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 - 27 May 2021

Staff and students are advised that, as of 11:59pm today (27 May), through until 11:59pm 3 June 2021, Victoria will be in a state-wide lockdown under circuit breaker conditions.

NSW Health has advised that any person who has returned to NSW from Victoria must also observe these circuit breaker conditions for the same time period:

  • Anyone who has entered NSW and has been in Victoria at a place of high concern (close contact venue or casual contact venue).
  • Anyone entering NSW who has been in Victoria on or after 4pm Thursday 27 May.

Please see the NSW Health website for updates to this order, and we ask that affected staff and students advise health.response@newcastle.edu.au of their participation in the circuit breaker lockdown.

Note that NSW Health has recommended that no travel occur to Victoria at the present time unless is it absolutely essential. At this time, we request that staff and students do not travel to Victoria during the lockdown period for University business and look for alternatives like virtual meetings or events. Please reconsider personal travel to Victoria during the lockdown period, and if you decide to travel, please discuss with your supervisor any return-to-work contingencies as further quarantine may be required upon your return to NSW.

We also remind staff and students that the University Health Service is providing AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations to people aged 50 years and over. To book your appointment at the vaccination clinic, please visit HotDoc. Note that you do not have to be an existing patient of this service in order to receive a vaccine.

For access to the Pfizer vaccine, please see the NSW Health vaccine eligibility checker for advice as to when and where you may access this vaccine.

International students may access the AstraZeneca vaccine through the University Health Service, and/or by checking with their health insurance provider about ways to access alternative vaccines. At present, international students may also access available vaccines through federally-funded vaccination centres – which can be identified here.

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

Current status

Callaghan, City

Action:

Staff and students are expected to:

  • Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms and get tested. Do not return to campus until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Maintain good hand and cough hygiene.
  • Be aware of social distancing requirements and try to keep 1.5m between you and others.
  • Work from home if you are classified as at high risk, or negotiate a safe return to work with your health care provider
  • Comply with COVID-safe room occupancy signs (2 square metre rule), except where this is higher than the teaching capacity or health and safety restrictions on that room. Note that the 2 square metre rule minimises the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when in a teaching, research, office, meeting space.
  • Follow all directions within relevant Public Health Order(s).
  • Follow the University’s guide to hosting authorised visitors on campus.
  • Review events involving 50 or more externals with Health.Response@Newcastle.edu.au.
  • Apply caution when serving refreshments: for instance, no sharing of food platters.
  • Follow NSW Health Advice.

Sydney

Action:

Staff and students are expected to

  • Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms and get tested. Do not return to campus until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Maintain good hand and cough hygiene.
  • Be aware of social distancing requirements and try to keep 1.5m between you and others.
  • Work from home if you are classified as at risk.
  • Comply with COVID-safe room occupancy signs (2 square metre rule), except where this is higher than the teaching capacity or health and safety restrictions on that room. Note that the 2 square metre rule minimises the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when in a teaching, research, office, meeting space.
  • Follow all directions within relevant Public Health Order(s).
  • Not host non-essential visitors
  • Apply caution when serving refreshments: for instance, no sharing of food platters
  • Follow NSW Health Advice

Ourimbah

Action:

Staff and students are expected to

  • Stay at home if you have COVID-19 symptoms and get tested. Do not return to campus until you receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Maintain good hand and cough hygiene.
  • Be aware of social distancing requirements and try to keep 1.5m between you and others.
  • Work from home if you are classified as at risk.
  • Comply with COVID-safe room occupancy signs (2 square metre rule), except where this is higher than the teaching capacity or health and safety restrictions on that room. Note that the 2 square metre rule minimises the risk of transmission of COVID-19 when in a teaching, research, office, meeting space.
  • Follow all directions within relevant Public Health Order(s).
  • Not host non-essential visitors
  • Apply caution when serving refreshments: for instance, no sharing of food platters
  • Follow NSW Health Advice

Singapore

Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)

Sunday 16 May 2021 to Sunday 13 June 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.

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 University’s priority is the ongoing safety and wellbeing of our staff, students, and visitors to campus.

We want our campuses to continue to be vibrant, engaging spaces, and we can continue to support this under COVID-19 Normal conditions. Until the risks of COVID-19 are eliminated, e.g., through vaccination roll-out, we must remain alert to transmission risks and protect our communities via a COVID-19 Normal practice. This is essential so that staff, student and visitors can continue to work, study and live across our campuses and in our neighbourhoods safely.

The University will be implementing 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, and I thank you in advance for using the QR code system during your visit.

Please adhere to following four practices:

  1. If you are unwell, stay at home. If you have flu-like symptoms, please do not come to campus until you have received a negative COVID-19 test result. The Callaghan campus has a NSW Health COVID-19 testing facility on campus. For other sites, please find your nearest testing facility here
  2. Practice good hand hygiene. See the recommended hand hygiene techniques to maximise sanitation.
  3. Always maintain social distancing practices of 1.5 metres and be mindful that fellow staff, students, or visitors may not be comfortable with physical contact regardless of the current risk of community transmission of COVID-19. Check the current social distancing recommendations here.
  4. Face masks and coverings are recommended if social distancing cannot be maintained, if this is your personal protection choice, and in cases where it is mandated to use. The current mandate for the wearing of face masks for NSW is here. If you are visiting any NSW or interstate COVID-19 case locations or areas of concern, we recommend face masks are worn when travelling into or out of these areas in addition to practices 1-3 above, and following the advice of NSW Health upon your return.

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.

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.