Health, Safety & Wellbeing

View the NSW Health website for useful information, including current rules and restrictions.

COVID-19 vaccinations

The latest vaccination information, guidance and links to make an appointment are on the NSW Health website. We strongly recommend you to get a booster dose as soon as you are eligible.

Staying safe on campus

If you have any of the following symptoms, do not come into campus. You should get tested and self-isolate if you receive a positive result.

main symptoms of COVID-19

Further information on what to do if you test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19 is on the NSW Health website.

Face Masks

Keep a safe distance from others, and if you can’t, we strongly recommend that you wear a good quality mask – N95, P2 or surgical mask.

In line with NSW Health guidance, the University has identified a set of high-risk activities where Safety Risk Assessments have deemed that masks should continue to be worn. These are situations where distancing cannot be maintained for extended periods including some labs, pracs, field trips and teaching environments.

Your Faculty or Division will determine and communicate specific activities and classes where a face mask will be required.

Physical distancing

We encourage you to reduce close physical contact with people for community safety. Maintaining 1.5 metres physical distance from others continues to be an important strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. More information on physical distancing is here.

Events on campus

If you are planning an event on campus for less than 250 people, you no longer require permission from the Safe Return team. However, you should continue to plan events cautiously, stay abreast of any changes to NSW Government restrictions and ensure you always have a COVIDsafe plan in place. Guidance is available here.

If your event involves more than 250 people, please email the Safe Return team at to discuss, and submit an application form.

Your wellbeing

The Wellbeing Team at UNSW has curated a range of health and wellbeing resources to support you including links to counselling services, mental health advice, tips on staying active and more. You can access resources here.  

Additional health information related to COVID-19 is also available here and more information on mental health support and advice during COVID-19 is here.  


A comprehensive list of student support during this time is available here.

If you are a student who needs help or support you should contact The Nucleus: Student HubStudent Advisors or help via our International Student Advisors


UNSW’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counselling, coaching and wellbeing service free for all UNSW staff and their immediate family members. The service can help you to manage work and life experiences, and issues or concerns that have arisen from the pandemic. Our EAP service is provided by Benestar and allows you access to professional face-to-face counselling, telephone support, live chat support and a vast library of online health and wellbeing resources.