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 of 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.

Second Step to reopening restrictions currently apply in metropolitan Melbourne and Third Step restrictions apply throughout regional Victoria.

In line with Victorian Government restrictions, only those holding a permitted worker permit or students approved for permitted in-person activities are able to be on campus during this period.

Initial approval

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

  1. You must have formal approval.
  2. You must complete the compulsory COVIDSafe Campus online module in TrainME.

Every time you come

Every time you come to campus or another University site you must complete a health declaration. Select from below:

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

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.

Face masks

As per Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice, it is currently mandatory to wear a face mask whenever you leave home across the whole state of Victoria.

This applies to students and staff coming to the University’s campuses.

You must wear a fitted face mask, covering the nose and mouth. A loose scarf or a bandana or a face shield on its own is not considered a sufficient face covering.

When wearing a face mask, you are protecting others. If others are wearing one, they are helping to protect you. And if we all wear one, we're all doing our bit to slow the spread of COVID‑19.

Limiting movement

A requirement of COVID Safe Plans is to limit movement between sites and workplaces to minimise the risk of transmission.

For the University, each campus (eg. Parkville, Werribee, Shepparton) is considered a single site, but students and staff must wherever possible minimise movement between buildings on campus.

If you are unable to limit your attendance to a single site – within the University and beyond – you must keep a log of the places visited including date, time and place of attendance.

More information for students

More information for staff

Translated resources

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

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Final-year students

Changes announced by the Victorian Government on Sunday 27 September allow final‑year students and late‑stage graduate researchers who require access to in-person teaching, assessment and/or work placements in order to complete their qualifications by the end of January 2021 to return to campus. As such, the University is facilitating a return to campus for these students from Monday 12 October, which coincides with the resumption of teaching after the Semester break.

The University has been in ongoing discussions with the Victorian Government to enable a return to campus for students who fall into this category.

This decision applies to a particular cohort of students who need access to facilities on campus so that they can complete their degrees in a timely manner, and to the staff required to facilitate this.

Once we have confirmed details with teaching staff, students will be notified by their subject coordinator. For all other students and staff there is no change to current arrangements.

The University’s first priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff, and we are confident that our COVIDSafe plans and the measures implemented on campus will enable these students and staff to safely access campus.

We look forward to demonstrating the success of these measures to the broader University community and beyond at a later date.


Future 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 COVID Safe return to campus aligns to the steps outlined in the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Roadmap to Reopening.