UPDATE – Friday 21 February 2020
Flinders University is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and we are aligning our actions with advice from the Australian Government. This page will be updated to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our community.
Our University is continuing to welcome students from around the globe, with enrolments and classes as normal. There are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Flinders University staff or students.
Key points are provided below, together with Frequently Asked Questions for staff and students.
Government travel advice
- The Australian Government’s current travel advice is ‘do not travel’ to China.
- The Australian Government has placed temporary restrictions on entry into Australia.
- Those restrictions are being reviewed on a weekly basis.
- People other than Australian citizens or permanent residents who have been in or transited through mainland China, are not permitted to enter Australia within 14 days.
Attendance at University
Flinders students and staff cannot attend university:
- If they have left, or transited through, mainland China including Hubei province on or after 1 February 2020. Individuals must isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving China.
- If they have been in close contact with someone confirmed as having COVID-19, they must isolate themselves for 14 days from the time of last contact and follow the direction of medical authorities.
If no symptoms develop during the isolation period, normal attendance and activities at University may resume.
Those who have been only to Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan (and not mainland China) may attend University.
If any staff member needs to isolate themselves at home, please advise your manager or your People and Culture representative.
Effect on teaching and research activities
Flinders University is in contact with current and future students from mainland China with individual advice on arrangements to support them to study this semester, including online options .
We have extended the last date when students can arrive for Semester 1 to 31 March and we will provide additional classes for these students when they arrive.
In some courses we are able to offer students an intensive study period starting in late April, in which they can complete their Semester 1 study before the start of Semester 2.
Flinders University has temporarily paused staff travel to mainland China.
As developments occur we are assessing the effect on teaching and research activities and this page will be updated as decisions are reviewed.
Support for Flinders University staff and students
If you are concerned you may have COVID-19 please phone your preferred health service provider before attending their clinic.
Flinders University students and staff can access our comprehensive Health, Counselling and Disability Service Centre by phoning 8201 2118. It can provide clinical treatment, information and counselling during office hours (8.45am-5pm).
Staff can speak with their supervisor or access the Employee Assistance Program.
An Australian national email and hotline has been established to answer questions from international students:
email@example.com or 1300 981 621 (8am to 8pm AEDST Monday to Friday).
The Study in Australia website also has information for international students.
Information and support is available from Flinders University’s International Student Services on +61 8 8201 2717.
Overseas students can also contact their private health provider such as the 24/7 Medicare OSHC Health and Support Line on 1800 887 283.
General information and advice
A dedicated email has been established firstname.lastname@example.org for staff or students who may have questions about how the COVID-19 outbreak affects their work or study.
A national Coronavirus Health Information Line is now available on 1800 020 080. Please call this number if you are seeking information on the virus.
Further advice can be found on:
View a range of Coronavirus resources from the Australian Government Department of Health.