Information for students during COVID-19

Open Universities Australia is here to help.


Together, we’re facing unprecedented times as our communities are impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Many of you may have already experienced disruptions to your everyday life.

This page is your resource for support and clarity regarding current, or upcoming study through OUA. We’ll update it regularly to ensure you have the information you need. 

For general information about COVID-19, visit the Department of Health website. 

Our focus is your study journey

As we operate totally online, we continue to function as normal. This means there will be no disruption to the services we provide to you—whether you’re a current student or looking to start study. 

Our entire team remains focused on supporting you as you begin, or continue your study journey. We’re working closely with universities to provide you with up-to-date information on changes to your studies if they arise. 

If you’re already studying through OUA, you’ll receive timely, direct communication from us via email should there be any changes to the subjects you’re enrolled in. If you’re currently signing up to study, you will receive these updates once you have enrolled. This is our commitment to you.

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For current students

Check here for up-to-date information about your studies through OUA during this time. 

As we operate totally online, we continue to function as normal.  Our student advisors are still available to help you. Get in touch.

We’re working closely with universities to make sure you're up-to-date with any changes to your subjects. Rest assured, as we receive updates from unis, we’ll pass that information on to you.

OUA exams will be online for the rest of 2020.

We’re prioritising your health and safety. In response to government advice about COVID-19 restrictions, we’re moving face-to-face exams online for the rest of the year. This means that if your subject has an exam managed by OUA Exam Services, you won’t have to choose a venue, travel, or arrange for a supervisor. Some exams may also change to an alternative assessment. We’ll be in touch with more information.

If your subject’s exams are managed directly by your uni, stand by for updates via email or your LMS.

Your health and safety is important. Because work experience placements usually involve on-site visits, and practicums usually need you to go to campus, social distancing rules mean they may not go ahead. We’ll update you when we know more. Universities are approaching this differently, so make sure you check the section below for information specific to your uni.

Yes, you can—however each case needs to be assessed individually. If you’re eligible, Special Circumstances may help with fee refunds and overturning fail grades. To apply, you will need to provide adequate documentation so that we can assess your case. For more information refer to Special Circumstances.

We’re working closely with universities to ensure you have up-to-date information about how your course will continue to be delivered. Rest assured, as we receive updates from unis, we’ll contact you if any of your subject enrolments change.


Information specific to your university

Please note that information on university websites may not apply to students studying online through OUA. Likewise, advice in some emails from universities might not be intended for online students.

21 May 2020

Information regarding withdrawal of units after census, but prior to the release of results:

Students may apply to withdraw from units after the Semester 1 2020 census date via the Re-credit of Unit/s and Refund of Fees in Special Circumstances (RE) Form. 

If successful, students will be withdrawn from the unit without academic or financial penalty and a result of ‘Withdrawn Without Academic Penalty (WW)’ will be applied. 

Students will be required to repeat the unit in a future study period.

Information regarding withdrawal without academic penalty after the release of results:

Students may apply to the Academic Registrar to withdraw without academic penalty after the release of results in Semester 1 2020. 

To do so, students must submit a Student Declaration by email to AskACU@acu.edu.au. If granted, the result for the unit will be changed to ‘Withdrawn Without Academic Penalty (WW)’ and will not contribute to your GPA. 

Students will still be required to pay the fees for the unit and will also need to repeat the unit in a future study period.

Information regarding withdrawal from units without financial penalty after the release of results:

If students wish to apply for withdrawal without financial penalty, they can complete and submit the Re-credit of Unit/s and Refund of Fees in Special Circumstances (RE) Form. 

If successful, they will be withdrawn from the unit without academic or financial penalty and a result of ‘Withdrawn Without Academic Penalty (WW)’ will be applied. Students will be required to repeat the unit in a future study period.

Students are encouraged to contact AskACU if further information is required. 

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to ACU's’s COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

21 April 2020

Census date change: The Semester 1 census dates has changed to 8 May (it was originally 31 March).

20 March 2020

Teaching pause: Australian National University is pausing all teaching for both on campus and online students. This pause will be in place from 23 March while transitions are made to full online delivery. Your classes will run as normal from Monday 30 March.

Due to the study pause, Semester 1 will be extended by 1 week. 

The new Semester 1 timetable is as follows:

  • One week pause: Monday 23 to Friday 27 March
  • Classes resume: Monday 30 March (new Week 5)
  • Mid-semester break: Monday 6 April to Friday 17 April
  • Return from mid-semester break: Monday 20 April (new Week 6)
  • End of teaching: Friday 5 June (new Week 12)

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to ANU's COVID-19 advice for up-to-date information about the wellbeing and welfare of the ANU community.

21 May 2020

Placements for MTP502 are still going ahead on the planned dates of 10-21 August 2020. 
 
If you're unable to secure a placement, please contact Curtin University at hum-ed-ouaprac@curtin.edu.au for help. 

If a situation arises where schools are unable to accommodate you in Term 3, you may be assigned an Ongoing Assessment (OA) for the professional experience placement. This OA will last until the end of Term 4 (SP3). 
 
Please note, even if an OA is granted, MTP506 is still due to be completed by November. OAs will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Given the COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and evolving, information will be regularly updated and is subject to change.  

1 May 2020

Practicum update: Students completing a School of Education course are encouraged to check Blackboard for updates regarding practicum placements. 

4 April 2020

Exams update: Curtin has cancelled face-to-face exams for the following study terms:

  • Study Period 1 2020
  • Session 1 2020
  • Study Period 4 2019 (deferred exams)

For students previously required to sit exams, tutors are currently working on alternative ways to assess your learning. They’ll keep you updated of changes in your LMS.

2 April 2020

Professional experience placements: Curtin’s School of Education is working with students, host schools, and state education departments to proceed with safe professional experience placements. At this stage, placements will continue where possible. If circumstances change, at either the individual level or due to updated government advice, Curtin will work out alternative arrangements.

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to Curtin’s COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

24 April 2020
Changes across key dates: Griffith University has amended its timetable for Study Session 2 and Study Session 3 this year.  

Study Session 2 2020
• Applications close - 28 June 2020  
• Close of enrolment - 5 July 2020 
• Classes start- 13 July 2020  
• Census date - 9 August 2020  
• Exam venue selection opens - 7 September 2020  
• Deadline to nominate or change venue - 27 September 2020  
• Classes end - 9 October 2020  
• Exam period - 15-24 October 2020 
  
Study Session 3 2020 
• Applications close - 18 October 2020  
• Close of enrolment - 25 October 2020  
• Classes start - 2 November 2020  
• Census date - 29 November 2020  
• Exam venue selection opens - 28 December 2020  
• Deadline to nominate or change venue - 17 January 2021  
• Classes end - 5 February 2021  
• Exam period - 11-19 February 2021 

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to Griffith’s COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

25 March 2020

Census date change: La Trobe University has extended the Semester 1 census date from 1 April 2020 to 15 April 2020.

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to La Trobe's response to COVID-19 for the latest the latest updates.

28 May 2020

Semester 1 online exams: To keep students safe during COVID-19, Semester 1 final exams will be delivered online.

27 April 2020

Withdrawal date extended: Macquarie University has extended the final date to withdraw from subjects without academic penalty for Semester 1. The new date is 1 May 2020 (it was 28 April 2020).

19 March 2020

Teaching pause: Macquarie University has currently paused all teaching for both on campus and online students. This pause is in place from 17 March while Macquarie transitions all teaching to online delivery. Classes will run as normal from Monday 30 March.

To support students during this period, Macquarie has extended the Semester 1 census date to 3 April (originally 19 March), and the scheduled study break in April will now be brought forward to 18–29 March.

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to Macquarie's Coronavirus information for the latest updates on COVID-19 and the potential impacts to Macquarie University students.

1 May 2020

Grading update: Murdoch has put an Academic Safety Net in place, which recognises the considerable disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If students engage with all of their online learning but happen to fail a unit in the Semester, it will not be recorded on their transcript or negatively affect their Grade Point Average. For further details, students are encouraged to check their OUA email account. 

31 March 2020

Exams update: Murdoch has cancelled Study Period 1 and Semester 1 supervised exams. Instead of sitting an exam, you’ll be required to complete a different type of assessment. Your tutors are working on alternative assessments now—check your LMS for updates.

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to Murdoch’s COVID-19 advice for information about health, your studies and the support available to you.

 15 May 2020

Course Coordinators are making arrangements for alternative assessments for courses that have examination components. Students are encouraged to speak with their RMIT Course Coordinators for more information.

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to RMIT’s COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

20 May 2020

Amended exam timetable

As a result of the COVID-19 disruptions, Swinburne have updated their exam timetable. Study Period 1 and Session 1 exams will be online.

Swinburne amended exam timetable during COVID-19

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to Swinburne’s COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

We’re standing by to update you with information specific to your studies with this university as soon as we receive it.

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to UNE’s COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

11 May 2020

Amended exam timetable

As a result of the COVID-19 disruptions, UniSA have updated their exam timetable. Study Period 1 and Session 1 exams will be online.

UniSA amended exam timetable during COVID-19

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to UniSA’s COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

15 May 2020

No record of fail grades for Semester 1 2020

To ensure students maintain a strong Grade Point Average (GPA), they will have the opportunity to ask for their results to be converted to an Ungraded Pass (UP) if their GPA is negatively impacted by COVID-19 during Semester 1. This applies to unit results published before 8 July 2020.

This applies to all OUA UTAS students enrolled in Semester 1, Term 1 or 11-week April Session 2020.

COVID-19 advice for students
Refer to UTAS's COVID-19 advice for student support, official information and general updates.

Speak with a student advisor

It’s understandable to feel worried during this time. If you have any questions or concerns, our student advisors are here to help, as normal.

During business hours, call us on 13  6736 or send a message: