Covid-19 Restrictions – Summary for tertiary education providers

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As state and territory governments put in place health measures to control the Covid-19 pandemic, a priority for the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is to support the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors understand and comply with these measures.

The table below is a summary of the measures that are currently in place and a link is provided to the relevant government websites to obtain further information.

Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

Onsite delivery is permitted to resume in line with Public Health Orders. Density quotient of 1 person per 4 square meters required for classrooms & lecture theatres.

On The Job Training —

On the job training can resume in line with Public Health Orders. Vaccinations are required for certain industries.

Formal training should be delivered online or deferred.

QR Code Check-in —

No mandated requirement.

Face Masks —

Required in all indoor settings.

Mandatory Vaccination;—

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations are required for workers in certain sectors. Further information on mandatory vaccination requirements can be found here

Intrastate Travel —

No restrictions

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for arrivals from NSW and VIC.

Updated On This Page —

5 November 2021

Further Information —

Australian Capital Territory Government  - Covid19 General Information [EXT LINK]
Australian Capital Territory Government - Vaccination Information [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

Face-to-face teaching and training permitted to resume in line with Public Health orders. Strongly recommended that staff and students are double vaccinated. Unvaccinated teachers/trainers to continue teaching online where practical.

On The Job Training —

Face-to-face training to resume in line with Public Health Orders. Vaccination required for certain industries. Unvaccinated teachers/trainers to continue teaching online where practical..

QR Code Check-in —

Service NSW QR Codes required to be displayed by all tertiary education institutions.

Mandatory Testing —

No requirements.

Face Masks —

Required for some indoor settings.  Further information via the link below.

Intrastate Travel —

Residents in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Central Coast unable to leave.  Residents outside of Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and the Blue Mountains able to travel freely in Regional NSW.

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for arrivals from VIC.

Updated On This Page —

29 October 2021

Further Information —

New South Wales Government Website [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

Lockdown for Katherine region until Monday, 8 November 2021 at 11:59PM ACST. Greater Darwin region under ‘lockout’ restrictions until Monday, 8 November 2021 at 11:59PM ACST. Unvaccinated people must remain at home unless leaving for essential reasons. Fully vaccinated people can continue as normal.

On The Job Training —

Lockdown for Katherine region until Monday, 8 November 2021 at 11:59PM ACST. Greater Darwin region under ‘lockout’ restrictions until Monday, 8 November 2021 at 11:59PM ACST. Unvaccinated people must remain at home unless leaving for essential reasons. Fully vaccinated people can continue as normal

QR Code Check-in —

Tertiary education institutions are required to display a Territory Check-In QR code.

Mandatory Vaccinations —
Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations are required for workers in a range of sectors. Further information on mandatory vaccination requirements can be found via the link below.

Face Masks —

Required for all residents in the Katherine and Greater Darwin regions when outside the home.

Intrastate Travel —

Residents in the Greater Darwin region are not permitted to leave.

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for all arrivals from ACT, NSW, and VIC.

Updated On This Page —

5 November 2021 

Further Information —

■ Northern Territory Government Website – Covid-19 General information [EXT LINK]
■ Northern Territory Government Website – Covid-19 Vaccination mandate [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

1 person per 2 square metres for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Palm Island and Townsville local government areas. No restrictions for the remainder of Queensland.

On The Job Training —

1 person per 2 square metres for Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan, Moreton Bay, Palm Island and Townsville local government areas. No restrictions for the remainder of Queensland.

QR Code Check-in —

Tertiary education institutions are required to display a 'Check In QLD' code.

Face Masks —

Required for all indoor and outdoor settings where social distancing is not possible.

Intrastate Travel —

No restrictions.

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for arrivals from ACT, NSW, and VIC.

Updated On This Page —

29 October 2021 

Further Information —

Queensland Government Website – Covid19 General Information [EXT LINK]
Queensland Government Website – Covid19 Vaccine Information [EXT LINK]

Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

1 person per 2 square metres for public activities.

On The Job Training —

1 person per 2 square metres for public activities.

QR Codes —

No mandated requirement.

Face Masks —

Masks required for all indoor and outdoor settings.

Intrastate Travel —

No restrictions.

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for all arrivals from ACT, NSW, NT, and VIC.

Updated On This Page —

27 September 2021

Further Information —

South Australian Government Website [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

All indoor settings are allowed 1 person per 2 square meters.

On The Job Training —

All indoor settings are allowed 1 person per 2 square meters.

QR Codes —

Not required in tertiary education providers.

Face Masks —

Not required (Other than airports and Spirit of Tasmania)

Intrastate Travel —

No restrictions.

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for all arrivals from ACT, NSW, SA, VIC and WA.

Updated On This Page —

31 Aug 2021

Further Information —

Tasmanian Government Website [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

ockdown for Melbourne metropolitan region, Mitchell Shire, Greater Shepparton, and Moorabool Shire until adult population reaches 70% full vaccination rate. No physical attendance permitted.

On The Job Training —

Lockdown for Melbourne metropolitan region and Mitchell Shire until adult population reaches 70% full vaccination rate. No physical attendance permitted.

QR Codes —

Tertiary education education institutions are required to display a 'Service Victoria' code.

Face Masks —

Required in all indoor and outdoor settings.

Mandatory Vaccination —

All authorised workers, including VET trainers and assessors and students undertaking work placements with authorised providers, are required to receive or have booked an appointment to receive one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by Friday, 15 October 2021. Students leaving home to undertake mandatory assessment at a VET provider are not required to be vaccinated.

Intrastate Travel —

Residents in Melbourne metropolitan region and Mitchell Shire are restricted to travel up to 15km from the primary place of residence. No travel permitted in Melbourne metropolitan region between 9:00PM and 5:00AM AEST.

Permits required for Melbourne metropolitan region, Mitchell Shire, Greater Shepparton, and Moorabool Shire residents traveling for essential work or education (including tertiary education students).

No restrictions for remainder of Victoria.

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for arrivals from NSW and ACT.

Updated On This Page —
7 October 2021

Further Information —
Victorian Government Website [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

No restrictions.

On The Job Training —

No restrictions.

QR Codes —

Not required in tertiary education institutions.

Face Masks —

Required at airports.

Intrastate Travel —

No restrictions.

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for all arrivals from ACT, NSW, QLD, and VIC.

Updated On This Page —

20 July 2021

Further Information —

Western Australian Government Website [EXT LINK]

When reviewing the information above, please have regard for the fact that the situation is often rapidly changing and that, at all times, the government websites above are the definitive source of information.

Thanks to the great support of members, ITECA has been able to secure direct and indirect financial support to assist independent providers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Getting Involved ―

Through a series of special interest group meetings and email updates, ITECA members are able to meet with government officials to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic impacts those involved in programs such as international education (including border closures) FEE-HELP, VET Student Loans, and also state / territory skills funding agreement.  Be sure that your organisation is a member of ITECA to take advantage of this exclusive member benefit.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to be involved.

Further Information ―

ITECA members seeking further information on dealing with impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic should send an email to [email protected] or telephone 1300 421 017.  Updates on the evolving Covid-19 pandemic are also posted on ITECA's pages on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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