Coronavirus updates

We welcome you to join us on-campus with COVID safety at the heart of all study, research and engagement activities across our campuses.

Please do not come to campus if you have a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or change in sense of taste or smell – however mild.

Recent updates

  • Border restrictions: All of New South Wales, Victoria and a range of locations in Queensland and Western Australia have been declared high-risk by the Tasmanian Director of Public Health. Visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au for more information and the latest Public Health advice.
  • Vaccinations:  The COVID-19 vaccination roll out continues and we encourage everyone who can to get vaccinated. To check your eligibility and information on how to book an appointment, visit the Vaccine Eligibility Checker.

If you are coming on campus

There are just a few simple steps to take to keep our community safe and ensure everyone continues to have a great uni experience.

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Information for students

With the coronavirus situation nation-wide changing rapidly, we're here to support you and want to assure you you will be able to start, or continue, your study uninterrupted.

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Information for staff

As we respond to COVID-19, each day comes with an evolving set of circumstances. Access information and resources to support your teaching, research and wellbeing.

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Coming on campus?

We are excited for you to enjoy all the learning, teaching and social activities that our campuses have to offer.

There are just a few simple steps to take to keep our community safe and ensure everyone continues to have a great uni experience.

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Frequently asked questions

With the coronavirus situation nation-wide changing rapidly, we're here to support you and want to assure you you will be able to start, or continue, your study uninterrupted.

Studying online and reducing your study load

With the current situation with COVID 19 and remote learning we understand some applicants may have concerns about studying full-time.

Our experience is that the majority of international students studying online are able to successfully undertake full-time study.

We recognise that some new students may find that studying full-time is not possible due to the impacts of the pandemic. For this reason, we have included COVID 19 as a valid reason for international students outside of Australia to apply for a reduced study load.

Consistent with Australian regulatory requirements, we require all applicants to enrol for full time study in the first instance. Applications for reduced study load can be made once an Offer of Enrolment has been accepted and tuition fees have been paid. Application forms are made available in conjunction with the Offer of Enrolment.

Applications for reduced study load are considered on a case-by-case basis. If approved, a reduced study load, prior to census date, will result in a fee credit being issued. The fee credit can then be used for study in subsequent semesters.

It is important to note that there can be implications for reducing your study load. We encourage students to discuss options with us. In particular you should be aware that:

  • You may take longer to complete your degree. This may mean you will need to apply for a new student visa, and there may be costs involved. The University cannot guarantee a new visa will be granted.
  • You will be changing the sequence of units on your study plan. Depending on your degree and your major, this may have unanticipated consequences.

Please contact an International Student Adviser to discuss approval and visa requirements.

Most students can be supported via online study options or through alternative assessment tasks. This will depend on types of courses you are undertaking and what the remaining completion requirements of your course are. For personalised and tailored advice for your individual circumstance, please contact UConnect.

Most units are available online to facilitate completion of your degree. For personalised advice tailored to your individual circumstances, please contact UConnect.

Students are only required to temperature-check once per day. Once your temperature has been checked and you have swiped your access card at any of our locations, you can enter all the areas and sites you would normally have access to.

If you have an issue with temperature checking, please contact the Safety and Security team on (03) 6226 7600.

Travelling to Australia (including Tasmania)

Generally domestic students can apply for up to one year Leave of Absence, noting a 6 month Leave of Absence might be more suited to your circumstances.

For international students, a six-month leave of absence is the standard. Please contact an International Student Adviser to discuss your situation. Leave of Absence application can be submitted via ‘Forms’ in eStudent.

Studying offshore will not impact your current student visa but may have impacts on future visa applications. To seek further advice please visit the Department of Home Affairs or email Skilled Migration Tasmania.

Studying offshore will not impact your current student visa but may have impacts on future visa applications. To seek further advice please visit the Department of Home Affairs or email Skilled Migration Tasmania.

We understand that students are eager to join courses on campus as soon as possible; however, at this stage the University is not able to assist with arrangements to return to Australia.

