Coronavirus (COVID-19) news archive

27 June 2021

The NSW Government introduced new Public Health Orders which came into force on Saturday 26 June at 6.00pm and forced Greater Sydney,

the Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong into full lockdown until Friday 9 July.

The new restrictions mean people are only permitted to leave their homes for the following reasons:

  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home
  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs (including to get a COVID-19 test or vaccination
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer

There is no curfew. Mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and venue capacity restrictions are still in place.

Full details can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19

Staff and students should remain at home unless there are essential reasons to come into the University.

Our buildings will be restricted to swipe-card access only however if you require entry please contact your School for approval in the first instance who will then inform Security.

Western Australia

The West Australian Government has introduced Phase 1 restrictions for Perth and the Peel region from 12pm, Sunday 27 June for the next three days.

These include:

  • Masks to be worn indoors, on public transport and outdoor public areas where physical distancing not possible
  • The two-metre-square rule has been introduced
  • Limit of 30 visitors to the home
  • Events restricted to 150 people

Travel between NSW and WA not permitted, unless exemptions in place.

Full details can be found at https://www.wa.gov.au

25 June 2021

New South Wales

The  NSW Government has issued Stay at Home Orders for four Sydney local government areas and extended the existing restrictions of mandatory masks indoors, social distancing and minimising large gatherings, commencing 11-59pm tonight until midnight Friday 2 July.

These  orders relate to people who live or work in the four Sydney local government areas (LGA) of Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick and City of Sydney.

People who live in those areas, or have worked in those areas in the past fortnight, will only be permitted to leave home for four reasons:

  • Shopping for food or other essential goods and services
  • Medical care or compassionate needs
  • Exercise outdoors in groups of 10 or fewer
  • Essential work, or education, where you cannot work or study from home

Staff and students should remain at home during this time and not come to campus, unless for previously approved activities.

Our buildings will be restricted to swipe-card access only. If you require entry you should contact your line manager or School for approval in the first instance who will then inform Security.

As previously stated, if you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas, you cannot travel outside metropolitan Sydney for non-essential reasons.

Victoria

Restrictions eased across metropolitan and regional areas at midnight Thursday 24 June

The updated restrictions include:

  • There are no restrictions on the reasons to leave home and you can now travel to regional Victoria.
  • Face masks are mandatory indoors, except at your home or if a lawful exception applies.
  • Face masks are recommended outdoors where you cannot maintain 1.5 metres from others.
  • Schools and universities remain open and you aren’t required to work or study from home.
  • Workplaces like offices can increase to 75% capacity or 30 people, whichever is greater.

Western Australia

On Wednesday 23 June all remaining Covid-related capacity limits were removed for WA venues.

Travel between NSW and WA is not permitted at this time, unless an exemption is in place.

23 June 2021

The New South Wales Government have announced effective 4pm today, new restrictions will apply across greater Sydney until 12.01am Thursday 1 July.

Masks will be mandatory on campus, in all indoor settings (including office spaces) and capacity limits of 1 per 4 square metre will apply.

Travel between NSW and WA is no longer permitted unless an exemption is in place.

Please also note if you are on the Sydney or Darlinghurst Campus, or live in the LGA identified you will no longer be permitted to travel outside the metropolitan Sydney area.

With restrictions on movement across metropolitan Sydney we are urging staff and students to consider their personal travel requirements.

All staff will need to liaise with their Line Manager in the first instance to discuss appropriate arrangements and students should contact their School for further instructions.

We request all staff and students remain vigilant and informed during this time by regularly checking for updates and covid-like symptoms.

Up-to-date information on case locations  is provided on the NSW Health website.

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21 June 2021

COVID-19 case locations in NSW

New case locations have been identified in the Sydney metropolitan area and face masks are now mandatory on public transport across metropolitan Sydney and in specified indoor areas of some local governments. We will continue to monitor advice from the New South Wales Government and keep staff and students updated as the situation evolves.

It's essential that we all stay informed and regularly check COVID-19 case locations and alerts. Up-to-date information is provided on the NSW Health website.

Anyone who has been to a case location or has COVID-like symptoms, no matter how mild, should follow NSW Health advice about self-isolation and testing.

Please do not come to campus if you have COVID-like symptoms, have been to a location or feel unwell. On campus, staff should continue to practice good hand hygiene (use sanitiser provided) and check-in using the Service NSW app.

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.

12 May 2021

Until 12.01am Monday 17 May 2021 rules around household visitors, face masks, singing and dancing will be tightened in Greater Sydney including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains.
Read about the rules.

In Perth and Peel, the following restrictions remain in place until 12.01am, Saturday 15 May.

  • Masks only required in the following settings:
    • Public transport
    • Hospitals
    • Aged care and disability facilities
    • Large events with more than 1,000 people.
  • Four personal visitors permitted per patient per day in a hospital, aged care or disability facility, with masks mandatory.
  • Casino gaming floor and nightclubs can reopen, subject to the 2sqm rule.
  • 100-person limit in all homes, for private indoor or outdoor gatherings.
  • 200-person limit on weddings and funerals. People who wish to have more than 200 people must apply for an exemption by completing the Weddings and funeral exemptions form and emailing it to DoH.WeddingsFunerals@health.wa.gov.au
  • Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena, HBF Park and HBF Stadium – Main Arena can operate at 75 per cent capacity, with masks mandatory.

Anyone who has been in Perth or Peel in the previous 14 days but has since travelled to another region must also wear a mask, subject to the above conditions.

6 May 2021

New restrictions have been announced in NSW. Click here to read the full announcement.

The following measures will be effective from midday today, 6 May 2021 (enforceable from 5pm) until 12:01am Monday, 10 May for the Greater Sydney region (including Wollongong, Central Coast and Blue Mountains):

  • Visitors to households will be limited to 20 guests – including children
  • Masks will be compulsory on public transport and in all public indoor venues, such as retail, theatres, hospitals, aged care facilities and for front-of-house hospitality staff (except in a hospitality venue when eating or drinking)
  • Drinking while standing up at indoor venues will not be allowed
  • Singing by audiences at indoor shows or by congregants at indoor places of worship will not be allowed
  • Dancing will not be allowed at indoor hospitality venues or nightclubs however, dancing is allowed at weddings with a strong recommendation that no more than 20 people should be on the dancefloor at any one time
  • Visitors to aged care facilities will be limited to two people.

30 April 2021

The Perth and Peel post-lockdown restrictions will be significantly eased from 12.01am Saturday, May 1.

The easing of restrictions will see Perth and Peel move closer to the return of pre-lockdown life, but a small number of transitional measures will remain in place until Saturday, May 8.

The Chief Health Officer has advised Perth and Peel will need to see through the full 14-day incubation period before pre-lockdown life can fully resume.

The following eased transitional restrictions will take effect from 12.01am Saturday May 1 until 12.01am Saturday May 8:

  • Masks are not required outside except where physical distancing is not possible.
  • Masks are mandatory for indoor public venues, including in the workplace and on public transport. Exemptions apply including for medical reasons and primary school aged children or younger. People should use common sense and take a mask with them whenever they leave home;
  • Anyone who has been in the Perth or Peel regions since April 17 but has since travelled to another region must also wear a mask subject to the above conditions;
  • 30-person limit in all homes for private gatherings;
  • nightclubs can open subject to the four square metre rule, with masks mandatory;
  • Indoor and outdoor community sport can resume with spectators;
  • Indoor weddings and funerals permitted for up to 200 guests without an exemption;
  • Outdoor gatherings can take place with up to 500 people without a COVID event plan;
  • One household can visit a patient per day in a hospital, aged care or disability facility; and
  • Major stadiums, including Optus Stadium, RAC Arena and HBF Park can operate at 75 per cent capacity.

The following pre-lockdown measures will resume from 12.01am Saturday, May 1:

  • Seated hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafés, food courts and bars that provide seated service only, can open at 75 per cent capacity or apply the 2sqm rule – whichever is greater;
  • Gyms, fitness centres, dance studios, beauty salons, hairdressers can open with the two square metre rule in place;
  • Public venues, including, community centres, libraries, museums, galleries, recreation centres, can open with the two square metre rule in place;

All businesses, workplaces and higher education can now reopen.

For more information, check the WA government website.

26 April 2021

The Perth and Peel lockdown will end as planned from 12.01am, Tuesday 27 April. However, a post-lockdown transition will be in place until 12.01am, Saturday 1 May. During this time, universities including Notre Dame will be open for online learning online. This means that classes will continue virtually, but students will not be able to come to campus. Staff who can work from home are asked to do so. For more information, visit the WA Government website.

