Vaccination at the University of Melbourne

Information about vaccination requirements on campus and in other settings for students, staff and the broader University community.

On-campus vaccination requirement

As part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, the University is making COVID‑19 vaccinations a requirement for attending our campuses to minimise the risk of COVID‑19 to our community.

This decision is based on public health advice and is aligned to the Victorian Government’s roadmap, which currently states that on-site learning and work can recommence for people who are fully vaccinated from 5 November 2021 (indicative date for roadmap Phase C). From this date, all students, staff, contractors and visitors attending our campuses will be required to be fully vaccinated.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our community is of the utmost importance. A fully vaccinated student body and workforce will reduce disease transmission rates, minimise the severity of any breakthrough infections and reduce the likelihood of severe disease requiring admission to hospital. It will also assist in reducing disruption to on-campus activities from future exposures.

The nature of our university community and the way in which it operates means that there is frequent interaction as we move between the various learning, work and recreational settings across our campuses. We already have a large cohort of students and staff who study and work in settings which currently have vaccination requirements. Additionally, there are increasing requirements for people to be vaccinated to access services across a range of sectors and to be able to participate in community activities. Vaccination will allow members of our community to move seamlessly between activities on our campuses and participate in the experiences in broader society that will be made available to fully vaccinated individuals.

When government restrictions allow, we look forward to greatly increasing our on-campus activity, including face-to-face interaction and collaboration, which is highly valued by our students and staff. This is at the core of what we do in teaching, learning and research and it is indispensable to a rich academic experience and to university life in general. Vaccination is one of the most important tools that we have to start to move towards a more normal way of life.

As a public institution, we have an obligation to contribute to the best outcomes for society. Based on the advice of ATAGI, the TGA and other public health experts, vaccination is a key public health intervention to prevent infection, transmission, severe illness and death due to COVID-19 and vaccination is recommended for all Australians from 12 years of age.

The University of Melbourne takes its position as a leader in public health seriously. Our people, across all disciplines, have been contributing to the global efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic since the very beginning. If you or someone you know needs further information on vaccinations, we have created a new VaxFACTS website, featuring a range of videos answering common questions about the vaccines.

Exemptions will apply for those with a valid reason for being unable to be vaccinated, including, for example, medical reasons or not yet being eligible to be vaccinated in Victoria. We will endeavour to support individuals with a valid exemption to complete their study or undertake their work, in a manner that is reasonable and practical.

The effective implementation of this requirement is a shared challenge for the Victorian Government and for other organisations, not just universities. We are currently developing the implementation plans to support this requirement. Information will be progressively shared with students and staff, and via our dedicated COVID-19 website, as has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic.

We are continuing to explore other measures, such as improved ventilation and increased use of outdoor spaces, to reduce the potential for transmission, building on those already in place such as masks, QR codes, physical distancing, sanitiser stations, density limits and additional cleaning.

We will continue to keep you informed as to how these and other public health measures will be implemented throughout the remainder of this year as we prepare for our Summer Term and Semester 1, 2022, when we hope to be able to welcome you all back onto campus.

Your decision – and those of your friends, family and colleagues – to get vaccinated will determine our future as a resilient community.

Chief Health Officer mandatory vaccination directions

In addition to the above, Chief Health Officer Directions for mandatory vaccination are now in effect for various cohorts of workers/students.

While vaccination deadlines vary as shown below, from 15 October the University must collect, record and hold vaccination information about any workers required to perform work outside their place of residence (which can be evidence of a booking to get vaccinated on or before the relevant date below). University contractors and suppliers must manage this obligation for their own employees.

Under these directions, from 15 October the University must not permit a worker who is unvaccinated to work outside their ordinary place of residence unless an exemption applies.

Under these Directions, workers (including graduate researchers) in the following groups need to provide information about their vaccination status by 15 October and must have received their first vaccination dose by the date specified to continue working on site.

Group 1st dose deadline
Construction workers (incl. student placements) 2 October
Authorised workers (incl. higher education workers) 22 October
School and childcare workers (incl. student placements) 25 October
Healthcare workers (incl. student placements) 29 October

Verifying your vaccination status

Interim process – for campus access 15 October to 5 November

Staff who need access to campus or another on-site work location and students undertaking placements between 15 October and 5 November need to provide evidence of their vaccination status in line with the mandatory vaccination directions outlined above.

If you do not need to be on campus between 15 October and 5 November, please do not provide your vaccination information yet.

A ServiceNow form is available for staff (including graduate researchers) to upload their evidence of vaccination. Validation of vaccination status will occur centrally in line with data privacy requirements. Validation is a pre-condition for authorised workers accessing campus from 15 October.

Students undertaking on-site placements will receive instructions from their Faculty.

This is an interim approach for authorised workers requiring campus access between 15 October and 5 November only. An approach for students and staff returning after 5 November will be communicated at a later date.

What you need to do as a:

  • staff member or graduate researcher
    • check which group you fall into (see table above)
    • download your vaccination evidence
    • upload your information via ServiceNow form
    • carry your vaccination evidence and authorised worker permit (where relevant) with you when leaving home

    The following can be submitted as PDF documents via ServiceNow to demonstrate vaccination status:

  • student on placement
    • check which group you fall into (see table above)
    • download your vaccination evidence
    • provide this information via the process advised by your placement coordinator
    • carry your vaccination evidence and authorised worker permit (where relevant) with you when leaving home
  • tenant, external contractor or supplier
    Tenants, external contractors and suppliers must collect vaccination information on behalf of their employees and ensure only people who meet these vaccination requirements access campus.

    Workers should carry their vaccination information and authorised worker permit (where relevant) with them when leaving home

Accepted forms of evidence

People should always carry evidence of their vaccination information, to confirm their eligibility to be on site if asked. That evidence can include:

  • MyGov COVID-19 Digital Certificate
  • Immunisation History Statement
  • Evidence of medical exemption (as outlined below)
  • My Health Record and Medicare online account
  • Vaccination certificate in Service Victoria or Medicare smartphone app
  • Medicare/MyGov digital vaccination certificate saved to smartphone 'wallet'
  • Hard copy record, such as a vaccination card
  • Confirmation showing vaccination appointment on or before the relevant deadline

In the period before your immunisation history is updated, evidence of vaccination can include a recent booking confirmation email, or the card received at the time of vaccination.

Grounds for medical exemption

Under Chief Health Officer Directions, you may receive a medical exemption if you are unable to be vaccinated because you:

  • have a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines, or
  • have an acute medical illness, including COVID-19 infection – exemption for up to 6 months (or sooner if the medical practitioner specifies an earlier date)

These medical exemptions are determined by ATAGI clinical guidance. You will need written evidence from an authorised medical practitioner about this – such as a medical certificate or a letter.

Frequently asked questions

Last updated: 12:11pm, 22 October

We will add to these questions and answers over time as updates are available.

Questions in the general category apply to all campus users, including students and staff.

Skip to specific questions for: Students Staff Contractors and tenants

General

  • What is the University’s position on vaccinations to attend campus?

    The University is making vaccination a requirement for our students, staff, contractors and visitors attending any of our campuses in Victoria to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission or illness. Our campuses include all premises occupied by the University wherever located.

    This decision is based on public health advice and is aligned to the Victorian Government’s roadmap, which currently states that on-site learning and work can re-commence for people who are fully vaccinated from 5 November 2021. From this date, all students, staff, contractors and visitors attending our campuses will be required to be fully vaccinated.

    Exemptions will apply for those with a valid reason for being unable to be vaccinated, including for example, medical reasons or not yet being eligible to be vaccinated in Victoria. We will work with individuals with a valid reason to ensure they are supported to complete their study or undertake their work, where reasonably practical.

    The University is also complying with all relevant public health directions including those that mandate vaccinations for certain activities or settings (such as health care, childcare and other settings as advised by the Victorian Government).

  • What other activities will require vaccination in Victoria?

    The Victorian Government has introduced mandatory vaccinations for a number of industries and settings through a range of public health orders and other instruments. Some of these requirements are in place now, and others will be in place soon as outlined on the government’s roadmap including galleries and museums, entertainment, recreation and leisure.

    We already have a large cohort of students and staff who study and work in settings that currently have vaccination requirements.

    In addition, Victoria’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions already apply for workers at residential aged care facilities and construction sites, and will apply for healthcare workers and workers in schools and early childhood services later this year. This means that staff and students will need to be vaccinated to participate in practical placements in healthcare settings, schools and early childhood learning.

  • What activities will require vaccination at the University?

    The University of Melbourne is making vaccination a requirement for anyone attending our campuses. Our campuses include all premises occupied by the University wherever located.

  • Will any on-campus activities or services will be exempt from the vaccination requirement?

    The University Health Service will continue to be accessible by all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status.

    Students collecting meals through the SecondBite Program may do so regardless of their vaccination status, however we strongly encourage them to get vaccinated.

  • Who will need to be vaccinated?

    Provided they are eligible and can be vaccinated, our expectation is that all students, staff and visitors who are attending our campuses will need to be vaccinated. This includes:

    • All employees
    • Honoraries and visiting/guest scholars
    • Students
    • Contractors
    • Visitors (including those attending events held on our campuses)
  • When do these vaccination requirements come into effect?

