We encourage staff to stay home, stay safe and get vaccinated as soon as you can.
Keep up to date through regular UNSW COVID-19 emails
UNSW is keeping students and staff updated through regular COVID-19 emails, as well as the fortnightly Inside UNSW newsletter and updates to our COVID-19 website.
We also encourage teams to connect and share news online via Microsoft Teams and Yammer.
Do not come to the Kensington or Paddington campuses
Staff must continue to work from home. The only exception is if a staff member is performing a role that is deemed critical to University operations that cannot be done from home. In this circumstance, you or your supervisor should have already obtained approval from your Dean or Divisional Head to be on campus.
Staff who live in the local government areas (LGAs) of Fairfield, Canterbury-Bankstown, Liverpool, Cumberland, Blacktown, Parramatta, Campbelltown and Georges River must not come to campus. A list of suburbs in these areas can be found on the NSW Health website.
Students and staff who live in these areas should continue to study or work from home. If you live in any of these eight LGAs and your role has been deemed critical by the University, please speak to your supervisor and they will make alternative arrangements for your work activities to be covered. You must remain at home and you must not come to campus.
Some staff and students from these eight LGAs, including some in the Faculty of Medicine and Health, may be designated as authorised workers. If you are an authorised worker, you must have the written approval of a DVC, Dean or Divisional Head to be on campus, and comply with any COVID-19 surveillance testing requirements. These are currently in place for health and aged care workers from Fairfield and Cumberland LGAs and all authorised workers from the Canterbury-Bankstown LGA. Please refer to separate notifications from the Deans of some faculties that clarify rules and arrangements for any authorised workers.
Report a COVID-19 case or close contact
Use the UNSW COVID-19 Case Notification Form to report a confirmed case of COVID-19 or a close contact of a positive case. This will help to ensure that everyone in the UNSW community is kept as safe as possible.
We urge everyone in our UNSW community to get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as a vaccine is available to you. Not only will this help keep us all safe, but it will also enable us to return to normal on-campus activity more quickly.
The latest health advice on vaccinations for adults in Greater Sydney states that “all individuals aged 18 years and above in Greater Sydney, including adults under 60 years of age, should strongly consider getting vaccinated with any available vaccine including COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.” Further information and guidance on COVID-19 vaccinations is on the NSW Health website.
Flexibility to go get vaccinated
UNSW staff will be provided time off to get vaccinated without the need to submit any type of leave.
The Vaccination Eligibility Checker is a useful resource to check if you are eligible, what vaccine you may be eligible for, and to book a vaccination appointment.
Vaccinations on campus
The UNSW Health Service is offering vaccine appointments to anyone aged 18 years and older who wishes to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine. COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge.
Useful resources for up-to-date information in NSW
The NSW Health website is kept up to date with the most recent restrictions, financial support, and vaccination and testing services applicable to NSW residents. The COVID-19 Support Package consolidates all the available financial assistance, support measures and tax relief during the pandemic.
COVID-19 case locations continue to be added daily. Please check the list at least once a day and follow the health advice immediately.
A range of translated resources is available on the NSW Health website for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We encourage anyone from these communities to share these resources with family members and friends to help ensure up-to-date messages around rules and restrictions, testing and vaccinations are being communicated effectively.
Useful resources for up-to-date information in the ACT
There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in the ACT. Staff are reminded not to come to campus if they are feeling unwell.
Please read and understand the current directives for the UNSW Canberra community. The UNSW Canberra COVID-19 SharePoint site has current information regarding directives at UNSW Canberra and in the ACT.
Staff and students are asked to continue to use the Check in CBR app when on campus. You can use the QR code on this page so you can sign in wherever you are on campus.
All new and existing UNSW Canberra staff, commencing on, or returning to campus from a COVID-19 affected area must adhere to ACT Health directives and immediately contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their safe commencement on return to campus.
If you live within NSW and work or study in the ACT, please ensure you remain aware of any restrictions or requirements placed upon your travel into the ACT.
For visitor exemption considerations or enquiries please contact BURT@adfa.edu.au.
If an outbreak does occur in the ACT, we will move to ensure we protect the health of our community, including reviewing our directives and advising accordingly. As always, academic staff should be ready with a plan for online teaching should the ACT Government call a ‘snap lockdown’.
ACT Government health advice and information is available via the ACT COVID-19 website.