The University of Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. We have a team working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date advice.

Last reviewed 21 September 2020

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General advice

  • We encourage everyone on our campuses to adhere to handwashing and hygiene practices and practice social distancing.
  • If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit our campuses and please seek medical support.
  • Please take your own measures to respond to COVID-19 in line with Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines.

Current advice


Staff and students are expected to:

  • Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms and get tested
  • Work from home if you are classified as at risk
  • Maintain social distancing requirements keeping 1.5m between others
  • Comply with maximum room occupancy level based on 4m2 rule
  • Maintain good hand and cough hygiene
  • Follow all directions within relevant Public Health Order(s)
  • Not host non-essential visitors
  • Follow our visitors and events policy, direct any questions to
  • Apply caution when serving refreshments: for instance, no sharing of food platters
  • Follow NSW Health Advice

How to get tested

Testing Centre open on Callaghan Campus

NSW Health Pathology is now operating the COVID-19 drive through testing clinic at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus ICT Carpark 1.

Anyone can come and get tested if you feel unwell, even if you only have mild symptoms. The clinic is open every day, from 8am-4pm.

Peak periods are early morning and late afternoon so if possible, please try to visit the drive through clinic outside of these times. No appointment necessary, just drive on up!

Please note: Babies and children under five need to be tested at hospital or their GP.

Are the University campuses open?

All of our campuses are now open to students and staff. As we have done throughout this situation, we will continue to monitor and rely on advice from the Federal Government and NSW Health in relation to our sites. We continue to reinforce social distancing and hygiene practices at all of our sites. You will notice signage around the University which indicates the number of people each space can accommodate, the seating capacity in our rooms, and markers showing the appropriate distance required to adhere to physical distancing requirements.

From 1 June, community borrowers at our Libraries and visitors for pre-approved activities are welcome (by invitation). Restrictions are in place for all other external visitors.

Many of our retail outlets are also now open. Here is an up-to-date list of the revised trading hours for our campus retail outlets.

Are the University Libraries still open?

Library buildings are open to university students, staff and our Community Borrowers membership holders. These members no longer require swipe card access. Social distancing measures are in place to help keep everyone safe. You will notice signage around the Library spaces that indicate the number of people that each space can accommodate and the seating capacity in our Group Study rooms has also been reduced so please check the room information before Booking a Study Space. At this time, no general community members or non-university students can access libraries.

Can I still visit the University at the moment?

All of our Australian campuses remain open for staff and students, and libraries for community borrowers. From 1 June 2020 a number of other visitors will be welcome on our campuses by invitation only.

Are you cancelling community events at your campuses?

In accordance with the latest Government advice, large student and community events of more than 500 attendees will be cancelled and we will reassess in July. We have also cancelled a number of smaller events happening on campus. We think it’s better to hold non-essential events at another time and will be in touch with people as new dates are confirmed.

Will graduations go ahead?

In light of limiting public gatherings to fewer than 500 people, we will postpone our April graduation at Ourimbah and the July graduation ceremony at Callaghan. Eligible graduates will be deemed to have graduated in absentia and we will invite them to a ceremony in the second half of 2020.

Eligible graduates will still receive their qualifications on time, it is only the ceremonies which will be postponed.

I’m a contractor that works at your campus. How can I get more information?

Please talk to your University contact. If you need further information, email and read the information on this website.

Travel advice

No international travel for work or study is permitted at this time. Domestic travel is permitted within NSW and to anywhere in Australia where state border crossing does not require quarantine arrangements.

Increased hygiene measures

Hand washing is the most effective way to protect yourself.

Keeping work and study environments clean may also help to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other infections such as the common cold.

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.

Travel and health information

For the most up-to-date information, visit:

Student Hardship Fund Crucial assistance to students facing emergency situations

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