To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our community we have COVIDSafe plans in place across the University, including individual campuses, faculties, schools, buildings and operations.
There are many factors helping to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus. They include vaccination, testing and isolation, cleaning, ventilation, personal behaviour, face masks, welfare-first COVID‑19 case management, and flexible study and work arrangements.
The University continues to follow Victorian public health advice for face masks to help reduce the transmission of airborne viruses. Face masks are welcome in all settings for community and personal safety.
Face masks are required:
- if you have COVID-19 and must attend campus – everywhere on campus – in sensitive settings this should be a P2 or equivalent mask (see detailed requirements)
- if you are a close contact – indoors on campus – in sensitive settings this should be a P2 or equivalent mask (see detailed requirements)
- in any setting at the University where a local risk assessment has determined this is necessary
- where required by third parties
Face masks are recommended:
- for frontline staff (including libraries, service centres and teaching staff)
- anywhere you can’t physically distance
- if you have any COVID-19 symptoms
- when you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19
- when visiting or working in sensitive settings such as hospitals and aged care and disability services
- if you know you are at a higher risk of falling very sick with COVID-19
Students with hearing difficulties are encouraged to contact their lecturer/tutor or Student Equity and Disability Support with any concerns about mask usage and communication.
Further guidance is available about types of masks and how to use them effectively.
Face masks available on campus
The University continues to provide access to:
- surgical masks for staff, students and visitors attending campus who have forgotten or don’t have access to a mask – available on request via teaching spaces and building reception areas
- P2 or equivalent masks for:
- staff and students attending an area of campus or undertaking an activity where it is required by local risk assessment or Standard Operating Procedure
- staff working on campus who seek the option of a higher-grade mask – show your staff ID at these distribution points
- any student who wishes to use one, after registering first with the University – please follow the instructions within your confirmation email to collect masks
Cleaning and sanitising
The University has implemented enhanced infection control and cleaning measures across all facilities, including:
- More frequent cleaning and disinfection by professional cleaning staff
- Self-service infection control measures, such as 2500+ touch-free hand sanitiser dispensers and 3000+ alcohol wipe dispensers
- Additional deep cleaning, disinfection and site closures as needed in response to a confirmed case of COVID-19
- People are encouraged wherever possible to maintain a physical distance of 1.5m between themselves and others
- Some indoor spaces have been reconfigured and plexiglass barriers installed in some service areas to facilitate physical distancing
- Signage provides reminders for people to maintain physical distance of 1.5m where possible
The University has implemented a range of measures to support improved air quality, including:
- Increasing ventilation by mechanical or natural means where necessary
- Where the system is unable to ensure to adequate air intake and exchange, other mitigations, such as portable air purifiers have been deployed
- Real-time monitoring of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels as a proxy to evaluate airborne virus risk and adequate fresh air supply – sensors have been installed in teaching spaces and each occupied level of every building
- A central team monitors these sensors and responds where additional action is required
Find out more about ventilation.
Screening and testing
Students, staff, contractors and visitors with undiagnosed COVID-19 symptoms should not attend campus.
The University continues to support students and staff by providing access to rapid antigen tests (RATs):
- following campus exposures
- for people who need to attend campus after testing positive for COVID-19 (you must also follow these requirements)
- for people who need to attend campus following household exposure (you must also follow these requirements)
- for asymptomatic screening in higher-risk settings
- for students and staff attending campus, to participate in voluntary asymptomatic screening for additional comfort and confidence
Find out where to collect a RAT on campus.
Processes and administrative measures
- A dedicated Public Health Network supports timely COVID-19 case management and response, to minimise risk of on-campus transmission and support those who are require to isolate or quarantine
- Ensure appropriate record keeping, health declaration and training processes are in place
- Strongly encourage all members of our University community to stay up to date with their vaccinations, and continue to provide advice, information and resources to support our community to stay informed on this
- Advise people not to attend University locations if they are unwell, even with mild symptoms, and provide advice about getting tested for COVID-19 and what to do from there
- Report COVID-19 cases on campus on our website and to the Victorian Department of Health as required
- Follow the Victorian Government's guidance for COVIDSafe workplaces
Want to know more?
Watch these short videos about the measures we are taking to keep our campuses COVIDSafe and actions to take to protect yourself and others.