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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Updated: 23 November 2020, 09:15 am AEST

CQUniversity continues to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Australia and is providing regular updates to students and staff based on information from Federal and State Government authorities. CQU will continue to update students, staff and stakeholders as the new information becomes available.

CQUniversity has continued to teach most courses online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As industry leaders in online education, the University is well-placed to provide an excellent online service to our students. Online delivery continues in Term 3, 2020, with some exceptions for face-to-face delivery for practical units and unit activities, based on the lifting of state and national restrictions. Term 1, 2021 is planned to return to face-to-face, with relevant state and territory government guidelines considered.

CQUniversity’s VET in Schools (VETiS) training and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have returned to face-to-face delivery, following strict workplace health and safety measures.

All CQUniversity campuses remain open and students can still access student and academic learning services, libraries, resources and facilities, including computer labs.

* In line with the Victorian and NSW Government’s advice, all students, staff and visitors to the Melbourne and Sydney campuses must wear a mask on campus, including in bathrooms, lifts, study spaces and work areas.

We ask that anyone that attends any CQU campus, to please continue practising good hygiene and social distancing measures and not attend campuses if they are displaying any flu-like symptoms including minor coughs and runny nose. Additional information on social distancing can be found on the Australian Health website.

We will continue to provide updates via email, social media and via this webpage. You can also find the below information translated in Simplified Chinese on our CQUni China website.

Campus Statuses

Adelaide: OPEN
Brisbane: OPEN
Bundaberg: OPEN
Cairns: OPEN
Emerald: OPEN
Gladstone: OPEN
Mackay City: OPEN
Mackay Ooralea: OPEN
Melbourne: OPEN*
Perth: OPEN
Rockhampton City: OPEN
Rockhampton North: OPEN
Sunshine Coast: OPEN
Sydney: OPEN*
Townsville: OPEN

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.

CQUniversity continues to monitor the situation closely and will ensure that we take the most appropriate action based on advice from relevant government departments and health authorities.

Australia’s imposed travel restrictions on all non-residents remains and these restrictions advise that all foreign travellers are banned from entering Australia. Australian citizens, permanent residents, their spouses and children are still able to return from overseas, but they MUST self-isolate for 14 days.

CQUniversity transitioned face-to-face teaching to online for most course offerings as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and continues to teach via online for Term 3, 2020. As industry leaders in online education, the University is well-placed to provide an excellent online service to our students.

Even though most teaching delivery is being done online, all CQUniversity campuses are open and students can still access student and academic learning services, resources and facilities, including libraries and computer labs. We ask that anyone that attends a campus to please continue to practise good hygiene and social distancing measures and not attend campuses if they are displaying any flu-like symptoms including minor coughs and runny nose. Additional information on social distancing can be found on the Australian Health website.

CQUniversity’s VET in Schools (VETiS) training and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have returned to face-to-face delivery, following strict workplace health and safety measures.

CQUniversity has also enhanced our already high standards of hygiene delivery across our campuses with increased disinfecting of public areas and additional hygienic resources to be made available in areas such as receptions, computer labs and common areas. For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website. CQUniversity is also observing strict social distancing requirements on campuses, guidance on this is available at each campus location.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment is also providing Higher Education staff and students with information about managing risk associated with COVID-19.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Symptoms include (but are not limited to) fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

What should I do if I have been in contact with someone who is now exhibiting symptoms or who has tested positive?

Contact is defined as being face-to-face with someone for at least 15 minutes or being in the same closed space for two hours.

If you have been informed by Public Health authorities that you are a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 you will be provided with information on what to do next. You cannot attend your university or vocational education facility until Public Health informs you that it is safe for you to do so.

If you start to develop symptoms, especially if you have had contact with a confirmed case or if you have returned to Australia from overseas, you will need to:

  • isolate yourself from other people
  • call a doctor or hospital, explain your symptoms and other travel or contact history. You will be provided with advice about what to do next and where you can get tested.

If you have serious symptoms such as shortness of breath:

  • call 000 and ask for an ambulance (this will work even if you don’t have phone credit)
  • tell the ambulance officers about the symptoms you are experiencing and any contact or travel history.

