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Coronavirus information for the USQ community

Update 29 March 2021

Following the announcement from Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this morning a three day lockdown will apply to the Greater Brisbane area from 5pm today.

Arrangements for Monday 29 March

Scheduled on-campus learning activities at our Ipswich and Springfield campuses will be transitioned to online as of 3pm today. All classes scheduled to conclude by 3pm today will proceed. Other learning activities scheduled to conclude after 3pm will be transitioned to online today, where practical. Faculty will coordinate communication to students in relation to arrangements for practical laboratory sessions and residential schools for the balance of this week. More information for students can be found on the Studying during COVID-19 page.

Staff are encouraged to make arrangements to leave Ipswich and Springfield campuses today at 4pm.

For staff and students attending USQ locations outside of Springfield and Ipswich campuses (for example the Toowoomba campus, operations at Stanthorpe or Mt Kent Observatory), you are required to wear a mask when indoors where safe to do so and where you cannot physically distance. It is also strongly recommended to wear a mask when outdoors if you cannot stay more than 1.5 metres from other people.

The inter-campus shuttle buses will continue to operate today (Monday 29 March) as scheduled but will not be operating on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Arrangements for the rest of this week

If you live in or visited (from 20 March) the Local Government areas of Brisbane, Logan, Moreton, Redlands and Ipswich including Springfield, you are required to stay home over the three-day lockdown period, in accordance with current Queensland Government advice.

For the balance of this week, Ipswich and Springfield staff and students will be working and learning from home.

Only Security and essential workers will be on the Ipswich and Springfield campuses during the lockdown. These staff will be required to wear masks and follow QLD Health directives.

Keep up-to-date with current Queensland Government advice and staff and students are encouraged to keep checking emails.

Support for you

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 grs@usq.edu.au.

Please stay safe and look after yourself and your loved ones.

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. 

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