Directives, guidelines and resources

Information about our COVID-19 Public Health Directives and the guidelines and protocols we have in place to maintain a COVID-safe campus.

COVID-19 Public Health Directives

We've established a COVID Response Office to support all areas of ANU to thrive in our new COVID world, and ensure we have a safe and even more resilient community. Our COVID Response Office is led by our Public Health Lead, Professor Tracy Smart. 

While we all work to embed COVID-safe and COVID-smart practices into our business processes and University policy, Tracy is releasing directives to guide us. 

The below COVID-19 Public Health Directives should be followed and embedded into business processes where possible.

  • Staff and student travel (directive 1/2020)
Directive published Wednesday 9 December 2020.
  • ANU venue capacities (directive 2/2020)
Directive updated Friday 15 January 2021.

COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols

We have guidelines in place to maintain a COVID-safe campus. These guidelines must be followed whilst on campus.

All protocols and guidelines, including the University Guidelines, are available below on this page (under 'Documents').

Click on the below links for more information if you are a:
Supervisor or manager

To ensure your safe return to campus, it is essential that you take time to review and understand the return to campus Plans, Guidelines and Risk Assessments (available below) that are relevant to you and your team.

If you are a supervisor or manager of a team and you are considering coming back on to campus, it is important you follow these steps when considering re-starting your activities on campus.

Staff member who is planning to return to campus

If you are going to return to campus, or have already, please log into HORUS as soon as possible and complete the acknowledgement that you have read and understood the COVID-safe plans, guidelines and risk assessments that are relevant to your work area. There are instructions below on how to do this.

If you are planning to return to campus at a later date, please be sure to complete this form before you return to campus.

How to complete the acknowledgement in HORUS

  1. Log in to HORUS (
  2. For managers, navigate to the top of the page and ensure that you select the 'Employee Self Service Option' before proceeding.
  3. Select the 'HR Forms' tile from the employee self-service menu.
  4. Navigate to the 'Return to Campus' form on the left hand side menu.
  5. Click the 'Acknowledgement' box.
  6. Select the 'Date' that you will return to campus.
  7. Click the 'Save' button and then the 'Submit' button.

Risk assessments

Document updates

All protocols and guidelines are available below this table. 

Table: Date each protocol document was last updated (listed most recent - least recent)

Document Last updated
Functions on Campus Protocol (aligned with the ACT Stage 4 Recovery Plan) Wednesday 16 December 2020
Research Fieldwork Protocol Friday 12 November 2020
COVID-19 Outbreak Checklist for Residential Halls Monday 19 October 2020

COVID-19 Case Communication Process 

Tuesday 15 September 2020

COVID-19 Administrative Template Action Plan 

Thursday 20 August 2020

Residential Halls Covid Phase 3 Restrictions & Controls 

Monday 17 August 2020

Teaching Protocols 

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Residential Halls Guidelines and Protocols 

Thursday 16 July 2020

Residential Halls Protocol Summary 

Thursday 16 July 2020

Residential Halls Check-in Protocols 

Thursday 16 July 2020

University Guidelines at ANU campuses 

Thursday 9 July 2020

Research Protocols 

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Administration Protocols 

Tuesday 30 June 2020

Animal Based Research Protocol 

Tuesday 16 June 2020



COVID-19 Public Health Directives

The below COVID-19 Public Health Directives should be followed and embedded into business processes where possible.