Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Last updated 5.38pm, 18 January 2022

DO NOT COME TO CAMPUS if you have a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or change in sense of taste or smell – however mild.

Follow this guide about getting tested for COVID-19 and what to do if you or someone you know tests positive, including notifying the University for support and advice.

Check this list for COVID-19 cases in the University community and any on-campus locations affected.

  

IMPORTANT NOTICE

COVIDSafe Settings are currently in place across Victoria and you are encouraged to study or work from home if you can. Find out about our approach to on-campus teaching and learning, research, and services.
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Recent updates

  • Please see the latest information regarding confirmed cases of COVID‑19 in our community and associated advice and building closures.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for anyone attending our campuses, undertaking University activities in third-party or public settings, or working outside their primary residence. Find out more about vaccination requirements.
  • Updated COVIDSafe Settings came into effect 7 January. Find out about our approach to on-campus teaching and learning, research, and services.
  • Face masks are required indoors (except at home) for anyone aged 8+. They also continue to be required on public transport, taxis and rideshare. (Existing exemptions apply)
  • Masks are also recommended outdoors if you can’t physically distance.

Important reminders

  • Please follow these guidelines when attending campus for permitted reasons.
  • Please check the list on-campus exposures and impacts before leaving home and follow Victorian Government directions regarding testing and self-isolation.
  • If you have visited an exposure site, are a contact of someone with COVID‑19 or test positive for COVID‑19, please follow the University's testing and notification process for COVID-19 to access support and advice.
  • Vaccination is our way out of the pandemic, and it’s something every one of us can do. We encourage you to get vaccinated at your earliest opportunity. Check out our VaxFACTS site for simple videos answering common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Supporting our University community

The University of Melbourne continues to work closely with the Australian and Victorian governments and our own health experts. Our priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community and we are doing everything we can to reduce infection rates in the community.

As we increase our in-person, on-campus activities, our student services, including library services, continue to be delivered virtually to ensure access for all.

We have enhanced our health and wellbeing services, including telehealth, COVID‑19 hotline and vaccinations at the University of Melbourne Health Service, our Safer Community Program, Counselling and Psychological Services and an outreach program for students.

We look forward to welcoming our international students to Melbourne via the International Student Arrivals Plan and updated travel arrangements for fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, and have a range of extra supports in place for them on arrival.

We also have a dedicated counselling service for students currently located outside of Australia. This free support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Financial Aid team are available to help students navigate the challenges of having limited income while studying, including hardship caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic, and we've expanded our range of scholarships and support programs.

In consideration of concerns about the disruption to study from unexpected and prolonged COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria during the second half-year 2021, results from this period will not contribute to a student’s Weighted Average Mark (WAM) unless the mark achieved for the subject was equal to, or higher than, their WAM at the beginning of second half-year 2021.

Graduate researchers enrolled on or before 1 March 2020 are eligible for up to 6 months extra to complete their projects. PhD candidates nearing the end of their candidature, whose projects are affected by the pandemic, may apply for a stipend extension.

We introduced a range of COVID‑19 related workplace entitlements to support our staff, and staff can access existing flexible work arrangements for medical reasons, including vaccination.

We have COVIDSafe plans in place across the University, including individual campuses, faculties, schools, buildings and operations.

You will notice public safety signage, posters and floor decals when you are on campus. In addition, our researchers have made significant contributions to help Australia understand and respond to COVID-19. Some of our key public safety materials and expert researcher content is available here.