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Important information

Please note the below FAQs are subject to change following the WA Government’s announcement on the Perth and Peel region’s transition out of lockdown from 12:01am Sunday, 14 February.

ECU is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation in accordance with the latest WA Government and health authority advice.

Both Ngoolark (Building 34) and Building 31 (including Bermuda Café) at ECU Joondalup Campus, as identified by the Department of Health, have been deep cleaned in accordance with our COVID-Safe Plan.

For student queries or support, visit Ask Us or contact the Student Hub.


The WA Government has advised that if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or were at a potential exposure location, you need to get tested at a COVID clinic and self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result. If you develop symptoms, even if you've already tested negative, you must get tested again.

See the HealthyWA website for the latest WA Government health advice.

Students and staff members must notify the University if they have been tested for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate/quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19. Students and staff members must also advise the University of their test results.

We all have a part to play in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. To protect the health and safety of the ECU community, students and staff, please ensure you:

  • Maintain good personal hygiene, including frequent hand-washing.
  • Stay home if you are unwell. Students who have to miss a class because they are unwell should contact their Unit Coordinator to find out how they can catch up.
  • Maintain physical distance from others where possible.
  • Observe all campus signage and directions regarding COVID-19, including the SafeWA app.

Advice for future domestic students

  • ECU is committed to on-campus teaching for the 2021 academic year and delivering world-class on-campus learning experiences. This includes lectures, workshops and tutorials.
  • Online learning options are required for some larger classes to ensure adherence to the WA Government’s capacity restrictions.
  • ECU is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation in accordance with the latest WA Government and health authority advice.
  • If you wish to enrol and study as an on-campus student in 2021, you should enrol into all of your units on the relevant campus.
  • To contact ECU’s Future Students team submit an online enquiry via Ask Us or phone 134 328.

This information was last updated: 12 Feb 2021

  • Visit My Uni Start for information about commencement and enrolment.

This information was last updated: 07 Feb 2021

  • No. If you wish to study on campus, you should enrol as an on-campus student.
  • ECU is committed to on-campus teaching for the 2021 academic year and delivering world-class on-campus learning experiences. This includes lectures, workshops and tutorials.
  • Online learning options are required for some larger classes to ensure adherence to the WA Government’s capacity restrictions.
  • Visit My Uni Start for information about commencement and enrolment.

This information was last updated: 12 Feb 2021

Advice for future international students

  • If you are currently outside of Australia but are unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will be able to commence your study online for a vast range of ECU courses in February 2021 and continue your studies in Perth at a later date.
  • Please see our International Students webpage for all the latest information about the online study options at ECU.
  • If your chosen course is not available for online study, ECU can arrange for your offer to be deferred to a future teaching period.
  • Please submit your application online or through one of ECU's appointed education agents.
  • The student visa processing has re-commenced. However, COVID-19 may have an impact on visa processing times, please check the latest government updates.
  • The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed that online study undertaken outside Australia as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions will count towards the Australian Study Requirement for existing and new student visa holders. See the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.

This information was last updated: 07 Feb 2021

  • Please visit the ECU Future Students webpages to find out more about study options and how to apply to study at ECU.
  • ECU is committed to on-campus teaching for the 2021 academic year and delivering world-class on-campus learning experiences. This includes lectures, workshops and tutorials.
  • Online learning options are required for some larger classes to ensure adherence to the WA Government’s capacity restrictions.
  • ECU is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation in accordance with the latest WA Government and health authority advice.
  • To contact ECU’s Future Students team submit an online enquiry via Ask Us or phone 134 328.

This information was last updated: 12 Feb 2021

  • New commencing international students should follow the steps and checklist at My Uni Start . My Uni Start provides all the essential information you need to get started, access online orientation, download a course guide and enrol into your units.
  • International students continuing online study, have been sent individual course planners to assist with enrolment, so please check your ECU email inbox for your updated enrolment advice.
  • All students can access a range of study support services and other support services including peer mentor programs, Learning Advisers, career advice, counselling service, equity, diversity and disability services, health services and more.
  • For urgent student queries or support, visit Ask Us or contact the Student Hub.

This information was last updated: 08 Feb 2021


Health advice

  • Please submit a Notification of confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 form to notify the University if you have been tested for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate/quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • You then need to advise the University of the test results by submitting a Notification of outcome of COVID-19 test results form.
  • Please submit a new notification each time you are tested and receive a result.
  • The WA Government has advised that if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or were at a potential exposure location, you need to get tested at a COVID clinic and self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result. If you develop symptoms, even if you've already tested negative, you must get tested again.
  • You will be advised by the Department of Health if you require additional testing or are required to self-isolate/quarantine and must follow these directions.

