Covid-19 Impact In Victoria Reviewed

Date —

9 July 2020

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

Summary —

The reimposition of strict social distancing measures to contain the Covid-19 crisis in Victoria has hampered the return of students to their studies with independent tertiary education providers. The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is working with its members and government to identify the most appropriate measures to best support independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

Key Issues —

The unfortunate outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has seen the reimposition of ‘Stage 3’ social distancing measures in Melbourne and ITECA Victoria is actively monitoring the situation to ensure that members are best supported.

In Melbourne, the Victorian Government’s has imposed “stay at home” restrictions his require people to not travel except to: Procure necessary goods or services); receive care or other compassionate reasons; attend work or education; or undertake exercise or outdoor recreation (in limited circumstances.

The rest of Victoria is subject to “stay safe” restrictions which limits social interaction but also allows limited opening of hospitality venues. Further information on the Covid-19 social distancing measures is available from the link below.

 

Further Information ― 
Victorian Covid-19 social distancing information

   

Victorian social distancing regulations for Melbourne and regional areas [EXT LINK]
◾ Victorian social distancing regulations – Stay at home [PDF]
◾ Victorian social distancing regulations – Stay safe [PDF]

The reimposition of these measures has greatly impacted the ability of independent tertiary education providers to deliver training. For courses that have a workplace training focus or a workplace requirement, the challenges are immense.

ITECA is actively engaged with the Victorian Government to ensure that independent providers receive the backing required so that they can assist students and support their staff during these difficult times and we’ll be updating the members on the outcomes during the coming week.

The circumstances that pertain in Victoria have provided new energy to ITECA’s advocacy to have the JobKeeper payment extended for independent education providers through to 31 March 2021. In this, ITECA has been working collaboratively with stakeholders.

ITECA Victoria continues to carefully monitor the situation with the advice and guidance from members framing the advice given to government.

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 Committee.  ITECA Membership - it's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to vic@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.


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