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COVID-19 information

TAFE SA's response to the COVID-19 global pandemic is being shaped by the latest advice from the Australian Department of Health and SA Health. Current guidelines for campuses are as follows:

  • Mask wearing is highly recommended across our campuses and training delivery locations, as the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. See below for more details.
  • Stay home if you are unwell or have symptoms and getting a COVID-19 test.
  • Maintain social distancing (1.5m) where possible, including classrooms and workshops.
  • Practice excellent personal hygiene and hand sanitising.
  • Do not overcrowd lifts and take personal responsibility to ensure numbers in lifts are appropriate and safe.
  • More information on COVID-19 requirements is available here.

Vaccination bookings and clinics widely available

TAFE SA supports SA Health's campaign to encourage people to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

You now have a number of options that make getting vaccinated (including booster doses) simpler and more convenient than ever.

There are appointments available at SA Health’s vaccination clinics (some of which operate 24/7), that you can book here.

In addition, mobile clinics across South Australia are making it easier for people to get vaccinated. Participating schools are also hosting pop-up vaccination clinics for the school community and wider community. Visit the SA Health Vaccination clinics and sites page for dates and locations.

People who have had COVID-19 can be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine. People should delay vaccination until they have recovered and no longer experience symptoms. Vaccination can be deferred for up to 4 months as past infection reduces the chance of reinfection for at least this amount of time. More information on vaccination after testing positive for COVID-19.

Face masks

Face masks across TAFE SA are:

  • Highly recommended for staff, students (including high school students) and visitors
  • Mandatory for days 8 to 10 after finishing isolation in the event of testing positive to COVID-19
  • Mandatory for 7 days for anyone who is identified as a close contact per SA Health contact guidelines
  • Mandatory for settings such as hospitals, community health care, residential aged care and disability care facilities, Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and correctional services and prisons.

Density and social distancing requirements

Density restrictions have been removed for both indoor and outdoor events and activities. However, we still 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.

For hospitality spaces (e.g., cafes, restaurants) buffets are now permitted.

Residential aged care, and health care and in-home, community aged care and disability services

All staff, contractors and volunteers who work, are placed or are likely to attend a Residential Aged Care Facility, Healthcare or in-home, community aged care or disability service are required to:

  • Have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (or have evidence thereof) or a booking to receive their second dose.
  • Within 4 weeks of becoming eligible have a COVID-19 booster (third dose), or have evidence of a booking to receive a COVID-19 booster shot.

Also, all people who enter Residential Aged Care Facilities must have the 2022 Influenza vaccine. Further detail is available here.

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.

Visit Student COVID-19 Updates for the latest student updates and student reporting of positive Covid-19 test results.

Close contacts of COVID-19 are no longer be required to isolate and will instead have to undertake rapid antigen tests over seven days. 

Close contacts will also be required to wear a mask when leaving the home and won’t be able to enter high-risk settings such as hospitals, correctional services, and aged and disability care. Students who are close contacts and whose course includes activity in high-risk settings should notify their lecturer and not attend these settings during the contact period. Full details are available at SA Health.

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.

Further information about COVID-19

For your reference, a full list of measures to ensure the safety of South Australia can be found on SA Health's website. More information on COVID-19 requirements is available here.

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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