Urgent Updates - 2021

COVID-19 Updates: restrictions put in place by the NSW Government may affect some TAFE NSW students.

The NSW Government has issued stay-at-home orders for people in some areas in New South Wales.

As education is an essential service, most TAFE NSW campuses will remain open to provide support services, but will operate at a reduced capacity.

Learning arrangements

  • Face-to-face classes in areas under stay-at-home restrictions have moved to virtual delivery, unless otherwise advised by your class teacher. Some face-to-face teaching will go ahead where necessary, and where it is safe to do so.
  • Students are encouraged to access support services such as student services, disability support, and counselling services virtually, where possible. Face-to-face support services will remain operational on all campuses, with the exception of campuses in the Local Government Areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.

  • Libraries are closed to the general public but open to support students. Computer rooms are open for students who need to access technology to participate in virtual classes or complete assignments. Libraries and computer rooms are closed at campuses in the Local Government Areas of Bayside, Blacktown, Burwood, Campbelltown, Canterbury-Bankstown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Georges River, Liverpool, Parramatta, Strathfield, and some suburbs of Penrith.

  • Childcare centres are open unless otherwise advised.

Additional advice to students in South Western and Western Sydney

Additional restrictions apply to the 12 identified suburbs of Caddens, Claremont Meadows, Colyton, Erskine Park, Kemps Creek, Kingswood, Mount Vernon, North St Marys, Orchard Hills, Oxley Park, St Clair, and St Mary’s, and eight identified Local Government Areas (LGAs) – Bayside, Burwood, Strathfield, Parramatta, Georges River, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Blacktown, Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, and Liverpool.

Students who live in the identified suburbs and LGAs and study at any TAFE NSW campuses:

  • Need to study from home

Students who live outside the identified suburbs and LGAs but usually study at any of the 15 affected campuses – St George, Kingswood, Penrith, Granville, Lidcombe, Mt Druitt, Blacktown, Nirimba, Wetherill Park, Bankstown, Liverpool, Padstow, Miller, Campbelltown, or Macquarie Fields campuses, or the Macarthur Building Industry Skills Centre):

TAFE Digital students

There are no changes for students studying with TAFE Digital. If there are changes to practical and work placement sessions, you will be contacted directly by your teaching section.

All TAFE NSW students

Anyone who attends a TAFE NSW campus must:

  • Wear a mask, including in classrooms and libraries. There are lawful reasons for not wearing a mask. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, you will need to carry documentation such as a medical certificate, letter from your health practitioner or disability support provider, or a statutory declaration. You may be asked to show this documentation.

  • Check-in using the Service NSW QR code; and

  • Observe social distancing.

Please stay at home if you are unwell.

More information about the NSW Public Health Order and other restrictions is available on the NSW Government COVID-19 site.

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