Attending campus

What you need to know and do if you have permission to attend or return to campus or another University site.

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.

COVIDSafe Summer restrictions apply throughout Victoria. The majority of our students and staff continue to study and work from home.

The following guidance is provided for people returning to campus as restrictions ease.

Initial approval

Before coming to campus or another University site for the first time:

  1. You must have formal approval
    (unless only visiting the Baillieu Library, but you must still complete steps 2 and 3, and show your student or staff card)
  2. You must complete the compulsory COVIDSafe Campus online module in TrainME
  3. You must complete the relevant health declaration:

Every time you come

Follow health and safety directions: stay home if you are unwell, adhere to physical distancing, maintain hand hygiene, cover your cough and sneeze, and carry and wear a face mask as required.

For those who are on campus, we have enhanced infection control and cleaning measures in place to ensure we are creating the safest environment and continuing to prioritise health and safety.

Daily health declaration arrangements may apply in specific University buildings in accordance with the local COVIDSafe plan, as well as in partner organisations such as hospitals and Medical Research Institutes. Anyone accessing these locations must comply with local requirements.

Face masks

Guidelines around face masks are changing regularly. You should carry a face mask at all times and wear one as required under current Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommendations.

If you are in a space where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained, DHHS strongly recommends that you wear a face mask.

Face masks are mandatory on public transport, in ride shares or taxis. There may also be some areas on campus and some campus-based activities where face masks will be required. Where this is the case, this will be communicated to students and staff by local areas.

There are also a number of lawful reasons for not wearing a mask where required. The list of exemptions can be found on the DHHS website.

Attending campus advice for students

Attending campus information for staff

Translated resources

Access information about helping to keep our campus COVIDSafe in several University community languages.

Returning to face-to-face teaching and learning

First half year 2021 (including Summer Term and Semester 1) subjects will be delivered in one of three ways: online, on campus, or a combination of the two. This offers flexibility and COVIDSafe study options for everyone. If you are unable to return to campus in time for the start of classes, a large number of subjects will be available to study online – either in the dual-delivery or online subject types. Find out more.

The University’s first priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff, and we are confident that our COVIDSafe plans will enable students and staff to safely access campus for teaching and learning activities offered on campus.

Food and drink vendors

Any food and drink vendors open on campus must comply with government regulations. While we encourage you to support the local businesses on campus, it’s important to minimise your movement around campus as much as possible and to practice physical distancing wherever possible.

The following food and drink outlets are currently trading:

  • Parkville
    • Bar Commercio, The Spot (Economics and Commerce): M–F, 8.30am–3pm
    • Baretto Café, Alan Gilbert Building: M–F, 6am–2pm
    • Brew Sisters, Stop 1 (757 Swanston St): M–F, 7.30am–1pm
    • Carte Crepes, John Medley Building: M–F, 7.30am–3.30pm
    • Castro Kiosk, David Caro Building: M–F, 8am–2pm
    • Espresso Bar, The Ian Potter Museum of Art (Swanston Street): M–F, 8am–2pm
    • Hoho's Canteen, Union House: M–F, 7.30am–5pm
    • House of Cards, Engineering Lane: contact directly for opening hours
    • MoFo Burgers (Mood Food), 100 Leicester Street: contact directly for opening hours
    • Plush Fish, Union House: M–F, 9am–4pm
    • Porta Via Café, Law Building: contact directly for opening hours
    • Prince Alfred Hotel, 191 Grattan Street: contact directly for opening hours
    • Professor's Walk Café, Baillieu Library: M–F, 10am–5pm
    • Pronto Pizza, Union House: M–F, 7am–3pm
    • Standing Room, Glyn Davis Building (Melbourne School of Design): M–F, 8am–2pm
  • Southbank
    • Betwixt Café and Bar, Building 877 (Sturt Street): M–F, 9.30am–8pm
    • Little Black, Building 881 (St Kilda Road): contact directly for opening hours

Some other food and drink outlets located on or near campus that are not University tenants may also be operating.

The Sustainability Team would like to remind people purchasing take-away coffees that disposable cups must be disposed of in the red landfill bins. For more information on correct waste disposal, including take-away food packaging, visit Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

Return to campus plans

The University is committed to a safe, phased return to campus with a focus on priority areas in line with government and health advice.

Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community.

Our roadmap to a COVIDSafe return to campus outlines our principles for returning to campus in line with the steps in the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 roadmap for reopening.


Only people approved to be on campus can be, and this includes the parks and grounds.