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.


Update: Port Macquarie campus to reopen Last updated: Wednesday, 24th March 2021 - 2:56pm

Issued for: Port Macquarie

Given the easing conditions, our Port Macquarie site will be open tomorrow, Thursday 25 March. We ask all people travelling to our site to please check for road closures before travelling and exercise caution when on the roads and on campus. The campus will reopen from 11.59pm Wednesday 24 March. We thank all of our students, staff and community members who have provided support to people affected by the extreme weather across our campuses over the past week.

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Severe weather update: Tuesday 23 March - Callaghan, Ourimbah, Taree and Coffs Harbour campuses to reopen Last updated: Tuesday, 23rd March 2021 - 1:55pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan), Central Coast (Ourimbah), Port Macquarie, Taree

Given the easing weather conditions in some parts of NSW, our campuses at Callaghan, Ourimbah, Taree and Coffs Harbour campuses will reopen tomorrow, Wednesday 24 March, and classes will go ahead. These sites will reopen at 11.59pm tonight. Our Port Macquarie site will remain closed.

Our childcare centres and The Forum at Callaghan will be open. The NUspace to Callaghan shuttle will also operate as normal.

When returning to campus, please continue to exercise caution and minimise movement around our sites. Pathways may be very slippery and there may be debris on roads or paths.

And, as always, we ask that you stay home if the road or weather conditions make it unsafe to travel.

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Severe weather: Callaghan campus to close on Tuesday 23/3; Ourimbah, Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour sites to remain closed Last updated: Monday, 22nd March 2021 - 4:53pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan), Central Coast (Ourimbah), Port Macquarie, Taree

Given the continuing severe weather and NSW government advice, our campuses at Callaghan, Ourimbah, Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour will be closed tomorrow.

Any classes due to happen on-site at these locations will be cancelled. Students should liaise with their course coordinators about arrangements related to cancelled classes.  They will NOT need to submit an adverse circumstances request.

Callaghan campus will close at 11.59pm tonight. The other sites above will remain closed. We have made this decision based on the combination of forecast weather conditions, existing campus conditions and the recommendation by Transport for NSW to avoid travel. One of our significant concerns is the wet grounds and forecast winds.

All facilities, including libraries, childcare centres and The Forum at Callaghan campus will be closed. The Forum (Harbourside) will be open.

Staff have been encouraged to work from home or from NUspace, where possible. At Callaghan and Ourimbah, only essential staff will be allowed on site. The University has notified staff of these arrangements via email.

We will provide an update before 4pm on Tuesday 23 March about arrangements for Wednesday.

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Severe weather: Ourimbah, Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour sites closed on Monday 22 March, Callaghan campus to open Last updated: Sunday, 21st March 2021 - 12:00am

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan), Central Coast (Ourimbah), Newcastle (City), Port Macquarie

Given the continued severe weather, our Ourimbah, Taree, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour campuses will be closed tomorrow, Monday 22 March. All classes at these sites will be cancelled. If you are unable to travel safely to campus due to poor road or weather conditions, please stay at home and stay safe.

Our other sites, including Callaghan, NUspace, Sydney and Tamworth, will be open and classes will be on. If you are unable to travel safely to campus due to poor road or weather conditions, please notify your course coordinator (for students) or your supervisor (for staff).

Students will be able to submit an adverse circumstances request to cover missed classes if they are unable to safely attend campus.

The Callaghan campus, which has been closed over the weekend, will reopen at 11.59pm Sunday 21 March. Childcare centres and The Forum at Callaghan campus will be open.

We ask that people exercise caution and minimise movement around our sites that are open. Pathways may be very slippery and there may be debris on roads or paths.

The conditions continue to develop and we are monitoring them closely. Please revisit this page for updates.

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Severe weather: Callaghan and Ourimbah Campuses closed from Friday 19 March to Sunday 21 March Last updated: Thursday, 18th March 2021 - 3:10pm

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan), Central Coast (Ourimbah)

Given the continuing heavy rain and forecast of strong winds, Ourimbah and Callaghan campuses will be closed tomorrow, Friday 19 March, until Sunday evening. We have made this decision in the interest of student, staff and visitor safety.

The NSW Health COVID testing clinic in the University carpark at Callaghan will remain open.

Any classes due to happen on-site at Callaghan and Ourimbah on Friday 19 March will be cancelled.  Students should liaise with their course coordinators about arrangements related to cancelled classes. They will not need to submit an adverse circumstances request.

The closure will commence at 11.59pm tonight at Callaghan. This includes all facilities, including child care centres and The Forum.

Given Ourimbah campus was closed today, it will remain closed.

Staff have been encouraged to work from home or from NUspace, where possible. At Callaghan and Ourimbah, only essential staff will be allowed on site. The University has notified staff of these arrangements via email.

We will provide an update before 6pm on Sunday 21 March.

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Storm weather update - Thursday 18 March – Ourimbah Campus closure Last updated: Thursday, 18th March 2021 - 9:20am

Issued for: Central Coast (Ourimbah)

Given the continuing bad weather and Bureau of Meteorology information, we have decided to close the Ourimbah Campus today. Please do not come to campus. If you’re already on campus, please take the opportunity now to leave in an orderly way. Classes due to be held on campus will be cancelled. Students should liaise with course coordinators about arrangements related to missed classes. We will provide an update before 3pm today about whether the campus will open tomorrow.

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Storm weather update - Thursday 18 March – Campuses remain open Last updated: Wednesday, 18th March 2020 - 7:10am

Issued for: Newcastle (Callaghan), Central Coast (Ourimbah), Newcastle (City)

We’re monitoring the heavy rain and storm conditions. Our campuses remain open. Please take care on the roads and on our sites. Check back here for any change in status.

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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Last updated: Friday, 13th March 2020 - 10:50am

Issued for: All locations

The University has been closely monitoring the current outbreak of the COVID-19. For the most up-to-date information, visit our dedicated website: www.newcastle.edu.au/covid-19


Increased hygiene measures

We ask students, staff and visitors to our campuses take the precautions advised by the public health experts including:

  • Hand washing for 40 - 60 seconds with soap
  • Using hand sanitiser
  • Following coughing and sneezing etiquette

Please observe and comply with health-related signage around the University.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.