Safety and wellbeing

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UNSW provides its staff and students with access to a range of resources that promote a safe, active, healthy, happy and productive campus experience.

Safety

As one of the University’s guiding principles, safety is central to everything we do. As well as working hard to ensure a safe campus experience, the University proactively manages risks with a series of risk management and continuous improvement strategies.

Health and safety management system

UNSW’s Health and Safety management system (HSMS) is a set of plans, actions and procedures that are designed to systematically manage health and safety in the workplace.

More information on health and safety governance and training can be found at UNSW Health and Safety.

Our safety performance

Maintaining a safe campus

UNSW’s Campus Security provides the following essential services and facilities to keep staff, students and visitors safe on campus:
  • StaySafe @ UNSW app
  • night shuttle bus
  • safety escorts
  • help points
  • Cops on Campus initiative
  • Gate 2 Security Office.

Wellbeing

UNSW's Wellbeing website

UNSW Wellbeing is a gateway to the diverse suite of health and wellbeing initiatives across the University. 

Free flu shot

UNSW’s campus is susceptible to influenza outbreaks, so to help keep our campus population healthy the University offers the flu vaccine free of charge to all staff and students at the start of winter every year. 

Hydration

Because staying hydrated is essential for optimal health and brain function, UNSW has installed free water refill stations and fountains around the Kensington campus.

The refill stations have been fitted with both a tap and a spout to make it easy for students and staff to refill water bottles. They are vandalism resistant, hygienic and accessible to wheelchair users and children. 

Ergonomic adjustments

With many staff and students spending considerable amounts of time sitting for long periods at desktop and laptop computers there is an increased risk of workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders. This can manifest as neck pain, back pain, blurry vision and poor posture. They also dramatically cut down on the waste and energy use associated with plastic single-use water bottles.

UNSW has responded to this by providing:

  • compulsory online ergonomic training to all staff
  • the opportunity for staff to trial ergonomically designed equipment before their unit commits to its purchase
  • a workstation assessment service
  • general advice and resources on ergonomics.

Bicycle maintenance

UNSW Bike Club in collaboration with Bike-ology provides a free service to help with everything bike-related. Free bicycle maintenance workshops are regularly run, and anyone is welcome to drop by with their bike to learn from the volunteer enthusiasts. 

In addition to workshops, the UNSW Bike Club organises social rides and advocates for, and promotes cycling at UNSW.

Fitness

UNSW encourages a healthy lifestyle through the on-campus Fitness and Aquatic Centre. The centre has a range of group fitness classes, personal fitness sessions, a pool and gym to help staff and students to stay fit.

In addition, Arc (UNSW’s student organisation) has more than 30 fitness clubs that encourage students to keep active and maintain their fitness throughout their studies.

Green space

In response to the growing amount of literature surrounding the importance of green space in physical health, mental health and overall wellbeing, UNSW has increased investment in the development of its green spaces.

With approximately 30% of the Kensington campus devoted to green space and 12 shady, intimate courtyards, the University provides a variety of opportunities to escape the built environment and enjoy a biophilic experience.