80% Roadmap - What does this mean for Registered Training Providers?

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

All educational facilities are exempt from the 1 person per 4sqm indoors and 1 person per 2sqm outdoors. Physical distancing of 1.5 meters should be followed where practicable to ensure safety.

Vaccinations

Greater Sydney

  • For industries where mandatory vaccinations are in place, fully vaccinated Apprentices and Trainees can attend their workplace.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated your employer must require you to work from home unless it is not reasonably practicable to do soIf you are not fully vaccinated and it’s not reasonably practical for your to work from home you can go to work as long as it’s not a business reopening at 70%
  • Employers must ensure they have sighted the vaccination status of all employees including Apprentices and Trainees over 16 years old.

Regional NSW

  • For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff could return to work on 11 October if they have had at least 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but must be fully vaccinated by 1 November 2021.
  • Regional NSW excludes, Greater Sydney, Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour.

Masks and QR codes

  • Masks required for all staff (including Apprentices and Trainees) and customers in all indoor settings including on public transport (except children under the age of 12).
  • Masks no longer required in office buildings (unvaccinated people must still wear a mask in the office).
  • Masks no longer required in outdoor settings (except for front-of-house hospitality staff).
  • COVID-19 Safe check-ins are required at all sites
    Proof of vaccination required for staff (including Apprentices and Trainees) and customers for all industries where double vaccination is mandated or where the employer collects this information because it’s reasonably necessary for managing work health and safety risks.

Returning to Training

Providers should:

  • Develop policy and procedure for ensuring the safety of unvaccinated staff, students and visitors
  • Support students on a case by case basis in sectors where vaccinations are mandated.
  • Continue to deliver content online wherever possible where mandated vaccination is not an Industry requirement
  • Manage face to face assessments for critical skills and practical based learning and assessment for industries where it cannot be done online
  • Minimise student cohorts for practical training and assessment that cannot happen online
  • Implement safe rostering to reduce staff and student mingling.

For more information about Return to VET, please review the Return to VET Guidelines here.

Face to face training

From 18 October 2021

  • TAFE, ACE and VET providers can deliver courses face to face, with providers encouraged to return teachers who are double vaccinated to deliver face to face training where practicable.
  • Continue to deliver content online wherever practicable.
  • Return of workplace assessment and training can occur in compliance with the NSW public health orders. Providers should consider limiting this to critical skills or practical based learning and assessment for industries where it cannot be done online.

Student clinics open to the general public

From 18 October

  • Student clinics open to the general public for hairdressing, nail, beauty, waxing, tanning, spas, tattoo and massage clinics must follow the Public Health Orders for these services. For more information access the Public Health Order here Public Health (COVID-19 General) Order 2021 (nsw.gov.au)

Travel and Transport

Greater Sydney

  • Travel between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated). You may only leave Greater Sydney if you have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include: Work, attending school or an Educational institution.

Regional NSW

  • No distance limits for travel. Travel between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and regional NSW permitted from 1 November (not permitted for people who are not fully vaccinated). You may only leave Regional NSW if you have a reasonable excuse. Reasonable excuses include: Work, attending school or an Educational institution.
  • Travel between regional local government areas are permitted.

To find out more on Entering and leaving Greater Sydney, visit Public Health Orders and restrictions - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (nsw.gov.au)

Ventilation

A strong focus on ventilation is required including: open windows, overhead fans, consider HEPA filters added to air conditioning units, no reverse cycled air conditioning, extraction fans where installed, access to well ventilated outdoor areas. More information about ventilation.

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