COVID-19 update as of 20 October, 2021

TAFE SA check-in and QR codes

TAFE SA has installed Government QR codes across all sites. Staff, students and visitors must use the Government's COVID-Safe Check-in mobile app.

Please note that SA Police are now checking QR code check-ins. We ask that all students, staff and contractors ensure they use the campus QR code.

Face masks reminder

SA Health has advised that for TAFE SA, wearing masks is strongly recommended and if you can wear a mask, wear a mask. This is the direction we are following.

You are encouraged to bring your own face mask, but if you do arrive to campus without one then masks will be available at all Student Hub counters at every campus.

There are high risk activities where masks must be worn to comply with SA Health requirements. This includes TAFE SA activity such as:

  • Delivery of personal care services – hair and beauty and massage
  • Hospitality venues such as cafés and training restaurants
  • Attendance at high risk facilities such as Aged Care, Hospitals etc.

Density and social distancing requirements

For the delivery of education and training, TAFE SA is exempt from the density requirements. We continue to do everything to make our teaching and learning spaces as safe as possible.

There are other situations where TAFE SA has implemented the 3 people per 4 square metres density requirement. This includes the following settings where the public attends a TAFE SA campus:

  • Hospitality spaces - cafes and training restaurants
  • Delivery of person care services - hair and beauty and massage
  • Attendance at high risk facilities (e.g. aged care, hospitals, prisons)

For gyms, indoor fitness and indoor sport density shall be 1 person per 4 square metres.

We need to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres apart from each other within any indoor and outdoor space where possible (including classrooms and workshops).

More information can be found on the sa.gov.au website.

Keeping ourselves and each other safe

It’s important that we all do everything we can to keep ourselves and each other safe:

  • If you are unwell, stay home and get tested
  • Wear your face masks
  • Maintain social distancing where possible
  • Check in to all locations, including TAFE SA campuses via QR code check ins
  • Wash hands and use hand sanitiser
  • Stay updated on exposure site locations – these are accessible through our dedicated COVID Intranet page
  • Information about testing locations and requirements can be found on the SA Health website here

Residential aged care and health services

  • From 17 September 2021, all staff, contractors and volunteers at a Residential Aged Care Facility are required to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (or has the evidence) or a booking to receive their second dose.
  • Also, all people who enter Residential Aged Care Facilities must have the 2021 Influenza vaccine. Further detail is available in the Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction.

Student support services

  • To those students who have been notified of the need to quarantine, thank you for helping to keep the community safe by remaining in quarantine during this period.
  • If you are feeling isolated or need some welfare support, please get in touch with one of our student counsellors via the booking system on the student website at student counselling. More information about student counselling can be found here.

We will do everything we can to ensure that you are not disadvantaged in your studies as a result of this quarantine period.

Further support for students

We are here to support students every step of the way. Our student support team can be contacted via info@tafesa.edu.au or 1800 882 661.  Our student counsellors are also available to assist if you need someone to talk to or have any concerns you would like to discuss.  If you require further support, the SA Health Mental Health information resource is available and is ready to provide help and support.  Be sure to regularly check the TAFE SA student website for updates.

Current South Australian exposure sites

SA Health has identified a number of exposure locations associated with positive cases of COVID-19. These locations are being updated regularly. Please use the following link for the latest real time information: SA Health Contact Tracing.

If you have been at any of the locations listed on the SA Health Contact Tracing page at the specified dates and times you and your family/household members must:

  • Immediately self-isolate for 14 days since you were at the location
  • Get COVID-19 tested immediately
  • Get tested again on day 5 and day 13
  • Notify SA Health you were at one of these locations
  • If you were at these locations but not at the specified date and time, monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested as soon as they develop

As COVID-19 is evolving interstate, TAFE SA highly recommends checking the SA Health contact tracing page prior to any travel.

Further information about COVID-19 restrictions

For your reference, a full list of measures to ensure the safety of South Australia can be found at SA Health's contact tracing page and their restrictions and responsibilities page. Click on the links for the latest emergency directions and locations requiring self-isolation

Further Information

SA Health Information Line: 1800 253 787

Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080

SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line: 1800 632 753

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