COVID-19 – student and staff updates
All TasTAFE staff and students are asked to refer to this page for any impacts to TasTAFE training facilities as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Wednesday, 4 August 2021
Requirements for people currently in Tasmania who have spent time in Queensland
The Stay at Home Public Health Direction for people who have been in any of the high-risk Queensland local government areas on or since 17 July and arrived in Tasmania on or after that date (but before 4pm 31 July) has been extended until 4pm 8 August 2021.
Public Health Services have declared 11 local government areas (LGAs) in south-east Queensland (QLD) as high-risk (Level 2) from 4pm, Saturday 31 July.
A stay at home order commenced from 6.00 pm on 31 July 2021 and will continue to 4pm on 8 August 2021, for these people. This timeframe could be subject to change but you should also ensure you proactively stay updated via https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au.
If this stay at home order applies to you, you must not leave your place of residence unless absolutely necessary for one of the following reasons:
- shopping for necessary goods and supplies;
- undertaking personal exercise;
- attending medical, or health care, appointments or for medical treatment, including to be tested for COVID-19;
- caring for another person or animals; and
- leaving Tasmania
Students who are affected must not be in TasTAFE classes, and should learn remotely if possible.
For further information visit: https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/facts/important-community-updates
IMPORTANT: Contact tracing is critical to containing a potential COVID-19 outbreak, and we must all play our part. The more easily we can provide details of who was present on our sites on any given day, the more quickly Public Health can trace people to contain a potential outbreak.
Make sure you find a check in terminal when you arrive at a TasTAFE site and scan the QR code to register your attendance via the Check in TAS app once per day, for each site visited. You can enter your details manually if you do not have a smart phone.
Be COVID-Safe at TasTAFE
Everyone who attends a TasTAFE facility MUST comply with all COVID-19 instructions:
- Check in to each TasTAFE location you visit once per day for contact tracing purposes - scan the QR code at one of the onsite check in terminals, or enter your details manually if you do not have a smart phone. Each site has its own unique code for scanning with the Check in TAS app.
- Do not attend a TasTAFE facility:
- if you feel unwell, even if symptoms are only mild
- if you have a runny, itchy or blocked nose, sneezing, itchy, sore and watery eyes, a cough or a sore throat
- if you have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine and your isolation period has not yet finished
- if you have tested positive to COVID-19.
- Maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 metres from others.
- Ensure the number of persons present in a single space does not exceed the posted room capacity/area limit. If no signs are visible, capacity must not exceed 1 person per 2 square metres.
- Leave all furniture where it is.
- Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose) or use hand sanitiser.
- Use a tissue (or flexed elbow if a tissue is not available) to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, dispose of the tissue in the rubbish.
Campus and training facility update
- No current impact.
At a glance
- Keeping you safe: TasTAFE has a COVIDSafety Plan in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of all students and staff on campus – which includes considerations for maximum room capacities, social distancing requirements and cleaning of shared equipment.
- Contract tracing: in the event we have a COVID incident onsite, we will undertake contact tracing for all people who were on that campus or training facility.
- Student attendance: TasTAFE campuses and training facilities have Check In Terminals installed for you to register your physical attendance each day you are on campus. You must log your entry with by scanning the QR code, or manually via the touch screen if you don’t have a smart phone.
- TasTAFE libraries are open across the state for borrowing, browsing and returning books, as well as for booking study spaces and using the library computers. Book a computer or study space online through the library website https://library.tastafe.tas.edu.au.
- Visitors and contractors: all visitors and contractors must manually check in at an Check In Terminal, at Client Services, or at a Facilities Office at a TasTAFE campus or training facility. You must also check out when you leave the site.
- Client Services offices: opening hours across the state are Monday – Wednesday (8:30am – 4:30pm), Thursdays (10:00am – 5:00pm), and Fridays (8:30am – 4:00pm).
- Cash payments: are no longer accepted. If you wish to pay your invoice in cash, you will need to go to a Service Tasmania or a Westpac branch and pay directly to our bank account, or pay by credit card, EFTPOS, cheque or online via BPay or Direct Credit. All other transactions will also need to be made by EFTPOS.
- Get tested if you have symptoms.
- If you are feeling sick, you must let your teacher know.
- Do not come onto a TasTAFE campus if you are unwell.
A list of useful resources are available from the Tasmanian Government's coronavirus website.