The Group of Eight (Go8) comprises Australia’s leading research-intensive universities – the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, the University of Western Australia, the University of Adelaide, Monash University and UNSW Sydney.
Covid-19 has changed the course of history. What started off as a flu-like illness in one person in one corner of the world, has changed the lives, livelihoods and futures of billions.
To chart a Roadmap to Recovery, Go8 convened a group of over a hundred of the country’s leading epidemiologists, infectious disease consultants, public health specialists, healthcare professionals, mental health and well-being practitioners, indigenous scholars, communications and behaviour change experts, ethicists, philosophers, political scientists, economists and business scholars from the Go8 universities. The group developed this Roadmap in less than three weeks, through remote meetings and a special collaborative reasoning platform, in the context of a rapidly changing pandemic.
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Premier Mark McGowan has announced WA hospitality staff will be required to complete mandatory COVID-19 hygiene training ahead of the re-opening of bars, restaurants, and cafes. The tiered course will see staff completing the first stage, with managers and supervisors completing the second, more advanced program. Compliance will mean that venues will always have a staff member with the advanced accreditation on shift and will display signage indicating the venue is compliant.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development has provided comprehensive information and links for individuals, businesses, jobseekers, students, apprentices and trainees impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis:
Western Australian TAFE colleges have adapted their training delivery to enable students to continue their studies, with Term 2 beginning Tuesday April 28.
Using a blended delivery approach Term 2 will include learning via online and interactive technologies, and will include face-to-face delivery where necessary and where adequate social distancing measures can be implemented.
The State Government has also fast-tracked vital funding for TAFE and some specialist private training providers to roll out new training for the State's aged care and disability sectors, the COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set. Further information on the blended delivery of learning at TAFE colleges and the COVID-19 Direct Care Skill Set can be found at http://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au and https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/c19courses
The following initiatives support apprentices, trainees, and their employers if they have been impacted by the current health crisis.
Federal Government funding for apprentices and trainees: Employers are able to register to receive a 50 percent subsidy for wages paid to apprentices between January to March this year. Read more
Apprenticeship and Traineeship re-engagement register: The National Apprenticeship Employment Network (NAEN) has set up a register for the re‑engagement of recently displaced apprentices and trainees with potential employers.
This register has been established for:
The President of Surf Life Saving Western Australia, Craig Smith-Gander, has announced that SLSWA will establish the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre in Margaret River, fulfilling an intention to increase their presence in the south west region of WA.
The approximately 1 hectare property is within walking distance of the town centre and, following substantial redevelopment which will include upgrades to and replacement of existing facilities, will accommodate approximately 100 people in backpacker style accommodations and provide facilities conducive to SLSWA's stated purpose including recreation, training, equipment storage, and administration spaces.
Many training organisations are facing challenges in training and assessment during the COVID-19 health crisis. The following sites provide information and advice about teaching and compliance:
A number of reports on recent research have been released by NCVER:
Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and the impact this is having across our community, the 2020 Western Australian Training Awards program has been cancelled.
In the meantime, the Australian Award direct-entry categories are still open and can be entered by visiting the Australian Training Awards website. Read more
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives of people around the globe, the disruption to community sport in Western Australia has been far-reaching and is likely to affect the physical, mental and social well-being of our community.
A recent survey of SportWest members confirms that over 850,000 people directly involved in community sports in WA have had their lives dramatically impacted by Covid-19.
"There are now over 40,000 community sports matches not proceeding, which translates to more than 700,000 participants inactive and around 100,000 administrators and volunteers sitting idle. West Australians have lost – at least in the short term – the much-valued community connections that sport regularly provides", said SportWest CEO Rob Thompson.
"Sports have advised that previously reliable revenue streams have collapsed. This includes membership and registrations, sponsorships, food and beverage sales, venue entry fees, government grants and disbursements from national bodies". Read more