I am writing to you with an urgent update about your arrival to the ANU campus for semester two 2021.
We are thinking of all our fellow community members who are currently in NSW and who have been affected by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak and related border closures and travel restrictions. We hope you and your loved ones are well and keeping safe.
We can't wait to have you here. However, we have been monitoring the outbreak and working closely with ACT Health to ensure you and the rest of our community can safely return to Canberra. As part of this approach, you will need an approved exemption from ACT Health to travel to the ACT.
Given the rapidly changing circumstances in NSW and the risk that this represents to the wider community, we support ACT Health's request to pause the return of our NSW students in affected areas to the ANU campus for at least one week. We apologise for this sudden development and any disruption and distress that this may cause. We are equally disappointed.
Please be aware that, because of this temporary pause, ACT Health has informed us that they will reject all applications currently in the system. This means that once an agreed return plan is in place, you will need to reapply.
Your health and safety is our highest priority and these temporary measures will help keep you and the rest of our community safe. We are committed to ensuring you can get to ANU as soon as possible.
We will continue to work with ACT Health to monitor the situation and will provide more information about your campus arrival by the end of this week.
Please note if you are experiencing any financial difficulties in making payments, contact your Residence to discuss what options are available. If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can apply for an emergency accommodation bursary.
We thank you for your patience and understanding and are thinking of you.
Professor Ian Anderson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience)