Circuit breaker restrictions

  

Victorian Government advice

Metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria currently have additional restrictions in place.  These restrictions override any other advice presented on this site and are expected to ease in a phased manner over coming weeks.

The University’s response

The University is primarily operating a virtual campus and remote working model. Permitted essential research, services and limited teaching and learning activities that can only be delivered from campus will continue.

A review of the impact of easing restrictions is underway and advice on activity levels at regional campuses will be provided via relevant Faculties. However, the Victorian Government advice remains: if you can work or study from home, you should continue to do so.

Teaching and learning

  • Teaching and learning will now be conducted remotely, and classes and assessments that were scheduled to take place on campus during this period have moved to online delivery or been rescheduled. Subject coordinators will contact students directly with an update on re-scheduled activities.
  • Certain student placements and other practical internships may continue. Subject coordinators and supervisors will directly contact students with an update on these activities.

Exams and study spaces

  • We are providing limited on-campus study spaces to students who are unable to study at home and need a safe study space during the lockdown. On-campus spaces are also available for students who require a safe space in which to sit their online examination. Information is available on the student website and student portal.
  • Contingency plans are in place for in-person exams scheduled on-campus. These exams (1% of total exam sittings) have been rescheduled to week 3 of the Semester 1 Exams period. Students sitting these exams have been contacted directly with the updated arrangements and timetable for their exam/s.

Staff and graduate researchers

  • Staff who can work from home should continue to work from home, and we will manage a gradual return to campus in line with government advice.
  • Staff providing permitted essential services may attend campus.
  • Staff and graduate researchers can continue to conduct research-related activities that cannot be performed remotely or work that cannot be shut down without damage/loss, and research in permitted fields, but must notify their supervisor about planned attendance.
  • Arrangements are also in place to support staff who cannot work from home due to health or wellbeing concerns.

Services

  • Support services continue to be available online.
  • Stop1 and the libraries are closed and all services delivered online. The Library Print Retrievals service is open again for this period. A single chapter or article (within Australian copyright allowances) can be scanned and emailed to you; or a whole book can be express posted to an Australian address.
  • The University’s Health Service, childcare centres and the Early Learning Centre remain open.
  • SecondBite free meal packs for students continue to be available.
  • No in-person events can take place during the period of restrictions.

Support

We will continue to monitor government and public health advice and provide updated information as needed.

The University encourages students and staff to get vaccinated when you become eligible. More information, including how to book an appointment, is available on the Victorian government’s coronavirus website.

Please monitor the evolving list of exposure sites, dates and times published by the Department of Health and follow the advice of the Department.