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Department of Education and Clubs NSW have facilities available for training delivery

Within the Department of Education School Infrastructure Division, is the Asset Activations team who can connect training providers with school facilities to use outside of school hours to deliver training. In holiday periods, the team manage the Share our Space program which opens up outdoor school facilities to the public.

  • During school holidays, some schools are open as part of the Share our Space program making well ventilated open spaces available for training providers to deliver training such as first aid and white card training.
  • Facilities available outside of school hours may include the use of commercial kitchens, dance studios, halls and Technical and Applied Studies (TAS) spaces.
  • The Share Our Space program will be open in compliance with the latest health guidance which includes weekly external cleaning and additional COVID-19 signage.
  • If you are interested, please complete the expression of interest webform.

Upgrade partnership between Schools, RTOs and the West Invest fund

  • The Department is looking for opportunities to upgrade existing school facilities such as TAS studios in greater Sydney and the regions and will partner with training providers who can utilise these facilities for training outside of school hours.
  • The value of these partnerships provide training facilities closer to the people needing to do the training. The Government is collaborating to increase utilisation of school facilities to benefit the wider community.
  • For more information about joint use opportunities with School Infrastructure NSW please visit the community use webpage or lodge your interest through the expression of interest webform.


Lease agreements can be arranged to use ClubsNSW venues across the State.

  • 107 Clubs have offered their facilities to training providers with 83 located in regional and rural NSW and 24 in metropolitan Sydney. Use of the venue is a private agreement between the individual club and provider and is not subsidised.
  • Follow the link to find out where available clubs are located.

Quarantine Security Training facilities available in Sydney Metro

Three clubs in metropolitan Sydney outside the ex-12 LGAs of concern agreed to provide their facilities for quarantine security training, these being:


Eased restrictions at 80% Roadmap

From Monday 18 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated greater freedom.


Restrictions lift for people entering from ACT and QLD

From 11.59pm Thursday 14 October, restrictions for people entering NSW from the ACT will be eased.

Under changes to the concerns notice, the ACT will no longer be considered an area of concern or affected area and people entering NSW from the ACT will no longer need to complete a declaration form on entry into NSW or follow stay-at-home rules on arrival.

ACT residents will be subject to the same rules as people in NSW. People who live in regional LGAs can travel anywhere in regional NSW but cannot enter Greater Sydney without a reasonable excuse. People cannot leave Greater Sydney except with a reasonable excuse. Holidays and outdoor recreation are not reasonable excuses.

Additionally, due to low rates of community transmission, Queensland will no longer be considered an affected area and Queensland residents will no longer need to complete a declaration form on entry into NSW. People visiting from Queensland will also be subject to the same rules as people in NSW.

There are still places of high concern (close and casual contact venues) in Queensland and the ACT. People who have been to these venues at the relevant time and date must follow the rules for close and casual contacts.

Please visit the NSW Government website for the COVID-19 rules in NSW, including what people can and cannot do depending on their vaccination status.


Reopening at 70% double vaccination – Roadmap to Return

From Monday 11 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated greater freedom.

Find out what this means for Employers, SBAT’s, Apprentices and Trainees.

Find out what this means for Registered Training Organisations.


Return to Vocational Education and Training (VET) Guidelines

The Return to VET Guidelines provide a structure for the return to face-to-face training delivery for registered training organisations (RTOs), TAFE, community colleges, group training organisations (GTOs), learners and employers. The Guidelines provide clarity and flexibility to manage the needs of different local government areas in response to changes in health advice. Click here for more information.

Updated boarder restrictions for northern NSW

Increased border restrictions will be reinstated for the local government areas (LGA) of Byron Shire and Tweed Shire, as New South Wales announce an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Byron and Tweed LGAs will become part of the restricted New South Wales border zone from 1am Wednesday 22 September. Border zone residents who have been to Byron and Tweed LGAs will only be allowed into Queensland for limited essential purposes.

People who have been in the LGAs of Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke, Byron Shire, City of Broken Hill, Lismore, Glen Innes Severn Shire, Tweed Shire or the Unincorporated Far West will only be allowed to enter Queensland for limited essential purposes.

Those entering Queensland from a non-restricted LGA, who must transit through a restricted LGA, can do so if they transit, without stopping, using private transport for no more than two hours.


Vaccination for Aboriginal people - Keeping our mob safe

Local health districts across NSW have Aboriginal staff at vaccination sites to provide a culturally safe place for Aboriginal people to get vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccinations are safe, and will protect Aboriginal people and their families from the virus.

People can book their vaccine through the NSW Government website or visit one of the 200 mobile and outreach locations operate across the state, including walk-in and pop-up vaccination centres in areas of concern.

A full list of clinics participating in the Aboriginal vaccination blitz weekend is available here Priority vaccination weekend for Aboriginal people | NSW Government.

More information about vaccinations to keep our Mob safe is available here Vaccination blitz launched to keep your mob safe - News (

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