According to a new survey, independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors come out strongly in favour of mandatory vaccination of their academic staff, trainers, assessors and support team.
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The results of a recent survey of the independent tertiary education sector shows that to protect students and staff from the spread of the Covid-19 virus, mandatory vaccination of the sector’s workforce is supported by 77% of independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.
The data containing the findings is in a survey undertaken by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.
The survey data shows that support for mandatory vaccination of the tertiary education sector's workforce is highest in the three jurisdictions currently under lockdown, being the Australian Capital Territory (88% support), New South Wales (81% support) and Victoria (82% support). The full results can be downloaded from the link below.
At the time the survey was undertaken, there were 2,030 vocational training providers plus around 70 higher education providers in the independent sector in lockdown across the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, and Victoria. In any one year, these providers would typically support approximately 2.1 million enrolments. The lockdown measures in place to suppress the spread of the Covid-19 virus threaten the ability of many of these students to complete their studies.
The survey also considered the support of independent higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors for the ‘National Plan To Transition Australia’s National Covid-19 Response’. The survey outcomes highlight that 90% of survey respondents supported this framework that, upon the nation reaching certain vaccination thresholds, lockdowns would end and most social distancing measures would be a thing of the past.
Further Information —
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