COVID-19 advice

The health and safety of our staff and students will always be our highest priority. Our COVID-safety measures will only work if everyone plays their part.

COVID-safety at ANU

Please follow all COVID-safety measures when you come to campus including getting tested if you feel unwell.

Refer to the COVID Safety Management chapter of the University's WHS Management System Handbook for more details.

 

If you test positive to COVID-19:

  1. Register your positive result with ACT Health using this online form, or with the state/territory health authority where you are located
  2. Alert the University through this online form, and
  3. Inform your supervisor or course convenor.

If you are a household contact of a positive case:

Please speak with your supervisor or course convenor and contact the Work Environment Group to determine appropriate actions.

 

Recent updates from ANU

All COVID updates will be communicated to staff and students via the weekly On Campus email newsletter. You can find previous staff On Campus and student On Campus editions here.


Students and staff travelling from China, Hong Kong and Macau to Australia

The Australian Government has recently announced that from Thursday 5 January 2023, travellers arriving in Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test within a 48-hour period prior to their scheduled departure and show evidence of a negative test result when travelling to Australia.

For more information please refer to the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.
 

Returning to campus for teaching and learning

ANU will complete the full transition to pre-pandemic modes of study in 2023. We strongly encourage students who may currently be studying remotely offshore, to make arrangements to travel to campus as soon as possible. We're looking forward to having all our students on campus next year.

In Semester 1, 2023, we will offer a limited number of courses remotely, for students who need more time to arrange their travel. We expect to complete the full transition to in-person study with all our students on campus for Semester 2, 2023.

This transition means we can continue to provide a great on-campus learning experience for all our students, who will be able to participate fully in the life of our vibrant campus here in Canberra. Our return to in-person study also aligns with the recent Australian government direction to Australian universities regarding the end of regulatory flexibility by 30 June 2023.

Rare circumstances, where students are unable to return to campus, will be managed on a case-by-case basis. We look forward to welcoming all our students back to our campus in 2023. Please read the below FAQs for more details or contact your academic College.

Courses that are taught wholly online will still be available, as they were before the pandemic.

Jump to FAQs

 

Masks

Masks are no longer required indoors at ANU except in clinical settings.  

Following the decision by ACT Government to end the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and relax restrictions across the Territory, as well as other factors around the pandemic including consultation with the ANU community, the University has decided to remove the requirement to wear a mask indoors on the ANU campus, except in clinical settings from 17 October 2022 

  • Staff, students and visitors to campus will need to wear a mask in clinical settings until further notice. 

Please be mindful of members in our community who are vulnerable. We strongly encourage you to keep a mask with you at all times, and be respectful of colleagues, students and visitors who may wish to continue to wear one, or if other COVID-19 safe behaviours are not practicable.  

Staff who require workplace adjustments due to a medical condition or disability can contact injurymanagement@anu.edu.au for further advice and assistance. 

What other COVID-19 measures are still in place?

  • Staff and students must still register their positive results with ACT Health using the online form, or with the state/territory health authority where you are located.  
  • You must also alert the University using the online form, and notify your supervisor or course convenor.  
  • If you are a household contact, please discuss with your supervisor or convenor, and let the Work Environment Group whs@anu.edu.au know so they can support you and help determine the appropriate actions.  
  • ANU classroom ventilation exceeds mandated requirements. You can read more information about our improved ventilation.
  • ANU continues to monitor the situation and will re-evaluate as needed. We also ask that our community continues to remain vigilant about symptoms and notify the University if you test positive, practice good hygiene, and be respectful of others in the community. If you are unwell, please stay home and speak with your supervisor or convenor.  
  • Our current campus alert level remains at MEDIUM risk. More information on our Campus Alert System can be found in the Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) Handbook.
  • Please continue to stay up to date with ACT Health's public health response

Planning and business continuity

Please ensure your area is working on business continuity plans and putting arrangements in place for absences.

Updates to our COVID-safety management

Read the updated COVID Safety Management chapter of the University's WHS Management System Handbook.

How to stay informed

  • Follow updates from your local area - they will make decisions relevant to your work and study.
  • Read On Campus. It lands in your ANU inbox each Tuesday.
  • Regularly check the information on this webpage.
  • Download ANUOK, our campus safety app, on Google Play or the App Store, and turn on notifications to stay informed about what's happening that affects our community. To enable notifications in the app, click on current notices > about/preferences > push notifications > enable notifications.
  • Have a question? Let us know.

 

Return to section menu

Returning to Campus for teaching and learning FAQs

ANU will complete the full transition to pre-pandemic modes of study in 2023. We strongly encourage students who may currently be studying remotely offshore, to make arrangements to travel to campus as soon as possible. We're looking forward to having all our students on campus next year.

Will ANU offer remote learning options in Semester 1, 2023?

ANU academic colleges will offer a limited number of courses with remote learning options. To find out if this includes courses in your program of study, please contact your college:

Will ANU offer remote learning options in Semester 2, 2023?

No. To align with the recent Australian Government direction, ANU will return to our pre-pandemic teaching modes in Semester 2, 2023. Student visa holders will be expected to be on campus and studying at least two-thirds of their courses in-person, as per student visa conditions.

Being on-campus also allows students to maximise their learning experience. To check the study mode of a particular course, please search Programs and Courses.

Rare circumstances, where students are unable to return to campus, will be managed by a case-by-case basis.

I can't come back to Canberra in time for Semester 2, 2023 - what are my options?

As ANU will cease to offer remote learning options for in-person courses after 30 June, 2023, we encourage you to speak to your College about your particular situation. However, as a continuing student your options are likely to be limited and you may need to apply for program leave until such time as you're able to travel to Canberra.

I have an ongoing medical condition that makes it difficult to attend classes on campus. Can I study remotely?

If you have a disability, or an ongoing medical condition that hinders your attendance on campus, please contact Access and Inclusion to discuss options for you.

Where can I live in Canberra?

To help with your transition to Canberra, we are currently offering an accommodation guarantee to all international students in 2023. The application deadline for Semester 1, 2023 is 15 January, and application timelines for Semester 2, 2023 will be released soon.

Wearing a mask on campus

Masks are no longer required indoors at ANU except in clinical settings.  

Staff and students and visitors to campus will need to wear a mask in clinical settings until further notice. 

Wearing a mask in clinical settings 

  • You must wear a mask indoors at ANU when in clinical settings.  
  • Mask are strongly recommended for students in Residences and are required if you are unwell and have to leave your room.  
  • Masks are no longer required to be worn at ANU events or commercial premises. 

Exemptions in clinical settings

The requirement to wear a mask does not apply in the following situations:  

  • Where an individual holds a medical exemption. 
  • When teaching; if required to ensure good communication and you are comfortable doing so. You must remain at the front of the class at least 1.5 metres away from others.   
  • In laboratories identified as having sufficient mechanical ventilation and where it is considered safer not to wear a mask. You will be told if this applies to a laboratory you are using. 
  • To communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing where visibility of the mouth is essential for communication. 
  • When consuming food, drink or medicine. 
  • When undertaking vigorous exercise.  
  • In an emergency.  

Why is ANU continuing to require masks in clinical settings?

 We know that masks help stop the spread of COVID and make our community safer - and we want the campus to be the most COVID safe place it can be. 

They also give our community additional confidence as people go about their work and studies on campus. 

I am unable to wear a face mask and have a medical exemption. What do I do?

If you are unable to wear a face mask, you should ask for a letter from your GP confirming that you have a health condition that makes wearing a mask unsuitable. You do not need to disclose the specific health condition or reason for the exemption. 
 
Return to section menu

Vaccination

Vaccination remains the best way to protect ourselves and our community from COVID-19. Vaccinations rates in Australia are very high and Canberra is the most vaccinated city in the world. In addition, all international arrivals to Australia are required to provide proof of full vaccination with a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognised vaccine.

Remember that there are many ways to keep COVID safe and vaccination is only one element. Social distancing and density limits, frequent hand washing and staying home if you're unwell are all important for staying COVID safe. More information is available in the COVID Safe Guidelines.

Current position

The University strongly encourages staff and students to get vaccinated, including receiving a booster dose when eligible. Vaccination is required in some University settings such as in our residences and in other settings, including where required by the ACT Government.

We won't introduce a broad vaccination mandate for our community at this time, but we will continue to monitor the public health advice and consult with our community.

Vaccination consultation

The University undertook a consultation process to help consider our position on vaccination. This included consulting with staff, students, emeritus, honorary and visiting staff, health and safety representatives, the NTEU, and consultation at the local level in teams, and between employees and their supervisors.

Community Survey

A survey was run to assist the University with forward planning for the safe return of staff and students to campus and the commencement of semester one 2022. The survey was open for staff, students and emeritus, honorary and visiting staff to complete from Tuesday 25 January 2022 to Monday 31 January 2022 inclusive.  The survey was conducted anonymously and results cannot be tied to individual respondents.

Participation

A total of 6,858 staff and students completed the survey. This represents 1,493 academic staff (including casuals), 1,443 professional staff (including casuals), 510 emeritus professors/fellows, honorary appointees and visitors, 2,903 students and an additional 508 people who responded as 'other/prefer not to say'.

Results

The survey results show that a large majority of our community would feel safer if others on campus are vaccinated. More than 80 per cent of respondents answered that they strongly agreed or agreed with the statement, 'I will feel more comfortable coming to work/campus if others are vaccinated'.

You can read the full survey results here.

These results are part of an ongoing discussion with our community. The current position on vaccination, that the University strongly encourages staff and students to get vaccinated, including receiving a booster dose when eligible, remains unchanged. We will continue the consultation process to further refine the University's position on vaccination.

Where to get vaccinated

Staff and students can book an appointment to receive a booster dose on campus at the ANU Medical Clinic and University Pharmacy. You can also make a booking through your local pharmacy or doctor or the ACT Government vaccination clinic.

Return to section menu

Notification of positive cases

It's important that you let us know if you test positive for COVID-19. Current ACT Government rules require individuals to let people they have spent time with in the previous two days know if they test positive. By also notifying the University, we can help determine the risk of exposure to your colleagues and students in line with ACT Health Guidelines and, where appropriate, pass this information on to colleagues and students so they can take the necessary steps.

If you test positive to COVID-19, please:

  1. Register your positive result with ACT Health using this online form, or with the state/territory health authority where you are located;
  2. Alert the University through this online form and;
  3. Inform your supervisor or course convenor.

Return to section menu

Improving ventilation

As of 1 August 2022, all changes of have been implemented, see ventilation matrix for building specific updates.
The University has been working to ensure it provides a safe working environment by enhancing air management/ventilation on campus by using industry guidelines developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Four strategies were implemented dependent on the actual building and its existing infrastructure. These were:

  1. Adjust set points for Building CO2 values.
  2. Adjust the built in energy saving cycles to increase fresh air content.
  3. Pre and post purging of buildings with fresh air.
  4. Air filtration.

If you have any further questions or would like your local area checked by F&S, send your request to Fix My Campus team at fixmycampus.fs@anu.edu.au.

Return to section menu

Cleaning and sanitisation

Everyone has an important role to play in keeping our campus safe - staff will continue to have access to disinfectant sprays for use in keeping desk spaces and common areas regularly wiped down. Cleaning in response to COVID cases on campus will be targeted to those areas that are assessed as representing a higher risk of spread. 

Hand sanitiser will continue to be available in all foyers and common areas to help maintain good hand hygiene.  

Return to section menu

 

Helpful links

Looking for...?

ANU COVID-safe Guidelines

Support for learning and teaching contingencies

Information about applying for an Education Access Plan as a result of 'long COVID' impacting your studies

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 absences, flexibility and leave arrangements

University related travel guidance

Events and functions on campus

Information about arriving at ANU from overseas

 

Current alert level

Our current campus alert level is MEDIUM risk.

Read the ANU COVID-safe Guidelines for more information on the COVID-safe Campus Alert System.