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

23 September

Working, studying, and researching from home is the current default arrangement.

The resumption of limited time-critical teaching and research activities at our Callaghan and Ourimbah campuses commenced from 6 September and will continue through to 29 October (end of Semester 2).

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.

All campuses remain closed to external visitors until further notice.

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

All campuses are closed to external visitors until further notice.

Working, studying, and researching from home is the default arrangement until 30 September.

  • Staged resumption of essential/time-critical teaching and research (Callaghan and Ourimbah) 6 September through to 29 October (end of Semester 2).
  • Limited food and library services currently available (Callaghan and Ourimbah).
  • Only students and staff who have scheduled and approved on-campus activities may access the library or other available services on the day of their scheduled activities.
  • The Auchmuty and Ourimbah Libraries will offer a click-and-collect service for print material. Students unable to access the Libraries can continue to use the postal service currently in operation. In both cases, items can be requested through Library Search as normal. You will be notified when the item is ready for collection. For more information, please see the Library Updates and Support page.
  • 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.

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

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

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.