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.

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, please do not come to campus.

How to stay COVID safe on campus

Recent updates

Last updated: 28 July 2022

  • Mask requirements: While our mask setting is currently green, which means mask wearing is an individual choice, it is strongly recommended that masks be worn in indoor settings, particularly where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
    • Note that mask wearing remains mandatory in some College of Health and Medicine settings.
  • Potential COVID-19 exposure sites: We will be regularly publishing a list of potential COVID-19 exposure sites at the University of Tasmania. These are times and locations where we know that someone who was COVID-19 positive was on campus.
  • Positive case reporting: If you've tested positive for COVID-19 we ask that you complete this online form. It will support our management of COVID-19 and, as a result, the health and safety of our community.
  • Border restrictions: Tasmania’s borders have reopened. Visit coronavirus.tas.gov.au for more information and the latest Public Health advice.
  • Vaccination requirement update:  Visitors and commercial tenants are no longer covered by the COVID-19 Safety Procedure. University staff, students, consultants, contractors, volunteers and residents in University accommodation are all still required to be fully vaccinated.
  • See our COVID-19 Vaccination Guide below for details.
  • International students: The University has recently updated information relating to plans for the return of international students to Tasmania. This information will be updated as it changes so please visit the page regularly.
  • More vaccine requirements: For those covered by the Public Health direction regarding health care settings, which includes most staff and students in the College of Health and Medicine, you must be fully vaccinated by 8 January. See our updated FAQs for details.

Our COVID-19 Vaccination Guide

With borders reopening, the University has been carefully considering how we can minimise COVID-19 risk and keep people safe on our campuses. Following a risk assessment and a survey of staff and students, we have decided to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations across the University. From 15 January 2022, anyone coming on to campus will be required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

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Supporting our international students

We look forward to welcoming international students back to our campuses and recognise the positive social, cultural and economic contribution they make to our communities across Tasmania.

We are working actively with the Tasmanian and Australian governments to support their safe return.

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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.

Information for students

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

Information for staff & HDR candidates

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.

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 that you'll be able to start, or continue, your study uninterrupted.

Vaccination requirement and campus access information

Currently Public Health requirements in both Tasmania (vaccination requirements) and New South Wales do impact some staff, students and facilities.

However, with borders reopening, the University has been carefully considering how we can minimise COVID-19 risk and keep people safe on our campuses. Following a risk assessment and a survey of staff and students, we have decided to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations across the University.

From 15 January 2022, anyone coming on to campus will be required to be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption. Please refer to our COVID-19 Vaccination Guide for details.

For Tasmania: From Sunday, 31 October 2021, an employee, volunteer or student completing placement or work experience is not permitted to enter the premises of a medical or health facility unless they:

  • are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and can be issued with a vaccination certificate;
  • have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and have made a booking to receive all other required doses as soon as reasonably possible;
  • have made a booking to receive the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and will receive all required doses as soon as reasonably possible; or
  • is otherwise exempt from the Direction and wears an appropriate facial mask where required.

For NSW: Health staff and persons working in health settings must have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 30 September 2021 and their second by 30 November 2021. This includes students undertaking clinical placements. See NSW Heath for more information.

The Roadmap to Reopening NSW (PDF) outlines easing restrictions over the next few months. Please consult these for specifics. From 11 October travel restrictions and requirements for permits have been removed within Greater Sydney if you are fully vaccinated. From 80% vaccination rate (predicted to be 25 October) fully vaccinated people may move freely across NSW. Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption will be required to travel freely.

Anyone coming to any of our campuses, facilities or events. This includes: staff, students, residents in University accommodation, consultants, contractors, volunteers and visitors.

Students studying online will not need to meet this requirement unless they are coming on to campus (for example, to use facilities such as the library).

Those with a medical exemption or who are not eligible to be vaccinated, (for example children under 5), will not need to be vaccinated. People with a medical exemption will be required to adopt additional precautions such as wearing a mask.

If you have not yet been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible by making a booking, visiting a clinic, GP, or pharmacist.

From 15 January 2022, your vaccination/medical exemption status will be tied to your swipe access card. You won't be able to enter any University of Tasmania buildings or facilities unless you have completed a temperature screening and are fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, you will need to upload a PDF copy of your COVID-19 digital certificate or MyGov vaccination record.
  • If you are exempt, you will need to upload a copy of a certificate from a medical practitioner confirming this status:

You can provide this evidence through ServiceNow. Simply go to this form and follow the instructions.

