09-21 - Update from the COVID Response Office

21 September 2020

COVID-19 update

Monday 21 September
Information current as at 6pm, Sunday 20 September.

We value your feedback, suggestions and questions and they can be sent to us via email: COVIDResponseOffice@anu.edu.au.

Previous updates

Current status

COVIDSafe Campus Alert - LOW

Current level of ANU Alert System

Our current level is "low" with no or low community transmissions in the ACT.

Canberra Recovery Plan Stage 3, Step 3.1

Current stage of Canberra's Recovery Plan

Following a public health assessment (check point) on 17 September 2020, the decision has been made to remain at Step 3.1 of Canberra’s Recovery Plan, with minor changes to capacity numbers for smaller sized venues, facilities and businesses. The full Check Point Report is available here.

Current situation in Australia

For more information on the current situation and latest case numbers in Australia, visit: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers.


1  ACT Health are urging people not to travel to areas where COVID-19 outbreaks are occurring -  Victoria and Greater Sydney. 
2  People who have recently been in Victoria, Greater Sydney and COVID-affected areas of Queensland should not visit or work in high risk settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, and correctional facilities for 14 days after leaving these areas.
3  ACT residents can return home from Victoria by air but are required to enter quarantine until 14 days after leaving Victoria. ACT residents must notify ACT Health of their intention to return.

The nature of the COVID-19 pandemic is that the situation can change rapidly. Before considering any travel, it is important that you are up to date with the latest advice.

For more information on advice for high-risk settings, please read the Chief Health Officer alerts (information for health professionals in the ACT).

Upcoming changes: travelling from the ACT to Queensland
The Queensland Government announced that from Friday 25 September, ACT residents will be able to travel to Queensland by air without having to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. 

Canberrans travelling to QLD must declare that they haven’t been in a declared hot spot for the previous 14 days, prior to entering the state, and only air travel will be permitted. Currently, all of New South Wales and Victoria have been declared as hot spots by the Queensland Government.

Updates from the COVID Response Office


  • Discussions with ACT Health about using the ‘Check In CBR’ app on campus.
  • University COVID Steering Group meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 22 September.

Emerging/ongoing issues

  • Support to students in domestic hotspots and overseas.
  • Re-opening and modification of the ANU Travel eform to support research fieldwork travel.

New information published on the web

Information updated on the web