On campus


On 5 January 2022, ACT Chief Health Officer announced new ACT COVID exposure definitions, with a move for individuals to self-identify whether they are a high, moderate or low exposure risk. Everyone has a responsibility to follow ACT Health advice, to protect themselves and others in our community.

Information on the ACT Government COVID-19 website describes how to understand and assess the risk level based on the exposure – refer to: Information for people exposed to COVID-19 - COVID-19 (act.gov.au).

  • People with a high exposure risk will be required to isolate for seven days, undertake a PCR test as soon as possible and take a rapid test on day six.
  • Moderate exposure does not require people to isolate, instead they will need to complete a rapid test as soon as possible, and another on day six (or a PCR test as soon as you can and stay at home until you receive a negative result).
  • People classified as low risk will be asked to be vigilant when monitoring for symptoms.

The University has updated its COVID-19 procedures accordingly.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you must:

  1. Follow ACT Health requirements – information for people with confirmed COVID-19.
  2. Complete a UC online incident report.
  3. Notify your manager/supervisor/lecturer/tutor and healthandsafety@canberra.edu.au.
  4. Notify all those you have been in contact with, in accordance with ACT Health advice.

If you have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, you must:

Follow ACT Health requirements- information for people exposed to COVID-19.

For High or Moderate risk levels:

  1. Complete a UC online incident report.
  2. Notify your manager/supervisor/lecturer/tutor.
  3. Notify all those you have been in contact with, in accordance with ACT Health advice.

For Low risk levels:

  1. Remain vigilant, follow all relevant public health practices and monitor for symptoms.
  2. If you present with symptoms, get tested as advised by ACT Health.


The University has a regular comprehensive cleaning regime in place. For details on these cleaning regimes refer to Cleaning: University of Canberra.

When the University has been notified of a positive case on campus, the venues and locations the case visited or worked in while considered infectious, will be reviewed and cleaned accordingly.

The use of face masks on campus

The University is following ACT Health advice and has mandated the use of face masks in all indoor on-campus settings and venues.

All members of our UC community as well as visitors to our campus will be required to wear a face mask while indoors, unless they have a medical exemption from doing so.

Please ensure that you bring your face mask with you to campus and follow all appropriate health and hygiene guidelines associated with mask wearing.

For further information on ACT Health guidelines and advice, please visit the ACT Health website.

ACT Health guidelines for the removal of face masks

A person may remove their face mask in the following situations:

  • when consuming food, drink or medicine (for the hospitality sector, patrons can remove masks if seated)
  • when communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing and visibility of the mouth is essential for communication
  • if asked to remove a face mask to ascertain identity (for example, if asked by a police officer)
  • when the nature of a person’s work means that wearing a face mask creates a risk to health and safety
  • if it is necessary for the proper provision of goods or services
  • when undertaking vigorous exercise
  • because of an emergency.
  • when performing essential work in an indoor space, but only when:
    • in an office where no other people are present;
    • when sitting or standing at a workstation in an office, and
    • 1.5 metres away from any other person.

    As soon as a person is no longer alone or is moving, they must wear a face mask.

What's open on campus?

Some cafes and restaurants on campus are operating. Please see below for a list of outlets and businesses that are currently in operation at this time.

Please remember to follow all ACT Health directions, including checking in using the Check In CBR app, wearing a mask in any high-risk settings and adhering to physical distancing guidelines.

Venue Opening hours

Oscar’s Bakery & Café

Monday to Friday,  7am – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 7am – 4pm

OCHRE Health

Monday to Friday, 7am – 7.30pm

Saturday, 9am – 5pm

Sunday – Closed

Telehealth consultations are available.

Leonardo's  Uni Salon

Open 9am – approx 4pm daily, except for Tuesdays and Sundays.

UC Supermarket

Monday to Friday, 9am – 10.30pm

Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 10.30pm

Café Mizzuna

Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 2.30pm

The Coffee Grounds

Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 3.30pm


Monday and Tuesday, 10.30am – 11pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 10.30am – 12am
Friday and Saturday, 10.30am – 1am
Sunday, 10.30am – 11pm
Retro Cafe Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Post Office and UC Shop

Monday to Friday, 9am – 4pm

Tampered Cafe (The Health Hub)

Monday to Friday, 8am – 4.30pm

Capital Chemist (The Health Hub)

Monday to Friday, 7.30am – 7.30pm

Saturday, 9am – 5pm

The WellMonday to Friday, 12pm – 6pm
The Global Kitchen (UC Refectory)Monday to Friday, 9am – 3pm
NomadMonday to Friday 8am – 3pm
Be COVID-safe

Our UC community is reminded that it is absolutely imperative that everyone:

  • follows ACT Government health advice;
  • does not come on to campus if unwell; and
  • provides honest responses to University procedures relating to declaration of travel and health symptoms.

Failure to do so not only puts our entire UC community at risk, it may also result in penalties and fines under the ACT Health’s Public Health Directions and/or sanctions under the University’s Student Conduct Rules.

Thank you for doing your part in keeping our campus and community safe by following these basic guidelines:

  • Follow ACT Government health advice.
  • Do not come on to campus if you are unwell.
  • Check in using the Check In CBR App.
  • Wear your face mask if you are in a high-risk setting or if you would prefer to do so while on campus.
  • Maintain a safe physical distance of 1.5m from others.
  • Practise good hand hygiene.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or tissue.
  • Wipe down any shared workspaces and equipment when you enter and leave a venue.
  • If you are presenting with viral symptoms, get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result. If you are uncertain about your symptoms, please consult your doctor.

Call the ACT Health COVID-19 hotline on (02) 6207 7244 between 8am and 8pm daily, if you are seeking advice relating to testing, quarantine and vaccinations, or if you have been in an identified exposure location.

Check-In CBR App

Checking in using the Check In CBR app is now mandatory at all shops, supermarkets, other retail settings, public transport and taxi, hire car and ride share services across the ACT. This is in addition to the existing restricted businesses, venues and events where we have become familiar with checking in.

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