Visitors, contractors, consultants and volunteers will need to check in using the Check-In Tas app or the Service NSW app upon arrival at University. Vaccination certificates should be linked to these apps. All people will need to complete a temperature screening on arrival.

Vaccination requirements will be made clear at temperature screening stations and, where possible, should be communicated to persons from this category in advance.

If the Direction applies to you and you have not provided evidence that you meet the requirements, you will not be able to access the relevant buildings and spaces on campus.

Swipe card access to Tasmanian facilities will be linked to your having provided evidence of vaccination / intent, or exemption by 31 October.

The University will only collect and disclose information about your vaccination status as required to comply with the Direction. All information will be kept confidential in accordance with the University Privacy Policy.

In addition to the University's mandatory vaccination policy, a number of our buildings, courses, students and staff are captured by Public Health directions.

For Tasmania: From Saturday, 8 January 2022, students enrolled in health care courses and students, staff and visitors  accessing facilities where clinical activity or training is occurring are required to be fully vaccinated, or hold a medical exemption, and provide evidence of this to the University.

If you are not yet vaccinated you will not be able to access the campus.

If you have a valid medical exemption, you will not be able to access the campus until your exemption is assessed.  You will be advised of the outcome of this assessment in relation to your studies.

For NSW: Health staff and persons working in health settings must have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 30 September 2021 and their second by 30 November 2021. This includes students undertaking clinical placements. See NSW Heath for more information.

The Roadmap to Reopening NSW (PDF) outlines easing restrictions over the next few months. Please consult these for specifics. From 11 October travel restrictions and requirements for permits have been removed within Greater Sydney if you are fully vaccinated. From 80% vaccination rate (predicted to be 25 October) fully vaccinated people may move freely across NSW. Proof of vaccination or a valid exemption will be required to travel freely.

All staff, students and contractors entering the following facilities must complying with the Public Health Direction:

Hobart:

  • Medical Science Precinct 1 and 2 (MS01 and MS02)
  • Advocate House (MS05)
  • Engineering Building at the Domain (DM02)
  • E-Block Clinical School Building (CB01)

Sandy Bay:

  • Old Commerce Building, which houses the psychology clinic (AX33)
  • Pharmacy Building (AR20)
  • Psychology levels of Social Sciences Building (AX17)

North-West:

  • Field Building at West Park in Burnie (WP02)
  • Rural Clinical School at the North West Regional Hospital (RC01)
  • Rural Clinical School at the Mersey Community Hospital (RC03)
  • Respect at the Mount St Vincent Aged Care Facility, Ulverstone

Launceston:

  • Launceston Clinical School at the Launceston General Hospital (LG02)

Newnham:

  • Nursing, Buildings M and N (AZ25 and AY23)
  • Health Science, Building C (BA25)
  • Hospital Simulation Centre, Building J (AX26)
  • Nursing/Centre for Rural Health, Building E (AY27)
  • Psychology, Building O (AX23)

NSW:

As well as facilities, the Direction also applies to health care professions. Students enrolled in the courses listed below and studying face-to-face, and staff teaching, managing or administering those courses in a face-to-face capacity in any Tasmanian university facility will need to comply with the requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Social Work
  • Master of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy with Applied Honours
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Practice
  • Graduate Diploma of Environmental Health
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Graduate Diploma of Nursing (Child and Family Health Specialisation)
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Child and Family Health Specialisation)
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Medical Radiation Science)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science
  • Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine
  • Master of Laboratory Medicine

If the current Direction applies to you and you have not provided evidence that you meet the requirements, you will not be able to access the relevant buildings and spaces on campus.

For NSW: Health staff and persons working in health settings must have received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose by 30 November 2021. This includes students undertaking clinical placements. See NSW Heath for more information.

The University will only collect and disclose information about your vaccination status as required to comply with the Direction. All information will be kept confidential in accordance with the University Privacy Policy.

Getting a COVID-19 Test and letting the university know

If you have any of the following symptoms (even mild ones) get tested for COVID-19, whether or not you have been fully vaccinated: fever, runny nose, cough, sore/itchy throat, or shortness of breath.

