Support for the Australian education sector

The education sector faced massive challenges during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, with staff and students across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors being sent home as lockdowns were enforced. Universities, which rely on international students for a large part of their income and who were now unable to travel to Australia, were hardest hit with campuses becoming ghost towns overnight.

The Australian National University (ANU) was one of the first in Australia to engage an infectious disease response expert to assess how they could safely return staff and students to campus when permitted.

Respond Global conducted comprehensive campus reviews of teaching, research and accommodation areas and provided recommendations about the implementation of a COVID-Safe plan, detailing response protocols at all levels of the University. To test the readiness of staff to respond to an outbreak we conducted a simulation exercise on-campus.