COVID-19 testing and notification

Guidance for students and staff of the University of Melbourne about getting tested for COVID-19, what to do next and how to notify the University about confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Do not come to campus if you are unwell and have any of the following symptoms, however mild: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss or change in sense of taste or smell.

Follow Victorian Department of Health advice and seek medical advice and testing.

If you become unwell on campus

If you become unwell while on campus, or think you might have COVID‑19 related symptoms you should:

  1. Leave the campus immediately. If you must use public transport, be sure to practice excellent hand hygiene and cough/sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  2. Seek medical advice and get tested for COVID‑19
    • Students and staff can call the University Health Service on 03 8344 6905 for advice
  3. Notify your supervisor / course coordinator and email public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au
  4. If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000.

If you have COVID‑19

If you test positive for COVID‑19:

  1. Whether or not you have symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate. You will be contacted by a public health worker from the Victorian Department of Health for advice on the next steps. Read more here.
  2. Notify the University by emailing public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au This inbox is monitored seven days a week. In the email, please include your name, phone number and contact details. Your information will be kept confidential. A privacy collection notice is available.
  3. A University Case Management Team member will call you within several hours of notification.

If someone else has COVID‑19

If a staff member, student or another member of the University community notifies you that they have tested positive:

  1. Advise the individual to email public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au.
  2. You should also notify the University by emailing relevant details (names, contact number, sites affected, key dates etc) to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au. This inbox is monitored seven days a week. You should also let the individual know you will be notifying the University.
  3. A University Case Management Team member will call the notifying person within several hours of notification.
  4. When collecting or sharing details of positive COVID‑19 test, remember that personal information should only be used or disclosed as required, and that only the minimum amount of personal information necessary to prevent or manage COVID‑19 should be collected, used or disclosed. A privacy collection notice is available.

If you are a close contact

If you are a primary or secondary close contact of someone with a confirmed case of COVID‑19:

  1. Follow all advice and guidance available from the Victorian Department of Health regarding quarantine and testing requirements.
  2. Notify the University by emailing public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au
  3. You must follow Department of Health advice regarding the length of your quarantine. You can only leave home after the Department of Health gives you permission.
  4. The Department of Health will advise you on testing requirements. If you develop symptoms at any time during your quarantine, even mild ones, you should get a COVID‑19 test.
  5. Please send an email to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au so we can provide advice and support.

If you have visited a public exposure site

If you have visited a public exposure site listed by the Victorian Government:

  1. Monitor the list of exposure sites provided by the Victorian Government and on campus and follow advice for testing, quarantine and isolation. Advice and directions may differ depending on where you have been.
  2. Please send an email to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au if you have visited an exposure site so we can provide advice and support.

If you have travelled interstate

If you have recently completed domestic travel and are required to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate:

  1. You must have a travel permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Follow the government travel permit advice about any COVID-19 testing, quarantine or isolation that may be required.
  2. If you do test positive for COVID-19, please send an email to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au so we can support you.

Support

The University's Public Health Network has a rostered team that monitors the public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au inbox 7 days a week. Information emailed to the mailbox is analysed and timely responses are enacted to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.

Notifying the team at public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au means the University can support individuals who contract COVID‑19 by providing practical advice, links to University services, conducting wellbeing checks, answering COVID‑19 related questions and assisting through the isolation process. The Public Health Unit will work with the Victorian Department of Health to facilitate contact tracing, manage any necessary building deep cleans and provide relevant local and organisational level communication and assist with mandatory reporting to the Department of Health and WorkSafe.

The University has a network of people who have been briefed in readiness to respond to individual cases and we now need them to be on standby and ready to be called upon. We need supervisors to support them in this work.

When collecting or sharing details of positive COVID‑19 test, remember that personal information should only be used or disclosed as required, and that only the minimum amount of personal information necessary to prevent or manage COVID‑19 should be collected, used or disclosed. A privacy collection notice is available.

COVID-19 leave entitlements

Fixed-term and continuing staff who are required to self-isolate or who become ill with COVID-19, and are unable to work from home, will not be asked to use sick or personal leave, and will receive a payment equivalent to their salary for the duration of their absence. Please apply for Special Paid Leave (Quarantine) via Themis self-service in this situation.

The University will also provide casual staff with a COVID-19 Special Payment, equivalent to the hours they were expected to work within 14 consecutive days, if they are required to self-isolate or if they become ill with COVID-19, and are unable to work from home. Please follow these instructions to submit a casual timecard in this situation.

Find out more on our dedicated COVID-19 page for staff.

COVID-19 documents for travel

The University Health Service offers the gold standard COVID PCR test.

Some countries require different tests and documentation when you are returning to your home country. The Health Service cannot provide tests for countries requiring tests other than the COVID PCR.

If you require a returning traveller COVID test, please contact the University's COVID-19 hotline on (03) 8344 6905 to see which testing site you may need to attend.