COVID-safe campus alert system

Our current level of our COVID-safe campus alert system is "low" with no or low community transmission in the ACT.

The COVID-safe campus alert system has been established to clarify ANU control practices to be activated as the COVID-19 situation changes in Australia, the ACT and other jurisdictions as appropriate. This will ensure the University will continue to operate in a COVID-safe manner despite changing circumstances.

The various risk levels including triggers for escalating risk, are detailed below:

  • NORMAL (Green) - Pandemic has been declared over
  • LOW RISK (Blue) - COVID normal. No local transmission in jurisdiction
  • MEDIUM RISK (Amber) - local transmission in jurisdiction
  • HIGH RISK (Orange) - local outbreak or hotspot. May include:
    • Cases on campus
    • Lockdowns or severe restrictions in jurisdiction
  • EXTREME (Red) - large local outbreak; widespread hard lockdowns

The requirement to move between these stages will be determined by the Public Health Lead - COVID Response Office and a recommendation will be made to the VC to formally increase or decrease risk level. The community will be alerted immediately via the ANUOK app when there is a change in level.

A more detailed list of changes to control measures at different risk levels is provided in Appendix B below. These measures are the minimum required. The local risk assessment should inform any additional measures that may be required.

Any movement within these risk levels will be determined by community transmission in the ACT or the risk of community transmission on campus. You will be alerted immediately via the ANUOK app when there is a change in our level.

Appendix B to the University COVID-19 Guidelines

Controls and activities NORMAL
Green
LOW (current level)
Blue
MEDIUM
Amber
HIGH
Orange
EXTREME
Red
Masks No If unable to physically distance Mandated Mandated Mandated
Physical distancing No limits A reasonable separation between each other where possible 1.5 meters between each other for any activity face-to-face. For customer service workers, install physical barriers to prevent exposure. For specific tasks, refer to local risk assessment for additional controls.
On campus activity and room capacity No limits

In general, 1 person per 2m2.  However, 100% capacity is allowed in the following cases: 

  1. Activities which are part of ANU core business and involve only ANU staff or students. This does not include social functions. 

  1. Specific venues as listed in the Functions on Campus protocol 

1 person per 4m2

No face-to-face teaching; most staff work from home

Essential workers

Essential work only
Cleaning Normal Wipe surfaces after use Extra high touch point. Multiple times a day.
Individuals - wipe surface or equipment before and after use
Medium risk cleaning, plus full cleaning for areas where suspected or confirmed cases. Medium risk cleaning, plus full cleaning for areas where suspected or confirmed cases.
Functions and events No restrictions ACT Health restrictions ACT Health restrictions, if essential Online only Online only
Informal gatherings

Yes

Yes - COVID-safe measures

No

No

No

Travel - domestic

Yes

Required travel as determined by appropriate delegate

Essential travel only

Only if for government-related work

Nil

Travel - international

Yes

Only if for government or international organisation, or if a travel bubble is in place

Only if for government or international organisation

Only if for government or international organisation

Nil

Field-based studies, professional/clinical placements, internships

Yes

Yes - observe local protocols

Only if essential

No

No

Vulnerable people on campus

Yes

Yes, if comfortable to do so

Work from home

No

No

Visitors to campus (does not include contractors)

Yes

Yes (unless travelling from a domestic hotspot)

Approved by College Dean or equivalent

No 

No