In addition to the COVID-19 update posted on Saturday evening 26 June, staff are asked to note the following arrangements for accessing campus facilities and on-campus businesses while the current NSW Public Health stay-at-home orders are in place.

Campus access – general safety requirements

Staff who need to access UOW campuses located within areas covered by NSW Public Health stay-at-home orders, in order to do work that cannot be done at home, MUST:

  • keep the visit as brief as possible
  • wear a mask indoors, unless alone in a room
  • adhere to capacity limits i.e. 1 person per four square metres while indoors
  • practice social distancing by maintaining 1.5 metres distance from you and other people
  • sign in using the QR code
  • log into the UOWSafeZone app
  • return to work from home arrangements as soon as the required work is complete.
 Wollongong Campus security arrangements

All buildings on the Wollongong Campus with the exception of library and student central will be locked for the period of the current NSW Public Health stay-at-home orders. Access will be via security swipe cards.

Staff who do not have a security swipe access card, can request a card from Facilities Management Division intranet page: Facilities Management @ UOW Intranet. If you are requiring access to a building and cannot please contact security on 4221 4555.

Access to campus and labs for researchers

As directed by the DVC(R&I), Professor Jennifer L. Martin AC, researchers are reminded that they are NOT permitted to attend UOW campuses while the current Public Health Orders are in force, except for absolutely essential reasons.

For lab-based research, essential reasons can include feeding or monitoring animals, and continuing experiments where animals are already onsite, keeping cells alive, essential maintenance of equipment that cannot be delayed, turning off equipment for safety reasons. If you are unsure, please confirm with your Head of School or Associate Dean Research.

Supervisors are requested to discuss these restrictions with your research students (HDRs and Hons) and make alternative arrangements for their research that can be done from home. Please also ensure that students document the impact of this disruption on their research. Separate communications will come to research students from the Graduate Research School.

Staff ‘essential work’ letter

For staff needing to attend campus to conduct essential work, a letter from the Chief Operating Officer is available on request to provide official UOW confirmation of this requirement. This letter can assist you if you are stopped and questioned by NSW Police undertaking public health order enforcement.

To obtain a copy of this letter, please contact your supervisor who can obtain it from the Office of the Chief Operating Officer.

On-Campus businesses

At the time of posting, the following on-campus businesses had indicated they were open and operating in accordance with current NSW Public Health orders. Opening status and operating hours may change without notice. Any on-campus outlets not listed below are closed.

Wollongong Campus

  • Australia Post (10am-2pm for parcel drop-off and pick-up only)
  • Hemmingway (8am-2pm)
  • Piccolo Me (8am-12pm)
  • Kew Thai (11am-3pm)
  • Ugly Ducking (8am-1pm)
  • IMB
  • Campus Clinic Pty Ltd (open as normal)
  • Mac 1 (Repairs only by appointment)
  • Phytness Healthcare (Tues 8am-5pm & Fri 8am-1pm)
  • Aspire
  • IGA
  • Dr Capp Dentist
  • IAS
  • Pulse Pantry (11am-12pm)

Innovation Campus

  • Piccolo Me IC (normal hours takeaway only)

Shoalhaven Campus

  • Café on Campus (8am-2pm)
IT support while working from home

To assist staff while working from home IMTS has provided advice for optimising your online meetings and a very useful checklist and some FAQs for working remotely.

If you have any technology-related questions or concerns while working from home, please log a ticket via the IT Service Desk ( or call on +61 2 4221 3000.

Practice safety first

Your health and safety, and that of our students and communities, remain our top priority.

Please stay safe during this period. Take care of your health and the health of those around you.