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COVID-19 Vaccination

All students need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to return to campus. Upload your digital certificate here.

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Update to students' vaccination requirements*

From 26 November 2021 onwards

  • All students attending campus must be fully vaccinated.

VETDSS and VCAL Students

  • There is no mandate for VETDSS and VCAL students to be fully vaccinated to attend a GOTAFE campus.
  • Therefore, all VETDSS and VCAL students are required to wear a mask while in class or on campus.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please chat to your trainer.

*The vaccination requirements do not apply to students who are attending campus to complete secondary school subjects or those that have a medical exemption. Also exempt from vaccination requirements are students who are enrolled in a course that is explicitly 100% online and does not require participants to attend campus for any purpose.

Read GOTAFE's Vaccination Policy here

How do students provide proof of vaccination?

To provide proof:

  • All students will need to upload a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination certificate, as issued by Medicare, via the below form.
  • If a student has an authorised medical exemption from their doctor, they can also upload this via the form below. This will also be recorded within their student file.

Students who are required to undertake a placement in construction, education, freight, healthcare and residential aged care industries or any other industry covered by mandatory vaccination requirements will need to comply with existing CHO Mandatory Directions for that industry.

Thank you, we appreciate you taking the time to provide your certificate.

Frequently asked questions

All students will need to upload a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination certificate, as issued by Medicare, via the secure form on this page. Your certificate will be recorded with your student file.

Trainers will be required to ask for proof of vaccination status. If the Trainer is unable to find a student's vaccination status record, students can prove their vaccination status using:

  • The Service Victoria app
  • Or as an interim measure showing your COVID-19 Vaccination Record card

Students who cannot provide the required vaccination evidence will not be allowed on the GOTAFE campuses.

Learn how to download your vaccination certificate from myGov

Any GOTAFE student who has a medical exemption as per the required guidelines will be able to attend campus. You will need to provide authorised evidence from a medical practitioner. To find out more about what classifies as a medical exemption, visit the link below.

Certification from a medical practitioner must be obtained and provided for a valid medical exemption. You will then need to upload this exemption to your student file through the form above. Where an exemption is applied, students will be able to attend campus in accordance with their relevant Return to Campus Plan and other COVID safe controls.

Visit the State Government website for more information for workers

Vaccines are strictly tested for safety. Before COVID-19 vaccines are used in Australia, they must pass strict safety standards set by Australia's independent medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration. For more information on COVID Vaccines, please see the link below.

See the Victorian Government's resources on COVID-19 vaccines

GOTAFE recommends you have a conversation with your doctor, pharmacist or other health professional to get medical advice.

The Victorian Government’s coronavirus website also has information about COVID-19 vaccines in 63 community languages. You can also watch our vaccination information session with Dr. Karthi from Goulburn Valley Health through the link below.

Watch Dr Karthi's vaccination information session

Yes. Regardless of whether your course is online or on campus, we have expectations that you are to be fully vaccinated (unless medical exemption applies). With education delivery impacted throughout the year due to COVID-19, we may schedule multiple courses on campus to ensure you are able to complete your course, therefore you may need to attend a GOTAFE campus at short notice.

At this stage, all students and staff will need to comply with COVID-safe protocols which include:

  • Maintaining social distancing
  • Following good hand hygiene
  • Checking in with the QR code and temperature check

Please make sure your vaccine certificate has been linked with your Vic Services check-in app through the link below.

How to add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Services Victoria app

Given the impact of COVID-19 on education delivery throughout the year, there may be activities for your course which requires you to be on campus. If you are unable to attend campus when required, it may impact the completion of your course.

By uploading or otherwise providing your vaccination information, you agree that you are consenting to the collection of this information for the purpose of GOTAFE preventing and managing the risk of COVID-19 transmission and to ensure compliance with public health directions which apply to the TAFE from time to time.

Please note that a failure to provide the requested vaccination information or a valid exemption will mean you are excluded from attending GOTAFE campuses and may have additional consequences, depending on the reason why you are required to attend a GOTAFE campus (i.e. if you are a student, staff member or contractor).

Students who want to redact their Individual Health Identifier from the Vaccination Certificate before provision to GOTAFE are able to do so.

All information collected by GOTAFE will be dealt with in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).  Further details are available via our Privacy Policy linked below.

View our Privacy Policy

If you have not had your first vaccination yet and don’t have a vaccination status, but try to come on campus, your Trainer will inform you of the current vaccination requirements and will ask you to leave campus. If you have an issue or concern with the mandatory vaccination requirement, please email Student Success.

Get in touch with Student Success

Our Student Success team is available if you need counselling support, assistance sourcing a vaccination booking, or you have a question about your return to on-campus learning.

Your trainer will be able to provide information specific to your cohort and course, and your learning requirements such as placements and assessments.

We understand this is a lot of information to take in here, and some of you may have further questions. GOTAFE are working towards providing a safe and supportive environment for our whole community and are following the directions issued by the CHO and State Government.

Get in touch with Student Success

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