WHO has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The risk of transmission around the world is increasing. COVID-19 is a rapidly developing situation and it will continue to be carefully monitored by the National Art School (NAS). NAS is taking conscious, precautionary steps to establish and develop our response measures as required.

NAS’ highest priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community. The FAQs outlined below have been advised by the:

  • The World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Department of Health
  • NSW Health
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

NAS continues to monitor the situation and will respond accordingly.

NAS will continue to support our students as this situation develops. The FAQS below are being updated as NAS becomes aware of newly released information.

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Why is NAS closing down?

In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the National Art School is closed to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State.

Have there been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 at NAS?

No. NAS has not been notified of any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our staff, students or visitors to NAS.

When will the campus close?

The campus will be closed from Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice.

Will I be able to come onto campus to collect my work during the shut-down?

You can call into the campus this Friday 27 March and next Tuesday 31 March from 11am to 5pm to pick up materials and artworks.

When will NAS campus be open again?       

NAS is yet to confirm a date of re-opening the campus and the resumption of face-to-face teaching. NAS will continue to consult with relevant government agencies and health authorities and will re-open when advised that it is safe to do so.

We will provide staff and students with regular updates and advice through this period.

Will I be able to continue my studies through this shut down period?

Yes, with the Academic Contingency Plan (ACP)

We will present the academic contingency plan on 7 April, with SRC (student rep’s) being consulted next week. We are planning to be teaching again onsite at the start of Semester 2. The academic calendar is 27 weeks in a year and we have already delivered three weeks. This means we are looking to deliver studio programs at the start of Semester 2, during the latter part of the year; utilising weekday, night time and weekend studio access. We have contingencies in place for further delays to include teaching in January and February if required.

The Academic Autumn break has been moved forward to now; starting from 23 March and continuing to 9 April.

The ACP is being finalised, there are many more parts to it, but at present we anticipate the following:

  • Online Learning Orientation Week 7 – 9 April
  • Student/ lecturer online engagement starting 7 April
  • Online AHT classes, drawing studies and studio seminars commencing 14 April
  • Professional Studies course delivered online, starting late April
  • New census date for all subjects confirmed in conjunction with the ACP announcement
  • Resume postgraduate supervision online from 14 April
  • Onsite studio based programs starting Semester 2

Further details will be forthcoming as we finalise the ACP over the next two weeks.

Will my attendance record be affected by a shut-down period?

No. Your attendance record for any classes will not be negatively affected.

Why are enrolment census dates being suspended?

Enrolment census dates are the last date at which students can enrol or withdraw from a unit of study.

All current enrolment census dates are being suspended until there is greater clarity about any revised academic program and likely end dates of units of study in any re-structuring of the academic year.

The suspension of enrolment census is intended to give our students the necessary time to consider their options without fear of being unfairly burdened with any fee liabilities.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for any changes in course delivery?

Students will be advised in due course of any particular requirements. NAS is committed to providing study options that will not require students to buy expensive equipment or software.

Will tuition fees for the subjects I am enrolled in change?

Given our commitment to implementing contingency plans that will allow us to deliver course content and volume of learning as anticipated – albeit in a modified structure and mode – fees for units of study are not expected to change at this stage.

In the event that any unit of study were unable to proceed, enrolled students would not incur a fee liability for that unit of study.

As all enrolments census dates have been suspended until further notice, students will have time to consider their options without fear of academic or financial penalty.

What will happen if NAS cannot re-open for an extended period?

In the event that NAS cannot resume normal operation for an extended period, NAS contingency plans will adapt to the timing of re-opening of the campus. In the event that some subjects cannot be fully completed, NAS will adapt its plans accordingly.

CV19 Funding Support to Students

The Australian Government has announced more payments for students affected by the outcomes of the spread of CV19.

Students who are currently on Youth Allowance for students, Austudy and ABSTUDY are eligible for:

  • A temporary fortnightly $550 Coronavirus Supplement from 27 April 2020. The supplement will be an extra $550 a fortnight on top of your normal payment rate. (This is to assist students who have lost their jobs, but it is paid regardless of whether you were previously working or not).
    The first $750 Economic Support Payment from 31 March 2020, if you’re getting an eligible payment on any day from 12 March to 13 April 2020 you will receive the $750.
  • A second $750 Economic Support Payment from 13 July 2020 if you’re getting an eligible payment or have an eligible concession card on 10 July 2020.
  • expand eligibility for some payments and make them easier to claim
  • make Crisis Payment available if you need to self-isolate, are in severe financial hardship and you can get an income support payment

For new students who do not currently receive study benefits, it has been advised that you phone Centrelink to make a claim. We understand you need to be enrolled in full time study, for further details please check the Centrelink website.

  • A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020
  • The Australian Government has begun sending text messages to keep you informed about the national response to COVID-19. Please act on that advice, it will help save lives.
  • Tighter restrictions on weddings, funerals, fitness classes, beauty salons, arcades, play centres and more from 11:59pm, 25 March. Read more.
  • Pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), places of worship, gyms, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, casinos must close. Takeaway only at restaurants and cafes. Supermarkets, and pharmacies remain open. Read more
  • Tasmania, the NT, WA, Queensland and SA announced border closures. Anyone entering is to self-isolate for 14 days. See specific State and Territory Government sites for information.
  • JobSeeker Payment claims can be submitted online 24/7. Online service capacity is being increased. Read More.
  • For school closures (government and non-government) please refer to state and territory education authorities. Read more.
  • Stop the spread! Stay 1.5 metres away from others, wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoid touching your face and if sick, stay home. Read more.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness varying from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They are found worldwide in humans and animals.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not previously been identified in humans before. COVID-19 is similar to SARS coronavirus and in the same family as MERS coronavirus.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, fatigue, sore throat, runny nose and breathing difficulties.

People who are considered at high risk may have travelled from China recently or been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. NSW Health is recommending for individuals who have travelled from overseas in the 14 days before the onset of symptoms to seek medical attention.

Does the annual flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?

Flu vaccines do not offer protection against COVID-19. COVID-19 requires its own vaccine and researchers are currently working to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.

What happens if I am being tested for COVID-19?

You will need to follow the advice of your doctor and where required NSW Health. If you are advised by your doctor or NSW Health to not attend NAS campus for a period of time, please contact Student Services.

NAS strongly recommends that any student who is being tested for coronavirus does not attend NAS until they are able to confirm negative test results.

What does isolation mean if I do not live alone?

Self-isolation should not affect any other person you share a place of residence with unless they also meet the criteria necessary for self-isolation. The Australian Government has advised that your family or housemates do not need to self-isolate.

Individuals who are under self-isolation must not visit public places and must not allow visitors to enter their home. It is strongly recommended that the self-isolated individual wears an appropriate mask when using common areas in the house and should practice good hygiene.  If the isolated individual requires urgent medical care and consequently exits their home, it is advised that they also wear an appropriate mask.

More guidance on self-isolation can be found here.

Where can I get further information about the world situation and the virus?

This situation is being monitored and overlooked by the World Health Organisation, in collaboration with health authorities across the globe. You can access further information from the Department of Health  or the World Health Organisation .

Where is NAS getting advice about how to respond to COVID-19?

The Department of Health and NSW Health are providing updates frequently. NAS is keeping abreast of this advice.

fact sheet has been published by the Department of Health with useful information for university and vocational education students and staff.


What are the current travel restrictions related to COVID-19?’

A travel ban is in place for all Australians effective 25 March 2020 

As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult. You may not be able to return to Australia when you had planned to. Consider whether you have access to health care and support systems if you get sick while overseas. If you decide to return to Australia, do so as soon as possible. Commercial options may become less available.

Contact your airline, travel agent or insurance company to discuss your travel plans and options for cancelling or postponing current bookings, or to arrange commercial flights back to Australia.

All cruise ships which have sailed from a foreign port have been banned from entering Australian ports for 30 days.

DFAT has advice for travellers, including those returning from a destination with reported cases.

Are there any quarantine requirements for students returning from countries affected by travel restrictions?

The Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs advises that:

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter Australia, as will their immediate family members (spouses, legal guardians or dependants only). They will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days from the day they left the affected country.
  • Foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in an affected country on or after the relevant date will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days, from the time they have left or transited through that country.
  • Anyone who has been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is also required to self-isolate for 14 days after the last contact.

If you are affected by quarantine requirements and unable to attend work, please contact Student Services.

What other countries are at risk of COVID-19?

People who have been in the following countries are also considered to be at risk of exposure to COVID-19:

  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Thailand
  • Singapore
  • Japan

Please note that this is not a definitive list and is subject to change.

If any students have travelled through these countries (including transit) in the past 14 days, you should self-monitor for symptoms, practice social distancing when outside the workplace and immediately isolate yourself if you become unwell.

I have been impacted by travel restrictions or self-isolation. What should I do?

If you are a NAS student and are impacted by any of the restrictions please advise Student Services, who will in turn work with you to provide the necessary support regarding your studies at NAS.

What is NAS’s advice for students with upcoming travel plans?

The Australian Chief Medical Officer recommends Australians do not travel due to the increased risk from COVID-19. On the back of this advice, NAS urges all students to strongly reconsider their need to travel overseas from Australia at this point in time. If a personal trip has already been planned and is not considered essential, you should either postpone or cancel the travel until further notice. Do not book any international travel until further notice. You can find the latest government advice via Smart Traveller. Regularly updated advice is also available on International SOS.

COVID-19 is considered a foreseen circumstance for any new travel arrangements made after 4pm (AEDT) on 2 March 2020. This means that most travel insurance policies will not respond to claims relating to or resulting from COVID-19 for any travel booked after 4pm (AEDT) on 2 March 2020.

If you are in a situation where your personal domestic or international travel is essential, please adhere to the medical and travel advice for domestic and international travel.

If you are travelling overseas to destinations which may have been affected, please note that your return to Australia may be impacted as the Australian Government has announced travellers will be subject to enhanced border control measures to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of the Australian community.  NAS also reserves the right to enforce self-isolation. NAS will continue to assess the situation and review its position weekly.


