Covid 70% Roadmap - what does this mean for Registered Training Organisations?
Help NSW stay COVID safe.
From Monday 11 October 2021, eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated greater freedom.
All educational facilities are exempt from the one person per 4sqm indoors and one person per 2sqm outdoors. Physical distancing of 1.5 meters should be followed where practicable to ensure safety.
Mandatory Vaccinations are required under the NSW Public Health Order for the following sectors: aged care, education, early childhood education, disability care, health care and NSW Police.
- From 11 October fully vaccinated Apprentices and Trainee can return to work.
- Employer must ensure they have sighted the vaccination status of all employees including Apprentices and Trainees over 16 years old.
- For settings in regional NSW with vaccination requirements for staff and customers, staff can 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) in all indoor settings (except children under the age of 12).
- Masks no longer required in outdoor settings except for hospitality staff who are required to wear a mask outdoors – for Providers who have canteens and cafes on site).
- COVID Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff (including Apprentices and Trainees).
- Record Keeping: QR codes provide a record of who is entering the site. Class roll maintenance could help contact tracers in the event of an outbreak on site to determine close and casual contacts.
Returning to Training
- 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 where training and/or assessment cannot be conducted 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.
Face to face training
From 11 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 possible.
- Face to face training can be delivered for where this cannot be done online.
Travel and Transport
- Restricted travel within LGAs and 5km radius removed.
- Travel between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and Regional NSW are not permitted
- No distance limits for travel. Travel between Greater Sydney (including Central Coast, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Blue Mountains) and Regional NSW are not permitted.
- Travel between regional local government areas are permitted.
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.