COVID-19 Updates

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates (updated: 22 July 2020)

If you have any question please email SSO@pcbt.wa.edu.au or Call 08 9202 1003

  • The Department of Health has a Coronavirus Health Information Line – 1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Translating assistance when seeking medical advice please call TIS – Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.
  • COVID-19 Hotline number | 13 26 842
  • Government Dedicated International Student Line | 1300 981 621 or international.students@dese.gov.au
  • Healthdirect Hotline to speak to a registered nurse| 1800 022 222

PCBT COVID-19 Policies and procedures:

PCBT Counselling services during COVID-19


Term 3 is now underway and face-to-face classes are back at PCBT! Thankfully, the situation with COVID has improved significantly in WA. Please check out the WA government website for detailed information about how WA is progressing forward. https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-wa-roadmap

Students are welcome to share their thoughts and suggestions about PCBT and how we as a college can improve. Doing this will help us provide you with a more enjoyable learning experience. All responses are anonymous. As well as via the link below you can submit a paper copy by the entrance at the Brown Street campus. We welcome your feedback! https://forms.gle/XufAwRX8xobyussb7


COVID-19 coronavirus: Travel to WA

Last updated: 9 June 2020 at 8.00am

PCBT Enrolled students who are not currently in WA but in Australia may not be able to enter WA to start their courses from July 2020 unless otherwise rules are changed. If you are not eligible to be exempted from entry to WA, please email your PCBT Change of Enrolment/CoEs form or Withdrawal form (PCBT Change of Enrolment Application Form (for Deferment/Suspension, Extension, Transition, Withdrawal) or use Online Change of CoEs form) to admissions@pcbt.wa.edu.au . PCBT is not offering its courses using the online facility from 20 July 2020. Students must attend their classes as per timetable provided by our SSO team. All health matters regulated by Government agencies are in place to facilitate a safe environment for our students studying at PCBT campuses.

Exemptions for entering WA from interstate or overseas.

Reference: https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/department-of-the-premier-and-cabinet/covid-19-coronavirus-travel-wa

Strict border controls are in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.

You cannot enter Western Australia without an exemption.

Anyone who thinks they meet the criteria outlined in the Quarantine (Closing the Border) Directions may apply for an exemption.

Exemptions apply for:

  • senior government officials in the course of duties
  • members of the Commonwealth Parliament and their staff
  • active military personnel on duty in WA
  • specialist skills not available in WA
  • emergency service workers
  • judicial officers or staff members of a court, tribunal or commission
  • persons carrying out a function under a Commonwealth law
  • health services, when requested by the Chief Health Officer of the Department of Health
  • FIFO workers and their family members
  • urgent and essential medical treatment
  • attending a relative’s funeral or visiting a relative who is critically ill or whose death is imminent
  • transport, freight and logistics (not including airline and maritime crew members)
  • compassionate grounds
  • otherwise seeking approval to enter WA.

How do I apply for an exemption?

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If you meet the above exemption criteria, the quickest and simplest way to apply for an exemption is via the G2G PASS online form. Please submit your application at least 3 days prior to travel. By applying online, you can track your application status and will receive an email with the outcome of your application.

Alternatively, you can submit a paper-based exemption application form with supporting documentation.

If you are requesting entry on compassionate grounds or otherwise seeking approval to enter WA, you must not enter WA until you have received approval from WA Police via the G2G PASS app or email. Submitting an application for the reasons above does not constitute approval.

If you apply for approval to travel via the G2G PASS app, a QR code will be generated which can be displayed on a mobile phone and/or through a vehicle window without human contact.

If you apply for an exemption, you must carry your exemption form and proof of its submission when travelling. You may be asked to produce these documents at a checkpoint or by WA Police patrolling the area.

If your exemption category requires further documentation or proof, you must produce this on request. Failure to do so may result in penalties including imprisonment or a fine of up to $50,000 for individuals or $250,000 for organisations.

For more information visit:

Returning to WA from international travel

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident arriving back in Australia, you’ll be subject to the Australian Government’s mandatory quarantine period of 14 days at your first Australian destination.

You will be provided with suitable accommodation to stay in during this period.

However, you will not be permitted to travel domestically (including to your home) or continue on any domestic connections until you have completed the 14 day mandatory quarantine period.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller.

Returning to WA from domestic travel

If you are a Western Australian wishing to return home from domestic travel, before travelling, you will need to apply for an exemption to enter the State.

You can apply for an exemption to enter WA by applying for a G2G PASS.

If your application is accepted, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days once back in Western Australia. Authorised officers will tell you where and how to self-isolate. You need to comply with any other terms and conditions they impose.

If you are not an exempt traveller, you may commit an offence and be directed to leave Western Australia immediately, at your own expense.

It is highly recommended that you read the information on travel restrictions to determine if you meet the exempt traveller criteria.

Page reviewed 9 June 2020

Summary of Austrade Update Document or some highlights:

Austrade COVID19 IE Agent and Provider Resource 30 April

Make sure you have downloaded the Australian Government COVIDSafe App

Public gatherings limited to ten people in WA. Visit State and Territory websites for further enforcement information.

COVID-19 Information for workplaces (Ensuring the health and safety of workers and others at the workplace during COVID-19.)

Visa regulations: Visit the Department of Home Affairs website to keep updated on all developments.

Temporary visa holder arrangements for international students during COVID-19 – as at 30 April:

  • International students who have been in Australia longer than 12 months will be able to access their Australian superannuation.
  • Students unable to return to Australia to continue their studies may have their study deferred. This will not affect their visa status.
  • Students offshore and studying online with an Australian education provider do not need a visa. Education providers can issue a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and enrol students to study online.

IELTS launches IELTS Indicator, a new online English language test for students and is available in countries where IELTS testing has been suspended due to COVID-19.

Translated coronavirus (COVID-19) resources: A list of resources about COVID-19 in other languages. The resources include fact sheets, guidelines and other publications.

The Australian Government announced 7 million funding to the Red Cross over the next six months to deliver emergency relief and casework support to temporary visa holders who are facing significant vulnerabilities. This funding is part of the $100 million funding injuction to more than 300 charities and community organisations. International Students and temporary visa holders who need help can email nat_rc_msp@redcross.org.au to register their situation.


OFFSHORE Current and Future PCBT Students’ Admissions/CoEs:

If you are one of the following categories:

  1. your Student Visa has NOT been granted – APPROVED Status
  2. or your student Visa has been granted – VISA GRANTED status
  3. or The student will not be returning on time – STUDYING status due to COVID-19:

For those students who will not be commencing on time or cannot continue to study due to COVID-19, please email Change of CoEs form to admissions@pcbt.wa.edu.au to create new CoEs. Please be informed that you must be in Australia to commence or continue your courses with PCBT. PCBT will deliver all of its courses face to face from 20 July 2020.

Students overseas should only lodge visa applications when they are confident that they can satisfy requirements for a student visa application that may be required for assessment (e.g. Health check, English language testing and evidence of financial capacity).


Useful Links

We have gathered below some links that you may find useful. You are encouraged to check these frequently as the situation is constantly evolving.
Department of Health | Up to Date COVID-19 Alert
Department of Education, Skills and Employment |Up to Date COVID-19 Alert
Department of Home Affairs | Up to Date COVID-19 Alert
Australian Government | Fact Sheets in Simplified Chinese
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA | Preparing your Business for COVID-19
Government of Western Australia | When and How to Use a Face Mask
StudyPerth | COVID-19 Information
Study In Australia | New COVID-19 Student Support

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