Other interim measures will be in place, including the following:

  • Continue wearing a mask in public, while at work and on public transport unless exemptions apply e.g. vigorous outdoor exercise
  • 20-person limit for private indoor and outdoor gatherings
  • 20-patron capacity limit and 4sqm rule for:
    • cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs for seated food and drink service only
    • beauty salons, hairdressers and barbers
    • public venues such as recreation centres, outdoor playgrounds, museums and swimming pools
    • places of worship
    • entertainment venues
  • No visitors to aged and disability care facilities and hospitals, except for compassionate reasons and advocacy
  • Weddings and funerals can proceed with up to 100 guests, but require an exemption and COVID Event Plan
  • Professional and community sports, including training, permitted but without spectators
  • Elective surgery can proceed for category 1 and urgent category 2 surgeries only
  • Schools, childcare centres and TAFEs open - mask-wearing requirements apply for all school staff and secondary students, but not primary school students or staff when teaching
  • Universities open for online learning only
  • Fitness clubs, gyms, casinos and nightclubs remain closed

Regional travel restrictions will be removed, but restrictions on travel to remote Aboriginal communities remain in place.

Anyone in an unaffected region who has been in Perth or Peel since 17 April must comply with mask-wearing requirements.

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%
  • Spectators and coaches are included in the 150 person cap for community sport.
  • 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.

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.

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.

1 May 2020

  • Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy has announced there are 6765 active cases of COVID-19 across the nation but with less than 20 new cases being reported per day, Australia is performing better than expected in terms of flattening the curve.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he would discuss the early easing of social distancing restrictions at next Friday’s cabinet meeting. However, he encouraged more Australians to download the CovidSAFE app, which is part of the government’s plan to help keep Australian safe as restrictions are lifted. More information about the app, is available here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app
  • Some social distancing restrictions have been lifted already. The ABC has put together this helpful guide for what is and isn’t allowed, by state.

24 April 2020

  • While most traditional ANZAC Day services have been cancelled as a result of COVID-19, ABC will be broadcasting a dawn service from 5.30amAEST tomorrow. A reminder that Monday is a public holiday in WA.
  • Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy has said that easing restrictions on family gatherings, shopping and sports was under consideration.

22 April 2020

  • The government’s new contact tracing app will be rolled out within the next fortnight. The PM has said it would not be compulsory to download. More helpful FAQs on the app are available in an ABC report.
  • With only 26 new COVID-19 cases reported overnight Australia-wide, the curve is flattening but there are no immediate plans to lift the social distancing restrictions in place.
  • The NSW Premier announced a plan for a staged reopening of schools.

16 April 2020

  • The Prime Minister and Premiers will seek to come to some agreement about the reopening of schools and safety measures in place for students and teachers at today’s cabinet meeting. The NSW Premier has said that at this stage the plan is for students to continue online learning and reintroduce face-to-face learning by Term 3.
  • The Federal Government has indicated it will introduce the TraceTogether app (used in Singapore already) to track coronavirus patients and the people they come in contact with. While the app would be voluntary, its introduction has raised concerns around privacy issues.
  • The Ruby Princess will be required to leave Australian waters by Sunday according to a deadline set by the NSW Police Commissioner.
  • The NSW Premier has reminded people to stay home if they are feeling sick, after a healthcare worked unknowingly passed on COVID-19 to residents and staff at the Anglicare Newmarch House where she worked. The employee had mild symptoms and continued attending work. NSW has also increased testing in more hotspot areas to encourage more people to be tested if feeling unwell.
  • 70% of people are saying they are buying and drinking more alcohol daily because of stress/concern connected with COVID-19.
  • A Perth man has become the first person jailed for breaching coronavirus quarantine laws repeatedly.
  • World News: The International Monetary Fund has announced it’s ready to mobilise US$1 trillion in capital for low-interest loans for 102 of its members struggling to manage the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.

13 April 2020

  • Education Minister Dan Tehan has announced the Federal Government will guarantee $18-billion of funding to universities this year, even if their domestic enrolments drop, and provide $100-million of regulatory fee relief to the tertiary education sector, including private vocational education and training. Under the relief package for higher education providers, the government is also creating cut-price online courses for Australians to re-skill at home.
  • Under changes made by the State Government, from April 17 NSW doctors will be able to prescribe medication via email or fax, making it easier for patients to access medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Also in NSW, State Government has announced a $440-million residential and commercial rent package, which will force landlords and tenants to negotiate in a bid to stop rent strikes or evictions.
  • WA Premier Mark McGowan has said he'd keep restrictions in place despite the state recording three new cases, its lowest daily number since testing began.

