17 March 2020

The health and safety of all our staff and students is paramount at the University of South Australia.

UniSA is working diligently with local and national health authorities to support the international effort to reduce the impact and spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and to support our community in what is a challenging time.

If you are feeling unwell and are displaying symptoms consistent with COVID-19, even if the symptoms are mild, you should not attend work or other public places including schools and university campuses, notify your line manager/supervisor and remain at home while you wait for your test results.

More information for students about what to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms can be found here.

The COVID-19 Support for Staff site outlines the staff reporting requirements for close contacts and positive cases and information on the support resources available.  

Latest Communication from Vice-Chancellor and President, 8th August 2022, 4.36pm

Key Information as at 8 August 2022

UniSA remains open for business for our teaching, research, support and administrative functions. Our campuses, including the library, gyms and retail outlets are open, with some changes to minimise the risk and spread of COVID-19.

  • The wearing of masks is a personal choice. Masks are still required in some areas such as University health related settings. This is in line with advice from SA Health.
  • Facemasks will be available for all staff and students from Campus Central hubs and FM Assist.
  • Lectures and exams will remain online throughout 2022.
  • Practicums, tutorials and other teaching, learning and research activities will be delivered in accordance with all applicable COVID-19 management protocols, including the wearing of masks where required. 
  • Student placements will be managed in accordance with the applicable regulations of the placement partner.
  • Staff are expected to work on campus for at least 60% of their working hours. Where you can carry out your duties remotely or from home, have the appropriate line management approvals in place and should choose to do so, you have the flexibility to work remotely for up to 40% of your working hours. In all instances, you are encouraged to discuss your personal circumstances with your line manager.
  • Where staff members are required to carry out duties from an on-campus location, all applicable COVID-19 management protocols will be in effect.
  • UniSA staff members do not need to book leave to get a COVID-19 vaccination or booster, or a COVID-19 test. Simply inform your line manager, who will be as accommodating as possible.
  • If you are deemed a close contact, please follow the Reporting Protocol and SA Health Requirements.
  • If you are a staff member and you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the Reporting Protocol as soon as practicable to ensure your manager is informed.
  • Students should inform their Course Coordinators directly (and HDR students their supervisor(s)) if they have returned a positive COVID-19 test result, or if they are deemed a close contact. You will be supported in the same way that you would if experiencing any occurrence of personal illness.
  • After returning a positive COVID -19 test result, you should not return to campus until you have completed the isolation period required by SA Health.
  • If you are a UniSA staff member who is COVID-19 positive, whether you are symptomatic, or asymptomatic, during the applicable isolation period you are fully entitled to use your sick leave. If you choose not to avail of sick leave while subject to an isolation period and wish to work remotely, you can continue do that.
  • If you are a staff member who is caring for someone who is COVID-19 positive, you can use carer’s leave or family responsibility leave.
  • Staff directed to quarantine by health authorities must register their absence with their line manager and through the myHR system.
  • We will continue to review these measures and provide further information based on state health advice.

If you need help:

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Key Contacts


If you are feeling anxious or stressed and need support, please visit our Student Support Services

UniSA Health Medical Clinics at City West and City East can provide medical advice on 1300 172 996 or by making an appointment

For study questions related to your program, including questions about exams, please contact askcampuscentral@unisa.edu.au

International Students needing more information from the Australian Government can contact international.students@dese.gov.au and
1300 981 621 (8am to 8pm Monday to Friday)


For questions about upcoming travel, contact the UniSA Travel Team on 83026430

All other staff concerns related to COVID-19 can be directed to People Talent and Culture

UniSA Health Medical Clinics at City West and City East can provide medical advice on 1300 172 996 or by making an appointment

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for all staff, their immediate families and HDR Candidates, call 1300 277 924 for advice on the service delivery method

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