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WA Government Mandatory Vaccinations

Last updated 18 January 2022

On 23 December 2021, the Premier announced that WA workers who come under an existing COVID-19 vaccine mandate will now be required to have a third dose as part of the  COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy(opens in a new tab) . 

The mandatory vaccination policy applies to workers in high risk-industries, those interacting with people at an increased risk of being infected with COVID-19, or people who are vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19, or other critical workers. 

How will this affect my TAFE studies?

To participate in live works training areas and work placements in industries covered by the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy, TAFE students are required to be double vaccinated. If eligible, students are also required to have a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, within a month of becoming eligible.

Students will be required to provide evidence to TAFE of their vaccination status before attending work placement or participating in live works training area.  The evidence will be collected in class and stored securely. 

To better protect your health, your family and your community, everyone is strongly urged to receive their third dose, when eligible, even if not covered by this policy.

If the course you have been enrolled into requires you to undertake a mandatory work placement with an employer or participate in a 'live works' training area of the college this advice applies to you. The industry associated with the work placement or the live works is required to have a COVID-19 vaccinated workforce.

TAFE students are required to be double vaccinated. If eligible, students are also required to have a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, within a month of becoming eligible.                                                

Further information can be found on the wa.gov.au website.

Before you participate in live works or go on work placement, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status to Central Regional TAFE.

Suitable forms of evidence can be seen in the image gallery at right, and can be downloaded or printed from MyGov(opens in a new tab) .

 

WA Government Mandatory Mask Wearing

Masks must be worn in all indoor public settings effective from 6pm Sunday 16 January in the Perth and Peel regions following the latest health advice.

Anyone who has been in Perth or Peel since 6 January, and is now in another region will also need to follow the mask rules. This includes staff, students and visitors to all Central Regional TAFE campuses. 

Please check the advice on exposure sites which are listed on the HealthyWA website.(opens in a new tab)   

If you have been in Perth and Peel since January 6 and are unwell and have symptoms, you should go and get tested immediately and isolate until you receive a negative result. Testing locations can be found here.

 

Still deciding what to study?

Consider the essential job requirements of entering your chosen industry.  This may include mandatory vaccinations, medical screening, national police clearance, working with children check, drug and alcohol testing.

 

Staying safe

Please continue to:

  • use the ServiceWA app to check-in on campus
  • practice good hygiene, use hand sanitiser and follow the latest State Government advice on mask-wearing.

Campuses are being cleaned on a regular basis, and hand sanitiser is available across campuses in key locations. 

We encourage you to keep up to date with the latest information and health advice by visiting the WA Government website(opens in a new tab)

We will update this page and our social media channels as further information becomes available. 

If you have questions or need assistance please contact us:

T: 1800 672 700
E: info@crtafe.wa.edu.au 
or on Facebook Messenger

Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

  • The mandatory vaccination policy is to protect WA and safeguard essential services and businesses for the long-term.  More information on the policy can be found here.
  • Vaccination significantly reduces the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 and helps to reduce the rate of transmission.
  • Based on health advice, TAFE colleges are included in Group 2 industries and occupations because they are deemed critical to the ongoing delivery of services to the community.
  • The VET sector has significant interaction with Group 1 and Group 2 industries and occupations through the training of apprentices, trainees, schools and supervision of work placements.
  • Any person who works on a TAFE campus must comply with the Public Health Act Direction.  This includes TAFE employees, co-located services and contractors, and students doing ‘live works’ on campus in Group 1 or Group 2 occupations.
  • TAFE employees must:
    • have their first dose on or prior to 31 December 2021 because from 12:01 am on 1 January 2022, a TAFE employee must not enter or remain at an TAFE campus if the person has not been partially vaccinated against COVID-19;
    • have their second dose on or prior to 30 January 2022 because from 12:01 am on 31 January 2022, a TAFE employee must not enter or remain at a TAFE campus if the person has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19; or
    • have a medical or temporary exemption, as defined under the Directions.

