Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Last updated: 4.20pm, 15 May 2020
The University of Melbourne continues to work closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Australian Government and health experts. Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community and we are doing everything we can to reduce the rates of infection in the community.
Recent changes and developments
- There is no immediate change to our operations. On Friday, 8 May, the Federal Government outlined a three-step 'Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia.' On Monday, 11 May, the Victorian Premier announced the first step for easing restrictions in a very carefully staged and cautious approach to manage infection rates in the community. We continue detailed scenario planning for how to resume our on-campus operations when we are able to do so, based on government policies and health advice.
- COVID-19 testing criteria has been expanded by the Victorian Government to include mild symptoms. Students and staff in residential accommodation – even those with no symptoms – are able to participate in testing. Free voluntary testing for students and staff is available at the University of Melbourne Health Service.
- Current information regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Our COVID-19 response
We have launched a range of support packages for students who are experiencing unexpected financial challenges because of COVID-19.
We have enhanced our health and wellbeing services, including telehealth and a COVID-19 Health Hotline through our Health Service, the Safer Community Program, Counselling and Psychological Services and a new outreach program for students.
We have automatically extended the candidature and stipend for graduate researchers nearing the end of their candidature and will do the same for others after three years where their project has been affected by the pandemic.
We continue to do priority campus-based research, safely and in compliance with government and health advice. An example is our internationally important COVID-19 research undertaken at the Peter Doherty Institute, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
We have introduced a range of COVID-19 related workplace entitlements to support our staff.
Delivery of physical goods and services has been impacted, suppliers can find out more here.
The University has transitioned to a virtual campus model which maximises opportunities for students to study effectively, while maintaining the quality and standards of our degrees and sense of community. Classes are being delivered remotely and staff are working from home wherever possible.
We have brought together vital resources to help each member of our community navigate their day. Find information and guides to working remotely and studying online, as well as staying connected and healthy, including free fitness classes and museum, collection and performance content streamed online.
Staff, graduate researchers, contractors and others working on or visiting campus must NOT attend campus if they are unwell, and must complete a COVID-19 health check before attending campus.