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Health and safety

Our vision for a safer, healthier and happier campus
The safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and partners is fundamental to our pursuit of excellence in education and research.

We aim to create a positive safety culture – to enable our people to thrive and realise their full potential as part of a healthy and engaged community. We embed safety and wellbeing by:

  • promoting it to our community through well-targeted, systematic programs (see below)
  • preventing fatalities and serious injuries
  • reducing the frequency and impacts of injury and ill health
  • enhancing the overall wellbeing of all our staff, students and partners.

Following government advice and with input from our infectious disease experts, the University has updated its approach to managing COVID-19 and other illnesses.

All staff, students and visitors are encouraged to follow our health and safety advice:

  • If unwell or displaying any cold and flu, respiratory type illnesses or other illnesses, it is recommended you stay home until your symptoms have gone and protect others. If you need to leave home, wear a mask in crowded and/or enclosed settings. 
  • Visit the NSW Health website for advice on testing and what to do if you have COVID-19.
  • Keep up to date with vaccinations.
  • Practise good personal hygiene with regular hand hygiene.
  • Practise cough etiquette (coughing or sneezing into your elbow or tissue).
  • Get plenty of fresh air.

The implementation of our Safety Management System across the University helps to provide a systematic approach to managing the health and safety of our people. It supports legal compliance and improves our safety culture and performance. 

Our safety targets are set yearly by the University Executive and monitored quarterly. We monitor our progress against a Positive Safety Index, which aggregates 10 separate measures.

Our contractors and partners are expected to meet the highest applicable safety standards at all times.

Our general requirements are that they:

  • take reasonable care for their own safety
  • comply with reasonable instructions
  • adopt and use safe work procedures, including personal protective equipment and clothing when required
  • familiarise themselves with University safety standards, and the relevant health and safety policies and procedures
  • report hazards, injuries and incidents to their University representative
  • participate in safety and wellbeing induction, training and discussion
  • cooperate with safety inspections, audits and investigations
  • respond appropriately to emergencies.
You can find more detailed information on our page for contractors.

We endeavour to provide a welcoming and safe experience for all our visitors. If you ever feel unsafe, or would like to report something, please call 02 9351 3333. Dial 000 for emergencies.

We welcome visits from schools and groups. We aim to provide a safe environment for all our visitors, and we expect that our visitors cooperate and be respectful when they visit our campuses.

You can access more detailed information when you book a visit or tour.