Protocols, 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.


Directive published: Tuesday 24 November

Visit this page for information about travelling overseas and within Australia, including University travel and the travel eForm. This includes guiding principles for staff travel decision makers and a table for assessing the risk of international travel. 

Staff and students who are considering travel for official University purposes should follow the ANU Travel policy and procedure and seek approval through the standard travel approval channels. 

Room capacity for teaching in Semester 1 2021

Directive published: Tuesday 24 November

Timetabling should be based on up to 50 per cent capacity for 2021. Course convenors and the Timetabling team will work together on semester 1 arrangements.  

This capacity limit will enable more activity on campus, whilst ensuring that teaching activities continue to be COVID-safe.

Home Affairs travel exemptions for HDR students

Directive published: Tuesday 24 November

There are certain circumstances in which travel exemptions will be granted by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs to HDR students. 

The Commissioner of the Australian Border Force has released guidelines on decision making about individual exemptions from Australia's inwards travel restriction policy, available here

Specific reference to students is made in item 1.2: 

Cases that demonstrate circumstances such as those described below, may generally be considered to satisfy the requirements for exemption to inwards travel restrictions. Supporting evidence, sufficient to satisfy the decision maker, should be provided. 

Students who are in their final years of study of a medical, dental, nursing or Allied Health Profession university degree, where they have evidence of a confirmed placement in an Australian hospital or medical practice which commences within the next two months. Allied Health Professions include: Arts therapy, audiology, chiropractic, diagnostic radiographer/medical imaging technologist, dietetics, exercise physiology, genetic counselling, music therapy, occupational therapy, optometry, orthoptics, orthotics/prosthetics, osteopathy, perfusion, physiotherapy, podiatry, psychology, rehabilitation counselling, social work, sonography and speech pathology. 

And item 1.4: 

Further, the Commissioner will personally consider all requests for: 

People who are undertaking research (especially on a Student visa). Any request from a PhD research student should include evidence of support from a relevant Government agency outlining why the research is considered essential and/or in Australia's national interest and how their role is critical to the research. 

For more information on travel restrictions and exemptions, including how to apply, visit the Department of Home Affairs website

ANU will support students who choose to apply for an exemption.


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
Research Fieldwork Protocol Friday 12 November 2020
COVID-19 Outbreak Checklist for Residential Halls Monday 19 October 2020
Functions on Campus Protocol (updated for step 3.2 restrictions) Monday 12 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