Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 23 April 2021

COVID-19 Protocols on Campus

COVID-19 Protocols on Campus

It remains important to be tested if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell. Check the Health Department's website for more information about symptoms to watch out for. If you have any symptoms of the virus, even mild ones, you must not come to campus – you should get tested and self-isolate while you await your results. Please remember to let your Head of School (if you're a student) or Manager (if you're a staff member) know if you have been tested and are awaiting results, especially if you have been in a hotspot area recently or in close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19.

When you receive your test results, please inform your Head of School or Manager whether you are positive or negative for COVID-19. If/when you receive a negative test result and are symptom-free, you can return to campus. If you have tested positive, you should follow public health and medical advice. You will require medical clearance to return to campus.

Signing in on campus

Students and staff must check in using the Government QR codes provided when entering university buildings. This will assist with contact tracing in the unlikely event of a positive case on campus.

In order to be able to check in to campus buildings using the Government QR codes, which will be posted at entry points, staff and students will first need to download the contact register apps and set up an account. There is more information about how to do this at the websites below:

Once you have downloaded the apps, all you need to do is open the app and use it to scan the QR code at entry points to check in. You can also use the camera on your smartphone - on most phones, this will automatically redirect to the check-in page.

While you are on campus, please:

  • practice social distancing
  • avoid congregating in groups, shaking hands, hugging and kissing
  • practice good hand hygiene (use sanitiser provided), as well as cough and sneeze etiquette throughout the day

The University of Notre Dame Australia is committed to supporting our students and staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to follow public health advice to ensure the wellbeing of our community. You can find up to date information at the following links:

Department of Health NSW Health WA Health VIC Health Smartraveller Transport NSW Transperth

General enquiries, notifications and advice related to the COVID-19 may be directed to coronavirusadvice@nd.edu.au. Your enquiries will be referred appropriately and answered as promptly as possible.

  • Latest news

    23 April 2021

    Perth metro area and Peel region will move to a 3-day lockdown from 12.01am, Saturday, 24 April, 2021, based on health advice. Masks are mandatory from 6pm, tonight 23 April, 2021 for Perth and Peel residents. There are also restrictions on travel throughout WA.

    If you have visited certain venues in the Perth metro and Peel region, you are required to get COVID-19 tested and isolate until you return a negative test result. View the locations here.

    30 March 2021

    The Australian Government has commenced its Covid-19 Vaccination program offering free and voluntary vaccines. The national rollout identifies priority groups for vaccination, including critical and high-risk workers.
    There are currently no laws or public health orders in Australia that specifically direct employers to require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
    While the COVID-19 vaccines may help protect people, at this stage it is too early to tell if the vaccines will stop a vaccinated person from being infected with the virus.
    This means that a vaccinated person may unknowingly spread the virus to others around them. For this reason, the University will continue to apply all reasonably practicable control measures including physical distancing, good hygiene and regular cleaning and maintenance.
    If you are interested in information on the Government vaccination program visit the Department of Health website https://www.health.gov.au/

    25 February 2021

    Update on COVID-19 restrictions across Greater Sydney and NSW.

    Restrictions will be eased from 12.01am Friday, 26 February 2021 across Greater Sydney and NSW:

    • 50 visitors will now be allowed in the home
    • 30 people allowed to dance at weddings, with rotation on and off the dance floor
    • Increased class limits for gyms to 50 people (currently 30) subject to the 4sqm rule
    • Number of performers singing indoors increased to 30 (currently 5) subject to physical distancing requirements
    • Singing by congregants allowed in places of worship if masks are worn and subject to one person per 4sqm (currently no congregant singing allowed, with one per 2sqm permitted in places of worship)
    • Increase capacity for cinemas to 100%



    12 February 2021

    The Perth and Peel restrictions will end as planned at 12.01am, Sunday, 14 February, which means no masks will be required on campus and the whole of Western Australia will return to the pre-lockdown conditions, as experienced prior to 6pm on Sunday, 31 January. Read the full government announcement.

    9 February 2021

    Perth, Peel and South West regions are out of lockdown. Businesses can reopen and people can go back to work. Some restrictions are in place for Perth and Peel until 12.01am Sunday February 14.

    • Masks must be worn at all times when outside of your place of residence. This includes at all workplaces, on public transport and while exercising, unless exercising vigorously outside.
    • For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, you will be able to remove your mask, if necessary, to communicate. Writing notes, pointing or the speech to text app, where possible, are encouraged.
    • Children 12 years of age or under and people with a physical or mental illness, condition or disability that makes a face covering unsuitable are exempt from wearing a face mask.
    • People also don’t need to wear masks if:
      • exercising vigorously outside
      • it causes a risk to their health and safety
      • they are the sole occupant in a car
      • in an emergency.
    • Masks will be provided to government front line workers and the Department of Communities will distribute masks to the community services sector.
    • For more information, see the Healthy WA website (external website).