    This requirement is aligned to the Victorian Government’s roadmap (Phase C), which currently states that on-site learning can re-commence for fully vaccinated people from 5 November 2021. The roadmap also states that fully vaccinated workers throughout the higher education sector will be permitted to attend their place of work from this time.

    As we have done throughout the pandemic, the University will comply with any public heath directions and legislated dates, such as those set out in the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions, and Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

  • Which dates apply to me if I fall into a category for mandatory vaccination?

    If you fall into a mandatory vaccination category, you must have your first dose of COVID‑19 vaccination on or before the date specified for your category in the table above to continue working or studying on campus or on site for a student placement. From 15 October, the University and placement providers are required to keep evidence of your vaccination status.

    Then, from 5 November, you must be fully vaccinated to be on campus at the University of Melbourne.

  • Why is the University requiring vaccination for on-campus activities?

    The Victorian Government has indicated that lockdown settings will be lifted when 80 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, and that on-site adult education will be permitted for fully vaccinated individuals. From this date fully vaccinated workers throughout the higher education sector will be permitted to attend their place of work.

    The University has a responsibility to provide all our students, staff and members of the public a safe environment to study, work and interact in.

    The University also has a responsibility to serve the Victorian, Australian and international communities and the public interest. This a core part of what we do as and is outlined in the University of Melbourne Act 2009 (Vic).

    A fully vaccinated student body and workforce will reduce transmission rates, minimise the severity of any breakthrough infections and reduce the likelihood of severe disease requiring hospitalisation. It will also assist in reducing disruption to on-campus activities from future exposures.

    As a public institution, we have an obligation to contribute to the best outcomes for society. Based on the advice of ATAGI, the TGA and other public health experts, vaccination is a key public health intervention to prevent infection, transmission, severe illness and death due to COVID-19 and vaccination is recommended for all Australians from 12 years of age.

  • How will this be implemented?

    We are currently working through detailed implementation plans, which include a range of scenarios and technology solutions. The implementation of this requirement is a shared challenge for many sectors, not just higher education, and more broadly the Victorian Government. Further information will be progressively added to our dedicated COVID-19 website, as we have done since the beginning of the pandemic.

  • What if I have only had one dose of vaccine by the time the 'fully vaccinated' requirement comes into place?

    The University will require students, staff, contractors and visitors attending our campuses to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan makes it clear that participation in a range of activities will be reliant on being fully vaccinated. If you are only partially vaccinated, you will not be permitted to attend campus.

    That is why we are communicating with students, staff and stakeholders now to ensure people have time to get vaccinated prior to the introduction of this requirement.

  • What do I need to do if I have a medical reason for not being vaccinated?

    Where there are valid medical reasons why people cannot get vaccinated, we will work with those individuals to provide support and consider reasonable alternatives. In some instances, we recognise that it may not be possible to engage in some activities which are held on campus for those who are not able to be vaccinated.

    More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

  • What if I have a religious objection or other non-medical reason for not being vaccinated?

    Where people choose not to vaccinate for other reasons, we will endeavour to support them to work and study remotely to the extent possible, but they will not be permitted to attend campus. In some instances, we recognise that it may not be possible to engage in some learning activities which are held on campus.

    For some courses, vaccination will be mandatory due to the nature of the course and the requirements of off-campus placements or accreditation bodies. We will work through this the implications of this with affected individuals.

    More information will be provided on this in the coming weeks.

  • What happens if I am not vaccinated and do not have a medical reason?

    People who choose not to get vaccinated without a valid reason will be unnecessarily putting at risk their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of their family and friends, and the broader community.

    If you are not fully vaccinated, you will not be permitted to attend any of the University of Melbourne’s campuses and you will be unable to participate in a range of activities where participation is reliant on being fully vaccinated as per the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

    The Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan makes it clear that participation in a range of activities will be reliant on being fully vaccinated.

    The University is making vaccination a requirement for students, staff, contractors and visitors attending any of our campuses to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission or illness. We have a responsibility to put measures in place to create a safe environment for people to study, work and interact in.

    Where people choose not to vaccinate for other reasons, we will endeavour to support them to work and study remotely to the extent possible, but they will not be permitted to attend campus. In some instances, we recognise that it may not be possible to engage in some learning activities which are held on campus. Further, for some courses, vaccination will be mandatory due to the nature of the course and the requirements of off-campus placements or accreditation bodies.

    We will work through the implications on study with affected individuals.

  • Isn’t this a violation of my rights as an individual?

    We recognise that, like many of the things we have been asked to do during the pandemic, making vaccination a requirement may raise concerns.

    The University takes its legal obligations very seriously. The University considers that this approach is lawful and reasonable and will enable us to ensure our campuses are safe for work and study.  For some individuals, exemptions will apply.

