Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 18 January 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. 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 Dean (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 Dean 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 are asked to 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

    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.

    24 July 2020

    Based on the latest health advice, Phase 5 of the WA COVID-19 roadmap, due to be implemented on Saturday, 1 August, has been delayed.

    The new tentative date will now be Saturday, 15 August.

    A final decision on whether Phase 5 can proceed on this date will be decided in about 2 weeks’ time.

    19 June 2020

    • As COVID-19 restrictions continue to be lifted, an increasing number of people will be travelling to and from university and work on public transport. For more information about keeping safe on public transport, visit:
    • The NSW Government recently announced changes to the number of people allowed on public transport from July 1. For more details and guidelines, click here.

    11 May 2020

    • The Federal Government has announced a 3-step plan towards easing restrictions: Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia. For a more detailed look at the stages, click here.
    • States and Territories will ease restrictions at different times based on local conditions.
    • From today, students in NSW will be returning to school at least one day a week. To read about the other restrictions that have been eased in NSW, click here.
    • From May 18th, WA will also be easing a number of restrictions. To read about what restrictions have been eased in WA, click here.
    • Some local and regional travel is now permitted.

    Full news archive

  • 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.

How to make a mask

It is now mandatory to wear a face mask in some indoor settings 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 is COVID-19?

    Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases. COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. Other coronaviruses include Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

    COVID-19 is characterised by mild symptoms including runny nose, sore throat, cough, and fever. Severe cases can lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties. Older people and those with medical conditions (such as asthma, lung disease, diabetes or heart disease) may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

    Diagnosis of COVID-19 is currently made by nasopharyngeal swab.
  • 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 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.

  • What do health authorities advise?

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

  • Can I attend campus?

    Students and staff must not attend the University if 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)
    • 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
  • What does self-isolation mean?

    Isolation means you:

    • must not leave your home except in an emergency or to get essential medical care
    • must not go into public places including work and shops
    • must not let any other person into your home unless the person

    You should tell your public health unit before leaving your house if possible. If you leave, you must wear a mask. If you live in a house, you may go into your garden or courtyard.

    For general advice on isolating click here .

  • What is social distancing?

    Social distancing is a measure to slow the spread of infectious diseases, although it is recognised that it cannot be practised in all situations, and the aim is to generally reduce potential for transmission of the virus. It means less contact between you and other people.

    While practising social distancing, people can travel to work (including public transport). For non-essential activities outside the workplace or attendance at schools, universities and childcare - social distancing includes:

    • avoiding crowds and mass gatherings where it is difficult to keep the appropriate distance away from others
    • avoiding small gatherings in enclosed spaces
    • attempting to keep a distance of 1.5 metres between yourself and other people where possible, for example when out and about in public place.
    • avoiding shaking hands, hugging, or kissing other people – perhaps nod a greetings
    • avoiding visiting vulnerable people, such as those in aged care facilities or hospitals, infants, or people with compromised immune systems due to illness or medical treatment

    For more guidance on social distancing, visit the Department of Health website.

  • Staff and student travel

    There are currently border restrictions in place for those wanting to travel into Western Australia. Read more here. For NSW residents, helpful information about border restrictions, can be found here.

    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
    • The NSW Government has now made masks mandatory on public transport in Sydney and in transport waiting areas such as train and light rail stations and bus stops.