COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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.

Visit Australia.gov.au for latest Coronavirus news, updates and advice from other government agencies across Australia.

This content is regularly updated.

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.

Latest updates

  • Subsidised infection control training fast-tracked for re-opening businesses

    The Australian Government together with state and territory governments have established an $80 million Infection Control Training Fund to fast‑track fee free (or low fee) infection control training to support the re-opening of customer‑facing businesses nationwide.

  • Mandatory mutual obligations return for job seekers, excluding Victoria

    On Monday 28 September, mutual obligation requirements become mandatory for job seekers in all states and territories except for Victoria. 

  • New resources for RTOs to deliver critical skills in COVID-19 point of care testing

    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.

  • Mutual obligation requirements for job seekers to be gradually reintroduced from 4 August 2020

    From 4 August 2020, job seekers must be willing to accept any offer of suitable paid work and penalties may now apply if a job seeker refuses a job without a reasonable excuse.

  • JobTrainer package announced

    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.

  • New resources on work health and safety, workers’ compensation and COVID-19 for tertiary education

    On 16 June 2020, Safe Work Australia published resources specific to the tertiary education sector which includes resources on work health and safety, workers’ compensation and COVID-19.

  • Transition arrangements for the end of the Early Childhood and Care Relief Package

    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.

  • Mutual obligation requirements for job seekers

    Mutual obligation requirements for job seekers will recommence, in a limited capacity, from Tuesday 9 June 2020.

  • Helping Australians identify their transferable skills for new jobs

    Skills Match on the Job Outlook website helps people identify their skills they have gained in past jobs, and suggests new job ideas which they may be able to transfer these skills into.

  • Additional funding for Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

    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.

  • Read the Report: Four Week Review of the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

    The Department of Education, Skills and Employment conducted a Four Week Review of the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package.

  • COVID-19 - Resources for teachers and school leaders

    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.

  • Mutual obligations exemptions – update

    The Australian Government has announced it would extend the exemption on mutual obligations for job seekers up to 1 June 2020.

  • Special Circumstances - School hygiene assistance fund

    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.

  • COVID-19 support for students with disability

    The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that every student, including students with disability, have access to education in a sustainable and effective manner during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19 – Selected higher education activities delayed

    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.

  • Reducing potential risk of COVID-19 transmission in schools

    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.

  • Short, online courses available

    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.

  • Support for non-government schools

    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.

  • Help to find care during the COVID-19 pandemic now available

    A national toll free helpline is now available to help parents and carers who are in need of early childhood education and care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19: Mutual obligation exemptions extended until 22 May 2020

    On 22 April 2020, the Australian Government announced it would extend the exemption on mutual obligations for job seekers until 22 May 2020, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • COVID-19: National Principles for School Education

    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.

  • Higher Education Relief Package to help Australians to retrain

    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. 

  • COVID-19: Understanding the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package

    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.

  • COVID-19: New condition for independent schools

    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.

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Other resources

For the latest COVID 19 news, updates and advice from Australian Government agencies, please visit the Australian Government website.

For health advice including cleaning protocols, please visit the Department of Health website.

For more information on emergency management please visit the Emergency Management page at the Department of Home Affairs website.

For information on the outbreak of COVID-19 please visit the World Health Organisation’s website.

Information about how eligible businesses can access JobKeeper support is detailed on the Treasury website.

Find out how the Australian Government is supporting small businesses to retain their apprentices and trainees through a wage subsidy.

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