COVID-19

Wednesday 1 April, 11am (AEST)

COVID-19 advice for the QUT community

Information updated: Wednesday 1 April, 11am (AEST)

As part of QUT's commitment to our community's health and safety we are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and following all the relevant advice from government agencies and global organisations.

This page provides advice and information about support available to QUT staff and students. The page will be updated as needed.

  • The Australian Government recommends all Australian citizens and residents return to Australia and has banned all overseas travel from Australia at this time.
  • The Australian Government on 27 March 2020 advised that any person landing in Australia after midnight on Saturday 28 March 2020 would be forced to self-isolate in hotels or other accommodation for 14 days before returning home.
  • Since 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families have been permitted entry into Australia and have been required to self-isolate for 14 days. Certain travel exemptions apply to New Zealanders and Pacific Islanders. Read the advice issued by the Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Health.
  • Queensland state borders closed at midnight on Wednesday 25 March. Anyone entering the state after this time is subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation period.

Support for students
QUT has directed additional budget support towards The Emergency Student Fund that provides $1,000 to eligible students experiencing financial hardship. If you are in a position to assist, please join our QUT executives, other staff and alumni in making a donation. A gift of any size will help a student in need.

Coronavirus Australia

Download the official government “Coronavirus Australia” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and/or join the WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.

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Health advice

World Health Organization advises people to follow good hygiene practices, seek medical advice on fever, cough or difficulty breathing, and stay at home to recover.

World Health Organization

QUT records 1st COVID-19 case

On Thursday 19 March, Queensland Health advised QUT that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19.

We wish our student a quick recovery and are ready to support them in any way we can.

The student is enrolled in the QUT Business School and was on QUT’s Gardens Point Campus on 13 March between 10am and 11am.

The lecture theatre attended by the student is being thoroughly disinfected and cleaned overnight.

Queensland Health advised that the student’s contact with other students was considered as casual.

They advise a casual contact is someone who has been in the same general area as a person with coronavirus infection while that person was infectious, including:

  • Those with less than 15 minutes face-to-face contact with a symptomatic case in any setting; OR
  • Those who shared a closed space such as a room with a symptomatic confirmed case for less than 2 hours

As a measure of caution QUT has contacted all 186 students who may have been in the same class as the student but the actual number in attendance was about 50.

We have provided these students with Queensland Health advice that they do not need to self-isolate but should monitor their health and if feeling unwell or develop COVID-19 symptoms to seek medical advice.

One staff member who had also had potential contact with the student has been advised.

The health and wellbeing of our students and staff is of paramount importance to the university.

QUT students in China

Watch a video message from QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil, subtitled in Simplified Chinese.

If you are accessing this video from China you can view it on Weibo

Domestic students

Watch a video message from QUT Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Sheil.

All QUT branch libraries remain open. You can chat to a librarian via phone, email or online. If you need more information or would like help, contact QUT Library.

While face-to-face HiQ on campus is currently closed you can still contact HiQ via chat, email and phone. Visit our HiQ website for information on services, contact details and opening hours.

Information for students

QUT is modifying its learning and teaching practices in a staged and coordinated approach across all the university.

From Monday 23 March 2020:

  • all lectures will be delivered online
  • for one week, all tutorials, workshops, laboratories, studios and small team-based learning activities will be paused, unless otherwise advised by your particular faculty
  • student placements and internships during the week will continue unless otherwise advised.

The university’s mid-semester break for students will be extended by one week. This means learning and teaching activities will finish on Friday 3 April 2020 and resume on Monday 20 April 2020. At that time, the university’s goal is to have the majority of learning and teaching activities in an online mode, supplemented by necessary small group activities with appropriate distancing and hygiene measures in place.

The university plans to realign Semester 1 to a 12-week block, to complete the currently scheduled learning and teaching activities by Friday 29 May 2020.

Graduation ceremonies will be postponed and graduating students will be invited to participate in a future ceremony.

The census date for the Semester 1 teaching period has been extended to Friday 3 April 2020.

