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The NSW Department of Primary Industries has proactive measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 at Tocal College campuses and through our industry training programs.

Tocal have adopted social distancing measures and strict hygiene protocols. We respectfully ask that if you have any cold or flu-like symptoms that you do not attend the College or any of its training events. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, get tested at a COVID-19 testing clinic. Symptoms include cough, sore/scratchy throat, shortness of breath or fever. Self-isolate until you get your results.

Current advice from the NSW Government for students, their parents/carers and affected staff is:

  • Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
  • Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
  • All travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
  • Students and staff who have returned to Australia and have shown no symptoms during the 14-day home-isolation period are able to return to training or work.

Affected persons: Persons who in the last 14 days have been in a COVID hotspot

People who in the last 14 days have been in a COVID hotspot must not travel to NSW unless:

  • they are a NSW resident
  • entering to obtaining medical or other care; to fulfil a legal obligation or give effect to a Court order; to provide an essential service.

If an affected person enters NSW, they must self isolate at their place of residence or another suitable place and remain there until 14 days have passed since the person was in a COVID hotspot. Click here for more information and a list of the nominated hotspots.

NSW Health has processes in place to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. A close contact is a person who has spent significant time either face to face (15 minutes) or in an enclosed space (2 hours or more) as someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is advising these close contacts about not attending work, school or early childhood and childcare services.

Consistent with current guidelines, students and staff who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. 

In accordance with our current practice, if any student becomes unwell we will implement our infection control guidelines and follow the advice provided by NSW Health as appropriate.

For more information, visit the Health NSW website.


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