Vaccinations

In line with government health advice, we strongly encourage all students to get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they become eligible. This is particularly important for any student who undertakes Workplace Learning (WPL) in the community as a part of their course requirements.

Last Updated

24 Sep 2021 at 1:24pm

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Workplace Learning (WPL)

Workplace Learning is a compulsory course requirement for a number of students at Charles Sturt. When it comes to arranging placements for our students, we are required to comply with law, government policy and the placement providers’ contractual requirements. With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, being vaccinated against COVID-19 is becoming a mandated requirement for workers across a number of industries in NSW, as well as other states and territories.

These requirements also apply to students undertaking placements. This means we cannot knowingly allocate you into placements unless you have met any mandatory vaccination requirements related to your industry and/or placement provider.

Vaccination information relating to your faculty

Find your faculty-specific information below.

  • Faculty of Science and Health Covid vaccination information

    For all students undertaking WPL in any setting, you must comply with the requirements that apply to the workplace setting. If the WPL provider requires vaccination, then you will not be able to undertake the placement if you do not meet this requirement. For this reason, any student who is required to undertake WPL in a workplace or in the community is strongly urged to become vaccinated. Students undertaking placements within healthcare settings need to meet vaccination requirements as outlined below.

    Placements in NSW healthcare facilities

    Students undertaking placements in public and private health care facilities will be required to:

    • Receive at least one (1) dose of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before 30 September 2021,
    • Receive (2) doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on or before 30 November 2021,

    As per the Public Health (COVID 19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021.

    Placements in residential aged care facilities

    Students undertaking placement at a residential aged care facility will be required to receive at least one (1) dose of a COVID-19 vaccine before 31 October 2021.

    As per the:

  • Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Covid vaccination information

    Students undertaking placements within healthcare settings need to meet vaccination requirements as outlined above. For all other students undertaking WPL in any settings, you must comply with the requirements of the workplace setting. If the WPL provider requires vaccination, then you will not be able to undertake the placement if you do not meet this requirement. For this reason, any student who is required to undertake WPL in a workplace or in the community is strongly urged to get vaccinated.

  • Faculty of Arts and Education Covid vaccination information

    Placements in social work and human services

    Placement sites are increasingly requiring students to have received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to undertake placement. Placement providers are able to exercise discretion over which students are offered placements. Therefore, to ensure continuity of placements you are encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

    Students undertaking placements within healthcare and aged care settings need to meet the vaccination requirements as outlined above, or those that apply in the relevant state or territory.

    For those students undertaking a placement within the NSW Department of Education setting you are required to meet the vaccination requirements as outlined on their website. For other states and territories you will be required to meet the equivalent requirements.

    For all other students undertaking WPL in any settings, you must comply with the requirements of the workplace setting. If the WPL provider requires vaccination, then you will not be able to undertake the placement if you do not meet this requirement. For this reason, any student who is required to undertake WPL in a workplace or in the community is strongly urged to get vaccinated.

    Placements in teacher education settings in NSW

    The NSW Department of Education has provided the following information on their website, for Level 3 plus schools, where face-to-face learning is staggered in cohorts while under stay-at-home-rules (as directed by the NSW Public Health Order)

    • Practicum teachers and people on professional experience placements will be required to present evidence of 2 doses of vaccine
    • Department schools have provided the following information in relation to placements  for the remainder of 2021:
    • Level 4 plus and Level 4: Final year student placements online only
    • Level 3 plus: Final year student placements offered online, remote, face-to-face and/or alternative learning opportunities
    • Level 3: Final and penultimate year students offered online, remote, face-to-face and/or alternative learning opportunities
    • Level 1 and Level 2: Usual professional experience arrangements apply.
    • Professional experience placements are voluntary for all schools.
    • Schools should provide face-to-face learning opportunities for pre-service teachers where possible and mixed delivery learning opportunities where face-to-face is not possible

    Placements in preschools in NSW 

    Preschools managed by the department in NSW will be managed consistently with all schools, in accordance with the above guidelines and as noted on the website.

    Staff working in Early Childcare Education Centres (ECECs) across NSW are required to have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccination by 8 November 2021.

    Placements outside of NSW 

    Any student planning to undertake placement in a state outside of NSW will need to contact their WPL Team in addition to consulting the appropriate State Public Health advice, including relevant vaccination mandates.

Book your COVID-19 vaccination

To make sure your placement can proceed, and to help protect yourself and our community, you are highly encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Here’s some help on how you can do this:

Step 1

Book an appointment

Find out if you’re eligible for the vaccine, then book an appointment at your local vaccination clinic.

More information about book vaccinations in NSW:

Getting vaccinated in other states:

Step 2

Go to the vaccination clinic

Head to the clinic to get your shot. Bring along some ID and a medicare card if you have one. Once you've been vaccinated, get evidence of your vaccination.

Step 3

Upload your documents

Once you’re vaccinated, upload evidence to InPlace to let us know. For new Workplace Learning students, InPlace is your one-stop shop for all things WPL. You’ll need to navigate to the My Details page in InPlace, then scroll down to the “COVID Vaccination Dose 1 and 2” fields. You can then add the date of your vaccination and add supporting evidence of your vaccination.

If you need NSW Health verification

The WPL team will contact students individually if there are any issues with uploading their evidence. The WPL team will then send these documents to NSW Health for verification, then upload the student status to ClinConnect.

General FAQs

  • The Bathurst campus has a COVID-19 vaccination centre. Will others be set up at other campuses?

    To support NSW Health in their response to COVID-19, we have contacted all local health districts within the Charles Sturt campus footprint, to offer Charles Sturt facilities to support COVID-19 efforts, including vaccination hub space.

    At this time, Bathurst is the only campus required and was established in collaboration with the Western NSW Health District. We continue to engage with contacts and others to offer assistance.

