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Update on COVID-19

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Information as at Thursday 7 January 10:30am AEST

GOTAFE is actively working to manage the situation with COVID-19 following advice from the Department of Education and Training which is being advised by the Department of Health and Human Services.

A friendly reminder that social distancing applies on campus, both in and outside of class. Make sure you know the social distancing rules.

Current Victorian Restrictions

Face masks

Face masks are mandatory in all indoor settings across Victoria. Trainers are not required to wear face masks while teaching, however all GOTAFE students must wear a fitted face mask while in the classroom.

Find more information on face masks here

We urge students to continue to monitor the list of exposure sites in Victoria. If you have been to one of these sites, please get tested and quarantine in line with the health advice.

Even if you haven’t visited these sites, if you have any symptoms, please get tested and stay at home until you get your result.

Status at a Glance

Education continues at GOTAFE

No confirmed cases on any campus

Changes to training delivery for Semester 4

Do not attend campus if unwell

Closure of Victoria's border with New South Wales

Victoria’s border from NSW is now closed. Victorians visiting NSW are unable to return to Victoria unless they have a permit to enter Victoria or an exemption.

Any person living and working in a border community is exempt from obtaining and carrying a permit, so long as they haven’t been to any other part of NSW. To cross the border, you will need your driver’s license or another form of photo identification that shows your address.

If you are impacted and require support or further information please speak with your trainer. GOTAFE is committed to doing everything we can to minimise any disruption to your training plans

The health and wellbeing of our students, staff and communities is our primary focus. At this point in time the advice is:

UPDATE - As at 7 January 2021, there are no current or suspected cases of COVID-19 at any GOTAFE campus.

A reminder for those of you returning to any on campus activities this term:
  • All communal spaces will remain closed to both students and staff – as Government guidelines change, some of these spaces may open up and we will keep you informed about these changes.
  • Thorough cleaning and hygiene protocols are in place for all campuses and will be continuing throughout Semester one.

  • Social distancing must be observed at all times. This includes maintaining a 1.5 metre distance from other people.

  • All Staff, Students and Visitors to GOTAFE are required to sign in when entering a campus building. Sign in stations have been setup at the entry of each building. Students are required to bring their own pens for hygiene reasons.

  • We understand a number of GOTAFE students are currently completing placement activities for their course assessments. We are working to ensure that as many placements are able to continue where possible. Your trainer will be in contact to ensure you have information about how your placements will be managed

  • Reminder - it is mandatory for all students and staff who are on any GOTAFE campus to wear a face mask or covering.

  • Staff and students are encouraged to wear their own reusable masks, however, single-use masks will be available at campus receptions for both staff and students to use when on campus if they are unable to bring their own.

  • The Victoria-New South Wales border is currently closed to anyone who resides outside of the border bubble. GOTAFE has contacted students who may be affected to discuss options to continue with their training. If you are impacted and require support or further information please speak with your trainer.

  • Students who are required to attend campus in Semester 2 need to fill out a Return to Campus Checklist before returning to any on-campus activities.

  • A range of information to assist you with remote learning can be found via this fact-sheet.
  • In the interest of public health, the GOTAFE Library and GOTAFE Bookshop will remain physically closed until further notice. However, students can access the full range of online resources via the library page on our website.

If you have any specific questions, please contact your trainer or ask us a question below. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve, please continue to check back to this page for updated information.

Training Approach

GOTAFE have moved to delivering training for our students in four modes:


We will continue to deliver a range of courses on-campus in a face-to-face mode with strict social distancing measures in place.

Adjusted Delivery

For some courses, the majority of the training will be delivered online while students engage from home. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Flexible Delivery

Some courses will be delivered online while students engage from home with their trainers.


Unfortunately, some courses which cannot be practically delivered in the current circumstances will be paused until we’re able to deliver them on campus at a future time.

Our trainers are in regular contact with students to discuss what this means for their individual course.

Important update for students

GOTAFE CEO Travis Heeney provides an update, 7 January 2021, for students regarding our response to COVID-19 as we enter a new year.

COVID-19 Fact Sheets Translated

The Department of Home Affairs has created a number of translated COVID-19 Fact Sheets.

Topics covered include:

  • Close contact with confirmed cases
  • Community return
  • FAQ’s
  • Identifying symptoms
  • Isolation guidance
  • Residential care services
  • Early childhood centres
  • Social distancing
For all available fact sheets, please visit the SCOA website. Here is a sample:

Frequently Asked Questions

Any payments you have made will be retained and will apply to your current enrolment. If your course has been paused and you are on a payment plan, GOTAFE will pause the plan and stop debiting your bank account until you restart your course.

Trainers are adjusting the course timetables so that placements can be scheduled for later in the year. Please speak with your trainer for more information.

There are a range of options including delaying assessment until later in the year, video assessment, or continuing with face-to-face assessment complying with physical distancing protocols. Our aim is to give you every opportunity to complete your assessments and complete your course as planned. Please speak with your trainer about your individual circumstances.

Please follow the advice from the Department of Health and Human Services.

It's normal to be feeling overwhelmed and stressed given the situation. The good news is that our Student Success Team are here to help!

GOTAFE student support services are still available during this time. If you have any concerns regarding wellbeing or disability needs, or if you are experiencing welfare and financial issues, please contact the student support services by calling us on 1300 468 233 or visiting the Students section of our website. Remote library services are also available.

Our aim is to give you every opportunity to receive all your training, complete your assessments and complete your course in the original planned time frame. However we are not able to give an absolute guarantee that this will occur in the current COVID-19 restricted environment. We can assure you that we will do our best to meet your expectations.

Yes, you can defer your course and restart again in 2021. Please get in touch or have a conversation with your trainer.

Changing your course is possible. We encourage you to discuss your options with your trainer and with our Enrolment team who can give the best advice on career and training changes and how to apply for a new course.

GOTAFE is implementing new procedures to assist with delivering information sessions virtually. We will keep you updated via our website and social media channels.

Please get in contact with the GOTAFE Call Centre on 1300 468 233 and they will provide you with the details of your trainer.

Students can still come to campus to collect their ID cards; our receptions are open with very strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place. If you would rather receive your ID card remotely without coming to campus, get in touch with our call centre to arrange.

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