We are committed to supporting all students who are currently directly affected by COVID-19. To ensure a consistent and appropriate approach, we ask you to provide your details and current status on an online form. This information will help us assist individuals and manage the potential impacts of the virus.

If you are either self-isolating as advised by a GP, Queensland Health or Home Affairs, self-isolating because you are caring for someone required to self-isolate, being tested for COVID-19, or have known test results please register.

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The Australian Government has extended the Coronavirus supplement to students on Youth Allowance for Students, Austudy and ABSTUDY.

Key dates

Since Monday 23 March 2020 all lectures have been delivered online.

The university’s mid-semester break for students has been extended by one week. Learning and teaching activities will finish on Friday 3 April 2020 and resume on Monday 20 April 2020.

The university plans to realign Semester 1 to a 12-week block, to complete the currently scheduled learning and teaching activities by Friday 29 May 2020.

The census date for the Semester 1 teaching period has been extended to Friday 3 April 2020.

Graduation ceremonies have been postponed and graduating students will be invited to participate in a future ceremony.

Available services

All QUT branch libraries remain open. You can chat to a librarian via phone, email or online. If you need more information or would like help, contact QUT Library.

While face-to-face HiQ on campus is currently closed you can still contact HiQ via chat, email and phone. Visit our HiQ website for information on services, contact details and opening hours.

The QUT Medical Centre can also be contacted on 07 3138 2321 (Gardens Point) or 07 3138 3161 (Kelvin Grove) from Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm. In addition, you can also contact the Medibank OSHC Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.

Register your details

We are committed to supporting all students who are currently directly affected by COVID-19. To ensure a consistent and appropriate approach, we ask you to provide your details and current status on an online form. This information will help us assist individuals and manage the potential impacts of the virus.

If you are either self-isolating as advised by a GP, Queensland Health or Home Affairs, self-isolating because you are caring for someone required to self-isolate, being tested for COVID-19, or have known test results please register.

If travel restrictions relating to COVID-19 are impacting your travel to Australia, please register here if you have not already done so. We are working with students individually to explore alternative options to support your studies.

Students returning to Brisbane

The Australian Government on 27 March 2020 advised that any person landing in Australia after midnight on Saturday 28 March 2020 would be forced to self-isolate in hotels or other accommodation for 14 days before returning home.

If this restriction has impact upon you, please register here.

Queensland state borders closed at midnight on Wednesday 25 March. Anyone entering the state after this time is subject to a mandatory 14-day isolation period.

Exchange students

Given the current changing nature of Australian Government travel bans, please seek advice from QUT Global at stae@qut.edu.au.

Student support

The Australian Government has extended the Coronavirus supplement to students on Youth Allowance for StudentsAustudy and ABSTUDY.

Who can I contact at QUT if I have questions?

Contact information

Faculty contacts

There may be some alternative study options available for your area of study. Your faculty will be in contact with you to discuss options, but you can also email the faculty directly:

We are committed to supporting all staff who are currently directly affected by COVID-19. To ensure a consistent and appropriate approach, we ask you to provide your details and current status on an online form. This information will help us assist individuals and manage the potential impacts of the virus.

If you are either self-isolating as advised by a GP, Queensland Health or Home Affairs, self-isolating because you are caring for someone required to self-isolate, being tested for COVID-19, or have known test results please register.

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  • The Australian Government on 18 March 2020 advised that people should not travel overseas at this time, and recommended that people overseas who wish to return to Australia should do so as soon as possible.
  • The Australian Government, on 15 March 2020, extended travel restrictions relating to COVID-19. From midnight, 15 March 2020, all international travellers entering Australia are required to self-isolate for 14 days. You must follow advice issued by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs and the Department of Health.
  • If you have recently returned to Australia from China, Iran, the Republic of Korea or Italy but your return is prior to midnight 15 March, you are required to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day they left one of the aforementioned nations.
  • If you feel unwell or are concerned about your health you should contact your GP or a health professional by phone and follow their advice.
  • Short-term students and visitors due to come to Australia should be contacted regarding potential postponement until the virus issue has resolved. Overseas visitors or students who have been in Australia prior to 13 January 2020 should continue with planned events/activities.

Information for alumni and the community

Our QUT community has come together to support students in need as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic take a financial toll

The Emergency Student Fund offers immediate support  to our students in need by providing $1,000 to eligible students experiencing financial hardship.

If you are in a position to assist, please consider making a donation towards The Emergency Student Fund. A gift of any size will help a student in need.

Information for international students and agents

For international students

As part of QUT's commitment to our students' health and safety we are monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and following all relevant advice from Australian government and world health authorities.

Whether you are in Brisbane or abroad, you can access current and relevant information on the Digital Workplace (requires login).

For international agents

We understand that agents are working closely with international students to help them make the right choices about the evolving COVID-19 situation.

For more information, you can download the FAQ for QUT international students impacted by COVID-19 (PDF file, 1.2 MB).

Health advice

QUT has activated its emergency health planning arrangements and convened a specialist advisory group, meeting regularly to consider any developments and potential impacts on our community and operations.

The group is monitoring and following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, Queensland Health and the World Health Organization. We will continue to update staff and students as new information becomes available.

If you feel unwell or are concerned about your health, contact your GP or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Ensure you call ahead of visiting a doctor or clinic, explaining your symptoms and any travel/contact history.

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Health advice

QUT has activated its emergency health planning arrangements and convened a specialist advisory group, meeting regularly to consider any developments and potential impacts on our community and operations.

The group is monitoring and following the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, Queensland Health and the World Health Organisation. We will continue to update staff and students as new information becomes available.

If you feel unwell or are concerned about your health, contact your GP or 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84). Ensure you call ahead of visiting a doctor or clinic, explaining your symptoms and any travel/contact history.

FAQs

What is COVID-19?

A new strain of coronavirus (officially named Corona Virus Disease COVID-19 by the World Health Organization) was identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China, in January 2020. It belongs to a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses similar to a common cold, and also more serious disease, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

How is COVID-19 spread?

Scientists are working to understand more about COVID-19. Similar viruses spread from person-to-person through cough and sneeze droplets or touching an infected person.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can include fever, flu-like illness such as a cough, sore throat and headaches, and difficulty breathing. Authorities believe it can take up to 14 days after exposure for symptoms to develop, and people may be contagious before showing symptoms.

Who is most at risk?

The elderly and people with underlying health problems or compromised immune systems may be at particular risk.

Is there a specific treatment for COVID-19?

There is no specific treatment for this new strain of coronavirus. Australian scientists are among those working around the world to develop a vaccine. Symptoms can be treated with supportive medical care.

What should I do if I experience symptoms?

Anyone who experiences flu-like symptoms, fever or difficulty breathing should seek medical advice or visit a GP immediately. People should call ahead and advise of their symptoms and their recent travel.

What if I have had contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19?

Anyone who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must self-isolate in their homes or accommodation for 14 days following exposure. Self-isolation means not accepting visitors. People who feel unwell should seek medical advice or visit a GP immediately, and call ahead and advise of their symptoms and recent travel.

I have to self-isolate, do the people I live with have to self-isolate too?

This depends on several factors:

  • If you have arrived in Australia from March 16 2020 or if you think you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you are required to self-isolate for 14 days. Information on self-isolation states that you are to stay at home or in your accommodation and isolate yourself. Take precautions such as social distancing whilst self-isolating in a household. As long as you are asymptomatic and the people who you live do not meet the isolation criteria, they do not need to self-isolate.
  • If you have been directed to self-isolate because you have come into contact with a confirmed case, and you are asymptomatic. Follow the directions provided by the Queensland Health public health unit assigned to you.
  • If you are a suspected case and symptomatic isolate yourself within the house or your accommodation and wear a mask before accessing communal areas where other people are present and use frequently. Extra hygiene precautions must be followed. The Public Health Unit will be in touch with you and guide you and the other people living with you in what to do and who also may need to be self-isolating with you. The public health unit will be checking in with you regularly.

