Updated 8 June 2021
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. Please do not come on to campus if you have been to a COVID-19 hotspot in the last fortnight. 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:
- stay informed and follow any rules and restrictions in place for your state
- 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:
General enquiries, notifications and advice related to the COVID-19 may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your enquiries will be referred appropriately and answered as promptly as possible.
8 June 2021
Western Australia is fast-tracking the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program. People aged 30 and older, and all Aboriginal people over the age of 16 in WA are now eligible to #rollup4WA and book in a COVID-19 vaccine. If you are in this age group, visit Roll up for WA to click through to the online vaccination booking system, or call 13 COVID (13 26843). Press option 1 for the WA vaccination booking line. You can also book an appointment at participating GP and GP Respiratory clinics. Contact your GP to see if they are part of the program or look on the eligibility checker. If you are a priority worker, in Phase 1a or 1b, you remain eligible and can book through Roll up for WA.
In the metropolitan area, the community vaccination clinic at Claremont Showgrounds will be able to offer 2,000 appointments each day from Thursday, and soon, the Joondalup and Kwinana clinics will expand to offer both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines. For more information about the clinics and the opening times and locations, visit Roll up for WA.
27 May 2021
The Victorian government has announced a seven-day lockdown starting from midnight tonight in order to contain a growing COVID-19 outbreak. Students are staff based at our Victorian clinical schools should note that the lockdown applies to the whole state. A full list of the restrictions can be found on the government's website.
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
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, 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.
Depending on the state restrictions in place at any given time, masks may become mandatory while on campus. You can keep updated on the latest requirements 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.
Will there be a full return to campus in Semester 2, 2021?
A full return of on-campus classes and activities is planned for Semester Two. This will include on-campus social and student life events and classes, including lectures.
To ensure the health and safety of staff and students when on campus, we will continue to follow and keep you updated on Public Health directions and restrictions if they arise.
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.
How can I keep safe on public transport?