- Questions on Notice No 6228
- Assembly59 Parliament First Session
- Asked: 12 October 2021
Question on NoticeMs Ryan to ask the Minister for Education — Why does the return of all students in regional Victoria align with the peak seven-day case average outlined in the Government's Burnett modelling.
- Answered: 23 November 2021
I am informed as follows:
Victoria’s Roadmap, including for schools, has been informed by expert modelling from the Burnet Institute as well as the advice of the Victorian Chief Health Officer (CHO) in considering this and other information. It is set against coronavirus (COVID-19) thresholds including hospitalisation rates, and the vaccination targets already set out in the National Plan to transition Australia’s National Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response.
The staged return to school for students in all Victorian schools, metropolitan and regional, was designed to help contain and limit the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant and protect our Victorian community. The staged return of on-site learning in regional Victoria was based on health advice reflecting the different conditions and public health risk across these areas.
In regional Victoria (except LGAs with restrictions), as a result of the early achievement of the 70 per cent vaccination target, all students were back at school from Friday 22 October. You can read more about this here: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.
The Government has always followed, and will continue to follow, the advice of the Victorian CHO. I am thankful to the principals, teachers, staff, health workers and researchers who are keeping us all safe from coronavirus (COVID-19) – particularly to those schools and families in our current community outbreaks.
The Hon James Merlino MP
Minister for Education
Minister for Mental Health
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers
Date: 25 / 10 / 2021