Extension of Easter break from 9 – 28 April 2020
PICAC is adding some additional days to our Easter break period to limit the impact of COVID-19 in our community.
All PICAC campuses will be temporarily closed from 9 to 28 April. That means all training will be paused starting Thursday 9 April.
During the temporary pause, facilities and teaching spaces will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for classes to recommence on 29 April.
Please note, administration will also be closed during the period 9 – 28 April so any queries received during that time may not be answered until staff return to regular duties 29 April 2020.
PICAC is closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and following the latest advice from health authorities. These measures will be reviewed and updated if necessary.
PICAC is working closely with the relevant state-based health authorities in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland to plan for, and respond to, the current and potential impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) on our students, staff and the wider community.
The advice at this point in time from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) (Federal) is that the shutdown of many non-essential services across Australia does not, at present, include the closures of TAFEs or Registered Training Organisations.
In New South Wales, the decision has been made by the state authorities to pause all face-to-face training and course delivery from 30 March 2020.
At PICAC, together with the Master Plumbers, Ceputec and Fire Industry Training, we are transitioning to online delivery wherever possible, some classes have been postponed and on campus we have implemented strict social distancing measures.
For more information on the specific requirements from DESE, please see this fact sheet.
All administration services will continue to be available, however most will be provided remotely.
We will continue to update this information as the situation changes and communicate directly with students and employers. Please see the FAQ’s below for answers to specific questions, otherwise don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 222 727.
Thank you for your patience and support during these challenging times.
Shayne La Combre
Chief Executive Officer
Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre
Updated 25 March 2020
How is PICAC managing COVID-19?
Following advice from the DESE, we are undertaking a range of measures to minimise the health risks for our students and staff including:
Have any on-campus services been impacted?
Yes, training delivery has been impacted as we work towards operating in a manner that reduces risk as effectively as possible.
We have implemented the option for staff to work at home where feasible in order to better apply social-distancing measures by having less people in the centre.
We have reduced student numbers in all classes where applicable and we have also postponed some classes in which it is difficult to implement social-distancing.
Can I attend classes/training if I feel unwell?
If you are unwell and suspect you may have COVID-19 (cold and flu like symptoms, including sore/dry throat, fever, cough, fatigue and breathing difficulties), you must remain at home and seek medical advice.
If you become unwell while at PICAC, you should immediately arrange to go home and notify your trainer. We will contact your employer on your behalf (where applicable).
Does PICAC have any confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
At this stage, PICAC does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 and modified classes are continuing.
Will PICAC close?
The DESE has advised that TAFE’s and training organisations are to remain open, as they are considered essential services, however in NSW, TAFE’s and Training Organisations will be closed from 30 March 2020.
Any closures will be made on the recommendation of the relevant State and Federal authorities in each jurisdiction.
Key PICAC contacts:
To notify us of your travel, self-isolation, if you are undergoing a test for COVID-19 or if you have tested positive, please email email@example.com or call 1300 222 727.
To make contact with a specific RTO operating at PICAC, please email or call:
Fire Industry Training: firstname.lastname@example.org or VIC/NSW (03) 9356 7377 and QLD (07) 3255 5698
Master Plumbers: email@example.com or 1800 133 871
What is the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. COVID-19 is a new virus that can cause an infection in people, including a severe respiratory illness. The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person; mostly face-to-face or within a household. It cannot jump across a room or be carried for long distances in the air.
What is close contact?
Close contact means greater than 15 minutes face-to-face or the sharing of a closed space for more than two hours with a confirmed case.
Close contact could include any person meeting any of the following criteria:
Further Information In addition to advice issued by the Department of Health you can contact the 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080 which provides health and situation information on the outbreak. Call 131 450 for translating or interpreting services.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has also published some useful information about COVID-19.
You might also find it useful to review recent advice from Safe Work Australia on the work, health and safety implications.
State and Territory health related information can be found at:
What can I do to reduce my risk of coronavirus infection?
Following good hygiene practices is the most effective way of protecting yourself from COVID-19. This includes washing your hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer.
What should I do if I’ve just returned from overseas?
On 15 March 2020, the Australian Government announced that all travellers arriving to Australia from overseas are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Importantly, it also includes parents, carers and any other relative with whom you live or have close contact with who are returning from overseas travel. As they are required to self-isolate, they must avoid public settings – this means they should not attend work, school, childcare or go to other public places such as restaurants, cinemas or shopping centres and should not use public transport or taxis.
If you or a family member has arrived from overseas since midnight Sunday 15 March 2020, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What if testing confirms I have COVID-19?
If testing confirms that you have COVID-19, please email: email@example.com with the following information:
All student details and personal information will be subject to privacy provisions.
PICAC will notify affected students if we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in accordance with advice from the DHHS.
Where can I get more information?
For the latest advice, information and resources on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), please visit:
Where can I get support?
For additional information, support or counselling, the following organisations are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week: