General FAQs

The University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, and our response is being shaped by the latest advice from Australian health and foreign affairs authorities. 

Information about buildings and facilities

The University continues to take advice from Government and health authorities to ensure a safe campus environment. While most buildings and retailers are open, there may be some changes to opening hours or access conditions. 

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Vaccination and testing

  • Do I need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to study at the University of Adelaide?

    Certain programs have inherent requirements that include students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to undertaking placement and/or study-related activity in settings where COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory. Relevant programs are those that include placements (e.g. clinical placements, industry placements, internships, work experience placements) and/or study-related activities (e.g. industry visits, field trips) in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory. 

  • What should I do if I have concerns about my ability to meet the inherent requirements of a program?

    Students should carefully consider the inherent requirements and identify possible challenges they may have in meeting these requirements. Students who remain interested or engaged in the program should discuss their concerns with University staff as soon as possible. If the inherent requirements cannot be met with reasonable adjustments, University staff may provide guidance regarding other study options.

  • Does the University of Adelaide recommend that staff and students get vaccinated against COVID-19?

    The University of Adelaide strongly recommends that staff and students get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible to do so.

    If you want to see more information about being vaccinated please go to this SA Health website.

  • How do I arrange to get a COVID-19 vaccination?

    The COVID-19 vaccination program controlled by the Australian Government is being rolled out in a phased approach.

    Information on current vaccination clinics around the state is available on SA Health website.

    Adelaide Unicare are an approved COVID-19 vaccination provider – this vaccination service is being offered at the University Health Practice on the North Terrace Campus – bookings essential.

  • Is the University going to run its own COVID-19 vaccination program?

    The University has hosted two SA Health COVID-19 vaccination clinics at the North Terrace Campus on the 6 and 25 of November 2021.

    Information on current vaccination clinics around the state is available on the on SA Health website.

  • What should I do if I test positive, am a close contact or have symptoms of COVID-19?

    The SA Health rules for testing for COVID-19 changed from 12.01am on 13 January 2022. These are summarised in the table below.

    Your situation

    What to do

    I want to get vaccinated / need a booster

     

    I have tested positive to COVID-19

     

    1 You are considered infectious two days before your symptoms started or if you are asymptomatic, two days before you had your positive COVID-19 test taken

    I am a close contact2

    2A close contact is a household member or intimate partner of a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period; or someone who has had close personal interaction with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period; or someone who has been to an exposure site listed on the SA Health website

     

    I have COVID-19 symptoms

    • Get tested and quarantine until a negative result is received and take necessary actions if positive
    • Information on what type of test to get can be found on the SA Health Testing for COVID-19 page

     

    I have no symptoms and no known contact

    • Monitor for symptoms and see the SA Health Testing for COVID-19 page to find out what test you need if symptoms develop

     

    I have been with someone who has tested positive, is awaiting test results or is a close contact

     

    • You do not need to do anything unless you are a close contact or have COVID-19 symptoms

    I am feeling anxious

    For staff, Employee Assistance Program services are  available for over the phone consultations (where you are in isolation or quarantine) and face-to-face consultations (when you are able to attend an EAP office location)

    For students, Student Life Counselling Support has appointments available via zoom and telephone. Call +61 8 8313 5663 or email counselling.centre@adelaide.edu.au to discuss your needs

    Visit the SA Health Mental health support page for information about looking after your mental health and wellbeing during isolation, as well as what support and services are available

    The SA Health COVID-19 Mental Health Response Care Team is available 8 am to 8 pm on 1800 632 753

     

    I need assistance when isolating / when in quarantine

    Visit the SA Health COVID-19 health support page for information about what health support services are available

    The SA Health COVID-19 Response Care Team is available from 8 am to 8 pm on  1800 272 872

     

     

Masks and physical distancing

  • Do I need to wear a face mask?

    Face masks will no longer be required to be worn indoors while on campus from Friday 15 April in line with SA Government changes. Disposable face masks are freely available at various locations on campus for members of the University community who choose to wear a mask when they can’t physically distance from others. SA Health requirements for mask wearing continue to apply including wearing a mask on days 8 to 10 after finishing isolation in the event of testing positive to COVID. Please see here for more information.

    Information on SA Health advice on the wearing of face masks, including exemptions, is available here.

  • What is the proper way to wear and dispose of a mask?

    SA Health has provided a comprehensive guide to mask use  which includes information on how to wear and fit a mask correctly. 

    All masks must cover the nose and mouth to be effective and fit snugly under the chin, over the bridge of the nose and against the side of face.

    • Single use disposable masks should be disposed of after use and not re-used.  These masks should be thrown in general waste bins (that are lined); please do not dispose of them in recycle bins
    • Cloth masks where used should be made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics – they must be washed daily and changed immediately if they become compromised (damp or damaged). You should have more than one to cover longer periods of time.  Damp cloth masks should be placed in a plastic bag and laundered (normal washing cycle) and dried before use again.  Refer to further information on the use of a cloth mask and their effectiveness  
    • Face masks with holes or one-way valves are not suitable
    • The handling and use of masks are important to their effectiveness. P2/N95 masks require a simple user fit test but facial hair should be removed for effectiveness.

    Do not touch the front of mask while wearing it, if you do touch the mask – wash hands immediately.

    Do not hang mask around neck, hand etc when not using it – including when eating and drinking.

  • What are the social distancing and room capacity requirements on campus / at a University workplace?

    The University is required to take a best endeavours approach to social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. We encourage all staff and students to socially distance keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others when possible to do so. 

    Keeping 1.5 metres between yourself and others will reduce your quarantine requirement if you are identified as a contact of a positive case.

    You may also contact your local HSW Team should you have any concerns or questions about COVID-safe practices in your area.

Mandatory vaccination directions

  • Are there Government directions mandating COVID-19 vaccination?

    Yes, the State Government has issued Directions under the Emergency Management Act 2004 that apply to:

    • anyone working or carrying out duties in a Healthcare setting (view Direction)
    • anyone working or carrying out duties at an Education or Early Childhood setting (view Direction)

    Other Directions have also been issued for those working in sectors such as Passenger transport; In-home, community aged care and disability care; and the South Australian Police. Details on these directions can be found here.

  • To whom do the Directions mandating COVID-19 vaccination apply?

    Healthcare settings

    The Direction applies to not only staff and students in a clinical setting but to anyone working or performing duties (including placement) on the site of a hospital, local heath area network, ambulatory service, primary community healthcare facilities (including general practice, dental and nursing),  specialist outpatient facilities, pharmacies, pathology centres, radiology centres, Aboriginal community controlled health services, defence health services, or facilities for the collection, manufacture and distribution of blood and biological products.

    The Direction applies to those staff or students engaged in any of the above locations clinical activities, placements, teaching, research, laboratory, executive, management, administrative and support service roles.

     

    Education or Early Childhood settings

    The Direction applies to all persons engaging in work or duties (including students on professional experience placements) at an education or early childhood setting in all South Australian Government and non-government schools, regardless of whether they work in person with children or students, from 11 December 2021. Government or non-government kindergartens, early learning centres, day care services, outside school hours services and preschool programs are all included.

    From 11 December 2021, University of Adelaide pre-service teachers across the Bachelor of Teaching and Master of Teaching must provide proof of vaccination status (or valid medical exemption) to the University as a Condition of Continuing Enrolment. They must also provide proof of vaccination status, upon request, to the operator of an education setting (e.g., a school). 

  • What do I need to do if I need to attend a site covered under a Direction mandating COVID-19 vaccination?

    Staff and students in settings covered by the Directions must comply with the Directions and all lawful and reasonable directions of the site operator, this includes providing evidence of their vaccination status or medical exemption upon request.  Refusal to comply with the reasonable request of a setting operator under the Directions will result in the person not being permitted to access or continue working on that site. 

    You should ensure that you are prepared and have your documentation readily accessible so that you will be able to demonstrate your compliance with the Directions when asked.  Information on how to prove you have been vaccinated can be found on the SA Government website.

  • What should I do if I need to attend a site covered under the Direction for work or study but I’m not vaccinated?

    Any students or staff who believe they will not be able to comply with the Direction, either because of the time frame specified or for other reasons, should raise the matter as soon as possible with their supervisor or placement coordinator. 

    Supervisors of staff who believe they will not be able to comply should contact the HR Service Centre by phone on 831 31111 for support and assistance.

  • What would happen if I need to attend a site covered under the Direction but I do not wish to provide my vaccination information or I choose not to be vaccinated?

    Refusal to comply with the reasonable request of a setting operator under the Directions will result in the person not being permitted to access or continue working on that site.

    It is important to understand that an inability to attend at a site which is critical to either course requirements for undergraduate students or research projects for higher degree research students may impact the ability of students to complete their studies. Similarly, if a staff member is unable to meet the inherent requirements of their role due to being unable to attend at a healthcare setting it may impact on the staff member’s employment.

  • What should I do if I have further questions about the Directions mandating COVID-19 vaccination?

    Staff or supervisors who have specific technical questions about the Direction should also contact the HR Service Centre on 831 31111 for assistance.

    Students should raise any questions about the Direction with their supervisor or placement coordinator.

Events

  • What are the requirements if I am running an event?

    Events involving only staff and students should proceed as usual, observing COVID-19 safety practices including physical distancing, wearing of masks and hygiene.

    Events on campus that involve members of the general public (e.g. festival activities, promotional events, concerts, theatrical productions, graduations, etc) should also proceed.

    The risk of exposure to/community transmission of COVID-19 at public events will be a significant hazard as we move forward. For this reason, the University should encourage only those people who are fully vaccinated to attend our public events. 

