This page provides up-to-date advice for Bond University students and community regarding our response to the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This website will be continually updated as new information becomes available.
Return of International Students
The Australian Government has announced that, from 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated student visa holders can travel to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption. Quarantine requirements and interstate border restrictions are still determined by state and territory governments.
General Health Information
Testing for COVID-19 is being conducted in a number of locations. For testing locations see https://www.goldcoast.health.qld.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19/visiting-fever-clinic-getting-tested
Anyone attending the Bond University campus and other physical locations owned and/or controlled by the University, and all students and staff undertaking University study or business, must comply with Government face mask requirements and directions.
Current Public Health Face Mask Requirements Direction (No 4) requires that a mask be worn in all indoor spaces, including educational facilities.
Students are required to wear masks at all times during lectures, tutorials, seminars and other classes.
Exemptions are limited to:
- Students living in the residences while inside their own rooms, by themselves
- Teachers while delivering classes, where clear enunciation or visibility of the mouth is essential
- Anyone consuming food or drink, though masks must be worn mask when entering and walking through a food and beverage outlet, and only removed once seated and while eating and drinking
- Anyone sitting at a workstation and able to maintain physical distance from other persons
All students and staff are able to make personal choices regarding the wearing of face masks and/or other personal protective equipment (PPE) in circumstances additional to those directed by Government. Staff and students may wear PPE during any University study or business where it is practical and safe. Individual’s choices regarding PPE are to be respected.
The Queensland Government provides the following information in relation to COVID-19. https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed
For students: The University will work with you to put in place a plan to support your studies. Email CV Support. Students who knowingly attend campus during a period when they are required to self-isolate will be in breach of the University's regulations.
If you are staying in on-campus accommodation and are required to isolate support will be provided. Please email CV Support.
For staff: You should contact your Manager to discuss appropriate work from home and/or leave arrangements during periods of self-isolation. Both staff and Managers can contact the Human Resources Team for advice in these circumstances.
The national protocols outlining what to do if you are a confirmed COVID19 case, close contact (with symptoms), close contact (with no symptoms) are provided at the below link:
The Queensland Government also provide the following additional information for :
A confirmed COVID-19 case
If you have COVID-19 you will need to isolate. Information on home isolation including how long you need to isolate are provided at the following link:
A close contact case:
If you are a close contact the quarantine and testing arrangements are outlined at the below link:
For information on COVID-19 you can call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you are feeling unwell and not sure if you need to seek medical help, the Department of Health COVID-19 Symptom Checker can help you decide what to do next.
The University has placed a large order for Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs). Availability may be limited at times due to supply issues, but our intention is to make testing available free of charge to staff and students who are experiencing mild symptoms over the current peak in January.
The RATs will be administered at the Bond Medical Clinic under the supervision of the Campus Nurse, by prior appointment only. Tests will be available individually for current staff and students only, and will not be given out for self-administration away from the Clinic. Please ring x54030 or email [email protected] for an appointment. The Clinic cannot accept walk-ins.
Information about testing and fever clinics is provided at the following link https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/stay-informed/testing-and-fever-clinics
At Gold Coast University Hospital, there are screening stations at the entrances near the emergency department, ground floor foyer, and the level 1 outpatient clinic entrance. The actual fever clinic is located on level five and you will be directed to this location AFTER being seen at the screening station.
There is paid parking out the front of the Robina Health Precinct building or you can access it from the pedestrian tunnel off Bayberry Lane near Robina Hospital. This is the same tunnel that links the train station to the high school. The screening point at the Robina Health Precinct building is in the foyer, on the ground floor. The actual fever clinic is located on level two and you will be directed to this location AFTER being seen at the screening station.
These screening points are staffed by registered nurses who will help people with their coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns by either:
- Directing them to a fever clinic for testing.
- Directing them to the emergency department for treatment.
- Advising them to see a GP because it is likely their symptoms are not coronavirus (COVID-19) and can be treated by GP.
From 17 December 2021, entry to many Queensland locations and businesses will be restricted to those who are fully vaccinated.
If you are 16 years or over, you will need to carry proof of your vaccination status and be prepared to show this upon request.
Read Queensland’s COVID-19 vaccination plans to see where you’ll need to show your vaccination status.
You can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Check In Qld app. The updated version of the app allows you to check in and display your vaccination status at the same time.
You will need to:
- have had all required of an approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine before you can add a digital certificate to the app
- make sure that you have the latest version of the app on your device.
Find out about:
- Adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to the app - using the Check In Qld app, Express Plus Medicare mobile app, Medicare online account or your Individual Healthcare Identifier through myGov
- Adding your medical exemption certificate to the app
- Adding a new certificate after a booster shot
- Other ways to provide your proof of vaccination
- Checking in with other people
- Adding other people’s digital certificates to the app
- Businesses and locations responsibilities in checking vaccination status
- Information collected by the Check In Qld app
Adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to the app
Find out how you can add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Check In Qld app by using:
- the Check In Qld app
- the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
- your Medicare online account through myGov - using a browser on your mobile device
- the Individual Healthcare Identifier service through myGov - using a browser on your mobile device.
You can watch this introduction to adding your COVID-19 digital certificate to the Check In Qld app, and how it can display your vaccination status at the same time.
More information available at https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/check-in-qld/digital-vaccination-certificate
What's open on campus?
Sports Facility opening hours for Students, Staff, Bond Elite Athletes and Bond Alumni:
- Monday to Friday 5.45am – 8.00pm
- Saturday 5.45am – 1.00pm
- Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm
- Sports Hall, Beach Volleyball Court & Tennis Courts close 30 minutes prior to the centre's closure
- Pools close at 6pm Monday to Friday and 30 minutes prior to the centre's closure on Saturday and Sunday
All enquiries to be directed through the Sports Centre +61 7 5595 4100
- The Main Library, Law Library, MLC, Business Commons and HSM will be open, but a valid Student ID Card is required for access. Please monitor Opening Hours via the Library website and Library news
- Alumni should visit the Security office on arrival to obtain access to the Library and MLC via a Alumni Access card.
- University Club will be open - Bookings only with limited seating arrangements.
- Lakeside will be open for dining (with limited seating arrangements) and takeaway. Opening hours will be displayed upon entry.
- Papyrus and Pulse will be open for takeaway only. Opening hours will be displayed at each outlet.
- Bond express will be open. Opening hours will be displayed at the entry.
- Medical Centre will be open.
- The Australian Government's COVIDSafe app including general information about the app is available at the following link: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app
- The Main Library, Law Library, MLC, Business Commons and HSM will be open, but a valid Student or Staff ID Card is required for access. Please monitor opening hours via the Library website and Library news.
- Alumni should visit the Security office on arrival to obtain access to the Library and MLC via an Alumni Access card.
- All visitors to campus should visit the Security office on arrival. Visitors and local High School students do not currently have general access to the Campus or buildings.
Links and Resources
Staff and students can get the latest coronavirus information and updates from:
- Australian Govt Dept of Home Affairs
- Australian Govt Health Department
- Australian Govt Education Dept
- Department of Health Queensland
- Gold Coast Primary Health Network
If you have any questions, please email us at: [email protected]