Covid19 Stage Four Restrictions In Victoria

Date —

4 August 2020

Education Sector/s —
Higher Education ◾ Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

Independent tertiary education providers across Victoria are facing new restrictions on teaching and learning with Stage-4 restrictions in greater metropolitan Melbourne and Stage-3 restrictions in regional Victoria. The announcement comes as the Victorian Government moves to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Key Issues —

The Victorian Government has announced Stage-4 restrictions in Melbourne will come into force from 6 August 2020 for a period of six weeks in a modified form with three lists of changes to business operations that will apply during Stage-4 restrictions. These changes, in addition to the previous restrictions, will mean around a million Victorians are no longer moving around the state for work or learning.

 

Download ―
Victorian Government Covid-19 Stage Four


 

Guide – Stage Four Operating Restrictions Explained [PDF]
Guide – Creating a covid safe workplace [EXT LINK]
◾ Resource – Worker permit scheme [EXT LINK]
Resource – Latest advice for Victorian [EXT LINK]
◾ Resource – Support measures for Victorians [EXT LINK]

Melbourne’s Stage-4 restrictions are the toughest of any state and direct independent tertiary education propviders to move to online learning only and prohibit employees from the workplace unless they meet specific exemption criteria. For tertiary education providers attendance on-site will only be permitted in limited circumstances.

 

Guidance ―
Limited Circumstances Where On-site Attendance Is Permitted


 

◾ Maintain and continue medical and other research that requires on-site attendance.
◾ Care for animals, agriculture and horticulture.
◾ Conduct cleaning, essential maintenance (including facilities, equipment and IT) and provide security.
◾ Provide practical student support, where this cannot be done remotely (i.e. distribute resources).

Following extensive member engagement, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has obtained guidance from the Victorian Government on the practical outcomes for the sector. Qualifications or credentials servicing the following occupations and activities are permitted to be delivered only where remote delivery is not possible as set out below.

 

Guidance ―
Limited Circumstances Where Face-To-Face Delivery Is Permitted
 


 

◾ Assessments for safe working practice and infection control.
◾ Apprentices in approved construction.
◾ Clinical health and biomedical science.
◾ Commercial cleaning.
◾ Aged and disability care.
◾ Mandatory assessments for VCE and VCAL students.

ITECA encourages independent tertiary education providers to to review the requirements for the industries referenced above as other worksite restrictions also apply.

Employees, working in permitted industries, who cannot work from home will be required to carry a new ‘Worker Permit’ when travelling to and from work. From Wednesday, 5 August 2020 (at 11:59pm), employers will be required to issue signed permits to their employees to allow them to attend a workplace.

In Regional Victoria, face-to-face learning can continue with strict adherence to the most recent restrictions, including the wearing of face masks and social distancing limits.

In Melbourne, all operating businesses and services will have until Friday, 7 August 2020 (at 11:59pm) to enact a Covid Safe plan and the resource is available from the links above. This plan must focus on safety, prevention and response in the event that Covid-19 is linked to the workplace.

To help independent tertiary education providers understand the new restrictions and requirements, a ITECA Victoria rountable is being convened on Thursday, 6 August 2020, at 12NOON AEST via videoconference.  The Deputy Secretary of Higher Education and Skills, Sandy Pitcher, will attend along with representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions. Among topics for discussion will be best practice approaches to prevent and manage outbreaks in the workplace, as well as the additional resources that are available to support this.

 

Online Registration ―
ITECA Victoria Covid-19 Provider Briefing


 

Register Now - Victorian Government Tertiary Education Provider Briefing

A dedicated industry coordination centre has been set up within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions to support businesses and consider ‘grey area’ cases to determine if businesses can safely operate under Stage-4 restrictions. To discuss your business, please call Business Victoria on 13 22 15. 

ITECA Victoria continues to monitor the emerging situation in Victorian and liaise with independent tertiary education providers and the Victorian Government on this matter.  The thoughts of the ITECA Board and staff are with our members and their students during this difficult time.

Getting Involved —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Victorian State Committee.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to covid19.response@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

Disclaimer & Copyright —


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