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 Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) 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:
- 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.
- Seek medical advice and get tested for COVID‑19 (available at the University Health Service)
- You can call the health service on 03 8344 6905 for advice and to book COVID‑19 testing on your way home
- Notify your supervisor / course coordinator and email firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000.
If you have COVID‑19
If you test positive for COVID‑19:
- Whether or not you have symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate. You will be contacted by a public health worker from the DHHS for advice on the next steps. Read more here.
- Notify the University by emailing email@example.com 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 (PDF 102.0 KB) is available.
- A University Case Management Team member will call you within several hours of notification.
If you are a close contact
If you are a primary or secondary close contact of someone with a confirmed case of COVID‑19:
- Follow all advice and guidance available from the DHHS regarding quarantine and testing requirements.
- Notify the University by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- You must follow DHHS advice regarding the length of your quarantine. You can only leave home after DHHS gives you permission.
- DHHS 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.
- If you do test positive for COVID‑19, please send an email to email@example.com so we can support you.
If you have travelled interstate
If you have recently completed domestic travel and are required to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate:
- 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.
- If you do test positive for COVID-19, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can support you.
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.