Students, education, and childcare


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.

Education videos

Safety and return to school - Teachers

Safety and return to school - Teachers

Safety and return to school - Parents

Safety and return to school - Parents

Symptoms and management of suspected cases

Symptoms and management of suspected cases

COVID-19 positive cases

COVID-19 positive cases

Physical distancing

Physical distancing

PPE and temperature checking

PPE and temperature checking

Class sizes

Class sizes



Vulnerable members of the community

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:

  • JobSeeker
    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.

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.

International students

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

Read more about support for temporary visa holders.

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.

Other resources

Here is a list of resources that international students can access for support:

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Last Updated: August 24 2020