    Private gatherings

    • Indoor and outdoor private gatherings limited to 20 people.

    4 square metre rule

    • The 4 square metre rule applies at venues, up to a maximum of 150 patrons (excluding staff).
    • This includes hospitality, entertainment, public and fitness venues.

    150 person capacity

    • A 150 person capacity limit applies at all events, including weddings and funerals, and community sport.
    • Where events or community sport are held at hospitality, entertainment, public and fitness venues, the 4 square metre rule also applies.
    • This cap applies regardless of venue size.
    • Staff are not included in the 150 person cap for entertainment and hospitality venues.
    • Spectators and coaches are included in the 150 person cap for community sport.

    Contact registers

    • Contact registers are mandatory at most businesses and venues.
    • It is also mandatory for individuals register at these businesses and venues.
    • Use the SafeWA app to check into buildings on Campus

    You can go to work during the transition.

    • Wear a mask at your workplace;
    • Wear a mask on public transport;
    • If you are unwell, stay home.

    Find out more about the restrictions on the WA government COVID-19 Information Page.

    WA remains in a State of Emergency, and various restrictions are enforceable by fines of up to $50,000 for individuals and $250,000 for businesses. Police officers also have the power to issue $1000 on-the-spot fines.

    Western Australians must continue to keep up physical distancing where possible and use good personal hygiene to better protect themselves and the general health of our community.

    For more information, see Transition frequently asked questions.

    5 February 2021

    From 6pm, Friday 5 February the following restrictions came into effect:

    Perth and Peel has entered into a post-lockdown transition period until 12.01am, Sunday 14 February. This allows the full 14-day incubation period to run its course.

    The South West region has returned straight to pre-lockdown conditions.

    The post-lockdown transition period for Perth and Peel includes:

    • Wearing a mask when in public and while at work, unless exempt or for vigorous outdoor exercise.
    • All businesses can reopen, except for the casino and nightclubs.
    • 4 square metre capacity rule in place for businesses and venues, up to a maximum of 150.
    • 150-person capacity at all events including weddings, funerals and community sport.
    • Seated service only at hospitality venues.
    • Dancing only permitted at weddings and dance studios.
    • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings.
    • Visits to aged care and disability care facilities restricted to compassionate grounds.
    • Residential school and boarding facilities can resume with a COVID Safety Plan.
    • Only essential travel permitted in and out of the Perth and Peel regions to other parts of WA.
    • Under the post-lockdown transition measures, schools in Perth and Peel will start from Monday 8 February.
    • Masks are required to be worn by all school staff and secondary students. They are not required for primary school students.
    • Masks are also mandatory for staff at childcare facilities, as well as students and staff in higher education including TAFEs and universities.
    • Teaching staff are permitted to remove their mask if teaching at the front of the classroom to enable clear enunciation.
    • People who need to leave the Perth and Peel region for essential purposes must wear a mask at all times in other regions of WA, as per the rules in place for Perth and Peel.
    • Elective surgery at WA public hospitals will resume once the lockdown has ended, and people will be contacted directly to reschedule and rebook their appointments.
    • FIFO workers will once again be able to leave the Perth and Peel regions, but documentation will be required and they must follow strict health protocols.
    • Pre-lockdown requirements for the entire state still remain in place, including:
    • WA’s controlled interstate border arrangements
    • Mandatory contact registers for most WA businesses and venues
    • Capacity restrictions for major venues
    • Restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities.

    1 February 2021

    The Perth metropolitan area and the Peel and South West regions are now in a 5-day lockdown effective until 6pm Friday, 5 February 2021.

    The following restrictions apply for the duration of the lockdown period, as per the WA Government website:

    • People should not leave Perth, Peel or the South West during this period
    • People can enter Perth, Peel or the South West only to access or deliver essential health and emergency services and other essential requirements
    • Non-residents currently in Perth, Peel and the South West are required to remain until the end of the restriction period however if you must leave for serious reasons you are to then return home immediately, stay home and get tested if symptoms develop
    • Restaurants and cafes to provide takeaway service only
    • Elective surgery and procedures for categories 2 and 3 will be suspended from Tuesday, 2 February. Category 1 and urgent category 2 surgery will continue
    • No visitors will be allowed in homes unless caring for a vulnerable person or in an emergency
    • No visitors to hospitals or residential aged care and/or disability facilities
    • No weddings permitted
    • Funerals are limited to 10 people
    • Travel remains prohibited within remote Aboriginal communities.

    People will be required to stay at home unless they need to:

    • work because they can’t work from home or remotely;
    • shop for essentials like groceries, medicine and necessary supplies;
    • medical or health care needs including compassionate requirements and looking after the vulnerable; and
    • exercise within their neighbourhood, but only with one other person and only for one hour per day.

    The lockdown has been introduced due to the detection of a positive COVID-19 case in a hotel quarantine worker.

