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1 September 2021 - International student onshore arrivals information

Update from the Northern Territory Government

StudyNT welcomes the arrival of international students relocating from interstate to the Northern Territory for the purpose of study at an institution with a physical campus in the Territory.

If you are relocating to the Territory from a COVID-19 hotspot or public exposure site for educational purposes, you must meet the requirements and complete an ‘approval to enter the Northern Territory exemption form’, which can take up to 72 hours to process. Do not travel without approval to enter the Territory.

In submitting your ‘approval to enter the Northern Territory exemption form’, StudyNT encourages you to:

  • attach your certificate of enrolment form, which includes the duration of your course, course provider, and make it clear in your application you are relocating to the Territory for the purpose of the study

  • provide proof of residency (where you will stay/who you will live with while in the Northern Territory)

  • proofread and make sure your application is clear, free of spelling mistakes and check your grammar before submitting

  • it may be helpful to have a second person review your application before submitting it to make sure you have filled in all the questions correctly.

    When you have all your documents and are ready to submit your application, the form can be found online here. Applications will not be approved for courses of under six months in duration.

    If your entry is approved, you will need to note your approval number on your ‘border entry form’, which should be completed seven days or less prior to entering the NT.

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26 August 2021 - Greater Darwin and Katherine restriction lifted

The Greater Darwin and Katherine COVID-19 restrictions were lifted today at midday as scheduled. 

Advice from the Northern Territory Government:

  • Keep checking in with The Territory Check-In App everywhere you go, every time.
  • All people aged 12 years and over in the Northern Territory are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Personal behaviour remains our best defence against COVID-19. Maintain a physical distance of 1.5m where possible and carry a mask with you for those times when you can’t.

While restrictions have been lifted for those at our Casuarina, Waterfront, Palmerston and Katherine campuses, mandatory safety principles remain in place. To continue to demonstrate our commitment to, and compliance with, the Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions, every CDU area and location must:

  • Have a trained and briefed COVID-19 Safety Supervisor.
  • Display required signage reminding people to practice hand hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitiser, coughing into the elbow and refraining from shaking hands.
  • Supply hand sanitiser bottles or sanitiser stations.
  • Use the State check-in system, with a QR Code or manual sign-in for all visitors, general public, volunteers and ad-hoc contractors not engaged by Property and Facilities, noting that:
    • staff and students only need to check in if not at their usual place of work or study.
    • CDU internal training businesses (including hairdressing, beauty, nail salons or restaurants)  must check in all clients via the State QR code or with manual written tracking sheets.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Encourage students and staff to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe application.

It is critical that you do not come to campus if you are not feeling well. If you have any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19, please get tested and wait for your results before returning to work.

If you are traveling to or from the Northern Territory, please read the advice for each state:

Further information on COVID from the Northern Territory Government is available on their website.

20 August 2021 - Katherine region lockdown lifted

The lockdown in the Katherine region was lifted at midday today.  Katherine staff and students will return to campus on Monday 23 August.

19 August 2021 - Lockdown Lifted for Greater Darwin campuses

The lockdown affecting our Greater Darwin campuses was lifted at noon today. People who work at Casuarina, the Waterfront or Palmerston campuses can return to work tomorrow, 20 August 2021. Some local arrangements will be made for staff to return today.

Katherine’s lockdown has been extended until noon tomorrow. Staff at these campuses should not return to work until Monday at this stage. If the lockdown is extended, we will update you.

Please note that some restrictions remain in place until midday 26 August, including:

  • masks must be worn in public and at work where physical distancing at 1.5m is not possible
  • hospitality venues are open for seated service only, and you must wear a mask when entering and moving around the venue
  • indoor exercise and markets will remain closed, no contact sports
  • gatherings in homes will be limited to 10 visitors, not including household members.

Again, you must bring a mask to work with you, and you are required to wear a mask at all times where physical distancing is not possible. A mask must be worn when you are moving around (e.g. visits to the tea room or printer) and if you are seated in an area where people are routinely passing your workspace. We do understand that there are physical and medical reasons people cannot wear masks. If you fall into this category, please raise this with your supervisor so efforts can be made to ensure you can safely physically distance yourself from others.

We also require you to use the Territory Check-In app in certain circumstances. If you visit a location that is not your regular place of work or attend the cafes, library, restaurant, hair beauty, and nail salon, you must check in that location. All visitors to campus must check in with the app on arrival.

You mustn't return to working on campus if:

  • you have any COVID symptoms, or you feel unwell
  • you are waiting for the outcome of a COVID test
  • you have been directed to serve a full 14 days of quarantine
  • you have been to one of the public exposure sites and are classified as a close contact.

Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family, our CDU community and our NTG community as a whole. You can book an appointment here. For those staff in Katherine, the pop-up clinic is vaccinating walk-up arrivals.

17 August 2021 - No new cases recorded

There were no new COVID-19 cases recorded overnight. Following today’s media conference, please check the public exposure sites listed on the Northern Territory Government website. This list is updated frequently, and it is essential to follow the health directions if you have been in these locations.

If you have been at any of these locations, follow the advice to determine if you are:

  • Close contacts – self-quarantine and contact NT Health – 1800 490 484.
  • Casual contacts – self-quarantine, get tested and stay in quarantine until a negative test is returned.
  • Low-risk contacts – get tested if COVID-19 symptoms develop. Monitor for 14 days.

In this time of uncertainty, difficult moments such as lockdowns can be challenging to manage both personally and professionally.  The employee assistance program is available to all employees and their families for up to 3 free sessions. To access ASSURE EAP Services, make an appointment by calling 1800 808 374.

16 August 2021 - For CDU Staff and PhD Students

An update for CDU staff and PhD students who have travelled from Darwin and Katherine to other locations in the Northern Territory for work.

While waiting  for further information on the Northern Territory Government website,  we advise you to stay in your accommodation and comply with lockdown requirements.

For those who travelled from Darwin, the infectious case arrived late Thursday 12 August until Sunday 15 August, when he arrived in Katherine. A list of exposure sites has been published on the Northern Territory Government website. Follow the instructions regarding isolating and testing as per the directions.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any concerns or call the COVID Hotline on: 1800193111

 

16 August 2021 - Lockdown

To comply with the NTG’s directions around lockdown, the CDU Casuarina, Palmerston, Waterfront and Katherine campuses will be closed from midday today until Friday morning 19 August 2021.  

For CDU Staff who are working from home, the ITMS can assist you in accessing CDU services from your home computer. Please call 8946 6600 to access the ITMS support or visit the Resources for working off-campus intranet.

From midday of 16 August 2021, Greater Darwin and Katherine enter lockdown and the same five reasons for leaving your home apply:

  1. Medical treatment
  2. Groceries
  3. Work that cannot be done from home
  4. Exercise for 1 hour per day
  5. Provide care and support to someone who cannot support themselves.

As this information is new to hand, we will keep you updated as further information comes to hand.

The Northern Territory Government will update the website with the latest Coronavirus information.

29 July 2021 - Updates for staff

The COVID situation in southern states continues to evolve, and our thoughts are with staff and students impacted by lockdowns.

Victoria update

Lockdown in Victoria is over, but there are still around 20,000 people in isolation after being identified as contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

NSW update

Stay at home orders for Greater Sydney (including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour) have been extended until 12.01 am on Saturday 28 August. There are some changes which include:

  • A 10km restriction on shopping
  • A pathway for Year 12 students to return to classrooms from 16 August
  • Construction re-opening in some settings
  • A support bubble for single people living alone
  • A new financial support package for businesses and individuals

The CDU Sydney campus will remain closed.

SA Update

Lockdown in South Australia is over. However, Level 3 restrictions will be in place for at least seven days, including new requirements to wear masks.

Long periods of uncertainty can be difficult to manage, both personally and professionally. The employee assistance program is available to all employees and their families for up to 3 free sessions. To access ASSURE EAP Services, make an appointment by calling 1800 808 374.

9 July 2021 - Mask no longer compulsory

The NTG has lifted COVID restrictions, and from 1 pm today, masks are no longer compulsory on our NT campuses.

Continuing mandatory safety principles remain in place. To continue to demonstrate CDU's commitment to and compliance with Chief Health Officer (CHO) Directions, every NT CDU location must continue to:

  • Have a trained and briefed COVID-19 Safety Supervisor.
  • Display required signage reminding people to practice hand hygiene by washing hands or using a hand sanitiser.
  • Supply hand sanitiser bottles or sanitiser stations.
  • Use the Territory check-in system, with a QR Code or manual sign-in for all visitors, general public, volunteers and ad-hoc contractors not engaged by Property and Facilities, noting that:
    • Staff and students only need to check in if not at their usual place of work or study.
    • CDU internal training businesses (including hairdressing, beauty, nail salons or restaurants) must check-in all clients via the Territory QR code or with manual written tracking sheets.
  • Practice physical distancing outside the classroom where possible.
  • Ensure students and staff stay home if unwell and seek medical advice as needed.
  • Encourage students and staff to download the Australian Government’s COVIDSafe application.

Please contact hse@cdu.edu.au  Ph: 08 8946 6494 if you require any resources or assistance.

2 July 2021 - NT lockdown is over

As advised by the NTG, the lockdown affecting our Alice Springs, Darwin, Waterfront and Palmerston campuses is over. 

 It is important to note that some restrictions remain in place until 1pm Friday 9 July. 

  • masks must be worn in public and at work where physical distancing is not possible
  • in hospitality venues you will need to be seated for anything that isn’t takeaway
  • indoor exercise and markets will remain closed, no contact sports
  • gatherings in homes will be limited to 10 visitors, not including household members. 

These apply to both the Top End and Alice Springs. 

From Monday, our operations, teaching and learning will recommence from campus. We will be reviewing our cleaning schedule to ensure we are providing a safe working and learning environment.

You must bring a mask to work with you. You are required to wear a mask at all times where physical distancing is not possible.  A mask must be work when you are moving around (eg visits to the tea room or printer) and if you are seated in an area where people are routinely passing your workspace. If you lose your mask, we will have a limited supply available, and we will confirm where emergency supplies will be held on Monday.

We also require you to use the Territory Check-In app in certain circumstances - if you visit a location that is not your regular place of work or attend the cafes, library, restaurant, hair beauty, and nail salon, you must check in to that location. All visitors to campus must check in with the app on arrival.

If you have any concerns about returning to work, please raise these with your supervisor.  It is critical you do not return to working on campus if:

  • you have any COVID symptoms, or you feel unwell
  • you are waiting for the outcome of a COVID test
  • you have been directed to serve a full 14 days of quarantine, or you are under stay-at-home orders. 
  • you have been to one of the public exposure sites and are classified as a close contact.

Thank you to everyone for your adaptability and dedication to our students and business over the last five days. We have learned a lot from the sudden lockdown, and we will discuss these learnings to help us better prepare for any events like this in the future. 

Please note the Brisbane lockdown has been extended for 24 hours. Sydney remains in lockdown until 9 July. 

30 June 2021 - COVID-19 update for Queenland and Alice Springs

Queensland and Alice Springs Restrictions

It has been announced to protect the health of Queenslanders, from 6pm AEST 29 June 2021 to 6pm 2 July 2021, areas in South East Queensland, Townsville (including Magnetic Island) and Palm Island will be subject to new restrictions. 

All Queenslanders must follow the lockdown rules and only leave your home for the permitted purposes and wear a mask when doing so.  For further details please visit: Qld Restrictions

Northern Territory Government have declared Alice Springs entered a 72-hour lockdown at 1pm 30 June 2021.

This means that our Alice Springs campus will remain closed until Monday. For all details related to the lockdown and restrictions please visit NTG lockdown restictions.

As this is a very difficult time for everyone be reminded that the employee assistance program is available to all employees and their families during this time for up to 3 sessions. To access ASSURE EAP Services, make an appointment by calling 1800 808 374. 

If you have any queries please contact Health, Safety & Environment hse@cdu.edu.au or phone 8946 6494.    

Please do the right thing to keep yourself and the community safe by being aware of all COVID-19 directions and requirements.    

28 June 2021 - Update for students

The lockdown in the Darwin, Palmerston and Darwin rural areas has been extended for a further 72 hours, until 1pm Friday and so we’re closing our Casuarina, Waterfront and Palmerston campuses for the rest of this week.  

The lockdown in NSW is also affecting CDU and so our Sydney campus is also currently closed.

Most of our staff are set up to work from home and so we hope to minimise any disruption to our teaching, training and student services.  

  • If you are in the Darwin, Palmerston and Darwin rural areas, please abide by the lockdown provisions and do not come to campus. You can see the lockdown information, including exposure sites, here: https://coronavirus.nt.gov.au   
  • If you are in Sydney, please abide by the lockdown provisions and do not come to campus. You can see the lockdown information, including exposure sites, here: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/rules

If you were due to undertake classes, practicals or training in either location this week, please wait for advice from your College about rescheduling.  

Whatever your questions, our team are here to help. If you have a specific enquiry about the impact of a lockdown on your study, you can call our dedicated CDU COVID helpline on 1800 945 010, which is open from 8.30am to 4.00pm ACST Monday-Friday. 

  • If you are facing immediate financial hardship, including being in lockdown away from your usual home base, please let us know by replying to this email. We can help.

Sometimes it helps to talk things through. If this is a difficult time for you, for any reason, don’t forget you can talk to one of our professional counselling team. Consultations are confidential and free of charge.

We’re in this together – stay safe and reach out when you need us.

28 June 2021 - Updates for staff

The greater Darwin lockdown has been extended for a further 72 hours until 1pm on Friday 2 July. 

This means that at this stage, our Casuarina, Waterfront and Palmerston campuses remain closed until Monday.

All work that can be done from home, should be done from home. 

If you need to come to campus to collect anything to enable you to perform your job, you must:

  • Check in with the Safe Zone app
  • Check in with the The Territory check in app
  • Wear a mask
  • Limit your time on campus and your interactions with any colleagues you may see.

Please stay safe and comply with all advice from the NTG. The Buff Club has been identified as a close exposure site and it is critical that if you were there on Friday night (25 June) you must get tested and isolate for 14 days. Stay up to date and informed with information from the Northern Territory Government website.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that this is a very difficult time for everyone and remind you that the employee assistance program is available to all employees and their families during this time for up to 3 free sessions. To access ASSURE EAP Services, make an appointment by calling 1800 808 374

28 June 2021 - Update 2 - COVID-19 NT Lockdown Locations

The Darwin, Palmerston and Darwin rural areas are now in a 48-hour lock down from 1pm on 27 June 2021 .

For those who attend the Casuarina, Waterfront and Palmerston campuses you are requested to remain at home and do not come to these campuses.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team at Student Central:

Please stay safe and comply with all advice from the NTG.  A link to the website is here and the NTG are working to update this site as quickly as possible. 

28 June 2021 - Update 1 - Additional restrictions for NSW

From 6pm on Saturday 26 June 2021, if you have been in Greater Sydney, including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour for any reason since Monday 21 June 2021, you must follow the stay at home rules and must continue to follow them for 14 days after you were last in Greater Sydney.

Rules and restrictions apply to people who live in, usually work in, or usually attend a university or other tertiary education facility in Greater Sydney. Additional restrictions will also apply across the rest of NSW to protect the community from COVID-19. 

In addition the requirement to wear a face mask in all indoor areas of non-residential premises that was recently applied in Greater Sydney has been extended to all of NSW.

For all details and further information please visit: NSW Rules from 26 June 2021 

CDU Sydney is now closed for all non-essential purposes. 

For those of you that have scheduled activities in the coming days, your College will be in touch about your specific arrangements.

Fortunately, we are in a in a study break, but if you have assessments or placements still underway, CDU is here to help.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with our team at Student Central:

Please stay safe and do the right thing to protect the community.

24 June 2021 - COVID-19 update for staff and students: Greater Sydney region

This is an important update for all staff and students related to the Greater Sydney region which includes the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong and Shellharbour Local Government areas to advise rules and restrictions have been implemented including the wearing of face masks.  

