ACT Health quarantine in ANU apartments

At the request of the ACT and Federal governments, ANU apartments on Liversidge Street at our Acton campus are being used for ACT quarantine purposes, initially for returning official travellers.

These apartments are currently operated by ACT Health who are overseeing the quarantine, supported by ACT Policing.

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Frequently asked questions

For how long do you expect individuals in quarantine to be located at the ANU Apartments on Liversidge Street?

We'll make this accommodation available for the safe quarantining of individuals and groups on an ongoing basis at the request of the ACT and Commonwealth governments.  

In line with quarantine guidelines set by health authorities, individual travellers will be able to leave quarantine 14 days after they enter it, provided they return negative results for COVID-19. If they test positive at any stage during quarantine, their quarantine will be extended. 

What are the logistical arrangements and COVID-safe protocols for transporting the individuals to the ANU Apartments on Liversidge Street?  

This is ACT Health's responsibility. They will be using their standard operating procedures. 

Who will operate the quarantine at the ANU Apartments on Liversidge Street? 

ACT Health, with security provided by the ACT Police. ACT Health will provide support to quarantine individuals on an ongoing basis.  

More than 30 ACT Health staff will be involved in supporting people in quarantine. 

Who will look after the individuals in quarantine? How will they get things like food and clean clothes and sheets?  

The apartments are fully self-contained, including kitchen, laundry, cleaning facilities and spare linen.  ACT Health will facilitate grocery deliveries and assist with the individuals' needs, and will closely monitor their health and wellbeing.  The rooms will be cleaned when quarantine is finished, on the advice of ACT Health.   

ACT Health's wellbeing team, which includes social workers and psychologists, will be available for those in quarantine to provide mental health and wellbeing support if required. 

Will ANU staff interact with the individuals in quarantine? 

No. Only ACT Health staff will interact with them. 

How will ANU/ACT Health ensure COVID is contained in the building if any of the travellers have it? 

This is ACT Health's responsibility. They have robust protocols in place and they are taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our community safe. 

ACT Health has effectively managed five government facilitated flights, and continues to manage quarantine arrangements for returning officials and diplomats. 

What will happen if a returning traveller tests positive? 

ACT Health will be responsible. The traveller will remain in their apartment and monitored. If they became unwell, they would be transferred to a hospital, in line with strict protocols. 

Will quarantine staff be vaccinated?  

Yes. ACT Health staff will run the quarantine and we understand their team is fully vaccinated. 

Will all quarantine staff and the quarantining individuals have access to sufficient and appropriate personal protective equipment?  

Yes. This is ACT Health's responsibility. 

Who will ensure COVID-safe measures are being followed?  

This is ACT Health's responsibility. 

Who will ensure that no one leaves before the quarantine period is over? 

ACT Health and ACT Police will ensure that no one leaves before the quarantine period is over. 

Will the individuals undergo any routine COVID-19 testing whilst they are at ANU apartments on Liversidge Street?  

Yes. All individuals in quarantine will undergo regular COVID-19 screening, in accordance with ACT Health protocols. ACT Health will conduct COVID-19 symptom screening, including nasal/throat swab testing, of individuals upon arrival and at various intervals during their 14 days quarantine period.  

When will the individuals leave quarantine and how will this be determined?   

Individuals will be able to leave quarantine 14 days after they enter it, provided they return negative results for COVID-19. If they test positive at any stage during quarantine, their stay will be extended. 

How much is it costing ANU to provide this service to government?

ANU is recovering its costs.