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.


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Update: 26 July - Study-from-home and Minimal Staffing Model extensions

In anticipation of an extension to the current Greater Sydney lockdown beyond 30 July, the University of Newcastle has decided to continue our current study-from-home mode until Friday 13 August 2021 (a further 2 weeks).

All courses scheduled for face-to-face learning will continue to be offered online, according to class timetables which remain unchanged. The “minimal staffing model” under which we are currently working for our Callaghan and City campuses will also be extended until Friday 13 August 2021.

The University of Newcastle is fully compliant with all of the public health orders in place for NSW. We will monitor the announcements regarding the NSW Government’s roadmap beyond 30 July 2021 (the current lockdown period) as they occur later this week, and provide further updates as soon as information is released.

Update: 23 July - Evidence required for face mask exemptions

The NSW Government has updated the public health order regarding face masks, which applies throughout NSW. People with an exemption to the wearing a face mask are now required to carry evidence supporting this exemption when in situations where face masks are mandatory.
The health advice and associated restrictions are changing frequently. Please keep up to date via the NSW Health website.

Update: 21 July - Orange LGA in 7-day lockdown

The NSW government has advised that the Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Local Government Areas (LGAs) will go into a 7-day lockdown effective from 12:01am today. Full details are available from the NSW Health website. Affected students and staff are asked to follow the health advice, and to monitor the NSW Health website for updates. Please note that this applies to anyone who has been in these LGAs on or after Saturday 17 July 2021.

Update: 20 July – COVID-19 exposure site at Wallsend

NSW Health has advised that the Coles Express Service Station (Thomas Street, Wallsend) is an area of concern for Saturday 17 July, between 2.45 – 3.00pm. This is for the westbound site, as you drive towards the Link Road. Anyone who visited this location at this time is a casual contact and must get tested, self-isolate, and follow the health advice. Other people local to this area (including those who visited this site on Saturday but not at this time) are advised to monitor for symptoms, get tested and self-isolate if they emerge.

Please regularly check the NSW Health website for further updates on areas of concern.

Update: 17 July - New restrictions for Greater Sydney and Thornton exposure site

NSW Health has announced further restrictions for people living in Fairfield, Liverpool, and Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Areas. A full list of these new restrictions can be found here, including information about who may leave the house for work and who must undergo surveillance testing every 3 days.

All restrictions applying to areas outside Greater Sydney remain the same until July 30.

NSW Health has advised that the Thornton 7-Eleven Service Station on Weakleys Drive is an area of concern for Tuesday 13 July, 12:05 - 12:11pm. Anyone who visited this location at this time is a casual contact and must get tested, self-isolate, and follow the health advice. Other people local to this area at this time are advised to monitor for symptoms, get tested and self-isolate if they emerge.

Our campuses

​​​​​​​The University is extending the following restrictions for our campuses until midnight 30 July 2021:

  • Sydney campus closed.
  • Singapore campus closed.
  • Central Coast campuses (Ourimbah, Gosford CCCS & CCRI) closed (essential services only e.g. security, cleaning, critical IT services and Level 6 at Gosford Hospital). (Amended 21 July 2021)
  • Callaghan, City, and other regional campuses remain open, but operating on a minimal staffing model.
      • Access to buildings will be via key card/swipe card.
      • QR code check-in required.
      • Face masks must be worn when indoors, and the 4sq metre rule needs to be observed.
      • NUsport, childcare and retail services will be open and continue to operate (but check with individual retailers for changes to trading hours).
      • Bar on the Hill and Sprout (in Library) will be open for food and beverages.
      • Libraries will be open from 9am to 5pm daily.
      • Student Hubs will operate 9am to 5pm with minimal staff and virtual concierge.

The first two weeks of Semester 2 (from 19 to 30 July) will be delivered in study-from-home mode. From 19-30 July, all courses scheduled for face-to-face learning will be offered online, except in the cases of approved placements or practicums.

Students currently enrolled in Winter term or Trimester 2 courses will continue to study the remainder of your course in study-from-home mode.

Current campus alert levels

Callaghan, City, Regional

  • Case(s) in NSW of community transmission with unknown source and/or infectious whilst in the community.
  • NSW Health restrictions apply.
  • University of Newcastle restrictions apply.

Sydney

  • Case(s) in NSW of community transmission with unknown source and/or infectious whilst in the community, with the potential to impact campus.
  • NSW Health restrictions apply.
  • University of Newcastle restrictions apply.

Central Coast

  • Case(s) in NSW of community transmission with unknown source and/or infectious whilst in the community, with the potential to impact campus.
  • NSW Health restrictions apply.
  • University of Newcastle restrictions apply.

Singapore

Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)

Thursday 22 July 2021 to Wednesday 18 August 2021

Staff and students are expected to:

  • Comply with the additional measures and restrictions of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert).
  • Adhere to all COVID-19 Safe Management Measures (SMM) and requirements at the workplace.
  • Follow the Ministry of Health updates.
  • Work from home is the default
  • Visits to the Singapore corporate office is on appointment basis only.
  • Attend online lectures and tutorials via BlackBoard Collaborate.
  • Attend physical laboratory/practical/final-year project sessions in respective campuses (unless advised).
  • Contact us via +65 9370 6052 for urgent matters.
  • Visit https://www.newcastle.edu.au/singapore/contact-us for our contact email addresses.

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.
Information for our residents Student living portal

How to get tested

Testing Centre open on Callaghan Campus

NSW Health Pathology operates a COVID-19 drive through testing clinic at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus ICT Carpark 1. No appointment necessary.

Opening Hours

8.00am - 12:30pm Wednesday-Saturday, 8.00am – 3.00pm Sunday-Tuesday.

Age restrictions:

Children under the age of 5 will not be tested at this clinic and should attend their nearest Emergency Department or local GP so a full medical assessment can be undertaken.

Service NSW QR Codes now in use

The Service NSW COVID Safe check-in system across all our campuses and venues. Whilst on campus, visitors to any facility owned or operated by the University of Newcastle must use the Service NSW COVID Safe check-in app or web-based service upon entry.  Service NSW QR codes are displayed on all buildings and facilities across all campuses and in large common areas within buildings. This is a mandatory condition of entry to any and all buildings or facilities during a visit to campus.

Are the University Libraries still open?

Our Sydney and Ourimbah Libraries are currently closed. The Auchmuty Library at Callaghan and NUspace require swipe card access to enter. Our Community Borrowers are requested to call ahead to arrange access. At this time, no general community members or non-university students can access libraries.

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.

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 health.response@newcastle.edu.au and read the information on this website.

I am a visitor to campus. What do I need to do?

Visitors are now welcome to attend our campuses but must complete the Authorised Visitor Form and check-in using the building specific QR codes when they arrive at campus.

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

Information for media

Journalists, please direct all media enquiries to media@newcastle.edu.au

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.