Lockdown and travel

The ACT is in lockdown

  • The ACT lockdown has been extended for another four weeks, until 11:59pm on Friday 15 October 2021. There are some more amendments to restrictions, including for social and recreational sport.
  • During this time, Canberrans are being asked to only leave their homes for essential reasons.
  • Masks will also continue to be required at all times upon leaving your home (including your residential accommodation on campus). Where possible, you should also continue to undertake essential activities within your local region.
  • Our ACT campuses - Acton and Stromlo - will be subject to this lockdown. 

What this means at ANU (ACT campuses)

  • Our campus alert level has been raised to HIGH (orange). Here are details on what this means for your work or studies.
  • All staff and students must work and study remotely, except for those required to keep essential operations running. Your College Dean or Portfolio Head will have notified you if you are an essential staff member.  
  • Most staff moving off campus gives these members of our community the opportunity to continue their essential work with minimal risk of unnecessary interaction.  
  • College Deans and Portfolio heads determine which of their staff and activities are essential on campus. 
  • If you are unable to work or study from home or need special arrangements put in place, contact your supervisor (staff) or Academic College (students) as well as the Community Wellbeing team (communitywellbeing@anu.edu.au)  
  • Follow all ACT Health advice and get tested if you are a contact or have any symptoms. 
  • If we all behave safely and follow health directions, we will be able to return to our "COVID normal" lives as quickly as possible. 

Latest updates and advice 

How to stay informed

  1. Regularly check our COVID-19 advice website.
  2. Read On&Off Campus It lands in your ANU inbox each Tuesday and contains a COVID wrap-up.
  3. Download the ANUOK app and turn push notifications on to receive urgent updates.

When we need to hear from you 

Contact our COVID Response Office if you are: 

  • a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 
  • identified as a close contact or a secondary contact of COVID-19 
  • required to stay at home or quarantine. 


It's OK to need to reach out and ask for advice, support or help. You can access it remotely.

The ACT Government is providing emergency food relief for people struggling to put food on the table during lockdown. You can request a delivery of food and essential items to your home, free of charge.