Victorian Government advice
Lockdown restrictions have been lifted in regional Victoria, except the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire. However, higher education and training remains closed, except for permitted study and activities.
Lockdown restrictions are in place for metropolitan Melbourne, Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire due to the ongoing level of community transmission.
For areas in lockdown, there are only six reasons to leave your home: shopping for necessary goods and services, care and caregiving, exercise, authorised work and permitted study, outdoor social interaction (up to five double-dose vaccinated people from two households, otherwise two people), and to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
Masks must be worn everywhere outside your home across the entire state. Existing exemptions apply.
The University’s response
The University is working to provide students and staff as much certainty as possible regarding teaching and learning, research and University operations for the remainder of Semester 2.
The University has paused campus-based activities and 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 as outlined below.
A permit is required in lockdown areas Staff can access information about the authorised worker permit template and process here (staff login required). Students undertaking permitted activities will be contacted by subject/placement coordinators, supervisors or student support teams as appropriate.
Teaching and learning
- Classes and assessments that were scheduled to take place on campus during this period will move to online delivery or be rescheduled. Subject coordinators will contact students directly with an update on re-scheduled activities.
- Certain student placements and other practical internships will continue. Subject coordinators and supervisors will directly contact students with an update on these activities.
- 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 restriction period. Request a study space on campus ('authorised worker' permit incorporated into this process).
Staff and graduate researchers
- Staff who can work from home, must work from home in metropolitan Melbourne, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire. Staff who can work from home, should work from home elsewhere in Victoria.
- 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 using the process on the Graduate Research Hub or Staff Hub (login required).
- Arrangements are also in place to support staff who cannot work from home due to health or wellbeing concerns.
- Libraries are currently closed, unless being accessed for an approved safe study space or approved research. The Library Print Retrieval service is available. Please visit the Virtual Library for advice on accessing materials and online services.
- Stop 1 virtual services remain fully available.
- Our childcare centres will be closed – except to vulnerable children, and children of authorised workers and single parents if they cannot be supervised at home. Authorised workers will need an authorised worker/provider permit to access these centres.
- The University has a range of support services available to students and staff. Staff can also access a range of COVID‑19 related workplace entitlements.
- If you have visited an exposure site, are a contact of someone with COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, please follow the University's testing and notification process for COVID-19 to access support and advice.
- The University Health Service is still open if you need medical care, while all other health and wellbeing services are available virtually.
- Free student meal packs continue to be available.
We are working to provide as much certainty as possible regarding teaching and learning activities for the remainder of Semester 2.
When restrictions allow, we will prioritise the return of the following activities to campus, particularly for final-year students:
- Specialist teaching scheduled on campus, including clinical teaching, practical classes, lab classes, design studios, performance studios, fabrication labs, and design labs. Subject coordinators will communicate with students directly regarding arrangements.
- Additional on-campus activities arranged by faculties or schools, such exam preparation sessions or catch-up classes ahead of SWOT Vac.
- Libraries for borrowing and quiet study space.
The following activities will be delivered online for the rest of Semester 2, unless otherwise advised:
- Standard lectures and tutorials scheduled to take place on campus for on-campus and dual-delivery subjects.
- Examinations will continue as planned, with the majority of exams being delivered online as planned.
We will continue to monitor government and public health advice and provide updated information as needed.
Vaccination is our way out of the pandemic, and it’s something every one of us can do. We encourage you to get vaccinated at your earliest opportunity. More information, including how to book an appointment, is available on the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website. Our VaxFACTS videos also answer common questions and bust widely-shared myths about the vaccines.