The following information and links have been designed to assist Member Schools to manage and prepare for the potential impact of COVID19.
It outlines the obligations of schools, provides advice and links to relevant government agencies.
Schools should be aware that government advice is being updated regularly and can change from day-to-day. While AISNT will try to keep this information current, this might not always be possible.
AISNT will continue to communicate directly with Member Schools through emails and regular updates.
Update from AISNT - 14th April
The latest information from AISNT.
The latest information from Secure NT.
Compliance - Q and A's:
- 1. Do you need to comply?
- Yes – under the provisions of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011; Education Act (NT) 2015 and Education Regulations (NT) 2015.
- 2. What are the conditions of compliance?
- Under the health and safety laws in the Northern Territory, employers have an obligation to provide and maintain a safe workplace, whether they are employees or not.
- 3. If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
Continue to monitor the advice from the Australian and Victorian governments;
Review the school’s emergency management plan;
Ensure that communications to parents, students and staff are clear and timely;
Prepare for the possibility of high absenteeism from large numbers of students and staff;
Review the school’s capacity to deliver online learning to students; and
Review the school’s business continuity plan.
- 4. What are the consequences if you don't comply?
You may be in breach of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011.
You may also be in breach of the Education Act (NT) 2011 and the Education Regulations (NT) 2011. Non-compliance with the minimum standards for school registration could result in the Northern Territory Non-Government Schools Registrar:
imposing conditions on a school’s registration
prohibiting a school from enrolling any new students
requiring the school to report its non-compliance to parents; or
suspending, cancelling or imposing conditions on a school’s registration.
Your reputation could be affected.
Links and Downloads:
Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment: Coronavirus
Australian Department of Health:
- Australian Government Coronavirus Emergency Response Plan
- Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coronavirus (COVID-19) statement on 3 April 2020
Australian Government, Treasury: Fact sheet: Cash flow assistance for businesses
Links and Downloads for Schooling:
Northern Territory Department of Education - Learning Together
Australian Government, eSafety Commissioner: COVID-19: Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic
Going Digital: Making digital ways of working, work!
Links and Downloads for COVID-19 Research Articles:
International Baccalaureate Organization
Online learning, teaching and education continuity planning for schools
COVID-19: the challenges of online schooling
Coronavirus: 14 simple tips for better online teaching