Australian Government agencies are working with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of COVID-19. This site will help students, parents, and education providers, as well as job seekers and employers find the information they need to make informed decisions about managing risk associated with COVID-19.
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The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is regularly meeting with state and territory counterparts to best prepare the Australian education, skills and training community to mitigate and manage the risks of COVID-19. For more information see Minister Tehan’s media release.
To assist Australians facing the frontline challenges of COVID-19, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee has commissioned the development of new resources to support Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) in the delivery of the COVID-19 Critical Skills Point of Care Testing.
The Australian Government will invest $2 billion to give hundreds of thousands of Australians access to new skills by retraining and upskilling them into sectors with job opportunities, as the economy recovers from COVID-19.
As Australian families begin to return to school, the workplace, and re-open businesses, the Government has announced its plan to return to the Child Care Subsidy and Additional Child Care Subsidy to support families to access affordable child care from 13 July 2020.
The Government has responded to the Four Week Review of the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package by making some adjustments to the Relief Package to better support services to keep their businesses viable, and continue to provide care to children of essential workers, and vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
The Australian Government together with state and territory governments have established a new $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast-track fee free (or low cost) infection control training to support the re-opening of customer-facing businesses nationwide. The infection control short courses are the first national training products developed by the new Australian Industry Skills Emergency Response Sub-Committee in response to COVID-19.
The Australian Government is continuing to work with states and territories and non-government education authorities to support teachers, school leaders and school communities to continue to provide high quality education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes supporting teachers and parents to work together to ensure children continue their education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Australian Government will provide an additional $10 million to improve COVID-19 hygiene measures in non-government schools that plan to have 50 per cent of their students back in the classroom by 1 June 2020.
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment will be delaying a number of higher education activities to reduce administrative burden for higher education providers while they respond to the COVID‑19 situation.
To help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in schools, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has developed a series of posters with information and tips for school staff, high school and secondary school students, and primary school students. A similar poster is also available for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Centres.
The Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package, announced on 12 April 2020, provides funding certainty to higher education providers and supports workers affected by COVID-19 and who are looking to upskill or retrain. The Package includes short, online courses for workers.
On 29 April 2020 the Australian Government announced that non-government schools will have the option to bring forward their July 2020 recurrent school funding payments provided they have a plan to provide a level of education in a standard classroom setting, by 1 June 2020.
On 16 April 2020, the National Cabinet agreed to a set of National Principles for School Education to support the ongoing delivery of high quality education for all students during COVID-19, enable students to progress through their year level, and support a successful transition to 2021.
A new package from the Australian Government will provide funding certainty to higher education providers and support workers who have been displaced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and who are looking to upskill or retrain.
On 2 April 2020, the Australian Government announced the new Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package. From Monday 6 April 2020 weekly payments will be made directly to early childhood education and care services in lieu of the Child Care Subsidy and the Additional Child Care Subsidy, to help them keep their doors open and employees in their jobs.
On 9 April 2020, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, placed a condition on all non-government independent approved authorities requiring that their schools maintain an on-campus learning option for students.
On 4 April 2020, the Australian Government announced temporary changes to visa arrangements that would allow Pacific workers under the Seasonal Worker Programme and the Pacific Labour Scheme to continue working in the agriculture sector until the coronavirus crisis has passed.