This information was last updated: 16 Feb 2021

  • Visit the WA Government’s COVID-19 webpage and the HealthyWA website for the latest information and advice on the COVID-19 coronavirus for Western Australia and COVID testing.
  • The WA Government has advised that if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or were at a potential exposure location, you need to get tested at a COVID clinic and self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result. If you develop symptoms, even if you've already tested negative, you must get tested again.
  • You will be advised by the Department of Health if you require additional testing or are required to self-isolate/quarantine and must follow these directions.
  • Students and staff members must notify the University if they have been tested for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate/quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19 by submitting a Notification of confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 form. Students and staff members must also advise the University of their test results by submitting a Notification of outcome of COVID-19 test results form.
  • Please submit a new notification each time you are tested and receive a result.
  • You can also contact the WA Coronavirus Health Information Line on 13 268 43 for advice if you have been in close contact with a suspected case.
  • You can check your symptoms online to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. Visit the healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
  • The Australian Department of Health has this advice for home quarantine and isolation practices, including what to do if you begin to have symptoms while in quarantine, and appropriate precautions for people living with someone in self-isolation/quarantine.
  • SafeWA contact tracing: Venues around WA are now required to keep attendance registers of all visitors to enable rapid coronavirus tracing. If you see a check-in station or QR code at any venue, you must register your attendance by either using the WA Government’s SafeWA app to scan a QR code, or in writing using the provided check-in form at the venue entrance. For more information and to download the app, visit safewa.health.wa.gov.au. If you see a QR code at an ECU location you are visiting, please scan it.

This information was last updated: 16 Feb 2021

  • Staff, students, contractors and visitors who are unwell with cold and flu symptoms should stay home to allow time to recover.
  • If you are a student and have to miss a class because you are unwell, contact your Unit Coordinator to find out how you can catch up.
  • It’s important to stay calm and remember that earlier symptoms of coronavirus are consistent with a range of illnesses, most of which are not considered serious for otherwise healthy people.
  • The WA Government has advised that if you are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms or were at a potential exposure location, you need to get tested at a COVID clinic and self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result. If you develop symptoms, even if you've already tested negative, you must get tested again.
  • You will be advised by the Department of Health if you require additional testing or are required to self-isolate/quarantine and must follow these directions.
  • Visit the WA Government’s COVID-19 webpage and the HealthyWA website for the latest information and advice on the COVID-19 coronavirus for Western Australia and COVID testing.
  • You can also contact the WA Coronavirus Health Information Line on 13 268 43 for advice if you have been in close contact with a suspected case.
  • You can check your symptoms online to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested. Visit the healthdirect Coronavirus (COVID-19) Symptom Checker on the Australian Government Department of Health website.
  • Students and staff members must notify the University if they have been tested for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate/quarantine or have a confirmed case of COVID-19 by submitting a Notification of confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 form. Students and staff members must also advise the University of their test results by submitting a Notification of outcome of COVID-19 test results form.
  • Please submit a new notification each time you are tested and receive a result.

This information was last updated: 16 Feb 2021

Safety on campus

  • ECU is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and acting on the advice of the WA Government, WA Health, the federal Department of Health and the Department of Home Affairs.
  • ECU developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan, which outlines how ECU intends to continue to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID Safety plan is regularly updated in line with Government requirements.
  • All facilities at ECU’s campuses are safe and open, including the libraries, eLabs, cafes, sport and fitness centres and study spaces.
  • We have introduced attendance registers for all staff, students, contractors and visitors who enter certain venues on ECU’s campuses to enable rapid contact tracing. If there is a check-in station or QR code at the entry of any venue on ECU’s campuses you must register your attendance by either:
    1. Using the WA Government’s SafeWA app to scan a QR code, OR
    2. In writing, using the provided check-in form at the venue entrance.
  • All on-campus events will adhere to WA Government requirements.
  • We have convened an incident management team to ensure there is a coordinated and measured response across the University.
  • Work and study related international and interstate travel has been restricted in line with Federal and State Government restrictions.
  • We are continuing to update staff and students across our communications channels and are responding to enquiries through our communications centre.
  • We are continuing to follow the WA Government’s recommended physical distancing advice and will continue with increased hygiene and cleaning measures across all campuses. In addition, cleaning products will be available in all classrooms for staff and student use and hand sanitiser is available throughout the University. To support this, increased signage has been rolled out across our campuses.
  • Preventative hygiene information has been distributed across our University campuses.

This information was last updated: 16 Feb 2021

  • ECU developed a COVID-19 Safety Plan, which outlines how ECU intends to continue to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The COVID-19 Safety Plan addresses issues of safety, mandatory contact registers, cleaning and physical distancing measures for specific activities including teaching and learning (aligned to the Teaching Delivery Plan Semester 1 2021); research; campus amenities; events and community visits; and external venue hire.
  • Importantly, the COVID-19 Safety Plan highlights personal accountability and responsibility for specific hygiene and cleaning matters and those under the responsibility of Digital and Campus Services.
  • As can be expected, to keep pace with an ever-evolving situation, the COVID-19 Safety Plan is regularly reviewed and updated in line with latest advice from the WA Government and other State or Federal government requirements.
  • The ECU COVID-19 Safety Plan is available via HRSC’s COVID-19 Information and Resources webpage.

This information was last updated: 16 Feb 2021


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