Cleaning on campus

Enhanced cleaning measures

What measures are being taken to keep buildings clean?

All buildings will be cleaned in accordance with existing contractual arrangements but with an enhanced focus on preventing COVID-19 transmission.

Measures include:

  • Using a TGA-registered COVID-19 approved disinfectant (Viraclean) on frequently touched surfaces and amenities
  • Using a diluted bleach to clean all floors, toilets, showers and tiled surfaces
  • Ensuring consistency in cleaning arrangements with different providers across all residences

I am concerned about transmission of COVID-19 through contact with frequently touched surfaces. What is the University doing to keep frequently touched surfaces clean?

Until December 2020, additional roving cleaners will be cleaning all high-touch points in all buildings - a minimum of twice per day and more if possible. 

The high-touch points include:

  • restrooms - handles, partitions, urinals, toilets, sinks, urinal push buttons, railing, etc;
  • door push plates;
  • elevator buttons;
  • sinks and faucets;
  • doorknobs;
  • common areas; and
  • handrails.

In addition, additional disinfectant sprays, cloths or paper towels will be provided to staff to self-manage high touch points in their immediate work areas. This includes spaces such as customer service counters, shared kitchen facilities and teaching rooms. Once Dean approval for a return to campus has been granted, School Managers should contact the Anthony Lowe Building (main front counter) to ask for these cleaning materials.

Teaching rooms will have stock replenished daily from Semester 2.

Will the University be providing hand sanitiser in all buildings?

Hand sanitiser dispensers are already provided in the foyer of each building across the campus.

Hand sanitisers are frequently re-stocked.

I am concerned about high traffic and high-density areas on campus. What are the University doing to keep these areas safe?

High traffic and high-density occupied buildings will be sprayed a minimum twice a week with a series of disinfectant spray machines.

Regular and comprehensive disinfection of these areas will assist with reducing community transmission. The disinfectant spray machines will allow the servicing of these areas quickly and efficiently. 

The areas where this will be undertaken include:

  • Halls of residences and communal areas surrounding buildings
  • All libraries
  • Areas in and directly surrounding the Kambri Precinct (Joplin Lane, Di Riddell Student Centre, Marie Reay Teaching Centre)
  • Large Common areas
  • Outdoor facilities (BBQs, bike racks, bins, water stations)

Does the University have a cleaning plan if there is a diagnosed case of COVID-19 on campus?

In the event of a diagnosed case of COVID-19 on campus, a specialised sanitisation protocol is in place to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas of suspected contamination. This will involve:

  1. Immediately closing the relevant building/s for a maximum of 24 hours
  2. Disinfecting the entire building using disinfectant spray machines
  3. Placing the building's ventilation system into operational mode to increase air circulation.

What is being done to keep cleaners safe?

Cleaning staff are equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

All equipment used will either be single use or cleaned with hot water and bleach solution before re-use.

Social distancing requirements

Will indoor spaces have to comply with social distancing rules?

Yes.  All meeting rooms and lift foyers have a sign displaying the maximum occupancy in the room.  All other areas should comply with the 1.5m social distancing rule.

I am concerned my office does not comply with social distancing rules. What is being done about this?

Please liaise with your supervisor for an alternate location to work within your existing building.

Contact tracing

What is contact tracing?

Health services use contact tracing to find people who may have been exposed to an infectious disease. There are two types of 'contacts' - close contacts and casual contacts. Health services give advice to both of these contact types on what they need to do.

What is the University's contact tracing system?

The ANU works closely with the ACT government to carry out effective tracing processes.

To support contact tracing ANU strongly recommends that all staff and students download and register the Federal Government COVIDSafe Application. The COVIDSafe app helps find close contacts of COVID-19 cases and also assists state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Staff and students who do not have the COVIDSafe app are required to keep a written record or 'diary' of their movements and interactions with others on campus to support contract tracing. At a minimum, staff and students are required to record:

  • Arrival time to facility
  • Rooms used for research activity
  • Other rooms used
  • Persons you have interacted with
  • Exit time from facility

Gathering on campus

Can I hold a gathering on campus, if it complies the government directives?  When will events resume on campus?

Further information will be provided on this topic in the coming weeks.


Are visitors permitted on campus?

As at 18 May 2020, visitors to buildings should only be approved by your Dean or Service Division Director.  Visitors can attend food and beverage outlets under the direction of the outlets individual arrangements.