1           BACKGROUND

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, and shortness of breath.

The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene and physical distancing can reduce the risk of infection. For most people, COVID-19 is experienced as a mild disease. The focus on reducing transmission is to ease the burden on our health system, rather than eliminate the spread.

If you, your family or community are sick and think you have symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical advice. If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms, or are seeking information, call the National Coronavirus Hotline for advice on

1800 020 080. The line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


To responsibly continue art activities appropriate risk mitigation measures must be in place. Brisbane Institute of Art has recommenced activities on- campus with the following principles:

  • help stop the spread and stay healthy;
  • stay informed and continue to support physical distancing in accordance with the Australian Government and State/Territory guidelines; and

BIA must continue to support all measures to stop the spread and to stay healthy.


The following general measures will apply to support physical distancing and help to protect health service provision as well as ensuring business continuity:

  • Students who are sick with cold and flu symptoms must NOT attend
  • Students who are in vulnerable population should consider seeking medical advice from their health practitioner to support informed risk assessment and decision- making regarding the suitability of attending to the BIA
  • Physical distancing guidelines and good hygiene practices must be adhered to and students should avoid physical
  • Lecture and studio spaces must have no more than one person per four square metres of floor space (4 square meter rule).
  • Studios and facilities are regularly cleaned and high touch surfaces in the studios are disinfected after every class.  
  • Hand sanitizer products are provided at venue entries and should be used by all students and staff.
  • All students, staff and visitors must adhere to the physical distancing guidelines.


  • Students should avoid queuing and ensure a clear 5 metre distance between people.
  • Students must comply with their tutor’s directions in regard to implementing a physical distancing plan.
  • Students should support physical distancing controls including when accessing equipment and shared workspaces. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols must be adhered to for communal equipment and areas.
  • Where physical distancing is not possible, risk-based strategies must be implemented. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be used where appropriate.
  • Participants in a vulnerable risk group or who are unwell should not participate until further notice.
  • Physical distancing must be maintained in shared kitchen, eating areas, common areas and gallery.


Where there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at BIA, tutors will work through the administration who will contact the National Coronavirus Helpline (1800 020 080).

BIA must be prepared to provide support as necessary including;

  • information on the setup of the facility/location the person may have visited;
  • total number of staff and students in the facility and in the affected area and names and contact details as appropriate.

 If a staff member or student is unwell, they must not attend class or must leave to go home. If they are a suspected COVID-19 case, they must self-isolate and seek testing.

The staff member or student must remain away whilst a diagnosis is sought. If COVID-19 is excluded, the staff member/student may be able to return to work once well and as guided by the infectious period for their condition. If a diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed, the staff member/student must be excluded until they meet the criteria for release from isolation.