How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

As advised by the public health experts, students should take the following necessary precautions:

  • Regularly cleaning hands by using soap and warm water or where unavailable alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with either a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing. You must also dispose of your tissue immediately and wash your hands.
  • Seek medical attention early and inform your health care provider of your recent travel history, if you display symptoms of COVID-19.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

It is recommended that any NAS student who feels unwell or concerned about their health during working hours to contact their GP or a health professional. Please call in advance and explain your symptoms and travel history, instead of attending in person. If you have severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, call 000 and request an ambulance, and inform the paramedics if you have recently been in China, Iran, Republic of Korea or Italy.

It is important to self-isolate if you are feeling unwell, and request an urgent medical assessment. You should remain in isolation whilst waiting for results of the assessment.

If you do feel unwell, we request that you take mindful care of yourself and be considerate to others in the NAS community by taking appropriate leave, nonparticipation in campus activity, or adhering to recommended self-isolation procedures.

You may come into contact with people who have compromised immune systems or other medical conditions that make them at risk, so we request that you do not attend the campus until your symptoms have passed and you are feeling well.

NSW Health has a free helpline, Health Direct, at 1800 022 222. Registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide advice when you’re unsure of sure what to do – whether you should see a local GP, manage the condition in isolation, or go to an emergency department. (*Calls are free from a landline; charges may apply from a mobile phone.)

The Australian Department of Health has set up a 24-hour COVID-19 Health Information Line at 1800 020 080.

What should I do if I have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case?

If you have been identified as a contact of a person with confirmed COVID-19 infection in Australia, the local public health unit will contact you with advice. You need to isolate yourself at home for 14 days after contact with the infected person, and to monitor your health and report any symptoms.

Person to person spread of coronaviruses generally occurs between people who are close contacts with one another. A close contact is typically someone who has been face to face for at least 15 minutes, or been in the same closed space for at least 2 hours, with a person that was infectious. The public health unit will keep in touch with people who are close contacts of patients with COVID-19 infection. If any symptoms develop contacts must call the public health unit to report those symptoms.

If your contact with the person was less than this, there is a much smaller risk of you being infected. However, as a precaution you must still monitor your health until 14 days after you were last exposed to the infectious person. If you develop symptoms including a fever and/or respiratory signs, please call ahead to talk to a doctor or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222. Tell your doctor that you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. The doctor may tell you to attend your nearest emergency department – if so when you arrive, immediately tell staff you have had contact with someone with COVID-19.

More information about home isolation is available for:

Practice simple hygiene by:

  • making sure to clean your hands thoroughlyfor at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand rub
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with tissue or a flexed elbow.

You should restrict activities outside the home except for seeking medical care. You should not attend NAS campus.

Do face masks protect against COVID-19?

Face masks are not advised and are unnecessary for the general public, according to Australia’s Chief Medical Officer. Only people who are unwell and have a relevant travel history are required to wear an appropriate mask, in relation to COVID-19.

P2 masks offer some protection against the virus for people who are in close contact with patients, such as when treating or testing a person with symptoms.

To wear a face mask is a personal decision. People who wear a face mask are often taking preventative measures for themselves or protecting themselves from air pollution. It does not necessarily mean they are sick.

What should I do if I test positive to COVID-19?

If you test positive to COVID-19 you must adhere to the recommendations of your medical professional and the Department of Health, particularly the essential self-isolation period.

Please immediately inform Student Services and do not attend NAS

You must be cleared by a Public Health Officer and determined to be no longer infectious before you can leave your home isolation and re-enter NAS or the wider Australian community.

Students must continue to check the advice offered by the Australian Government as it is likely to be updated regularly as the situation develops.

I am experiencing stress or anxiety regarding the situation of my health and I would like to speak to someone.

If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and want to speak to someone about your concerns please contact Upasana Papadopolous, School Counsellor.

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-5pm

Rear, Building 14 (entrance on right, rear of building)

National Art School, Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

Ph: 02 9339 8722 or

What should I do if I am concerned about the health of a student or staff member?

You should recommend that the individual seeks immediate medical attention. The individual will be advised on where to obtain assistance or the next necessary step to take through calling NSW Health’s free helpline, Health Direct, at 1800 022 222. Registered nurses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Please keep in mind that NAS is a diverse and inclusive community and it is important that we continue to support each other. If you do see a colleague or student who is unwell, please be mindful of their self-esteem and privacy.

If you are concerned about the situation please notify Student Services.


What is NAS doing about the COVID-19 situation?

As of Monday 23 March 2020, The National Art School is closed.

NAS is communicating frequently with our community through emails and updating the NAS website.

If you would like to speak to someone in person, please call the NAS Hotline on 9339 8744.

I am worried about my family and friends in countries experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. Who can I talk to?

If you are a student who requires support please contact Upasana Papadopolous, School Counsellor.

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9-5pm

02 9339 8722 or


As of Monday 23 March 2020, The National Art School is closed.

In line with decisions made by the National Cabinet as communicated by the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the National Art School is closed to the public until further notice to help protect the health of all visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in the State.


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