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

10 November

The University of Newcastle has been advised that Auchmuty Library on our Callaghan campus was attended by a person between 28 October and 1 November who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Our daily cleaning regime has ensured that all impacted venues on campus have been regularly and thoroughly cleaned and pose no risk of COVID-19 transmission. Directly impacted staff and students have been advised about their potential exposure and provided with further advice.

5 November - Further easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated

From Monday 8 November, the NSW Government will further lift restrictions for people who are fully vaccinated. Restrictions for people who are not fully vaccinated will continue until 15 December or when the state reaches 95% fully vaccinated.

The University has updated its Reopening Roadmap to reflect the changes that are relevant for our campuses; our activities and practices remain largely unchanged.

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.

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.

Our campuses

On-campus arrangements

  • 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.
  • If you have tested positive to COVID-19 and have attended one of our campuses during your infectious period, then please contact health.response@newcastle.edu.au
  • When on campus, you must be able to produce proof of vaccination or medical exemption.
  • Access to buildings will be via swipe card.
  • You must use QR codes to check in and out of all buildings and observe the 2sqm occupancy rule.
  • Observe social distancing requirements at all times.
  • While masks are no longer mandatory in office settings, you must comply with requirements for masks to be worn in other indoor settings, including public/shared spaces such as libraries. (Masks are still required for Type A, B and C teaching and research activities irrespective of vaccination status.)
  • Practice good personal hygiene and clean spaces as necessary. This includes wiping down any workspace and equipment you have touched using the wipes provided.
  • External visitors are now permitted on campus but must be fully vaccinated and have completed the Authorised Visitor Form.
  • Limited food and library services currently available (Callaghan and Ourimbah).
  • Please see the Library Updates and Support page for up-to-date Library arrangements.

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

Staff, students, and visitors to the University of Newcastle are asked to advise health.response@newcastle.edu.au if they test positive to COVID-19 and have attended one of our campuses during their infectious period.

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

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.