This information clarifies whether you need to notify the university in relation to your health and COVID-19 via the ACU reporting form for staff or the ACU reporting form for students. Please use this guide in conjunction with the current Australian Government COVID-19 Test and Isolate National Protocols.

Have you been tested for COVID-19 (via PCR or RAT)?

No further action required, please continue to follow COVID-safe practices.
No further action required, please continue to follow COVID-safe practices.
If you have tested because you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or you are considered to be a close contact* please self-isolate until test results are received and then follow the COVID-19 Test and Isolate National Protocols.

Have you been in contact with someone who has been confirmed by a test as positive for COVID-19?

If you are a close contact* with no symptoms monitor for symptoms and take a RAT self-test or PCR test if they develop.

If you are a close contact* with symptoms refer to the COVID-19 Test and Isolate National Protocols:

  • stay home for 7 days since you last had contact with the person who has COVID-19
  • take a RAT self-test or PCR test and stay home while waiting for the test result

Health Authorities recommend RAT rather than PCR tests in most circumstances. The main benefit is that the results are immediate.

Note: You should not enter pharmacies, supermarkets or other retail outlets if you have symptoms or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19. Go to a testing clinic or ask a family member or friend to get a RAT test and deliver it safely to you.

WA, SA, NT & TAS residents should check their state or territory requirements and timelines

Have you been in close contact* with a person classified as a suspected case, and they've been tested for COVID-19?

If you do not have symptoms

  • you do not need to self-isolate
  • monitor for symptoms and take a RAT self-test or PCR test if they develop.

If the person receives a positive COVID-19 result

If you are a close contact* with no symptoms monitor for symptoms and take a RAT self-test or PCR test if they develop.

If you are a close contact* with symptoms refer to the COVID-19 Test and Isolate National Protocols:

  • stay home for 7 days since you last had contact with the person who has COVID-19
  • take a RAT self-test or PCR test and stay home while waiting for the test result

Health Authorities recommend RAT rather than PCR tests in most circumstances. The main benefit is that the results are immediate.

Note: You should not enter pharmacies, supermarkets or other retail outlets if you have symptoms or suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19. Go to a testing clinic or ask a family member or friend to get a RAT test and deliver it safely to you.

WA, SA, NT & TAS residents should check their state or territory requirements and timelines

If you have further concerns you should contact your GP or state or territory public health agency.

*A close contact has spent four hours or more with a confirmed case in a household or household-like setting.

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