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Education, schools and childcare - Western Australia

Updated on 26 September 2022, at 13:40 AET


All students are expected to attend school unless:

  • they have COVID-19 symptoms
  • they are medically vulnerable
  • they have medically vulnerable family members

Residential boarding facilities across Western Australia are open — provided they can safely manage their numbers of students and meet health requirements.

School staff, regular visitors and parents no longer need to be vaccinated to attend school.

Students on work experience or placements in healthcare, residential aged care and disability settings will need to follow any vaccination requirements.

Some remote Aboriginal communities may have rules in place, including vaccination requirements.

For more information on how COVID-19 is being managed in WA schools, visit

Testing and close contacts

Students will be provided with 20 free RATs during Term 3. RATs will also be available to staff members.

Individual schools will provide more information to parents and carers on how to collect their RATs.

Parents and carers should test their children and keep them home from school if they have symptoms.

Students who are close contacts can only attend school if they don’t have symptoms and return a daily negative RAT for 5 days. These students (Year 7 and above) must also wear a mask when they leave home (unless exempt).

To learn about close contact definitions, as well as testing and isolation requirements, in school and childcare settings, go to

TAFE and universities

TAFE has resumed face-to-face classes, but universities will decide whether students must physically attend classes — not the state — so contact your university to see if you need to attend campus.

Face masks

To learn about the face-mask rules that apply to you, see ‘Face masks — Western Australia'.

For more information about restrictions in Western Australia, visit

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