Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
COVID-19: Our return to campus framework
The NIC campus at Callaghan is now fully open – although online teaching will continue until the end of Trimester 2.
Students are welcome to use learning and teaching facilities on campus – join your lessons from your regular classrooms.
As we do this, our priority is to ensure that all of our students (including those who are not yet in Newcastle), continue to have the best experience possible. Students who are unable to join us on campus will continue to benefit from our digital campus experience.
We encourage students to set up small study groups and meet on campus – have a friendly face to face catch-up with teachers or meet classmates for coffee.
We are providing opportunities for formal lab and practical sessions that cannot be run online to be run on campus.
Check our social media channels for updates to our on-campus and off-campus activities calendar.
NIC intends to return to face-to-face teaching for all classes on campus from Trimester 3.
UON and NIC support international students in times of need. Reach out the Student and Academic Services Team for further information.
We encourage everyone on our campuses to adhere to handwashing and hygiene practices and practice social distancing.
Please take your own measures to respond to COVID-19 in line with Australian Government COVID-19 guidelines.
If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to college and please seek medical support.
- The University of Newcastle https://www.newcastle.edu.au/covid-19
- Study in Australia – Covid-19 Student Support https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/
- Additional resources for Chinese Students (in Simplified Chinese)
- Mental health support for students in Newcastle and NSW https://www.education.nsw.gov.au/news/media-releases/nsw-government-supporting-international-students-through-covid-19
- Department of Home Affairs regarding updated travel restrictions https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/
What should I do to protect myself and others from the virus while on campus?
Please ensure you continue to carry out healthy hygiene practices. These include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
- Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze and disposing of used tissues immediately in the nearest bin. Don’t cough into your hands.
- Trying to keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres between yourself and anyone else.
- Avoiding touching your face. Your hands come into contact with many surfaces and, once contaminated, can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth where it can enter your body.
- Avoid crowds of people and stay at home as much as you can. Follow the directions of the Government and closely monitor the rapidly changing social distancing requirements.
- The COVIDSafe app is part of the Australian government’s fight against the novel coronavirus. We encourage our staff and students to add it to their mobile phones. We recommend you download the app.
What precautions is NIC taking to minimise the risk of students contracting COVID-19?
We are monitoring updates from the Australian government and implementing the following measures to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19:
- Ensuring classrooms and office areas are regularly cleaned.
- Providing hand sanitiser for student and staff in classrooms and office areas.
- Promoting healthy hygiene and wash practices throughout the campus and classrooms via informative signage.
- NIC is implementing a sign-in system for staff, students and visitors. Please see a member of the Student and Academic Services team at Reception on Level 3.
What if I develop flu-like symptoms?
If you are feeling unwell and begin to display symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms), you can call the Coronavirus Health Information Hotline (1800 300 243) or your own doctor for advice.
If you visit a COVID-19 clinic or another facility to be tested for the virus, you must self-isolate until you have received your results. You can contact NIC by email to seek assistance with managing your course content.