  • Students attending campus to study are exempt from this mandate unless they are doing ‘live works’ in a Group 1 or Group 2 occupation.
  • The Public Health Act Direction makes mandatory vaccination a condition of the workplace to ensure TAFE campuses are safe places for the public to attend.
  • There is no impact on visitors and students attending in a non-working capacity.
  • Visitors will not need to be vaccinated to attend a TAFE campus.
  • If a person attends a TAFE campus very regularly (ie. more than once a week) to carry out their work, they will need to be vaccinated in accordance with the requirements for Group 2 – first dose prior to 1 January 2022 and double dose vaccinated prior to 31 January 2022.
  • This may include Department of Training and Workforce Development staff and contractors such as cleaners, hospitality workers, and maintenance workers.  
  • If a person is required to be vaccinated under the Public Health Act Direction, they will be excluded from the workplace from 1 January 2022 if they haven’t had their first dose by that day.
  • In addition, if a person is required to be vaccinated under the Public Health Act Direction, they will be excluded from the workplace from 31 January 2022 if they are not double dose vaccinated by that day.
  • Yes, Jobs and Skills Centre staff working at TAFE campuses must comply with the Public Health Act Direction and be vaccinated in accordance with the timeframes for Group 2.
  • The Public Health Act Directions provide for limited exemptions.
  • Exemption on medical grounds must be obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) using their IM011 form.  This must be completed by your GP or specialist medical practitioners and submitted to the (AIR) for assessment. Where an exemption is provided by AIR, this must be provided to your employer as proof of exemption.
  • A person may apply for temporary exemption from the Chief Health Officer.  Applications and supporting documentation must be submitted to COVIDVaccinationExemption@health.wa.gov.au.  A temporary exemption will only last for a limited time and may be subject to terms and conditions.

FAQs for students

  • Mandatory vaccination of TAFE employees will help keep campuses safe places to learn.
  • Students are asked to continue using the SafeWA app(opens in a new tab) to check-in on campus and practice good personal hygiene – wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Campuses are being cleaned on a regular basis, with particular attention to high contact surfaces. Hand sanitiser is available across campuses in key locations.

If your course includes a live works training component, in an occupation that is affected by the mandatory vaccine policy, you will need to be vaccinated.  Check the relevant course page for the specific requirements of your course.

If you are an apprentice or trainee working in a Group 1 or Group 2 industry, or your course or training program includes an industry work placement in Group 1 or Group 2 work sites, you will need to be vaccinated according to the Group 1 or Group 2 dates, or you may not be able to complete your course.

More information

To support the efforts of keeping WA safe, we encourage you to download the State Government's free SERVICEWA app prior to visiting a campus. When you arrive at some of our facilities you will need to 'check in' via scanning a QR code before entering. If you don't have the app on your phone, you'll need to sign a printed registration form. 

This process is a requirement across various businesses in WA (including all TAFEs) from the 5 December. The app is an efficient and safe way to record patron and visitor contact details, to assist the WA Health Department with COVID-19 contact tracing. If needed, this will help them to quickly identify and assist anyone that may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Areas where you will need to scan the QR Code include:

  • Cafes
  • Training Restaurants
  • Library areas
  • Hair and Beauty Training Salons
  • Campus events

Each QR Code is unique to assist in identifying specific locations. Students and visitors will need to register/scan themselves in each day that they enter one of the above areas.  Students do not have to register/scan if they are timetabled to attend the particular work area and are on the class attendance roll.  Likewise, staff will not have to scan/register in the above locations if they are scheduled to be working in those areas.  If however, staff or students visit one of the other areas where they do not normally work or study, they will need to register/scan each day they visit that location.

More information

Student Support Services

All campuses are open and continue to provide access to a range of support services including:

  • Disability services
  • Aboriginal support
  • International support
  • Client service front counter assistance
  • Student services support
  • Jobs and Skills Centre
  • Me-N-U Cafe's - limited seating capacity due to Government requirements
  • Library and student resource areas - (Please see additional information in the FAQs below)

More information about our student support services

We're committed to minimising risks on campus and have the below measures in place:

  • 1.5 metre markers at all client services and public service points to adhere to social distancing requirements
  • Additional cleaning of facilities especially in shared spaces and areas such as computer labs, counter tops, and bathroom facilities.
  • Safe food handling and additional cleaning at our MeNu cafes at the Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Northam campuses.
Other things to remember:
  • If your attending classes on-campus, please remember the following:

  • Only attend for the necessary errand/class and leave directly afterwards.
  • Use the sanitising stations provided, wash hands regularly and maintain good hygiene.
  • Maintain social distancing recommendations of at least 1.5m apart from other students or staff.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please stay home. 
  • Use card over cash where possible.

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Further updates and FAQs will be provided on this page as they become available. Please ensure you monitor this page regularly for the latest information.