Additional guidance on COVID-19 isolation is available on the Australian Government Health website.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

If I’m self-isolating while waiting for my test results, then receive a negative result, should I continue to self-isolate for 14 days?

Please follow the advice of your medical practitioner or public health authority when it comes to self-isolation orders and recommendations.

I have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 but I am not showing any signs or symptoms? Can I still go to a CQUniversity campus and attend classes or work?

No, based on the latest Government advice, anyone who has had contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 should self-isolate, this means you cannot attend any CQUniversity campus until the period of self-isolation is over. If you do start to experience any possible signs or symptoms you should seek medical treatment as a priority.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Additional guidance on COVID-19 isolation is available on the Australian Government Health website.

Who should I contact if I have any concerns or need information?

Visit the Australian Government Department of Health homepage at health.gov.au.
Call the Public Health Information Line on 1800 044 599.

Discuss any questions you have with the Public Health Agency monitoring you.
Contact your state or territory public health agency:

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Additional important information for Queensland around COVID-19, please visit the Queensland Government Health website.

When does the self-isolation period start?

The 14-day period starts when a person leaves their departure port, or from when they last had contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Additional guidance on COVID-19 isolation is available on the Australian Government Health website. If you need to speak to a registered nurse about your health concerns, call the healthdirect hotline on 1800 022 222.

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors. This is a precautionary measure based on advice around the timeframe that people may be contagious before showing symptoms. If you have returned to Australia from anywhere overseas or if you have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of Coronavirus, you must undertake a 14-day period of self-isolation. When you are self-isolating you cannot attend any CQUniversity campus for work or class. If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting for your results, please do not attend campus until you have been cleared to do so.

While in isolation you can spend time in your garden, courtyard or balcony, as long as they're private areas.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Additional guidance on COVID-19 isolation is available the Australian Government Health website.

What does social distancing mean?

Social distancing includes ways to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. It means less contact between you and other people. Social distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person-to-person through:

  • direct close contact with a person while they are infectious or in the 24 hours before their symptoms appeared
  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or
  • touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

How can I prevent the spread of this virus and reduce my risk of exposure?

As always, the best to prevent any viral infection is to practise good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene. This includes:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet;
  • avoiding contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact);
  • coughing and sneezing into your elbow rather than your hand;
  • keeping a distance of at least 1.5metres between yourself and others;
  • disposing of used tissues and wipes in an appropriate rubbish bin.

What will CQUniversity do if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among a staff member or student?

The health and safety of our staff and students is our number one priority.

If at any point there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among a CQUniversity staff member or student, we will be guided by the health authorities and take appropriate action as required.

Is there a specific treatment for COVID-19?

There is currently no specific treatment available for COVID-19. Scientists around the world are working to develop a vaccine. Symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care. If you do start to experience any possible signs or symptoms you should seek medical treatment as a priority.

For the latest health advice please visit The Australian Government Health website.

Can I still travel overseas for work or study?

No, an overseas travel ban is currently being enforced by the Australian Government. CQUniversity has cancelled all international, university-related staff and student travel until further notice. If you did have plans to travel overseas you can find out more about this new advice on the SmartTraveller website.

Are CQUniversity events going ahead or will they be cancelled?

For information regarding which graduation ceremonies will be proceeding and how to register, please visit the graduation page. If people wish to book a room or space to host an event at a CQU campus, they should contact the relevant campus for more information.

Can I visit CQUniversity campuses and facilities?

All CQUniversity campuses and locations are open.

Students, despite learning online, can still access our full range of student and academic support services and resources and facilities including computer labs and the library.

Do I have to wear a face mask on campus?

While face masks are not compulsory on most CQUniversity campuses, in line with both the Victorian and NSW Government’s advice, all students, staff and visitors to either campus must wear a mask on campus, including in bathrooms, lifts, study spaces and work areas.

CQUniversity is following advice from the Department of Health, Queensland Health and other official authorities, which are updating information regularly.

Following are some useful links to official updates and information:

Department of Health
Queensland Health
Queensland Department of Education
Study in Australia
Smart Traveller
Department of Education, Skills and Employment