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Health and wellbeing

    • The symptoms of COVID-19 can appear similar to those of common colds and the flu.
    • If you are experiencing cold and flu symptoms but you haven’t been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or been overseas recently, stay at home and rest. Contact your doctor if symptoms worsen.
    • If you are experiencing symptoms such as a fever, breathing difficulties, a cough or sore throat and have recently returned from overseas, or come into close contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, separate yourself from others, call the COVID-19 hotline on 1800 020 080 and isolate yourself at home for the required 14-day period.
    • If you have severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, call 000 immediately and request an ambulance. Inform the paramedics that you have recently had contact with a confirmed case.
  • Close contact is when you have been face-to-face for at least 15 minutes with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or you have been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, when that person was potentially infectious.

    • Isolate yourself and follow the recommendations of your medical professional and the Australian Health Department.
    • If you are a student, notify Student Central: student.central@cdu.edu.au or 1800 945 010.
    • You must be cleared by a Public Health Officer and determined to be no longer infectious before you can leave your home isolation.
    • The symptoms of COVID-19 can appear similar to those of common colds and the flu. It shouldn’t be assumed these symptoms are connected to COVID-19.
    • If you are concerned for a friend or co-worker’s health and wellbeing, encourage them to make an appointment with their doctor.
    • Proper handwashing not only reduces the spread of COVID-19, it can prevent the spread of other viral illnesses such as cold and flu.
    • Staff and students should clean hands often, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used.
    • If hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.
    • Additional key times to clean hands include:
      • After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing
      • After using the restroom
      • Before eating or preparing food
      • After contact with animals or pets
      • Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g. a child)
      • If you have been in close contact with someone who is unwell.
    • People should follow normal preventive actions while at work and home including recommended hand hygiene and avoiding touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • It is also important to clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g.: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, taps, sinks) with household cleaners and disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
    • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (tables, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, reception areas, toilets, sinks etc) daily.

Travel

  • No international travel requests will be approved until further notice.

  • Travel for study will only be approved where it is deemed essential and outcomes cannot be achieved in an alternate way.

    • Non-essential travel to bio-security areas is still not permitted even though general travel restrictions are easing in the NT.
    • If you are considering visiting one of these areas for work or study, first check the requirements at SecureNT stage 3.
    • Requests to travel to remote communities designated as bio-security areas in the NT no longer need to be made to the Vice-Chancellor.

Support for students

  • CDU has partnered with the Australian Government on a new initiative called Moneysmart which will help you to understand and manage your finances at this challenging time. The website has specific resources for students around COVID-19.

    Visit Moneysmart's website for more information.

  • Australian Government Jobs Hub

    A Jobs Hub has been launched by the Australian Government to support Australians, and those on visas, to find work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jobs Hub advertises the latest vacancies across Australia, in addition to providing updates and relevant information.

    Visit Jobs Hub

    Kindness Shake

    • A community-led initiative that aims to provide a weekly free meal to those who are affected by the COVID-19, especially international students. Find out more.
  • If you are experiencing housing difficulties, CDU has established an Emergency Accommodation Initiative at International House Darwin. To apply for emergency accommodation at IHD, email equity@cdu.edu.au outlining the issues you are facing.

  • If you are feeling stressed or anxious as a result of COVID-19, you can arrange to make a free and confidential appointment with one of our qualified counsellors.

    P: (08) 8946 6288 for telephone appointments
    P: 1300 933 393 after hours: 4.30pm – 8am, 7 days per week
    Or book an appointment online.

  • Visit the Australian Government information on support website for international students affected by the novel Coronavirus.

    Financial support

    Moneysmart initiative

    CDU has partnered with the Australian Government on a new initiative called Moneysmart which will help you to understand and manage your finances at this challenging time. The website has specific resources for students around COVID-19. Visit the Personal Support page for more information.

    Counselling

    If you are feeling stressed or anxious as a result of COVID-19, you can arrange to make a free and confidential appointment with one of our qualified counsellors.

    P: (08) 8946 6288 for telephone appointments
    P: 1300 933 393 after hours: 4.30pm – 8am, 7 days per week
    Or book an appointment online.

    Australian Government Jobs Hub

    A Jobs Hub has been launched by the Australian Government to support Australians, and those on visas, to find work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jobs Hub advertises the latest vacancies across Australia, in addition to providing updates and relevant information.

    Visit Jobs Hub

    Kindness Shake

    A community-led initiative that aims to provide a weekly free meal to those who are affected by the COVID-19, especially international students. Find out more.

  • If you are experiencing legal issues as a result of your tenancy arrangements relating to COVID-19, CDU has set up a referral process with the Tenants’ Advice Service and Specialist Services based at Darwin Community Legal Service.

    Email equity@cdu.edu.au outlining your issues and we will connect you to the service.

Changes to study

  • All students who are enrolled as on-campus students in the NT will have some form of on campus teaching for semester 2. This may be a combination of lectures and/or tutorials and may also include some online learning where appropriate physical distancing cannot be maintained. Keep checking the timetable for updates.

    • Classes on campuses will adopt social distancing protocols and increased hygiene practices
    • Students and staff experiencing cold or flu symptoms, or who have been in contact with confirmed COVID-19 cases, must not attend campuses.
  • Student Services and Amenities Fees will be waived for semester 2. Services provided by these fees such as counselling, learning and advocacy support will not be affected.

  • CDU libraries across the NT are open for business. Refer to the CDU Library Services website for up to date information relating to COVID-19.

  • Are online programs available for new students? If so, which courses offer this option? 

    We offer almost every higher education program online. There may be specific units that have to be conducted face-to-face, and we will arrange study plans to accommodate our students.

    What is the minimum number of subjects/units that students must take each semester? 

    International student visa holders in Australia should be taking a full-time study load. However, CDU has the right to reduce study loads on a case-by-case basis to support our students. Non-student visa holders and students overseas can take their preferred study load online.

    Are the online tuition fees the same as the on-campus programs?

    Yes, online tuition fees are the same as studying face-to-face. Online study is the same high-quality course, same experienced lecturers as on-campus study; with access to 24-hour support. Tuition fees depend on the number of units of study, not the mode of study

    Are scholarships available to me if I study online? 

    Scholarships for online study are the same as an on-campus study. Visit the international student scholarship page for more information.

    What if I cannot get access to an English test centre? Can I still apply to CDU without a current English test?

    Due to COVID-19, many English language testing facilities are closed. As such, the University has been able to approve the following alternative English language tests to ensure international applicants can commence studies for Semester 2, 2020, Summer Semester (November 2020) and Semester 1 2021.
    View the list.

    Can I do part of the program online and then come to CDU to complete the program?

    Yes, CDU offers this option. The added benefit to you is that online programs are taught to the same schedule as face-to-face programs. Our online students are virtually in the classroom face-to-face with other students. As COVID-19 travel restrictions lift, our students can easily transition to on-campus study.

    Tuition Fees

    Current Students enrolling in non-compulsory SS, 2020 units

    • 25% on Monday first day of Summer Semester 9th Nov 2020
    • 25% on Friday census date 4th Dec 2020
    • 25% on 4th January 2021 (last day of semester break)
    • 25% on 22nd January 2021 (first day of exam period)

    Details for future intakes will be updated soon.

    Student Services and Amenities Fees will be waived for Semester 2, Summer Semester. Services provided by these fees, such as counselling, learning and advocacy support will not be affected.

    Visa Updates

    For important Australian Government updates for international students regarding their visas, visit the Current International student's website and read Important Updates for International students.

For VET students

  • VET teaching has returned to campuses from this week, following appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices.

    VET students will still have access to a range of resources via the VETlearning@home link.

For Higher Education students

  • Higher Education teaching will return to NT campuses for semester 2, keep checking the timetable for updates.

For HDR students

  • The coronavirus will delay or impede the research endeavours of many candidates and researchers worldwide. Amid all the devastating effects of COVID-19, these impediments to research might seem trivial, almost inconsequential, in comparison. Yet, research is particularly invaluable during these challenging times. In response to these impediments, you can:

    • accept that your research may be delayed significantly and request extensions or other provisions to accommodate these delays
    • consider alternative methodologies and methods that are more resistant to pandemics
    • change the order in which you complete various phases; you might prioritize tasks in which personal contact is unnecessary, such as systematic literature reviews
    • utilize this time to develop skills that might expedite your research later, such as writing ability.
  • To help us accommodate your needs, we will continue to seek feedback from all candidates. For example, during this year, and in the future, we will instruct candidates to complete annual reports during September instead of May. When completing this report, you will be prompted to:

    • indicate how COVID-19 has impeded your progress and,
    • consider how the university could perhaps help you address these impediments.

    But, to improve efficiency, we have decided to discontinue the interim reports in November. Furthermore, to help you thrive during these times, we will develop and deliver as many resources as possible, from training sessions to mental health services. The research enhancement program, next scheduled for September, may be delivered by a combination of online and in-person activities. 

  • Several academic bodies, such as the Australian Council of Graduate Research, are lobbying to seek more clarity and support around PhD and Masters by Research degrees. Therefore, the policies and practices around extensions of candidature or scholarship will continue to evolve.  Rest assured, however, that any changes will benefit, rather than a disadvantage for you. Here is the latest advice we can impart around extensions: 

    • all candidates will be granted a 6-month extension to their candidature from 4 years to 4.5 for PhD and 2 years to 2.5 for Masters by Research. If you are outside of these time frames you will need to apply for a further extension as per the usual process.
    • for candidates who are paying fees, contact ORI if you need to seek a 6-month fee waiver to cover the candidature extension from 4 years to 4.5 (PhD) and 2 years to 2.5 for Masters by Research.
    • all candidates currently receiving an RTP stipend scholarship will be granted a 6-month extension from 3 years to 3.5 years for PhD.
    • some candidates may apply for an additional extension of up to 6 months to this RTP stipend—receiving up to 4 years of RTP support in total—if they can show that COVID-19 had impaired their progress and they could not circumvent these impediments. 

    To justify this additional 6-month stipend extension, candidates may indicate that, because of COVID-19:

    • they could not collect data, such as to conduct fieldwork, as planned
    • they could not progress because of family responsibilities
    • they experienced illness from COVID-19 that exceeded the sick leave provisions of their scholarship.

    Please contact the HDR Team in ORI if you have any questions about extensions at research.degrees@cdu.edu.au

  • To help you respond creatively to the challenges you experience, we will attempt to facilitate some changes.

    If you need to change your topic substantively, seek advice and approval from your principal supervisor, in conjunction with the Assistant Dean of Research or HDR convenor in your college or the Dean of Graduate Studies.

    International students who want to change topics substantively should also consult CDU Global to determine whether they comply with visa conditions.

    During this period, if you want to collect data in person, such as conduct interviews, you must contact the Dean of Graduate Studies first. The Dean, in consultation with relevant authorities, can then determine whether your protocols are safe and comply with university and national regulations.

  • If you decide to change your study—such as the methods, participants, or settings—you should send an email to ethics@cdu.edu.au to request a variation. Specifically, you should:

    • outline the changes you plan to introduce
    • justify these changes
    • discuss the risks of these changes relative to the benefits.

    The chair will then decide whether to accept the changes, to seek advice, or to request a new ethics application.