    All persons should be informed that they are not to attend if they are experiencing any COVID or flu like symptoms and that indoor mask requirements, physical distancing and density requirements apply.

    The University is exempt from the Emergency Management Activities - General Direction when conducting activities that are necessary for its normal business and when doing so, is not required to have a COVID  Management Plan, COVID Safe Plans, QR Codes or COVID Marshalls.

    For events that are not necessary for our normal business (including teaching or research activities) and that bring together numbers of people that exceed restrictions imposed for gatherings and/or activities, the University is subject to the same restrictions and requirements as other businesses and organisations.  If you are planning such an event, you must check the Current Activity Restrictions and ensure all requirements are adhered to.

    Events held at licensed premises would be subject to the requirements of the licensed premise. If food and beverages are going to be provided at the event, wherever possible, it should be carried out by caterers in line with their own COVID Safe Plan.

    A set of principles have been developed as a quick reference to help you understand, outside of government restrictions, some general operational arrangements that event organisers should take.  For further advice please contact Senior HSW Advisors.

  • Do I need to submit a COVID-Safe Plan or have a COVID Marshall?

    The University is exempt from the Emergency Management Activities - General Direction when conducting activities that are necessary for its normal business and when doing so, is not required to have a COVID  Management Plan, COVID Safe Plans, QR Codes or COVID Marshalls. You must however observe COVID-19 safety practices including physical distancing, wearing of masks and hygiene.

    Any activity that is reasonably part of our teaching, research or administrative activity falls under this exemption. This includes activities that are designed to orientate our students, and meetings or gatherings related to our teaching or research activity

    For events that are not necessary for our normal business and that bring together numbers of people that exceed restrictions imposed for gatherings and/or activities, the University is subject to the same restrictions and requirements as other businesses and organisations. 

    This may include events attended by members of the general public, commercial retail outlets on campus, hire out of University infrastructure for private functions or activities, and conferences and gatherings associated with external bodies or learned societies. If you are planning such an event, you must check the Current Activity Restrictions and ensure all requirements are adhered to.

    Current activity restrictions require COVID safe plans (and therefore QR codes) where:

    • there are more than 100 attendees
    • for events open to the public
    • for events involving the purchase of food and beverages.

    A COVID marshall is required:

    • for events open to the public
    • public entertainment
    • for events involving the purchase of food and beverages.

    A set of principles have been developed as a quick reference to help you understand, outside of government restrictions, some general operational arrangements that event organisers should take.  For further advice please contact Senior HSW Advisors.

  • Is the University of Adelaide required to have COVID-Safe QR codes for locations on campus?

    The Emergency Management Activities - General Direction exempts the University from QR Codes when conducting activities that are necessary for its normal business. However the University is installing QR codes at various high traffic locations to assist in contact tracing should a positive case of COVID-19 being identified as being onsite at the University of Adelaide campus. Please check in and use these wherever they are installed. For those without a mobile phone able to read QR Codes, please use the electronic form.

    Please do not create your own QR codes for local areas. Should you believe an additional QR code is required, please contact hswteam@adelaide.edu.au

  • When do I need a COVID Safe Plan and QR Code for Events?

    The University is exempt from the Emergency Management Activities - General Direction  when conducting activities that are necessary for its normal business and when doing so, is not required to have a COVID  Management Plan, COVID Safe Plans, QR Codes or COVID Marshals.

    However QR codes have been installed at various high traffic locations to assist in contact tracing should a positive case of COVID-19 occur. Please check in and use these wherever they are installed. For those without a mobile phone able to read QR Codes, please use the electronic form.

    For events that are not necessary for our normal business and that bring together numbers of people that exceed restrictions imposed for gatherings and/or activities, the University is subject to the same restrictions and requirements as other businesses and organisations. If you are planning such an event, you must check the Current Activity Restrictions and ensure all requirements are adhered to.

    As borders open-up and the number of COVID-19 cases starts to increase, the South Australian community and the University will face challenges and concerns around holding public events.

    A set of principles have been developed (available here)  as a quick reference to help you understand, outside of government restrictions, some general operational arrangements that event organisers should take.  For further advice please contact Senior HSW Advisors, details here.

Travel

  • What is the University's position on interstate and overseas travel?

    Travel restrictions have been lifted for vaccinated staff and students. Restrictions remain for unvaccinated staff and students.

    Interstate and overseas travel for fully vaccinated staff and students may occur in accordance with the University Travel Policy. Restrictions on overseas travel to business related activity only and ‘pressing need’ has reverted to the pre-COVID-19 rules.

    Unvaccinated staff and students without a valid medical exemption are not permitted to travel. This will be reviewed again at the end of June 2022.

    Approvals for travel for unvaccinated staff and students with a valid medical exemption will continue to be managed on a case-by-case basis. Staff and students who fall in this category and need to travel should contact the central HSW team in Human Resources.

    More detail on travel approval processes is available on the University Travel page. Advice on travel insurance is available from Legal & Risk.

Further information