- Questions on Notice No 6220
- Assembly59 Parliament First Session
- Asked: 12 October 2021
Question on Notice
Mr Southwick to ask the Minister for Education — The current statement from the Department of Education in relation to Victorian schools heading into term four states that camps and excursions for Victorian schools cannot take place at this time, providing no guidance or roadmap to re-opening. Is the Minister able to provide insight as to whether school-related small business operators such as school camp and excursion providers will be able to open in time for term four to ensure such businesses are able to survive, with reference to either a date or target required to be reached.
- Answered: 10 January 2022
The Minister for Education:
I am informed as follows:
I acknowledge the challenges faced by all Victorians throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I also acknowledge the importance of the camps and outdoor education industry in supporting Victorian students, surrounding communities and small businesses and take seriously the issue you have raised.
The Andrews Labor Government announced the easing of restrictions on 29 October given the achievement of the 80 per cent vaccination target.
All schools are now able to recommence a range of activities, consistent with community settings and school vaccination requirements. This includes camps, excursions, and incursions. Camp providers can now take multiple-school bookings, however these should be minimised wherever possible. As of 23 November, school students are not required to show proof of vaccination when attending camps and excursions organised by the school held at open premises.
The Hon James Merlino MP
Minister for Education
Minister for Mental Health