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Education and Training sector guidance

Sector guidance for Education and Training business within metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

See below for up to date operational guidance and frequently asked questions for this sector.

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Restrictions for the Education and Training sector

For more information on restrictions in each education and training sector, visit the following pages on the Department of Education and Training website.

Frequently asked questions - metropolitan Melbourne

Read below for commonly asked questions by businesses within the Education and Training sector. The following frequently asked questions apply to metropolitan Melbourne, which is currently at Step One of Victoria’s roadmap for reopening.

Yes, training for OHS can operate in a permitted industry and on-site, if it is not reasonably practicable for the training to be conducted virtually from home. Information, advice and training should still be delivered in a way that minimises contact as much as possible, such as through a virtual meeting.

Teachers, educators and carers can decide whether to wear a face covering while teaching or caring for children - it is not compulsory. For example, they may choose not to wear a face covering if it interferes with their ability to clearly communicate with students or children in care.

A face covering must be worn in other areas onsite, when staff are not teaching or caring for children.

All early childhood education and care services must comply with the industry advice found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Yes. Under the First Step, children of permitted workers will continue to be able to access early childhood education and care but are still required to have a Permitted Worker Permit and an Access to On-Site Childcare and Kindergarten Permit. Additionally, permitted workers must attest that there is no other carer in the employee’s household able to supervise the child/children.

Vulnerable children can also continue to access onsite education and care under the First Step. A vulnerable child in this circumstance refers to a child or young person who:

  • resides in the care of the State or in out-of-home care; or
  • is deemed vulnerable by a government agency, funded family or family violence service, and is assessed as requiring education and care outside of family home; or
  • identified by a childcare or early childhood service as vulnerable, (including via a referral from a government agency, or funding family or family violence service, homeless or youth justice service or mental health or other health service).

Liquid soap and running water, or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, must be made available at the entrance of and throughout the workplace. Hand sanitiser and soap should be placed in appropriate locations in accordance with workplace health and safety, and other early childhood education and care services requirements.

The industry will be able to open with a COVIDSafe Plan, with no density quotient. Staff performing administrative roles must continue to work from home, where possible.  

Parent information sessions and interviews that are held in person must meet physical distancing requirements of at least 1.5 metres between adults, with face coverings worn by all attendees. If possible, sessions and interviews should be delivered virtually.

Yes. Under the Second Step, early childhood education and care workers in metropolitan Melbourne will not require permits and all children can attend early childhood education and care if required.

Yes, there are no changes under the First Step of the Roadmap for accessing on-site early childhood education and childcare. Permitted workers will continue to require a Permitted Worker Permit or Access to On-Site Childcare and Kindergarten Permit to access childcare services. They must also confirm that there is no responsible adult at the employee’s household available to care for the child(ren).

As we enter the Second Step in metropolitan Melbourne from 28 September, subject to the number of cases and public health advice, access to early childhood education and childcare will be expanded to all families.

Yes. At the Second Step of Victoria’s Roadmap for reopening, all parents will be able to access on-site early childhood education and childcare services for their children.

Sessional kindergarten will also be open to all children for on-site provision from start of Term 4.

Frequently asked questions - regional Victoria

Read below for commonly asked questions by businesses within the Education and Training sector. The following frequently asked questions apply to regional Victoria. Find out more about Victoria’s roadmap for reopening.

Teachers, educators and carers can decide whether to wear a face covering while teaching or caring for children - it is not compulsory. For example, they may choose not to wear a face covering if it interferes with their ability to clearly communicate with students or children in care.

A face covering must be worn in other areas onsite, when staff are not teaching or caring for children.

All early childhood education and care services must comply with the industry advice found on the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Liquid soap and running water, or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, must be made available at the entrance of and throughout the workplace. Hand sanitiser and soap should be placed in appropriate locations in accordance with workplace health and safety, and other early childhood education and care services requirements.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) business support and the Industry Coordination Centre

The Business Victoria website and hotline provide information on restrictions and support to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.