It is safe for children to be in education and care services in the ACT, including out of school hours care.
Check with your provider to see if services have changed.
For more information about childcare and early childhood education in the ACT, visit the ACT Education Directorate website.
For Australian Government support for providers, visit the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
Primary schools, high schools, and colleges
Schools are open
ACT public schools are open. Most students and teachers have returned to school.
Students and teachers with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems can work or study from home.
If your child is unwell, please do not send them to school.
For more information, visit the ACT Education Directorate website.
Non-government schools may have different arrangements in place, so please visit your school’s website.
School buses in Term 2
Please visit the Travelling and transport page for more information about school buses in Term 2.
Safety and return to school - Teachers
Safety and return to school - Parents
Symptoms and management of suspected cases
COVID-19 positive cases
PPE and temperature checking
Vulnerable member of the community
University and tertiary students
As the knowledge capital, Canberra is proud to be the home of many local, interstate and international students.
We are a global city with a multicultural population and we welcome students and world-class academics from around Australia and the world to our community.
COVID-19 has impacted our student population in a number of ways. The ACT Government has been working with the tertiary education sector to help support students and our institutions at this time.
Financial support for students
The ACT Government is committed to supporting Canberra's tertiary students through COVID-19.
A range of supports are available to help students during this time. These include:
- Jobs for Canberrans Fund
Jobs will be available for people who are not eligible for the Australian Government’s wage subsidy scheme or other support. Read more about Jobs for Canberrans and apply.
- Rental support
The ACT Government is making changes to help private tenants who have lost their job or have reduced income. Read more on the residential tenants fact sheet.
If you receive payments from the Australian Government, you will receive a temporary payment of $550 per fortnight. This payment is on top of your usual payment. Read more about the Coronavirus Supplement.
The JobKeeper program provides $1,500 per fortnight per employee to help eligible businesses cover the costs of wages. Read more on the JobKeeper program.
Support offered by your tertiary institution
Canberra’s education providers are working hard to support students throughout this crisis.
Please contact your institution for more specific information.
- The Australian National University
- University of Canberra
- Canberra Institute of Technology
- Australian Catholic University
- UNSW Canberra
- Charles Sturt University
International students living in the ACT
The ACT Government is helping temporary visa holders and international students during COVID-19.
Many people on temporary visas are not eligible for JobKeeper.
The ACT Government has committed $450,000 to help temporary visa holders, including international students, which is managed through the Red Cross.
To find out more contact your university, or the Red Cross ACT Migration Support Program HUB on (02) 6234 7695. You can also email the Red Cross at email@example.com.
Safe Passage Student Return Pilot Program
The ACT Government is working with the University of Canberra and The Australian National University to help return international students to Canberra to complete their studies.
Find more information at each institution’s website:
International student workers
Student visa holders enrolled in nursing can work extra hours to help respond to COVID-19.
Please contact your employer for more information.
For frequently asked questions, please visit the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
Here is a list of resources that international students can access for support:
- For information for temporary visa holders, visit the Access help page.
- Canberra is an inclusive city and discrimination is not tolerated. If you are experiencing any discrimination as an international student, visit the An Inclusive Canberra page for information.
- For Australian Government support and information, visit the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.
- Contact the Australian Government International Student Hotline for support.
- Phone: 1300 981 621 (8am to 8pm AEDST Monday to Friday within Australia only)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit Study in Australia for information on health, visas, travel, and education.
- Visit the Department of Home Affairs Student Visa website for the latest student visa updates, including meeting conditions.
- Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website or JobWatch website for information on your work rights.
- Visit the Insider Guides website for a COVID-19 Student Resource Hub
- Visit the SBS Radio website for COVID-19 updates in 63 languages
- For help from your home country, please contact your country’s embassy or consulate in Australia.
Mental health and wellbeing
It’s natural to feel stress, grief and worry during a major event or pandemic.
There’s never been a more important time to look out for yourself and one another.
Support services are available to all Canberrans, including students, so please reach out if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed. It’s ok to seek help.
Read more about looking after your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19.
Please visit one of these resources for extra support: