and wellbeing.

Please see below all COVID-19 communications released by SWTAFE

VIEW COMMUNICATION RELEASED TO STUDENTS

VIEW COMMUNICATION RELEASED TO CONTRACTORS

Reporting a COVID case to SWTAFE info card. Call 5564 8821 during business hours or 0418363956 after hours.