If you are feeling unwell with any of these symptoms, you should:

  1. Stay home and self-isolate.

    If you are on campus, leave immediately. If you must use public transport, be sure to practice excellent hand hygiene and cough/sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. Wear a mask on your way home, if available.

  2. Seek medical advice and get tested.

    As soon as possible phone your GP or the Public Health Hotline (TAS 1800 671 738, NSW testing clinics) and get tested. Other than to get tested or for urgent medical care, stay at home or in your place of isolation until you get your test results.

  3. Notify the University if you receive a positive result from your test.

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 we ask that you complete this online form. It will support our management of COVID-19 and, as a result, the health and safety of our community.

You should also let your Course Coordinator or Supervisor know and, if you are a Residential Student, also notify Student Living Staff.

For further information about getting tested in Tasmania go to testing for COVID-19.

For further information about getting tested for COVID-19 in NSW go to COVID-19 testing clinics.

If your test result is negative, you do not need to self-isolate any longer unless Public Health has told you otherwise. If you are still sick do not come to campus until you are well. You still should protect others from whatever germ is causing your illness.

If your test result is positive, do not return to campus until you are formally cleared to return to normal activities by Public Health authorities.

If someone in your household is unwell with COVID-like symptoms (such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or shortness of breath) they should self-isolate and get tested.

If you are well and do not have COVID-like symptoms, you can come on campus unless directed otherwise by Public Health. We do not require close contacts to stay off campus.

If you become a close contact follow all Public Health guidance:

  • Immediately have a COVID-19 test once you are aware you are a close contact
  • Return a negative test once a day before you leave the house for the seven days after you are told you are a close contact
  • All close contacts must test on day six, regardless of whether they are leaving their home
  • Wear a face mask in any indoor space outside your home, unless you have a mask exemption
  • Isolate and test immediately if you have any symptoms, even mild
  • Isolate immediately if you test positive

Close contacts are not to attend high-risk settings (such as a health facility) unless a critical worker with an exemption or a patient. Our University high-risk settings include:

  • Clinical Schools in Hobart and Launceston
  • Rural Clinical School sites in Burnie and Latrobe
  • University Psychology Clinic
  • MSP Research and Health Clinics

Take steps to protect yourself by practising good hand and cough hygiene and physical distancing. If you develop COVID-like symptoms, stay away from campus, self-isolate and get tested.

Hay fever can be caused by allergies to pollen from some flowering plants and is more common in Tasmania during spring and summer.

Hay fever also has the same symptoms as a cold, flu and COVID-19, so it is hard to tell them apart without testing.

If your result is negative, see your GP about managing your symptoms and ask for a certificate or letter so you can go back to work or school.

For more information visit Testing for COVID-19.

Some States and Territories now recommend or require the use of masks.

For the latest State direction on the wearing of masks.

Classes, facilities and services currently available on-campus

Ensure you have read the vaccination requirements for our campuses and facilities.

You need to go through a health screening station when you first come onto campus each day. This involves checking your temperature and swiping in with your Student ID Card.  Once you’ve done this, 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.

Steps for coming on campus:

There are face-to-face classes for all students studying on campus.

COVID-safe plans are in place for all activities and we have a extensively tested outbreak management plan in place.

Below is a guide for on-campus learning and teaching activity for 2022:

ActivityDelivery
LecturesOnline
KeynotesFace-to-face
TutorialsMostly face-to-face                                 
Seminars/workshopsFace-to-face
Internships/placementsMostly face-to-face
Practical/ClinicalFace-to-face
Field tripFace-to-face

How do I know if my class is on campus?

Your timetable will indicate whether your class is on campus or online.

You will also be updated by your unit coordinators and in MyLO about any changes specific to your course.

Will my timetable change?

Check your timetables regularly and follow any instructions provided by your unit coordinator.

Check your University email regularly and stay in touch with your unit coordinators on MyLO.

I am new to the University. Where do I go?

Head to Starting at the university and UniStart for Orientation information and support in transitioning to university life.

What if there is another outbreak?

We have factored the chance of a COVID outbreak into our planning and procedures. COVID-safe plans are in place for all activities and we have a well-developed and extensively tested outbreak management plan in place.