To view all implemented rules and restrictions please visit:  COVID-19 rules and restrictions for Greater Sydney 

Wearing a face mask is mandatory in some settings. To learn about when you need to wear a face mask, when you can remove it and who is exempt, please visit: NSW face mask rules

This is a timely reminder to continue with mandatory safety principles to continue keeping everyone safe. The safety principles include: 

  • Practice hand hygiene by washing hands or using hand sanitiser, coughing into elbow and refraining from shaking hands. 
  • Use the NSW check-in system, with a QR Code or manual sign-in. 
  • Practice physical distancing maintaining 1.5 metres. 
  • Ensure students and staff stay home if unwell and seek medical advice as needed. 
  • Encourage students and staff to download the Australian government COVIDSafe application. 

Individuals are responsible to keep up to date with the continuing changes to travel requirements related to COVID-19 for all states. To keep informed please visit: NT COVID-19 Travel requirements to other states and territory  

If you have any concerns or queries please contact Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) via email hse@cdu.edu.au or Phone 8946 6494.   

22 June 2021 - Important Reminder COVID-19

With the school holidays fast approaching and plans of travel for CDU staff, students, and family it is highly recommended that you visit the state or territory webpages to ensure you are fully aware of all COVID-19 requirements prior to, during and upon return of your travel.   

Each state and territory are monitoring the changes and are updating the websites with the most current information.  The following states have identified hotspot locations and have implemented quarantine and testing directions. 

To stay informed of all COVID-19 information please visit NTG webpage:   

NT COVID-19 Travel requirements to other states and territory 

For other states and territory with quarantine and testing directions please visit:  

Australian Capital Territory 
New South Wales 
Greater Melbourne 
Queensland 

Vaccination status 

If a person is fully vaccinated, they are still required to follow all test and quarantine directions. 

If you have any queries please contact Health, Safety & Environment hse@cdu.edu.au or phone 8946 6494.  

To those traveling please enjoy your break and please do the right thing to keep yourself and the community safe by being aware of all COVID-19 directions and requirements.     

17 June 2021 - COVID-19 update on New South Wales, Greater Melbourne and vaccination status

New South Wales The Chief Health Officer has declared quarantine and testing directions for people who have been to a COVID-19 public exposure site in New South Wales, effective immediately. 

List of New South Wales COVID-19 public exposure sites.

The CHO is directing any person who has arrived in the Northern Territory since 1 June 2021, or who will arrive in the Northern Territory and has been to a New South Wales COVID-19 public exposure site at the dates and times to do as follows: 

  • Any person defined as a ‘close contact’ by New South Wales health authorities must immediately get tested and undertake 14 days of quarantine in their home or at a suitable place. They must remain in quarantine (unless to get tested) until noon of the 14th day after they were in a New South Wales COVID-19 case location, regardless of whether they return a negative COVID-19 test. 
  • Any person identified as a ‘casual contact’ by New South Wales health authorities must isolate, get a COVID-19 test and remain in self-quarantine until a negative test is returned. 
  • Any person to who this Direction applies must check the New South Wales Health COVID-19 case locations website at least once per day to make sure they comply if a place they have been to becomes a COVID-19 case location. 

Greater Melbourne remains a declared hotspot for the purposes of travel to the Northern Territory. 

Vaccination status 

If a person is fully vaccinated, they are still required to follow all test and quarantine directions. 

To stay informed please visit NTG Health.

If you are in any of these categories ensure Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) is notified of your return date, date tested (where required) and if you returned to work or study through the period identified immediately, please email hse@cdu.edu.au or Phone 8946 6494.

Please do not put the community at risk. Do the right thing. 

11 June 2021 - Pandemic financial support payments for international students

International students who are studying and working in Australia may be able to access financial assistance when they are:

  • required to self-isolate or are caring for someone with COVID-19 (Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment) or;
  • adversely affected by a state public health order and are required to be in lockdown for more than seven days (COVID-19 Disaster Payment).

 For more information on the financial support payments, including eligibility criteria, refer to the Australian Government website

Archived information

Information sources

CDU staff-only information

Access CDU Connect

CDU COVID-19 helpline

Call 1800 945 010

Australian Government Coronavirus Health Information Line

Call 1800 020 080 if you are seeking information on COVID-19.
The line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Healthdirect hotline

Call 1800 022 222 to speak with a registered nurse about your health concerns.
The hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.