Planning for the safe return of international students is underway. This is a complex matter with multiple state and federal government departments working together to ensure students can safely return and quarantine with effective supports in place. We will provide updates as this work progresses.

Please continue to refer to the most up to date information provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

The University can issue a document detailing your course status and its requirement. Please note however, this may or may not be accepted by the governing authority for travel exemption. If you require a document detailing your course requirement, please contact UConnect.

Entry to Australian bordersis governed by the Federal Government, which provides up-to-date information for international travellers.

International students must apply for a visa to commence any University of Tasmania course that is classified as Onshore with Online Delivery. Students will not be refunded any fees outside of the standard processes if they apply for a visa after commencement of study and the visa is refused.

Available academic and financial support

We know many jobs have been impacted by COVID-19 and we want to ensure our students have options. Below is a list of grants open to apply for students:

  • To support students through this difficult time, we have streamlined and fast tracked our student financial assistance in collaboration with the Tasmania University Student Association (TUSA), to ensure we can be as responsive as possible to student needs.
  • The Tasmania government Rent Relief package for residential households who rent in the private market.
  • The Tasmania Community is providing a range of offerings. A list of these can be found on the Student Portal.
  • International students who are studying and working in Australia may be able to access financial assistance when they are:
    • Required to self-isolate or are caring for someone with COVID-19 (Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment); or
    • Adversely affected by a state public health order and are required to be in lockdown for more than seven days (COVID-19 Disaster Payment).

    For more information on the financial support payments, including eligibility criteria, refer to Centrelink.

If you find yourself struggling financially, remember you can also talk through your options with a financial counsellor.

The University is making every effort to support our students during these challenging times. The 2020 measures of no-fail and opt-in UP will not continue in 2021 unless there is another serious outbreak requiring a return to distance learning.

Please remember you have until the census date to withdraw from your units without academic and financial penalty and we will communicate with you the support arrangement before the census date, if there is any development.

You can request to defer your offer to the next available study period. You will pay the tuition fees for the year that you commence the course. The University has not yet set fees for 2022.

Self-isolating, contact tracing and lock downs

The University has supported a number of students to isolate while in residence since the beginning of the pandemic.

We are in regular contact with public health and have strong policies and procedures in place to ensure students can isolate safely and as comfortably as possible.

Our residential staff are trained in and experienced with quarantine support, including the safe usage of personal protective equipment. We maintain regular contact with students throughout their quarantine period.

There are a variety of restrictions depending on your location of origin. For the latest information, please check the Tasmanian Government's Coronavirus website.

When people apply to return to Tasmania, Public Health will determine whether you need to isolate and whether you can isolate at your home address or need to enter government quarantine.

Where your home address is University student accommodation, we can support you during your period of isolation. For people asked to enter government quarantine, we do not have alternative approved accommodation that can be used.

The costs of government quarantine are the individual’s responsibility. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, you can apply for support.

Your orientation is available online and can be accessed as soon as you would like to get started.

The University is developing contingencies to ensure all students can resume their studies without interruption.

Where students miss practicums due to COVID-related travel restrictions, the university will make alternative arrangements. We ask students to monitor their University email accounts and other university communication forums such as MyLO for updates.

There are a variety of restrictions depending on your location of origin. For the latest information, please check the Tasmanian Government's Coronavirus website.

When people apply to return to Tasmania, Public Health will determine whether you need to isolate and whether you can isolate at your home address or need to enter government quarantine.

Due to confidentiality requirements associated with COVID-19 cases, Public Health are unable to share information relating to cases and contacts.

The University has supported a number of students to isolate while in residence since the beginning of the pandemic.

We are in regular contact with public health and have strong policies and procedures in place to ensure students can isolate safely and as comfortably as possible.

Our residential staff are trained in and experienced with quarantine support, including the safe usage of personal protective equipment. We maintain regular contact with students throughout their quarantine period.

We have regularly and consistently communicated with our students regarding COVID safe practices and procedures. This includes updating them with public health advice as and when it changes.

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