In line with the NSW Governments temporarily imposed border restrictions with Victoria, to contain the spread of COVID-19, the University is only accepting visitations from individuals from Victoria authorised under the public health order to enter NSW and with the written permission of the COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan Steering Committee, please apply via All travel to Victoria for University related business has also been restricted in line with this regulation.

The information that you previously accessed on UNE’s COVID Information site is now a part of the Return to Campus site and can be found here.

Previous information for Researchers can be found here.

Previous information for HDR students can be found here.

The University has adopted a multi-phased approached to return staff to all campuses beginning on 1 July.

Faculties and Directorates have been allocated to phases based on pre-submitted return to campus plans and Senior Executive Team member feedback on requirements.

This phased approached ensures the Work Health and Safety and Facilities Management Services teams are able to ensure manageable levels of staff intakes at consistent intervals.

With the phasing of staff back to campuses, it is important:

  • That appropriate physical distancing guidelines are implemented or at all times;
  • That high levels of personal hygiene are maintained;
  • That people do not attend campus if:
    • they are unwell;
    • waiting on test results for COVID-19; or
    • have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine;
  • That vulnerable staff and students are protected; and
  • That only staff who have completed the COVIDSafe induction and have received approval to return to campus, work from campus. Staff who attend campus without approval or completing the induction will be in breach of the University’s Code of Conduct.

Please send any feedback on the return the campus plan to the Return to Campus Team on

Staff Phasing Plan
Group 1 - 1st July

Included faculties and directorates:

  • Faculty of Medicine and Health - RTC Coordinators: Melinda Atkin, supported by Nicole Cameron and Chris Lisle
  • Oorala - RTC Coordinator: David Harney
  • Parramatta Campus - RTC Coordinator: Leisa Raynor
  • Taree Study Centre - RTC Coordinator: Yves Byers
  • Office of Advancement, Communications and Events - RTC Coordinator: Rhonda Brooks
  • Research Services - RTC Coordinator: Julie Orr
  • Smart Region Incubator - RTC Coordinator: Lou Conway, supported by Elliot Picone
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education Phase 1 - RTC Coordinator: Nigel Flett supported by Anne Carlon and Peter O’Donohue
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) - RTC Coordinator: Kerryn Girdler
  • Facilities Management Services - RTC Coordinator: James Croft
  • Dixson Library Phase 1 - RTC Coordinator: Blanca Pizzani

For more information on specific working models and staff inclusions please contact your supervisor.

Group 2 - 22nd July

Included faculties and directorates:

  • School of Environmental and Rural Science RTC Coordinator: Paul McDonald
  • School of Science and Technology RTC Coordinators:
    • Deb Jenner - Booth and Computer Science buildings
    • Georgia Pearlman - AARSC
    • Craig Lawlor - McClymont, Botany and Water Resources
  • Marketing and Public Affairs RTC Coordinator: Nicole Williams
  • Student Success RTC Coordinator: Rachel Mitchell
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation RTC Coordinator: Robyn Halloran
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education Phase 2
  • Poultry Hub RTC Coordinator: Hailey Cameron
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit RTC Coordinators: Robert Banks, Kathy Dobos, Christian Girard
  • FPAS RTC Coordinator: Annette Ince and Nigel Wratten
  • UNEP RTC Coordinator: Ashley Sevil

For more information on specific working models and staff inclusions please contact your supervisor.

Group 3 - 12th August

Included faculties and directorates:

  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law Phase 2
  • Dixson Library Phase 2

For more information on specific working models and staff inclusions please contact your supervisor.

Group 4 - 2nd September

Included faculties and directorates:

  • Economics, Business and Law
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education Phase 3
  • UNE International
  • Audit and Risk
  • University Legal
  • University Secretariat
  • Human Resource Services
  • Records Management
  • UNE Partnerships
  • Academic Quality
  • Records Management and Governance
  • University IT
  • Financial Performance & Analytical Service
  • All remaining directorates and schools

For more information on specific working models and staff inclusions please contact your supervisor.

For more information on the phased return of staff to campus please contact the Return to Campus Team on

Please be advised that campus buildings external doors will remain restricted while staff are phased back to campus. Please ensure you carry your staff card on you at all times. If you require a new staff card please visit the UNE Campus Safety Centre below the ‘Stro’ between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Please note you will be required to produce your COVIDSafe induction certificate when applying for a new staff card.

The University’s COVIDSafe staff and student’s induction can be accessed by contacting the Work Health and Safety Team on –

Staff Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
What is the current COVID-19 situation at UNE?

UNE is working towards a staged return to campus for  staff and students.

A COVIDSafe plan has been developed in consultation with key stakeholders to ensure the ongoing safety of staff and students as they transition back to campus.

We continue to follow the guidance and direction of State and Federal governments to ensure our planning reflects the most up to date advice.

If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit our campuses and please seek medical support.

When will we return to the office?