    A list of locations the confirmed case visited is available on the Department of Health’s website . People who were at these places on these dates must go and get tested. Additionally, anyone who lives or works in the Falkirk Avenue Maylands shopping centre precinct should present for a test.

    WA COVID clinic operating hours will be extended as part of a testing surge. Testing locations are available on the Healthy WA website

    18 January 2021

    From this week, the University of Notre Dame Australia is switching from an internal QR code check-in system to the relevant State Government contact register systems for COVID-safe entry into our campus buildings.

    In order to be able to check in to campus buildings using the Government-provided QR codes, which will be displayed at entry points, staff and students will first need to download the contact register apps and set up an account. There is more information about how to do this at the websites below:

    Once you have downloaded the apps, all you need to do is open the app and use it to scan the QR code at entry points to check in. You can also use the camera on your smartphone to scan the QR code which, in most cases, should automatically redirect you to the check-in page.

    Please note, the School of Medicine is managing this change for the clinical school sites in Victoria and will be communicating directly with students and staff.

    4 January 2021

    In Greater Sydney (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains) face masks are mandatory in the following indoor settings:

    • shopping (retail, supermarkets and shopping centres)
    • on public/shared transport and waiting areas for public/shared transport
    • indoor entertainment (including cinemas and theatres)
    • places of worship
    • hair and beauty premises
    • visiting an aged care facility.

    Face masks are also mandatory for all staff in hospitality venues, gaming areas in licensed premises (including casinos) and for patrons using gaming services.

    Compliance will start from Monday 4 January 2021 with $200 on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance.

    Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable.

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  • COVID-19 Student Hardship Assistance Fund

    This COVID-19 Student Hardship Assistance Fund has been set up in direct response to the challenges many of our students are currently facing due to the global COVID-19 health crisis. The purpose of the Fund is to offer support to those who need urgent assistance while continuing their studies at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

    To find out if you’re eligible and apply for financial assistance, click here.

  • Working and studying online

    For information about learning online and off-campus, visit learning online.
    For information about teaching or working online and off-campus, visit working online.

  • Mental health and wellbeing

    If you are feeling anxious or distressed about the evolving COVID-19 crisis, there are professional counselling services available to Notre Dame staff and students:

    • Students can visit our Counselling page for information about how to get in touch with a counsellor.
    • Staff can access counselling support here.

    Please remember you should not attend an in-person counselling appointment if you are experiencing flu, viral or respiratory symptoms.

    For more tips about how to look after your mental health during this challenging time, visit Beyond Blue.

    You can also access general mental health support through the following national services:

Preventing respiratory illness

To reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections, please wash your hands frequently (including before and after eating) using soap and water, practice cough etiquette - if you need to cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow and dispose of tissues immediately - and avoid contact with people suffering from an acute respiratory infection.

MASKS 

Masks are required on public transport in NSW - more detailed information can be found here. If you’d like to make your own cloth mask, follow these instructions.

For more information, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

FAQs

  • What can I do to prevent Coronavirus?

    To protect yourself and others from infection, practice good hand and respiratory hygiene including:

    • cleaning hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs
    • wearing a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained and in mandatory indoor settings
    • covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing
    • avoiding contact with anyone who has symptoms of respiratory illness such as a cough, fatigue, sore throat or headache
    • staying home if you are unwell

    Click here for more information about how to protect yourself and others.

  • What do health authorities advise?

    The latest information is available at the Department of Health website.

  • What are the latest travel restrictions?

    The Department of Home Affairs has advised that travel restrictions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic are subject to frequent change. To stay up to date with alerts, visit https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/news-media/current-alerts/novel-coronavirus and https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/.

    For information about restrictions between Australian states, click here.

  • Staff and student travel

    Study Abroad Students please contact:

    Fremantle and Broome Campus 
    Call us: +61 8 9433 0121
    Visit us: ND1 (opposite Foley Hall)
    Email us: fremantle.studyabroad@nd.edu.au

    Sydney Campus
    Call us: +61 2 8204 4382
    Visit us: Pioneer House
    Email us: sydney.studyabroad@nd.edu.au

  • How can I keep safe on public transport?

      If you are travelling to and from the university on public transport, check the below pages for advice on how to stay safe:

    • Transperth
    • TransportNSW
  • Are Graduation Ceremonies going ahead in Fremantle?

    The University is currently finalising plans to reschedule the Graduation Ceremonies which were postponed due to the lockdown in Perth, Peel and the South West region on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 February. We will be in touch with graduands via email when plans are confirmed.

  • Can I attend Campus?

    Students and staff may attend Campus unless they have:

    • symptoms of respiratory illness such as a fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat or headache
    • been in close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus in the last 14 days (they must isolate themselves for 14 days after the date of last contact with the confirmed case)
    • in NSW, you cannot attend campus is you have been to a COVID hotspot that requires you to get tested and self-isolate in the last 14 days - you can find a list of these here