COVID-19 response

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.

How to get tested

Testing Centre open on Callaghan Campus

NSW Health is operating a drive-through testing clinic at our Callaghan campus until end of 2020. Those wishing to be tested must contact the clinic on 4964 7497 to arrange an appointment, prior to attending.


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.

  • 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 17 August 2020

Supporting our students

The Student Hardship Fund supports students facing hardship through $500 hardship grants and $750 laptop grants.

If you are in a position to, please consider donating. Your generous donation will support our most vulnerable students. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to students in need.


Frequently asked questions

Are the University campuses open?

All of our campuses are now open to students and staff. As we have done throughout this situation, we will continue to monitor and rely on advice from the Federal Government and NSW Health in relation to our sites. We continue to reinforce social distancing and hygiene practices at all of our sites. You will notice signage around the University which indicates the number of people each space can accommodate, the seating capacity in our rooms, and markers showing the appropriate distance required to adhere to physical distancing requirements.

From 1 June, community borrowers at our Libraries and visitors for pre-approved activities are welcome (by invitation). Restrictions are in place for all other external visitors.

Many of our retail outlets are also now open. Here is an up-to-date list of the revised trading hours for our campus retail outlets.

Are the University Libraries still open?

Library buildings are now open to students, staff and community borrowers and 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. Please check the Library Updates page for further details.

Can I still visit the University at the moment?

All of our Australian campuses remain open for staff and students, and libraries for community borrowers. From 1 June 2020 a number of other visitors will be welcome on our campuses by invitation only.

Are you cancelling community events at your campuses?

In accordance with the latest Government advice, large student and community events of more than 500 attendees will be cancelled and we will reassess in July. We have also cancelled a number of smaller events happening on campus. We think it’s better to hold non-essential events at another time and will be in touch with people as new dates are confirmed.

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Will graduations go ahead?

In light of limiting public gatherings to fewer than 500 people, we will postpone our April graduation at Ourimbah and the July graduation ceremony at Callaghan. Eligible graduates will be deemed to have graduated in absentia and we will invite them to a ceremony in the second half of 2020.

Eligible graduates will still receive their qualifications on time, it is only the ceremonies which will be postponed.

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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.

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Increased hygiene measures

Hand washing is the most effective way to protect yourself.

Keeping 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.

Video: Watch a University of Newcastle clinical facilitator demonstrate ideal hand washing technique

Travel and health information

For the most up-to-date information, visit:

VIEW General COVID-19 advice