It is safe for children to be in education and care services in the ACT, including out of school hours care.
- 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.
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
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.
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
Advice for international students
Here is a list of resources that international students can access for support:
- For information for temporary visa holders, visit the Community support page.
- 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)
- Visit Study in Australia for information on health, visas, travel, and education.
- Visit the Department of Home Affairs 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 Australian Department of Home Affairs website for information about accessing your Australian superannuation.
- Visit the Insider Guides website for a COVID-19 Student Resource Hub
- For help from your home country, please contact your country’s embassy or consulate in Australia.
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: