The University of Newcastle, Australia

Alerts

One of the University of Newcastle's top priorities is to ensure that all members of the University community remain safe and well in the event of an incident or emergency. This page will be updated regularly with latest alerts and information, as they become available.

If you become aware of an incident and would like to report it please contact Security.

For information on current fire danger visit the Fires Near Me website.

Update - Port Macquarie, Taree Manning Education Centre and Coffs Harbour will reopen Thursday 14 November Last updated: Wednesday, 13th November 2019 - 4:30pm

Issued for: All locations

Port Macquarie, Taree Manning Education Centre and Coffs Harbour will reopen Thursday 14 November.  They are likely to experience network outages related to AARNET. Local staff should liaise with UONDRH on 02 6755 3555 for further information.  Exams are not affected by the AARNET outage.

Update - Port Macquarie Campus to reopen Thursday 14 November 2019 Last updated: Wednesday, 13th November 2019 - 2:36pm

Issued for: All locations

We are pleased to advise that our Port Macquarie campus will re-open on Thursday 14 November for all University staff and students. Full activities will resume, including any exams scheduled.

We will provide information about rescheduling activities postponed due to campus closure as soon as possible.

Update - University of Newcastle sites to reopen Wednesday 13 November 2019 Last updated: Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - 7:56pm

Issued for: All locations

We can now confirm that the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health facility in Coffs Harbour will be open tomorrow (Wednesday 13 November).

Access to Callaghan and Ourimbah campus grounds will be possible from 12.01am Wednesday 13 November. Buildings and facilities will be open at usual business hours, from 8am. We note that TAFE operations will remain closed at Ourimbah.

University of Newcastle sites to reopen Wednesday 13 November 2019 Last updated: Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - 5:02pm

Issued for: All locations

We’re pleased to advise we will be reopening our campuses (excluding Port Macquarie and Taree) from 12.01am Wednesday 13 November, following updates from the NSW Rural Fire Service and based on current forecasts. Staff should go to work on Wednesday as usual. A decision about our site at Coffs Harbour will be made as soon as possible.

Exams will go ahead on Wednesday as planned (excluding Port Macquarie and Taree), and all other services including childcare, retail and fitness centres on our sites will reopen as per normal business.

If it is unsafe for you to travel to our sites, please do not travel and advise your supervisor. Students should submit adverse circumstances if they are unable to attend exams due to current conditions.

Exams for Port Macquarie and Taree will be rescheduled soon, and students will be emailed directly with details when they are confirmed.

We know the bushfire situation can change rapidly and encourage you to stay up-to-date about fires via the NSW Rural Fire Service ‘Fires Near Me’ app and listen to Emergency Broadcaster, ABC.

Any changes to the campus plans will be updated directly to staff and students and at www.newcastle.edu.au/alerts and via socials.

Thank you for your cooperation during this period of catastrophic bushfire risk. We are aware that this is a critical time of year for our students, particularly those who have exams and assessments due, but ultimately your safety, and that of our staff and others, is what matters most.

Catastrophic bushfire rating - Campus Closures Tuesday 12 November Last updated: Tuesday, 12th November 2019 - 12:48pm

Issued for: All locations

Thanks for your understanding regarding the decision to close Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses and all other locations (with the exception of Newcastle CBD campus and Sydney) today (Tuesday 12 Nov) based on forecast weather conditions and catastrophic bushfire risk. We know you’re keen to find out whether our campuses will reopen tomorrow. We will provide an update to this Alerts page following the next RFS update around 5pm today. At this stage, based on current forecasts, we anticipate we will be open but our decision will be based on any bushfire activity and advice from authorities.

Catastrophic bushfire rating - Campus Closures Tuesday 12 November Last updated: Monday, 11th November 2019 - 4:46pm

Issued for: All locations

Our decision to close campuses (with the exception of our Newcastle city campus locations and our Sydney campus) based on forecast catastrophic weather conditions has been carefully considered.

We are taking this proactive step as part of our standard operating procedures and a well-developed bushfire management plan. The closures apply from 12.01am to 11.59pm Tuesday 12 November. We will resume normal campus operations as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are well aware that this is a critical time of year for our students, some of whom have exams, but ultimately their safety, and that of our staff and others, is what matters most.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by the bushfires. A 24hr crisis phone line for students has been made available on 1300 653 007 or via text 0488 884 165 for an sms chat option. Counselling for staff is available via our Employee Assistance Provider, NewPsych on 4926 5005 or go online: https://www.newpsych.com.au/ for details.

Please stay up-to-date about fires via the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me website and listen to Emergency Broadcaster, ABC.

Catastrophic bushfire rating - Campus Closures Tuesday 12 November - Transport update for Student Living Residence Last updated: Monday, 11th November 2019 - 3:41pm

Issued for: All locations

  • The University of Newcastle NeW Space Shuttle service will remain operational on Tuesday 12 November, running to peak schedule, every half an hour. Pick up and drop off points will be limited. The shuttle bus will pick up and drop off at Callaghan campus stops 1 and 6 only marked on the map.
  • The Stockland Jesmond shuttle bus will continue to run between 4-6pm as per usual, picking up and dropping off residents outside West Tower at Student Living.

Catastrophic bushfire rating - Campus Closures Tuesday 12 November - Update regarding exams Last updated: Monday, 11th November 2019 - 1:12pm

Issued for: All locations

Exams scheduled for Tuesday 12 November are being rescheduled to Saturday 16 November where possible. There are a very small number of exams that can’t be moved and we’re working with the health faculty to make alternate arrangements. Course codes will be updated here as soon possible.

In regards to requests for adverse circumstances - Existing work commitments will be approved for adverse circumstances for students whose exams have been rescheduled from Tuesday 12 November to Saturday 16 November. When completing your application, select “unavoidable commitment” as the reason and supply a screenshot of your roster or other evidence of your work commitment.

For these students, exams will be held in the supplementary exam period.

Catastrophic bushfire rating - Campus Closures Tuesday 12 November Last updated: Monday, 11th November 2019 - 12:48pm

Issued for: All locations

Information for staff

Information for students

Information for students living on campus

Information for the public

Important information for staff

The University of Newcastle has made the decision to close all locations, with the exception of our Newcastle city campus locations and our Sydney campus, on Tuesday 12 November 2019 based on forecast catastrophic weather conditions and bushfire risk. HMRI will also close.

The safety of our staff, students and visitors is our priority.

All staff are asked to stay at home and work from home where possible. Those staff providing essential campus services - being security staff, 2NUR broadcast staff and staff with responsibility for animals on campus - MUST check in and out at IFS at Callaghan and Ourimbah.

If you were expecting to host any visitors on our campuses tomorrow, you will need to make alternative arrangements or reschedule.

Further updates will be provided throughout the day on the www.newcastle.edu.au/alerts. Please stay up-to-date about fires via the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me website and listen to Emergency Broadcaster, ABC.

Important information for students

The University of Newcastle has made the decision to close all locations, with the exception of Newcastle City campus and Sydney, on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 based on forecast weather conditions and catastrophic bushfire risk. Your safety is our priority.

Assessments and Adverse Circumstances

All students will be given an additional 24 hours to complete any assessments due Tuesday, 12 November. If you require additional support beyond this please submit an adverse circumstances form online. We encourage students to do this as soon as possible.

Exams

Exams scheduled for Callaghan and Ourimbah for Tuesday, 12 November will be rescheduled to Saturday, 16 November. If you have exams scheduled for Tuesday, 12 November at Callaghan or Ourimbah please attend the same time and room as scheduled on Saturday.

Any exams scheduled at Newcastle City Campus or Sydney will proceed as scheduled.

Exams for Port Macquarie and Taree will rescheduled soon, and you will be emailed with details when they are confirmed.

You will not need to submit an adverse circumstances request for exams originally scheduled for Tuesday, 12 November at locations other than Newcastle City or Sydney.

If you are unable to make your exam on the date to which it has been rescheduled you will need to submit an Adverse Circumstances request online.

