COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice
ACER takes the health and wellbeing of all the people we interact with seriously. Many of our tests bring together large groups of people. This presents potential risks for further community transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). ACER recognises that we have a duty of care to test candidates, staff and to support attempts to limit the spread of the virus. ACER is actively responding to these risks and all actions that we are taking are being guided by publicly available information from the Australian Government Department of Health.
At this stage, the STAT venue-based test sittings for Vic., NSW and ACT in November will proceed as scheduled. ACER will continue to follow government advice and the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer. If any changes are made to these advertised test sittings, updates will be posted to our website here https://stat.acer.org/au/test-dates/dates.
Candidates in NT, QLD, SA or WA must contact their local Tertiary Admissions Centre for information about venue-based STAT sittings in their state/territory.
We understand that people still need to take STAT to support their tertiary applications. To facilitate this, we also offer online test windows for candidates based in Vic., NSW and ACT. We have added additional online test windows throughout this year to allow for the extra demand that may occur as result of this year's disrupted schedule. Further information about STAT online testing can be found here https://stat.acer.org/au/test-dates/online-testing.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation leading to the cancellation of STAT venue sittings, candidates in Qld can book to sit the test online in November 2020 (only). Candidates in SA should contact SATAC to determine their eligibility to sit STAT online and to gain written permission from them. Candidates based in WA are not eligible to sit STAT online.
Please read the following information before you register to sit STAT at a test centre.
COVID-19 Safe procedures at test centres
- All candidates are required to register and provide contact details.
- All candidates are required to have their temperature checked at check-in.
- The following candidates will not be admitted to the test centre:
- have recorded a temperature of 37.6°C or more;
- display symptoms of illness;
- have been tested as COVID-19 positive in the 14 days prior to test day or are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test;
- live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19;
- have been or are under home quarantine in the last 14 days of the test day.
- If waiting rooms and breakout areas are available, they will have been adapted to allow for comfortable spacing (in compliance with social distancing requirements) between candidates and staff.
- Where possible, signage will be visible around the venue to remind candidates to follow COVID-19 safe practices.
- Hand sanitisation stations will be located at suitable locations for use by candidates.
- Frequent cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces is undertaken at the test centres.
- Surfaces in the test rooms will be cleaned and disinfected after every test session.
Important Candidate Information for a test session at test centre
- Do not attend your test session if you have been tested as COVID-19 positive in the 14 days prior to test day or are awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.
- Do not attend your test session if you are not feeling well or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
- Do not attend your test session if you have been or are under home quarantine in the 14 days prior to test day.
- Do not attend your test session if you live with or have had close contact with someone who has confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
- Do not attend your test session at the test centre if you have made any emergency travel in the recent past and are under self-quarantine instructions.
- You are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while attending your test session.
- Adhere to the instructions of staff at the test centres and test supervisors. Failure to do so will be considered misconduct.
- Follow the social distancing markers and health regulations at the test centres.
- Practise social distancing and good personal hygiene while at the test centres.
- If you start feeling unwell or experience the onset of any COVID-19 symptoms on the test day, please inform your test supervisor immediately and contact ACER on the same day via the ACER User Account Messaging system.
Inability to attend your test session at the test centre
- If you are not feeling well or have any COVID-19 symptoms on the test day, please inform ACER via the ACER User Account Messaging system. You should consult a doctor and provide ACER with a medical document (stating your medical conditions) within one week of the test date.
- If you are not feeling well or have any COVID-19 symptoms before the test day and do not foresee your recovery by the test day, please inform ACER via the ACER User Account Messaging system. You should consult a doctor and provide ACER with a medical document within one week of the test date.
- If you are under self-quarantine instructions, have been identified as a close contact of a confirmed case within the last 14 days or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please inform ACER immediately via the ACER User Account Messaging system and provide the relevant supporting documentation.
ACER will follow up with you for a refund. Please view our refund policy on our Refunds and deferrals webpage.