View more details about our safety measures are available on our COVID Safe page.

Yes, all our campus facilities are open but please stay at home if you're feeling unwell.

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University student accommodation

Student accommodation is open across the state. Please ensure you are familiar with vaccination requirements across all University of Tasmania facilities.

If you are living in University accommodation you can request a flexible payment plan for your accommodation costs by speaking with your accommodation team.

Applications are now open for accommodation. New residents and current residents can apply (or re-apply) in the Resident Portal found on the student living website.

Available academic and financial support for students

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:

  • We have streamlined our Student Financial Hardship Scheme in collaboration with the Tasmanian University Student Association (TUSA), to ensure we can be as responsive as possible to student needs. See 'Financial Support' under the Community Safety page in the Student Portal for more information and to apply.
  • The Tasmanian community is providing a range of offerings. A list of these can be found on the TUSA community support page.
  • International students who are studying and working in Australia may be able to access financial assistance when they are:

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.

We strongly recommend that you never deal with any unofficial finance or loan providers.

The following support is available:

  • 24/7 study help is an online 24-hour support service to give you feedback on your writing or help with a study question. Connect on MyLO via your subject units.
  • For PASS-supported units, your PASS Leader has set up a discussion board in your MyLO unit.
  • Join in Student Learning webinars
  • Career Connect is continuing to offer services online including: job application reviews, resume building, mock interviews, information sessions and workshops.
  • The Learning Lounge connects you with support staff in real-time.
  • Online support services are available via Appointment Hub. You can talk on the phone or online with:
    • Career counselling
    • Accessibility Advisers
    • International Student Advisers
    • Personal Counsellors
    • Student Advisers
    • Student Learning Advisers
    • Student Learning Librarians

We understand that this might be a troubling time for you and may impact your health and general wellbeing. Confidential and free counselling is available through our counselling services. You can make an appointment through:

  1. AppointmentHub
  2. call 1800 817 675 between 8:45am and 5pm Mon-Fri
  3. Outside of business hours, please contact our University Help Line on 1300 511 709 or text on +61 488 884 168.

Check out all the wellbeing resources on your Student Portal.

COVID and contact tracing apps

  • Check in Tas - for contact tracing in public venues in Tasmania
  • Service NSW - for contact tracing in public venues in NSW
  • MyAusCOVID-19 - multi-lingual app with information on COVID-19 in Australia

Self-isolating

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.

Orientation is available online from December and can be accessed as soon as you would like to get started.

There are a variety of restrictions depending on your point of origin before travelling. 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.

We have regularly and consistently communicated with our students regarding COVID safe practices and procedures.

Mask Wearing

Masks are required in vehicles with passengers when the cumulative travel time is greater than four hours in a 24 hour period.

While masks are highly recommended for drivers, they are not required if they pose a risk for driving (e.g., fogging glasses, fatigue).

Masks are required in a meeting room or learning space when the total number of the people in the room is greater than the COVID safe number displayed on the room poster (which means 1.5m physical distancing cannot be maintained).

Masks are also required when the occupation levels are lower than the COVID safe number but the activities mean 1.5m physical distancing cannot be maintained.

We recommend you wear a mask (or at least carry it) when walking around indoors in case you stop to talk with someone or are passing close by to people who are not masked and will be unable to maintain 1.5m physical distancing.

​​​People who have a medical exemption and are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must continue to wear a mask to maintain their safety as per their agreed conditions for University access.

Staff must provide their medical evidence to their Leader and People and Wellbeing Business Partner.

Students must email their medical evidence through to safcu@utas.edu.au.

Until the division or college medical exemption review panels have considered the evidence staff and students must continue to wear masks in accordance with University requirements.

If you are unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition, you will be required to wear a face shield as an alternative measure (if medically acceptable).

​​The University has an obligation under the Disability Discrimination Act to provide an equitable environment for our students.

Masks are permitted to be removed when communicating with a person who is deaf, or has impaired hearing, and visibility of your mouth is essential for the communication.

With our existing ventilation standards, ensuring greater than 1.5m physical distancing and health screening measures, the use of a face shield as an alternative to a face mask can help minimise risk to staff members.

Our Accessibility Advisors can support staff to understand these obligations and provide face shields as an alternative measure to minimise the risk.

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