Placement

Any students who have placements in or near areas affected by bushfires should contact their Placement Coordinator. If you have any concerns that the area in which you have been placed is at risk then do not go there until you are advised.

Further support

Counselling for students is available by calling Student Support on (02) 4921 6622.

Your safety is our priority. Please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/alerts for more information and further updates. Please stay up-to-date about fires via the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me website and listen to Emergency Broadcaster, ABC.

Important information for students living on campus

The University of Newcastle has made the decision to close all locations, with the exception of Newcastle City campus and Sydney tomorrow, on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 based on forecast weather conditions and catastrophic bushfire risk. Your safety is our priority.

As other local residents are remaining in their homes, we have likewise decided to keep the residences open. We will be carefully assessing the situation with your safety as our top priority.

There will be security staff and After-Hours Duty Officers on site 24/7 to support you during this time, should you have any concerns. You will be notified of updates.

Support and emergency contacts:

  • 15888 from a help phone or (02) 4921 5888 if you live at Callaghan
  • (02) 4348 4222 if you live at Ourimbah
  • In the event of an emergency please call 000 first and then call Security.

The University of Newcastle takes fire safety and the safety of every member of the Student Living Community very seriously.

To ensure resident safety, no open flames of any sort are permitted in any Student Living space, including candles and incense.

There is a statewide fire ban. Student Living is a smoke-free environment and smoking is strictly not permitted inside residences, including private bedrooms. We strongly discourage smoking on campus, but if you do choose to smoke, please do so in the designated smoking pods.

Assessments and Adverse Circumstances

All students will be given an additional 24 hours to complete any assessments due Tuesday, 12 November. If you require additional support beyond this please submit an adverse circumstances form online. We encourage students to do this as soon as possible.

Exams

Exams scheduled for Callaghan and Ourimbah for Tuesday, 12 November will be rescheduled to Saturday, 16 November. If you have exams scheduled for Tuesday, 12 November at Callaghan or Ourimbah please attend the same time and room as scheduled on Saturday.

Any exams scheduled at Newcastle City Campus or Sydney will proceed as scheduled.

Exams for Port Macquarie and Taree will be rescheduled soon, and you will be emailed with details when they are confirmed.

You will not need to submit an adverse circumstances request for exams originally scheduled for Tuesday, 12 November at locations other than Newcastle City or Sydney.

If you are unable to make your exam on the date to which it has been rescheduled you will need to submit an Adverse Circumstances request online.

Placement

Any students who have placements in or near areas affected by bushfires should contact their Placement Coordinator. If you have any concerns that the area in which you have been placed is at risk then do not go there until you are advised.

Transport

The Shuttle Bus from Callaghan campus to our NewSpace city campus will still run tomorrow. The timetable may be affected.

  • The University of Newcastle NeW Space Shuttle service will remain operational on Tuesday 12 November, running to peak schedule, every half an hour. Pick up and drop off points will be limited. The shuttle bus will pick up and drop off at Callaghan campus stops 1 and 6 only marked on the map.
  • The Stockland Jesmond shuttle bus will continue to run between 4-6pm as per usual, picking up and dropping off residents outside West Tower at Student Living.

Further support

Counselling for students is available by calling Student Support on (02) 4921 6622.

Your safety is our priority. Please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/alerts for more information and further updates. Please stay up-to-date about fires via the NSW Rural Fire Service Fires Near Me website and listen to Emergency Broadcaster, ABC.

Information for the public

With the safety of staff, students and visitors our highest priority, the University of Newcastle will close all campuses on Tuesday 12 November, with the exception of its Newcastle city campus locations and Sydney campus. This is in response to the forecast catastrophic weather conditions and bushfire risk.

Campus closures will impact all non-essential services and facilities run by the University and other providers (including childcare, retail and fitness centres).

Our thoughts are with all of our communities who are affected by these fires and extreme conditions.

We ask that members of the community avoid visiting our campuses on Tuesday 12 November and we appreciate their understanding.

We are updating students and staff directly, as well as providing information via our website at www.newcastle.edu.au/alerts.