Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for higher education providers

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is working with providers to minimise the impact COVID-19 has on both providers and students.

Find out about their latest regulatory advice.

This page contains information for higher education providers.

Departmental higher education activities delayed

To reduce administrative burden for higher education providers while they respond to the COVID‑19 situation, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment will be delaying a number of higher education activities, such as reports and data required from higher education providers.

Further details are available on the specific activities that have been delayed or deferred.

Higher Education Relief Package

On 12 April 2020, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, the Minister for Education and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, announced the Higher Education Relief Package.

The package will support workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis to upskill or retrain, and support universities and other higher education providers to continue teaching

Frequently asked questions

You can also find more information relevant to providers and services in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Short, online courses available

Short, online courses for workers who have been affected by COVID-19 are listed on Course Seeker.  For a list of courses, fees or enrolment information, visit www.CourseSeeker.edu.au.

Clinical education during the COVID-19 pandemic

As health service providers respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, some student placements have been paused or cancelled. The Australian Government, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra), national boards and accreditation authorities, want to encourage student placements to continue where this is safe and possible, recognising that health services and supervising clinicians will need to balance the risks and benefits to students and the health workforce.

A set of principles for student clinical education have been developed to help guide these decisions.

Resources

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. The guidance is applicable to:

  • Universities
  • TAFEs
  • Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), and 
  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

On 28 July 2020, the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) has published Return-to-Campus Guidelines specific to the tertiary education sector, which includes resources on ensuring a safe and welcoming experience for people with disability. The guidance is applicable to:

  • Universities
  • TAFEs
  • Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)

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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