As the NSW Government progressively lifts restrictions, UNE will review its working arrangements and at the appropriate time, staff will return to campus. The physical and mental health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students is our key priority, which means any return to campus by staff will be in a staged way in accordance with a return to campus plan that accommodates the social distancing and hygiene requirements to keep our UNE community safe. Further information about this will be communicated to staff via UNE Official and the UNE Coronavirus website at the appropriate time.

What can I do to help keep myself & my colleagues safe at work when we return to campus?
  1. We’ll be asking staff to work in two teams, one team working from the office and one team working from home.
  2. When on campus minimise your movement between buildings and floors of buildings (with the exception of the UNE Life Café for those wishing to access food and beverages).
  3. Maintain social distancing of 1.5 metres distance to others (two arms length). Available workstations will be 1.5m apart or have a standing height partition separating them.
  4. Kitchen areas may be closed or have visual signs to help you to socially distance. Please respect the social distancing rules.
  5. Only accessing lifts one person at a time to comply with social distancing rules.
  6. Still use Zoom or Skype for meetings unless you can comply with social distancing requirements.
  7. Clean your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, or alcohol based hand rub. We’ll have lots of hand sanitiser available.
  8. Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed (or gloved) hands.
  9. Avoid shaking hands.
  10. Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  11. Stay home if you are sick.
  12. If use tissues, please dispose of them promptly in a bin.
  13. Raise any concerns about the risk of contracting COVID-19 immediately with your supervisor or Health and Safety Representative and work with them to identify solutions.
  14. Contact if you have concerns about your wellbeing
    returning to Campus.
  15. Monitor the extent of COVID-19 in your community. We’ll be sharing advice from state and federal authorities regularly so you can keep up to date.
I have young children staying at home and I have been asked to return to work on campus, what options do I have?

Discussion with supervisor about flexible work options. There may be available space for young children to be cared for at Yarm Gwanga – UNE's on campus childcare facility.

If you wish to continue working from home you may need to complete an application form and seek approval from your supervisor for approval.

I’m feeling anxious or worried about returning to campus, what should I do?

If you feel comfortable, convey your concerns to your supervisor as they may be able to provide additional information to ease your mind. Be assured that UNE is doing everything possible to protect staff and students and is following the advice of the national and state government as well as the WHO.

There are lots of helpful resources from Beyond Blue. You can access them here: or via phone 1300 224 636. There is also an online chat option on the website. You can also contact UNE’s Employee Assistance Program provider Centacare: 02 6738 7200 (8am–5pm Mon-Fri).

When back on Campus, will anywhere be open to purchase coffee and/or lunch?

Café Life will be open for takeaway coffee and meals from 8am – 2pm.

What if I want or need to keep working from home?

If you are identified as a person at greater risk of more serious illness with COVID-19 (
), please provide your supervisor and the Return to Work Coordinator ( with a medical certificate to confirm your ongoing working from home arrangement. See below for further information.

If you wish to continue working from home on a permanent or longer term basis please review the standard application to work remotely. You can access the application form here.

Has UNE increased their cleaning roster?

Yes, FMS have increased targeted cleaning on high-touch areas, such as door knobs and locks, door push bars, stair and ramp railings, light switches, table and bench tops etc, of the open buildings and common areas across campus.

Hygiene and Medical Questions
Do I need to wear a surgical mask to protect myself at work?

If you have not travelled overseas in the last 14 days, have not been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not experiencing any flu like symptoms (
) then you are fit to attend work if required.

Will I have my temperature scanned before I start work?

SafeWork NSW is currently advising against employers undertaking body temperature scanning because it can be unreliable and will often require the scanner to be within 1.5 metres of the person being scanned.

Do I need a medical certificate clearing me to go to work?

If you have not travelled overseas in the last 14 days, have not been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not experiencing any flu like symptoms (
) then you are fit to attend work if required.

What information should I ask my doctor to provide if I need to supply a medical certificate?

If you need to provide the University with a medical certificate, to make your return to work plan as safe as possible please ask your doctor to provide the following information in addition to a standard medical certificate:

  1. Time frame of return to work
  2. Recommendations of a return to work schedule

This information is kept confidential. The medical certificate does not need to name or outline your medical illness or injury.

Does UNE have enough soap, sanitiser and cleaning products to keep staff safe on campus?

Yes, hand sanitiser stations will be installed at all main entrances of open buildings on Campus. For additional hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes, soap dispenser refills, or cleaning requests in common areas, teaching spaces and kitchenettes, please contact FMS.

Why is some of the available hand sanitiser a runnier consistency than normal?

In an attempt to ensure a constant available supply, UNE is producing its own sanitiser to supplement commercially available stocks. During the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitiser formulations comprising precise ingredients based on the WHO formulation are excluded from TGA regulation. This means UNE is unable to add other active ingredients such as colours, emollients or fragrances that may be present in commercially available TGA compliant sanitiser.

Is the UNE hand sanitiser effective?

UNE’s hand sanitiser complies with the WHO formulation and recommendations. To be effective against COVID-19, current recommendations specify at least 60% alcohol content. UNE’s formulation exceeds this containing, 75% or 80% alcohol.