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COVID-19 status

Easing of restrictions at 80% full vaccination. On Monday 8 November, the NSW Government further eased restrictions for those fully vaccinated. For details of restrictions that have been eased, and those remaining in force, please visit NSW Health for details. Please note the NSW roadmap may be adjusted as circumstances change.

COVID safe campus transition plan. Following the easing of restrictions by the NSW Government announced on Monday 8 November 2021, UOW has assessed the implications for staff and students and updated its COVID safe campus transition plan for a phased reopening.

Restrictions in regional NSW. On November 1, the NSW Government further eased restrictions for those who are fully vaccinated, by allowing travel to and from regional NSW and Greater Sydney. Visit NSW Health for details 

Local Government Areas of concern. Residents in Local Government Areas of concern will need to comply with additional restrictions. Visit NSW Health for details.

Exercise rules for Greater Sydney. From 1 November, groups of up to 50 fully vaccinated people can participate in outdoor sport and exercise gatherings. Gyms and indoor recreation facilities can re-open and have up to 20 people in classes. Different restrictions apply to unvaccinated people. Visit NSW Health for details.

Stay up to date. For the latest NSW Government update, visit the NSW Health website 

Wollongong Campus

  • Wollongong Campus remains open, with most buildings in secure mode. Access is via swipe card.
  • Check this page for updates on campus access and operations after the current regional stay-at-home orders applying to NSW South Coast regional areas expire.
  • Wollongong Campus Library is accessible with capacity limits and vaccination requirements in force.
  • Staff and students can still attend campus for work or education only if not reasonable to do so at home. 

Bega, Southern Highlands & Shoalhaven campuses

  • These campuses remain open in secure mode until 1 December 2021. Access is via swipe card.
  • Check this page for updates on campus access and operations after the current regional stay-at-home orders applying to NSW South Coast regional areas expire.
  • Operations at all these campuses will be re-assessed should their Local Government Area (LGA) become an area of concern.
  • For full details related to regional NSW please visit the NSW Health website.

Batemans Bay campus

  • Because Batemans Bay campus shares facilities with TAFE and the community library, it is open with health screening in place.
  • Students, staff and visitors need to declare their COVID status, submit to temperature testing and check-in before entry.

Sydney CBDSouth Western Sydney and Southern Sydney campuses

  • South Western Sydney and Southern Sydney campuses will be open from 1 November.

  • Sydney Business School remains closed, with some limited access available for staff from 15 November.

Visiting campus safely

Safety our top priority. The safety of our students, staff and communities remains our highest priority. For this reason, students and staff should only attend campus if it is not reasonable to study or work from home. UOW will continue to follow NSW Health advice. 

COVID-safe campus transition plan. Before attending any campus for work or study, please familiarise yourself with the COVID safe campus transition plan

Case locations and exposure venues. Please continue to check this list of case locations, exposure venues and public transport routes. If you attended a venue during the times and dates listed, you must immediately follow the health advice listed against the relevant venue and do not visit a UOW campus for any reason

Social distancing. All open UOW campuses and facilities will be complying with NSW Health social distancing requirements of 1 person per 2sqm indoors and outdoors.

Campus sports and recreation facilities. The NSW Government has reduced restrictions on gyms, indoor recreation and sporting facilities. Some occupancy density or class size limits may apply. For more information about arrangements at UOW facilities visit UniActive. For more general information visit NSW Health.

Campus retail, eateries and services. Campus retail outlets, cafes, restaurants, hospitality, entertainment and personal services businesses can now open. Density limits, social distancing, check-in and vaccination requirements may apply and may vary between businesses. To find out more about which business are open visit UOW Pulse. For more information about business-specific restrictions visit the NSW Government COVID-19 website.

Course delivery

  • We are continuing online delivery for the remainder of Semester 2 and Trimester 3. 
  • Some limited exemptions are being arranged for some practical course components.
  • Affected students will be contacted directly about course delivery arrangements.
  • For offshore students unable to travel to Australia due to international travel restrictions, online delivery will continue to be offered, where possible.

Care & Support

  • Please continue to check in with family, friends and colleagues during this time.
  • Check out the four steps outlined by RUOK?
  • Students are encouraged to seek assistance through UOW’s Support Services as needed.
  • For staff and their family members, support is available is available 24/7 via LifeWorks by calling 1300 361 008.  

Current as of 8 November 2021


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