The University of Newcastle, Australia

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. From Monday 1 June we transitioned to the ‘Recovery’ phase of the framework.

Any staff and students who have travelled from a COVID-19 hotspot in Victoria must self-isolate for 14 days on returning home. If this is you, please notify health.response@newcastle.edu.au

From Tuesday 7 July - Tuesday 1 September, NSW Health will operate a drive-in testing clinic at our Callaghan campus. Those wishing to be tested must contact the drive-through clinic on 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment, prior to attending.

Return to campus framework

  • While our Australian campuses remain open to students, staff, community borrowers at our Libraries and some pre-approved activities, restrictions are in place for all other external visitors.
  • Remote teaching will continue until the end of Semester 1 and Trimester 2. We are providing opportunities for formal lab and practical sessions that cannot be run online to be run on campus.
  • Our intention is to return to face-to-face teaching for the majority of classes on campus from Semester 2 and Trimester 3. More information here.
  • At the start of April we announced the establishment of the University of Newcastle COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund valued at $1 million and our Office of Alumni and Philanthropy launched an appeal to our wider University community. More details about donating are here.
  • We have introduced a number of heavily-subsidised, online short courses to help people whose employment has been affected by COVID-19 build new skills to re-enter the workforce or undertake further study.

We encourage everyone on our campuses to adhere to handwashing and hygiene practices and practice social distancing.

Please take your own measures to respond to COVID-19 in line with Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit our campuses and please seek medical support.

Last reviewed 3 July 2020


COVID-19 testing

As of Friday 24 April, NSW will provide a free test to anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms. If you have these symptoms we ask to you to:

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:


Information for media

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