What does self-isolation mean?

Except to get medical care, you should not attend public places, work, school, childcare or university. Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home. Do not allow visitors into the home. Where possible, have other people get food and other necessities for you. If you need support organising essential food and medicines while you are self-isolating, the Queensland Government has set up a dedicated hotline for Queenslanders, on 1800 173 349.  More information on self-isolation.

How can I protect myself and others?

One easy and effective way to help protect against transmission of COVID-19 and other infections is to maintain good personal hygiene standards.

  • If you begin to exhibit any symptoms such as fever, a dry cough or fatigue, you should contact your GP or call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84). If you have breathing difficulties call 000 and advise the operator you have flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay at home if you are unwell.

To reduce the spread of infection to yourself and others, health authorities recommend to wash your hands frequently with soap and water. As a minimum, handwashing should occur:

  • when you arrive at work
  • when you arrive home
  • after you have disembarked public transport or entered/exited a public space
  • before and after preparing or eating food
  • after sneezing or coughing – use a facial tissue or the crook of your elbow to minimise droplet spread
  • after using the toilet/washroom
  • during normal daily activities where your hands are in contact with many different surfaces, such as shared equipment
  • once your hands are washed, please dry them thoroughly using a hand air dryer or paper towels.

If you are on campus but in a location where you are unable to wash your hands with soap and water, then please use a hand sanitiser – the university has 200 alcohol-based hand rub dispensers placed across our Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses.

More information from the Department of Health.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing means reducing close contact between yourself and others.

Some of the measure you can take are:

  • to stay at home and away from others if you are unwell
  • if you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, move away from others
  • stay at least 1.5m away from other people as much as you can (e.g. in meeting rooms, lifts, common areas)
  • large gatherings should be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled
  • don't greet people with a handshake, hug or kiss
  • hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
  • hold essential meetings outside in the open air or provide a teleconferencing option, where possible
  • use stairs as an alternative to the lift.

Watch the Department of Health social distancing video and find more information in the guidance on social distancing.

What medical help is available at QUT?

The QUT Medical Centre can be contacted on 07 3138 2321 (Gardens Point) or 07 3138 3161 (Kelvin Grove) from Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm. The Medibank OSHC Health and Support Line can also be contacted on 1800 887 283.

What measures is QUT taking on its campuses?

With the evolving COVID-19 situation, the university’s primary focus is the health and wellbeing of both students and staff.

In line with advice, QUT is modifying and adapting its learning and teaching practices in a staged and coordinated approach across the university, including moving to livestreaming all lectures.

From 23 March 2020 there will be no student attendance at lectures for the remainder of Semester 1. Libraries, computer labs and student support areas will remain open.

The university has extended the semester break by a week, and when learning and teaching resumes on 20 April 2020, the university’s goal is to have the majority of learning and teaching activities in an online mode.

To support and encourage good hygiene practice across our campuses, QUT has distributed more than 200 alcohol-based hand rub dispensers to encourage students and staff healthy hygiene practices.

Can I visit QUT campuses and facilities?

QUT welcomes visitors to its campuses at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove in Brisbane as usual. We request that you check and follow Department of Health advice for travellers and visitors.

Can I access QUT Library and library services?

All QUT branch libraries remain open. You can chat to a librarian via phone, email or online. If you need more information or would like help, please contact QUT Library.

Should I wear a face mask?

The Department of Health advises that using surgical masks in the community is only helpful in preventing people who have COVID-19 disease from spreading it to others. There is little evidence that widespread use of surgical masks in healthy people prevents transmission in public, so if you are well, the advice is you do not need to wear a surgical mask. In line with this advice, masks are not needed in day-to-day activities around QUT and at this time, QUT will not be providing face masks to staff or students.

What are the main myths or fake news about COVID-19?

Misinformation and fear about COVID-19 have been spreading quickly on the Internet and social media. Here is the latest advice for the public by the World Health Organization.

Where can I get further information?