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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Updated: 18 October 2021, 1:40 pm AEST

CQUniversity provides regular COVID-19 updates to students, staff and stakeholders based on information from Federal and State Government authorities and will continue to do so as any new information becomes available.

Please see below regarding CQUniversity’s campus statuses.

We ask that anyone that attends any CQU campus, to follow the latest health advice for their region and to continue practising good hygiene and social distancing measures. Please do not attend any campus if you are displaying any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Information on social distancing can be found on the Australian Health website.

Campus Statuses

Adelaide: OPEN
Brisbane: OPEN*
Bundaberg: OPEN
Cairns: OPEN
Emerald: OPEN
Gladstone: OPEN
Mackay City: OPEN
Mackay Ooralea: OPEN
Melbourne: CLOSED until further notice.
Perth: OPEN
Rockhampton City: OPEN
Rockhampton North: OPEN
Sydney: CLOSED until further notice.
Townsville: OPEN

* Facemasks mandatory

Visitors to all other CQUniversity campuses are encouraged to carry a facemask with them and wear it where social distancing is not possible.

Please use your State's official app to check-in when arriving on campus.
For more information please visit the relevant link below:

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.

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.

Face-to-face teaching has resumed at CQUniversity, with relevant state and territory government guidelines considered.

CQUniversity’s VET in Schools (VETiS) training and Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses have also 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?

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 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.

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 COVID-19, 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.

Do you have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend a CQUniversity campus?

It depends on your location.

CQUniversity has continually followed government advice related to health orders and restrictions and must continue to do so.

The Victorian Government recently announced changes to vaccination which outline that all Higher Education workers and students must adhere to mandatory vaccination requirements. Therefore, anyone returning to campus must adhere to this mandatory vaccination requirement in order to resume working or studying from the campus.

CQU students across our footprint will be required to follow the same jurisdictional rules as staff when it comes to attending campus. Some cohorts of students, regardless of their home jurisdiction may also be required to show proof of vaccination in order to attend work integrated learning (WIL) placements. Students impacted by this have been, and will continue to be informed of any changes to vaccination requirements.

To find out more about vaccinations or to book appointments you can visit Australia.gov.au, your state health department's website or contact your GP or pharmacist.

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.

How will courses be delivered in Term 1, 2022?

The delivery of on-campus and mixed-mode units for Term 1, 2022 will be delivered face-to-face, with relevant state and territory Government guidelines considered.

Will COVID-19 impact my application for study in 2022?

No, applications are being processed as per normal.

Are CQUniversity events going ahead or will they be cancelled?

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?

Yes – only the CQUniversity campuses and locations that are currently open.

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