Please visit the Government Support section of our website for more information about current support for services and families.

If you have any questions, please contact the ECU on 6165 6425 or 1800 816 057 or via ecu.comment@education.tas.gov.au or contact your point of contact authorised officer directly.

As part of the Covid-safe Workplaces Framework, WorkSafe Tasmania has published COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines which outline what childcare services should do to comply with minimum standards determined by Public Health and the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act.

The Australian Government Department of Health also provides free online ‚Äď COVID 19 Infection Control Training (New users will need to create an account and register).

The Tasmanian Government has produced resources to assist you in providing a safe and clean environment.

The Australian Government Department of Health‚ÄĮhas a range of fact sheets and resources available on safety measures, including a link to translated resources.

Category: Covid 19

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) have provided an updated statement regarding COVID-19 in children and management of Early Childhood and Learning Centres (ECLC).

The Australian Government Department of Health has developed a Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for schools and early childhood centres, students and parents (fact sheet)

For more information on COVID-19 and Early Education and Care, see Health Direct¬†‚ÄstFAQs about childcare and school exclusions¬†

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If your service uses a bus to transport children you will need to put strategies in place in alignment with your service’s COVID-19 Plan.

Travel on public transport and private vehicles is exempt from restrictions on gatherings, so there can be more than 10 people using a form of transport. Passengers are encouraged to keep physical distancing in mind and choose a seat away from others, where possible.

For further information and guidance please see Public Transport and Transport Cleaning

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Please see the Worksafe Tasmania website for information on COVID-19 workplace safety and industry resources and advice for businesses on developing a pandemic plan. Please support your staff, educators and families to be familiar with your policies and procedures.

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Services wishing to undertake excursions must ensure that risk assessments are conducted and consider any additional risks related to COVID-19. All other requirements including hygiene practices must be followed.

Current restrictions in alignment with Tasmania’s Roadmap to Recovery are published at Tasmanian Government Coronavirus and include information on returning to sport and recreation.

Please note that this information is based on public health advice, which may change at any time. Stay up to date with changes by checking the Tasmanian Government Coronavirus Website and the Australian Government Health Department website regularly.

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ACECQA has also provided a collection of resources to assist services in planning and providing their programs to meet the requirements of health advice for COVID-19.

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A confirmed case of COVID-19 is a serious incident and as such requires notification to the ECU as soon as practicable within 24 hours. You do not need to notify the ECU if a child, family or staff member is being tested for COVID-19. Only notify if the test results are positive for COVID-19.

ACECQA has developed a handy reference guide to using the NQA IT System for incident notifications for closures and re-opens, and risks to health, safety and wellbeing during COVID-19.

Public Health will give you advice in relation to the steps you need to take at your service. Please see Notifying the ECU for advice on when to contact us.

Category: Covid 19

Under these exceptional circumstances the ECU will waive the fee for a waiver and we will inform services when waiver fees recommence. We have provided guidance on applying for a waiver here: ECU initiatives to help the sector in Tasmania.

Please don’t make a payment when you submit your waiver application via National Quality Agenda IT System (NQAITS) if the reason for your wavier application is COVID-19 related.   If you do make a payment when lodging the waiver application we will refund that fee when a waiver is related to COVID-19, but it may take some time to process a refund.

Category: Covid 19

A precautionary measure at this point in time is to limit access to the service by non-essential people. However, this is an individual service decision, based on your own risk assessment and risk mitigation strategies, unless Public Health have advised the student should isolate.

ACECQA has released Information about supervised professional experience requirements for final year initial teacher education students (ECTs) in 2020.

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The Australian Government Department of Health or Tasmanian Public Health will advise you of the need for a partial, or full closure.

If a child or staff member at your service is diagnosed with COVID-19 you are required to report any risk or incident of infectious disease to:

If your service is closed due to COVID-19, it is essential to report this to your regulatory authority and to update the National Quality Agenda IT System (NQA IT System) within 24 hours.

The NQA IT System portal has been updated to enable you to nominate ‚ÄėCOVID-19‚Äô as the reason for your service‚Äôs emergency closure.¬†Guidance on the steps¬†involved is available on the NQA IT System portal and ACECQA website.

Category: Covid 19

The Education and Care Unit COVID-19 Recovery Plan outlines how the ECU will work with providers and services to move towards ‚Äėbusiness as usual‚Äô regulatory activities.

The plan suggests a staged approach without specific timeframes.  We will implement the stages to align with Tasmania’s Roadmap to Recovery which is informed by Public Health advice, and with ongoing consultation with the sector. We will clearly communicate which stage of the recovery plan is active and what this means, so that providers and services understand what is happening across our operational areas.

Our aim is that we work together effectively and continue to ensure children’s health, safety and wellbeing remain paramount.

If you have any questions, please contact the ECU on 6165 6425 or 1800 816 057 or via ecu.comment@education.tas.gov.au or contact your point of contact authorised officer directly.

Category: Covid 19

Approved providers do not need to notify the ECU if there is a state or nationwide closure of all education and care services.

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The service must still provide support to FDC educators during COVID-19 and restrictions apply. This might mean conducting visits through mediums such as skype or over the phone.  However, there may be some situations where a face-to-face visit may be necessary.

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If anyone in the home is subject to self-isolation / quarantine restrictions then the FDC educator should not be operating.

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Updated 8 September 2020