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.

This includes:

  • long day care
  • family day care
  • some out of school hours care
  • vacation 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 Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

Primary schools, high schools, and colleges

When are schools opening?

ACT public school students and teachers will start going back to schools from Monday 18 May.

The three stage return of face to face learning is:

  • From Monday 18 May (week 4 of term 2): pre-school, kindergarten, and years 1, 2, 7, 11 and 12. College students will attend a combination of on-campus and remote learning. Colleges have made arrangements for on-campus learning where needed.
  • From Monday 25 May (week 5 of term 2): years 3, 4 and 10 students.
  • From Tuesday 2 June (week 6 of term 2, after the Reconciliation Day long weekend). The remaining year levels of Year 5, 6, 8 and 9.

Safe and Supervised sites are now closed.

Students and teachers with chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems can work or study from home.

If your child is unwell, do not send them to school.

For more information, visit the ACT Education Directorate website.

For non-government schools, visit the school’s website. These schools may have different arrangements in place.

Are there any changes to school buses in Term 2?

Please visit the Transport page for more information about school buses in Term 2.

Education videos

Safety and return to school - Teachers

Safety and return to school - Parents

Symptoms and management of suspected cases

COVID-19 positive cases

Physical distancing

PPE and temperature checking

Class sizes


Vulnerable member of the community

Keeping children safe online

The Office of the E-Safety Commissioner provides resources to help families stay safe online.

If you are concerned about your child’s behaviour online, reach out to your school for support.

University and tertiary students

Support for students

The ACT Government is committed to supporting Canberra's tertiary students through COVID-19.

Information on the support available is below.

  • 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.

  • Community Support Package

The Package provides emergency relief including food relief and support for vulnerable people. Read more about the Community Support Package.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • JobKeeper

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.

Advice for international students


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

Phone: 1300 981 621 (8am to 8pm AEDST Monday to Friday within Australia only)


International student workers

For those working at a major supermarket or in aged care, extension to work hours is available.

Student visa holders enrolled in nursing can also 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.

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 one another.

There are a range of support services available to all Canberrans, including students.

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:

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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: May 21 2020