8 April 2020

  • The Minister for Education Dan Tehan has said Year 12 students will graduate and receive an ATAR university entrance rank this year, despite disruptions to schools. He will be looking at possible adjustment to this year’s ATAR scoring. "When it comes to how the ATAR is calculated and assessed, the Commonwealth is going to do further work with the university sector, with the vocational education sector and will come back to the Education Council in May," he said.
  • A long-term strategy to ease social-isolation restrictions and expose Australians to COVID-19 in manageable doses is being considered by the country’s chief health officials as one of a range of options for how to deal with COVID-19 in the absence of a vaccine.

5 April 2020

  • The public has been warned against using imported at-home coronavirus testing kits that could undermine the work of health professionals by providing false negatives.
  • People have been urged not to travel for the Easter holidays. Random ID checks will be conducted on people in rural areas of NSW throughout the holidays to ensure people from the greater Sydney area are not travelling unnecessarily​. Police officers will also be deployed to major supermarkets this week after Woolworths and Coles pledged to dramatically increase social distancing measures ahead of the Easter rush.

3 April 2020

  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned restrictions/social distancing could continue until October.
  • The government has announced free childcare for parents who need to work during the COVID-19 pandemic across some 13,000 centres. The free childcare would be in place for six months from next week and would not be means tested.
  • WA will be the first state to introduce hard borders. The WA Premier is urging residents to return to the state before Sunday night’s border closures. Exemptions include health services, emergency workers, transport/freight/logistics, national and state security, judicial services, FIFO workers and families.
  • The Queensland border at Coolangatta and Tweed Heads has now been shut to non-residents or those with a specific exemptions, such as work.
  • The NSW Premier has announced $10,000 grants for small businesses to help with fixed costs.
  • The Ruby Princess scandal has escalated, with another two passengers dying after contracting the coronavirus on the ship — the largest source of Australian deaths from the pandemic — and federal and state leaders accusing the cruise operator of lying. The Premier has ordered an investigation into the disaster.
  • The workplace tribunal has announced plans to give unpaid "pandemic leave" and more annual leave at half pay to millions of workers.

1 April 2020

  • Over 200,000 businesses registered for the $130-billion JobKeeper wage subsidy in 24 hours. Parliament will join next Wednesday to consider the new legislation.
  • NSW Police are cracking down on people in public spaces, sending people home even if they are following social distancing rules. This follows a cluster in Bondi (thought to be caused by backpackers) and has led to a pop-up testing clinic in the area.
  • The NSW Premier is urging people who can to ‘retool’ their businesses to help manufacture medical supplies due to shortages in the global market.
  • Authorities are urging people aged over 65 to get a flu vaccine.
  • Over 40,000 doctors, nurses, midwives and pharmacists who are no longer practicing or registered will be encouraged to re-enter the workforce to boost Australia’s capacity to treat patients throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Over 30,000 West Australians are currently in mandatory self-isolation at home after returning from overseas in recent weeks.

31 March 2020

  • As part of the government’s $130-billion relief package, struggling businesses will receive fortnightly wage subsidy up to $1500 per employee on the books since March 1 (amendments could still be made but this will be a base point). Nearly 200,000 businesses have already registered. If you require information about the new JobSeeker payment, click here.
  • The NSW Premier has warned the public not to look at the drop in daily increase of positive COVID-19 cases because the threat is the cases we don’t know about that are occurring through community transmission. Testing will be increased in ‘hot spots’ such as in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney.
  • In WA, drones are being deployed to deliver audio warnings regarding social distancing rules. Stage 3 restrictions are now in place in WA and include hard closures of the border, as well as playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment in line with the Federal Government’s recommendations.
  • NSW and VIC have begun issuing fines and enforcing the two-person gathering rules.
  • You can now download the Australian Department of Health’s official Coronavirus Australia app for updates. More information available here.

30 March 2020

  • Federal Government offers $130b in coronavirus wage subsidies for businesses to pay workers, more information here.
  • WA Police drones will be deployed to public spaces to deliver audio warnings to those caught flouting social distancing rules.
  • Premier Mark McGowan has today announced stage three restrictions for WA residents which will include the hard closure of our border and the closure of playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gym equipment.
  • COVID-19 clinics in WA are opening to the wider community who have symptoms such as a fever and respiratory illness.
  • Deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly says the government's social distancing measures are working, with a "stabilisation of the numbers" of new infections - but "this is not a time to take the foot off the brake”.

29 March 2020

  • ​A WA Police Enforcement squad of more than 200 police officer will hit the streets of WA to ensure people are complying with quarantine and gathering requirements in response to COVID-19. The State Government will introduce $1,000 on-the-spot fines for individuals and $5,000 fines for businesses who disobey the rules. More details here.
  • Beyond Blue will set up a COVID-19 mental health support service which offers free information, counselling and referrals online and by phone for people struggling with the impacts of the pandemic. Get support here.
  • State and territories will put a moratorium on rental evictions of people in financial distress for the next six months.
  • From 30 March 2020, the Australian Government will expand Medicare-subsidised telehealth services (where treatment can be delivered by phone or videoconferencing) for all Australians. Services will include GP services and some consultation services provided by other medical specialists. Read the official statement here.
  • Public gatherings outdoors are now limited to two people only (previously 10 people).
  • The Government has launched a WhatsApp service to share information more quickly and easily. Access it at oz.gov.au/whatsapp.

28 March 2020

  • From midnight AEDT on 28 March 2020 all people entering Australia will be required to undertake their mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities (for example, a hotel), in their port of arrival. Travellers will be transported directly to designated facilities after appropriate immigration, customs and enhanced health checks. More information about travel restrictions is available here.
  • Australian Defence Force personnel will support state and territory police to ensure travellers comply with mandatory self-isolation measures.
  • The WA Government will introduce further restrictions on travel within Western Australia from 31 March 2020 (12.00am AWST Wednesday morning 1 April 2020). Western Australian intrastate travel is defined as movement through the boundaries of the regions of Western Australia. For information on what the regions are, visit the state government website here.

27 March 2020

  • The University can confirm that a student enrolled at our Sydney campus has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has been in self-isolation since 17th March, and tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, on 26th March.

    Contact tracing and additional cleaning is being undertaken, and the University is working closely with NSW Health to minimise any further risk of transmission. The student is receiving appropriate medical care and is recovering at home in isolation. We are in contact to provide support and counselling through what is undoubtedly a difficult time.

    The university’s rapid transition to digital learning platforms, supporting social distancing to protect students and staff has been both rapid and successful. We want to again acknowledge the tremendous effort by everyone involved to ensure course work can continue as much as possible with little disruption.

26 March 2020

  • The Government is offering $750 one-off support payments to 6.5 million Australians including some eligible students. Click here to find out if you’re eligible and what you need to do to ensure you receive the payment.

25 March 2020

  • The Commonwealth Government will implement a ‘do not travel’ ban on Australians travelling overseas under the Biosecurity Act 2015. Exemptions will be managed by the Australian Border Force and will apply to a range of categories of travellers, including for those citizens ordinarily resident overseas, where travel is essential or necessary, where travel is in our national interest, and on compassionate and humanitarian grounds. Read the Prime Minister’s official statement here.
  • The Prime Minister further tightened COVID-19 lockdown, restricting social gatherings including weddings and funerals. Other services to close include real estate auctions, beauty salons, community centres such as pools and libraries, shopping centre food courts (takeaway permitted) and entertainment venues. See the full list here.
  • There will be enforcement of the required self-isolation measures (for those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or returned from international travel) with penalties – this will be managed by the States.

22 March 2020

  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that NSW will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services over the next 48 hours, with more specific details to come. Read her official statement here. Check nsw.gov.au for further updates.
  • Victoria will also shut down non-essential services in the next 48 hours, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.​ Read his statement here.
  • WA has announced it will be shutting its borders from 1.30pm (AWST) Tuesday. Exemptions apply for essential services and workers. Interstate arrivals will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. Check wa.gov.au​ for further updates.

19 March 2020

The Australian Government announced that from 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

18 March 2020

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade has raised travel advice to Level 4 today, advising all Australians to not travel overseas at this time. It’s recommended that people travelling overseas who wish to return to Australia should do so as soon as possible. For more information, visit Smartraveller.
  • The Australian Government has banned non-essential, indoor gatherings of more than 100 people. However, this will not impact universities at this stage. The pre-existing ban restricting mass gatherings to 500 people will remain in place for outdoor events. For the official statement, click here.

16 March 2020

The Australian Government announced all travellers arriving in Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. For more information about what this means, visit the NSW Department of Health website or the Department of Home Affairs for travel advice.

13 March 2020

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade has advised all Australians to reconsider their need to travel overseas at this time, regardless of destination, age or health. For more information, visit smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel.
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison has advised against organised, non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people to limit the spread of coronavirus. Currently this does not impact “essential services such as schools, workplaces, hospitals, public transportation, domestic travel and universities as well as public transient places such as shopping centres.” To read the full media release, visit https://www.pm.gov.au/media/advice-coronavirus.