  • Are all students required to be vaccinated or just those going on work placement where it has been mandated?

    While we strongly encourage all students to get their COVID-19 vaccination as soon as they become eligible, only students who are impacted by NSW public health mandates are required to be vaccinated at this time.

  • I am an international student in Australia, can I still get the vaccination?

    Yes, as an international student you are able to get vaccinated. You don’t need to be eligible or enrolled in Medicare to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination. Visit the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find a vaccination clinic and book an appointment.

  • Will there be priority for particular groups of students to receive their vaccinations?

    No. Unfortunately, no Australian university is able to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations for students, or make COVID-19 vaccination bookings on behalf of students. Therefore we have no control over when and where students can be vaccinated, nor identify any priority groups.

    The current government advice is for individuals to use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find out when and where they can receive a vaccine and to book their own appointment.

    This is why we highly encourage all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

  • I’m fully vaccinated. Do I still need to complete and provide a negative COVID test prior to attending on-campus classes during lockdown?

    Yes. To ensure our students and communities are protected, you will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test prior to attending on-campus classes. This requirement is reviewed in line with changing Government advice. The safety of our campus communities is of prime importance.

  • Current COVID-19 vaccination mandates in Australia:

Workplace learning FAQs

  • I’m having trouble booking a vaccination before my placement. Where can I get help?

    If you are having trouble booking your vaccination before your placement and you are concerned about the impact on the completion of your subject, please contact your subject coordinator or workplace learning team for advice. You can also complete a Special Consideration form.

    Email Faculty of Science and Health WPL

    Email Faculty of Arts and Education WPL

    Email Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies WPL

  • How will I know if I need to be vaccinated before my workplace learning?

    If you are required to be vaccinated for your placement, we will email you prior to your placement. However, to best ensure you can complete your placement, we highly encourage our students to get vaccinated as soon as they become eligible.

  • What is the university doing to ensure students have a fair and equal chance to ensure we can be vaccinated in time for our placements?

    At this point in time, vaccinations in our regions are being managed by NSW Health and health providers. We have offered facilities to assist in the rollout of vaccination, but current systems in place already are meeting vaccination targets. Should this request change, Charles Sturt is willing to assist the vaccination roll-out.

    The current government advice is for individuals to use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find out when and where they can receive a vaccine and to book their own appointment. We are continuing to monitor the vaccination roll out and will provide updates to our students as necessary.

    We continue to strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they become eligible.

    We are monitoring the evolving vaccination requirements and advice, spanning different sectors and workplace learning providers, and informing students of vaccination requirements as soon as necessary.

  • I have workplace learning and I don’t want to get vaccinated. What should I do?

    If you do not want to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the choice remains yours, and we will support our students as best we can to seek alternative placement arrangements.

    Please be aware that placement providers, whether they are subject to the mandatory requirements or not, reserve the right to refuse placements to students who are unvaccinated. These decisions made by placement providers are outside of the University’s control. We will work with students who choose not to be vaccinated to try and find alternative placement arrangements, but we cannot guarantee that a suitable placement will be available.

    If you choose not to be vaccinated please contact your Course Director to discuss implications for course completion. If you don’t know how to contact your Course Director, please contact Student Central.

  • I’m unable to be vaccinated due to a medical contraindication. What should I do?

    If you are unable to be vaccinated due to medical contraindication, a limited exemption is available. You will need to contact your medical practitioner and get them to complete this form providing evidence of your medical contraindication as soon as possible.

    Please be aware that placement providers, whether they are subject to the mandatory requirements or not, reserve the right to refuse placements to students who are unvaccinated, even if they have an exemption. These decisions made by placement providers are outside of the University’s control. We will work with students who are unable to be vaccinated to try and find alternative placement arrangements, but we cannot guarantee that a suitable placement will be available.

    If you complete a medical contraindication form please advise your WPL team immediately:

    FOSH-WPL@csu.edu.au

    FOAE-WPL@csu.edu.au

    FOBJBS-WPL-Admin@csu.edu.au

    Please contact your Course Director to discuss implications for course completion. If you don’t know how to contact your Course Director, please contact Student Central.

  • Can I get a letter of support to help me receive my vaccination sooner?

    No. Unfortunately, no Australian university is able to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations for students, or make COVID-19 vaccination bookings on behalf of students. Therefore we have no control over when and where students can be vaccinated, nor identify any priority groups.

    We have offered facilities to assist in the rollout of vaccination, but current systems in place already are meeting vaccination targets. Should this request change, Charles Sturt is willing to assist the vaccination roll-out.

    The current government advice is for individuals to use the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker to find out when and where they can receive a vaccine and to book their own appointment.

    This is why we highly encourage all students to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

    If you were unable to book your vaccination in time, please contact your WPL team immediately.

    Email Faculty of Science and Health WPL

    Email Faculty of Arts and Education WPL

    Email Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Studies WPL

  • What happens if I get COVID-19 after one vaccination and I can’t get my second vaccination before I need to attend placement?

    Please ask for a medical certificate from your doctor to state that you have contracted COVID-19 and that you are unable to receive a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. You will then need to contact your workplace learning team to discuss your options.

  • I’d like to lodge a complaint about being directed to vaccinate. Who can I talk to?

    If you have a concern about being directed to vaccinate, you may wish to make a complaint. Complaints are managed according to our Complaints Management Policy and Procedure. Before lodging a complaint you should attempt to resolve your concerns at the point of origin, this could be with your Course Director, subject coordinator or WPL team.

    If you choose to lodge a formal complaint you can do so by phoning 1800 664 235 or via our online reporting system 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • Where can I find more information about health and education student placements and COVID-19?

    Please visit the Health Education and Training Institute’s FAQs for more information.

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