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Coronavirus information for the USQ community

USQ Campuses

Springfield OPEN

Ipswich OPEN

Toowoomba OPEN

Update 20 August 2021

The Queensland Government have announced updated restrictions from 4.00pm Friday 20 August 2021 in the 11 Local Government areas impacted by the recent lockdown.  

For USQ the following restrictions will apply from Friday 4.00pm.

Springfield and Ipswich campuses:

  • Masks must be carried on your person at all times, unless you have a lawful reason not to
  • Masks must be worn indoors and outdoors when physical distancing is not possible

Toowoomba campus, QCWT Stanthorpe and Mt Kent:

  • Mask wearing is encouraged for all when physical distancing is not possible
  • Those persons who travel to Springfield and Ipswich campuses or the affected 11 Local Government areas from other regions must carry a mask with at all times and wear a mask indoors and outdoors when social distancing is not possible, for a period of 14 days upon return

Restrictions continue to allow academics to remove masks when teaching. Masks will be available from iConnect or USQ Security on each campus.

We continue to ask that staff consider limiting travel between campuses where possible to essential activities only. Masks must be worn when waiting for the USQ shuttle and on board, and where this is not possible, those persons must physically distance.  

We encourage USQ employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination. You will not be required to take leave to receive your vaccination, however, should your absence be extended due to a reaction or you are not feeling well, you can take special leave or personal leave as appropriate.

Please remember if you have any symptoms at all, do not come on-campus, get tested, isolate and follow the directions of the Queensland Government.

Support for students

If you have questions or need advice, the iconnect team is here to support you via Zoom and chat, or you can join the supportive USQ iconnect Facebook group.

The Health and Wellness Team are also available to support you at this time with a range of resources.

Research students are encouraged to contact the Graduate Research School team at

More information for students can be found online. 

Support for staff

Staff are encouraged to access the many resources, supports and information on health and wellbeing, including the specialist support services of the USQ Employee Assistance Program.  

Additional supporting resources, including information around leave options and managing work and child supervision, are available. 

Staff can contact People Portfolio with any questions.

Additional information

Staff and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the USQ COVID Safe Plan to ensure USQ remains a COVID-safe educational institution and workplace. Contractors and visitors can email USQ Safety for a copy of the plan

The Framework, adopted from the National Safe Workplace Principles, addresses:

  • Physical distancing, hygiene and PPE
  • Vulnerable staff / students
  • Cleaning
  • Physical infrastructure principles
  • Monitoring, tracing and enforcement
  • Preventative health measures.

The University’s planning incorporates all reasonable precautions and government guidelines to guard against the risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

Supporting information