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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Updated: 03 April 2020, 04:00 pm AEST

CQUniversity continues to closely monitor the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and is providing regular updates to students and staff based on information from Federal and State Government authorities. CQUni will continue to update students and staff as the new information becomes available

CQUniversity has transitioned face-to-face teaching to online for Higher Education courses until the end of Term 1. As industry leaders in online education, the University is well-placed to provide an excellent online service to our students.

The delivery of all apprentice and VETiS training has also paused, with a view to recommence after the Easter break, on Monday, 20 April 2020. The planned recommencement date will be reviewed on 14 April 2020, based on Government and health advice at the time.

Currently, all CQUniversity campuses remain 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 practice good hygiene and social distancing measures. Additional information on social distancing can be found on the Australian Health website.

Due to the current Government advice, campus gyms will not be operating until further notice. Cafes and food service providers will operate for takeaway orders only.

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

Campus Statuses

Adelaide: OPEN
Biloela: 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
Yeppoon: 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 has now imposed travel restrictions on all non-residents. 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.

The Federal Government has banned any non-essential domestic travel with many Australian borders now closed. CQUniversity has cancelled all non-essential, university-related staff and student travel until further notice.

CQUniversity has transitioned face-to-face teaching to online until the end of Term 1. 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 will now be done online, all CQUniversity campuses remain 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 practice good hygiene and social distancing measures. Additional information on social distancing can be found on the Australian Health website. In order to reduce the volume of people on our campuses, many staff are now working from home or splitting time between campuses and home. This arrangement will not impact the level of service and support offered to students.

The delivery of all apprentice and VETiS training has also paused, with a view to recommence after the Easter break, on Monday, 20 April 2020. The planned recommencement date will be reviewed on 14 April 2020, based on Government and health advice at the time.

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.

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 symptoms within 14 days of last contact with a confirmed case, or if returning to Australia from overseas, you will need to:

  • isolate yourself from other people
  • call a doctor or hospital and tell them you may have a COVID-19 infection due to your travel, or confirmed contact history
  • when you get to the doctors' clinic or hospital, tell them again that you may have a COVID-19 infection.

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 that you may have COVID-19 infection.

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

Your doctor will test you for COVID-19 and provide advice on management. You will also be contacted by Public Health officers who will provide you with more information.

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.

I haven’t been out of Australia, but I have been in contact with students, colleagues or peers who have been overseas. Do I also need to self-isolate?

No. Only those people who have themselves returned from anywhere overseas or those who have been in contact with a confirmed case should self-isolate. Health authorities will aim to contact anyone who has been in contact 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.

What does self-isolation mean?

Self-isolation means staying at home and not accepting visitors. This is a precautionary measure following brand new 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.

While in isolation you can spend time in your garden, courtyard or balcony, as long as they're private areas. If your outside areas are a shared space in a building or apartment block, it's best to wear a surgical mask while out there. A mask is also best practice while taking the bins out or checking the mailbox. A walk once or twice a day around the block is fine, as long as you wear a mask and you don't stop to chat. If you are living with people who are not in isolation, wear a mask when you're in the same room as them. It's best to avoid spending time in communal areas and use a separate bathroom, if possible.

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.

So, the more space between you and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

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 practice 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.

I have recently returned from overseas, can I still attend university for study or work?

No. Based on the latest official health and travel advice, if you have been overseas and returned to Australia, you must self-isolate for 14-days.  Along with this, based on different State self-isolation policies you may also need to self-isolate for an additional 14-day period after arriving in your home state, following a period of self-isolation in another state. Please check the relevant advice within each state government jurisdiction. If you are undertaking self-isolation you cannot attend any CQUniversity campus for work or study, during your self-isolation period.

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

What should I do if I have recently travelled abroad, or been in contact with someone who has, and I start to feel sick?

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are those who have:

  • recently travelled overseas
  • been in close contact with someone who is a confirmed case of coronavirus

If a student/staff member develops mild symptoms, they must:

  • Isolate themselves from others at home and use a separate bathroom if available;
  • Put on a surgical mask and if they don’t have one, practise good sneeze/cough hygiene;
  • Practise good hand hygiene; and
  • Call a doctor or hospital and tell them about the recent travel or close contact history.

If they have serious symptoms such as difficulty breathing:

  • Call 000, ask for an ambulance and notify the ambulance officers of the recent travel or close contact history.

If you have recently travelled abroad, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you have possibly been in contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus and you start to feel unwell, you should not attend work or university until you have been assessed by your primary care provider. The primary care provider will liaise with the local public health authority to determine when it is safe for you to return. If you have recently returned from overseas or been in contact with a confirmed case, you should also be following official self-isolation advice.

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.

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 soon you can find out more about this new advice on the SmartTraveller Website.

Are CQUniversity events going ahead or will they be cancelled?

All scheduled internal and external events at all campuses that were to be held until Sunday, 31 May have been cancelled or postponed.

April and May graduation ceremonies, including Bundaberg, Mackay, Noosa, Cairns, Rockhampton and Townsville have also been postponed. At this stage, all other planned graduation ceremonies from June onwards will go ahead as scheduled.

We hope to reschedule events as soon as the current levels of risk are reduced, and restrictions can be lifted.

Can I visit CQUniversity campuses and facilities?

Yes, all CQUniversity campuses remain open with business as usual. Some staff continue to work on-campus and students, despite transitioning to online delivery, can still access our full range of student and academic support services and resources and facilities including, computer labs and the library.

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