COVID-19 support for students, apprentices and trainees

Last updated: 14 January 2022


Information about support for COVID-19 for those attending universities, TAFE, colleges and registered training organisations in NSW.  

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COVID-19 health hub for international students

Study NSW and the Australian international education sector are working to support the health, wellbeing, and academic success of international students.

Vaccination is a priority for everyone studying and training in NSW

Everyone 12 and over in Australia can get a  free COVID-19 vaccine.

From 2022, vaccinations are available for children aged 5 to 11.

Both doses of vaccine are free for everyone in Australia – and you don’t need a Medicare card.

Book your vaccination or booster today.

If you work or train in education, aged care, transport, quarantine, childcare or disability support there are requirements for vaccination.

International students

International students that have been impacted by COVID-19 should first contact their education institution, but there are other service providers that can help as well. These include local and national non-government organisations and community services.

Support and service providers for students

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Advice for apprentices and trainees

For apprentices and trainees affected by COVID-19, including loss of employment and income, support is available through Training Services NSW.

Find out more information at Training Services NSW.

You can also find out more about COVID-19 support for workers.

Advice for employers of apprentices or trainees

Training Services NSW can help organisations that employ apprentices and trainees, including advice about financial assistance and managing changes to business operations.

Find out more information at Training Services NSW.

Advice for Registered Training Organisations with apprentices or trainees

Training Services NSW can provide comprehensive support and information to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) who have a NSW Government Smart and Skilled contract.

Training Services NSW can offer advice about training plans, delivery mode changes, Targeted Priorities Pre-Vocational Part Qualifications (TPPPQ), cap management, apprentices and trainees, school based apprentices and trainees, financial hardship and staffing changes.

Find out more information at Training Services NSW.

TAFE fee-free online short courses

TAFE NSW is offering fee-free online short courses available to anyone wanting to upskill.

You can learn administration, digital, health, leadership or business skills through a TAFE short course.

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