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 —

Lockdown for all of the ACT until Friday, 17 September 2021 at midnight AEST. No physical attendance permitted.

On The Job Training —

Lockdown for all of the ACT until Friday, 17 September 2021 at midnight AEST. No physical attendance permitted.

Formal training should be delivered online or deferred.

QR Code Check-in —

No mandated requirement.

Face Masks —

Required at all times when outside of home. Required at airports.

Intrastate Travel —

No restrictions

Interstate Travel —

Restrictions in place for arrivals from NSW and VIC.

Updated On This Page —

31 August 2021

Further Information —

Australian Capital Territory Government Website [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

Lockdown for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, and Wollongong until Thursday, 30 September 2021 at midnight AEST. Only essential work or training permitted, all other learning must transition to online delivery.

Lockdown extended for some regions in New South Wales. Only essential work or training permitted, all other learning must transition to online delivery. Full list of local government areas in lockdown regional NSW can be found at: [NSW Regional Restrictions]

Residents in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Blacktown, Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown, Bayside, Burwood, and Strathfield local government areas and parts of Penrith are unable to leave their local government area for work unless they are an authorised worker.

Residents in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Blacktown Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown, Bayside, Burwood, and Strathfield local government areas as well as parts of Penrith can attend their workplace if it is in their local government area, and they are unable to complete their work at home.

On The Job Training —

Lockdown for Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, and Wollongong until Thursday, 30 September 2021 at midnight AEST. Only essential work or training permitted, all other learning must transition to online delivery.

Lockdown extended for some regions in New South Wales. Only essential work or training permitted, all other learning must transition to online delivery. Full list of local government areas in lockdown regional NSW can be found at: [NSW Regional Restrictions]

Residents in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Blacktown, Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown, Bayside, Burwood, and Strathfield local government areas and parts of Penrith are unable to leave their local government area for work unless they are an authorised worker.

Residents in Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Blacktown Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown, Bayside, Burwood, and Strathfield local government areas as well as parts of Penrith can attend their workplace if it is in their local government area, and they are unable to complete their work at home.

QR Code Check-in —

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

Mandatory Testing —

For essential workers in the remainder of Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, and Wollongong, a weekly test is mandatory if you are required to travel more than 50 kilometres outside the boundary of the lockdown zone.

Face Masks —

Required at all times when outside of home.

Intrastate Travel —

Residents in Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour, and Central Coast unable to leave. No travel permitted between 9:00PM and 5:00AM unless for essential work.

Permits are required for authorised workers from the Fairfield, Liverpool, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Blacktown, Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown, Bayside, Burwood, and Strathfield local government areas and parts of Penrith if residents leaving their local LGA for essential work or for authorised workers outside previously mentioned LGAs if their essential work requires entry into the previously mentioned LGAs. All residents in the Greater Sydney area unable to travel more than 5km from their home for essential shopping or exercise.

Interstate Travel —

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

Updated On This Page —

9 September 2021

Further Information —

New South Wales Government Website [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

No restrictions.

On The Job Training —

No restrictions.

QR Code Check-in —

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

Face Masks —

Required in airports.

Intrastate Travel —

No restrictions.

Interstate Travel —

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

Updated On This Page —

31 Aug 2021 

Further Information —

Northern Territory Government Website [EXT LINK]



Classrooms & Lecture Theatres —

1 person per 2 square metres for Cairns, Yarrabah and South East Queensland local government areas.
No restrictions for the remainder of Queensland.

On The Job Training —

Lockdown for Cairns and Yarrabah until Wednesday, 11 August 2021 at 4:00PM AEST. No physical attendance permitted.

1 person per 2 square metres for South East Queensland 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. /p>

Face Masks —

Required for all indoor settings where social distancing is not possible, including in high schools, stadiums and airports.

Intrastate Travel —

Residents in South East Queensland unable to travel more than 10km for essential goods and services.

Interstate Travel —

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

Updated On This Page —

31 Aug 2021 

Further Information —

Queensland Government Website [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, QLD and VIC.

Updated On This Page —

31 Aug 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 —

Lockdown for Melbourne metropolitan region and Shepparton until adult population reaches 70% vaccination rate (expected to be reached on Thursday, 23 September 2021). No physical attendance permitted.

On The Job Training —

Lockdown for Melbourne metropolitan region and Shepparton until adult population reaches 70% vaccination rate (expected to be reached on Thursday, 23 September 2021). 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.

Intrastate Travel —

Residents in Melbourne metropolitan region and Shepparton are restricted to travel up to 5km from the primary place of residence. No travel permitted in Melbourne metropolitan and Shepparton regions between 9:00PM and 5:00AM AEST. Permits required for Melbourne metropolitan and Shepparton 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, ACT, QLD, and SA.

Updated On This Page —

9 September 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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