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.

University staff can access the latest updates and comprehensive information via the Staff COVID-19 Hub (SharePoint).

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Latest update

8 October - Reopening the University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle has today shared with staff and students details of its plan to reopen, aligned with the Reopening NSW Roadmap. The plan provides guidance on the activities in which staff, students, and visitors can engage across University campuses from 11 October, and an indication of projected timelines for 2021.

The University’s plan uses the same average double-dose vaccination thresholds of 70%, 80% and 90% to stage a full return across its campuses. Other control measures will still apply.

Current campus alert levels

Callaghan, City, Regional

  • 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.


  • 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.


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 for our contact email addresses.

Our campuses

All campuses are closed to external visitors until further notice.

Working, studying, and researching from home is the current default arrangement.
  • Staged resumption of essential/time-critical teaching and research (Callaghan and Ourimbah) 6 September through to 29 October (end of Semester 2).
  • A limited number of staff from our leadership teams will commence return from 11 October.
  • Limited food and library services currently available (Callaghan and Ourimbah).
  • Please see the Library Updates and Support page for up-to-date Library arrangements.
  • NUspace, University House, the Conservatorium, Q Building, and the Sydney and Port Macquarie campuses will remain closed as the activities occurring at these locations can be carried out remotely.
  • Gosford CCCS & CCRI closed (essential services only and Level 6 at Gosford Hospital).
  • Singapore campus closed.

Campus closures mean:

  • Students to study from home unless advised otherwise
  • Residential students can remain on campus but must follow the stay-at-home orders
  • All staff must work remotely unless performing essential services: security services, cleaning services, health services, critical IT services, critical maintenance, construction, and essential research support services, or advised otherwise.
  • No external visitors are permitted onto these campuses.
  • Essential visitors (contractors) relating to infrastructure, IT, security, and animal welfare must contact Security (4921 5888) when entering and leaving the campuses.
  • Patients can attend Health Service bookings on campus but must follow check in procedures. They do not need to notify Security.

On-campus arrangements

It is a requirement that all staff and all students who receive permission to come onto any campus of the University of Newcastle are fully compliant with the NSW Public Health Orders in place. It is the responsibility of all who visit campus to check the latest health advice and restrictions prior to visiting campus to ensure currency and compliance.

These requirements include:

  • Mandatory facemasks in all indoor and outdoor areas at all times. The exception to this is exercise, which is not included in the above research or teaching activities. Evidence for a facemask exemption must always be carried on a person and provided upon request. Note that disposable facemasks are provided for use in PC2 laboratories to ensure additional compliance with restrictions in place for these facilities.
  • Do not come to campus if you are feeling unwell, or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. If you feel unwell during your time on campus, please leave immediately. In these cases, please get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until you receive a negative result.
  • Use the building QR codes to check-in every time you attend campus, and comply with the teaching or research facility reporting requirements in place for your approve on-campus activity.
  • Observe social distancing requirements at all times. This includes capacity limits for indoor spaces.
  • Do not gather in groups with people outside your household. When you come to campus, please go directly to your teaching or research space for the allocated period of time and then go directly back home. For staff, the allocated period includes the time required to prepare for the activity and close down following the activity. The Library and Food Services on campus are there to support staff and students who may be attending multiple activities in a given day or for breaks in between longer activities. If accessing these services on campus, please do not gather in groups and maintain compliance with the restrictions for outdoor spaces.

Other locations

The College of Health, Medicine and Wellbeing and the University of Newcastle’s Department of Rural Health are working closely with local health districts to support students in affected areas of NSW to undertake their health placements safely.

These plans are subject to any changes to NSW Public Health Orders.

Information for our residents Student living portal

Vaccination advice

Vaccinations are a key tool in preventing COVID-19 infections in the community. The University of Newcastle strongly recommends double vaccination against COVID-19 for all staff and students regardless of the area in which they work or study, unless a medical or other exemption applies.

How to get tested

There are a number of testing clinics near our campuses, find your nearest coronavirus testing centre.

Visitor and community information

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.

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

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