  • Is there a privacy statement associated with collection of vaccination status information?

    Yes. The University has developed a privacy collection notice that applies to the collection, processing and disclosure of COVID-19 vaccination information.

  • Who can the medical/personal information I disclose as part of this vaccination requirement be shared with?

    Vaccination information may be disclosed to third parties only to the extent necessary for the specific purposes outlined in the University's COVID‑19 vaccination privacy notice, which are to:

    • facilitate the University preventing and managing the risk of COVID‑19 transmission
    • ensure compliance with public health directions applicable to the University from time to time
    • support compliance with third-party requirements when undertaking University activities off campus

    This includes government departments and their agents, and service providers or partners engaged by us to perform legitimate functions on our behalf.

  • Will there be consultation on this policy?

    The draft COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements Policy is available for consultation on the University’s Policy Consultation Hub from 18–22 October 2021.

    This policy formalises the University’s requirement for all students, staff, contractors and visitors attending our campuses to be fully vaccinated from 5 November.

    Consistent with usual practice, the University will engage with staff about the introduction of important public health and safety measures, particularly where it relates to the workplace. The University will also communicate with key stakeholders to ensure they are aware of the University’s new requirements.

  • As a visitor on campus, what evidence will be required for proof of having received the COVID-19 vaccine or an exemption?

    Visitors to campus may be asked to provide proof of vaccination prior to entry of University spaces, buildings or in order to participate in activities on campus. They should always carry evidence of their vaccination information, to confirm their eligibility to be on site if asked. Evidence can include:

    • Immunisation history statement available from Medicare
    • MyGov COVID-19 digital certificate
    • My Health Record and Medicare online account
    • Proof of age or document or proof of relevant medical exemption
    • Vaccination certificate in Service Victoria or Medicare smartphone app
    • Medicare/MyGov digital vaccination certificate saved to smartphone 'wallet'

    In the period before your immunisation history is updated, evidence of vaccination can include a recent booking confirmation email, or the card received at the time of vaccination.

Students

  • How is the University supporting students to get vaccinated?

    The University Health Service has a limited number of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccination appointments available, which can be booked online or by calling (03) 8344 6904. We are actively pursuing ways of increasing vaccination availability on campus.

    Everyone aged 12 years and over can now get a COVID-19 vaccine at Victorian state-run vaccination centres. There are two mass vaccination centres close to the Parkville campus (at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre at South Wharf and the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton) as well as other centres operating across Victoria, and some participating pharmacists and general practitioners.

  • How is the medical/personal information I disclose as part of this vaccination requirement going to be used?

    Processing will be limited to what is reasonably necessary to prevent and manage COVID‑19 transmission risks on our campuses, and to comply with any applicable public health directions. This includes supporting compliance with third-party requirements when undertaking University activities off campus. More detail can be found in the University's COVID‑19 vaccination privacy notice.

  • What are valid medical exemptions?

    For students currently on placement, the advice is as follows:

    Under Chief Health Officer Directions, you may receive a medical exemption if you are unable to be vaccinated because you:

    • have a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines, or
    • have an acute medical illness, including COVID-19 infection – exemption for up to 6 months (or sooner if the medical practitioner specifies an earlier date)

    These medical exemptions are determined by ATAGI clinical guidance. You will need written evidence from an authorised medical practitioner about this – such as a medical certificate or a letter.

    For other students attending campus from 5 November, we anticipate the exemptions will be the same, however await specific Chief Health Officer Directions for confirmation when Phase C of the Victorian Government roadmap commences.

  • I am international student currently located outside of Australia. Do I need to provide proof of vaccination by 5 November?

    No, you do not need to provide proof of vaccination before 5 November if you will not be attending campus at this time. The University will advise you of the process for providing this information when more is known about when students can travel to Australia from overseas. For more information about travelling to Australia, see our COVID-19 advice for international students.

  • How do I get a library book after 5 November if I am not fully vaccinated?

    If you wish to borrow a library book and you have not met the University's vaccination requirement please visit the Print resources page on the library website to request the item be mailed. The University will arrange and pay for this postal delivery (limited to addresses within Australia).

  • How do I return a library book after 5 November if I am not fully vaccinated?

    If you are required to return a library book and you have not met the University's vaccination requirement, please contact the library by email at library-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au or visit the Ask a Library Chat service to arrange to return the books via postal service. The University will arrange and pay for this postal service. Any overdue payment directly relating to delays in the postal service will be waived.

Staff

  • How is the University supporting staff to get vaccinated?

    Staff may access existing flexible work arrangements to attend medical appointments, including to get vaccinated, during business hours if required and should discuss their individual arrangements with their manager if they require time away from work for medical reasons.

    The University Health Service has a limited number of AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccination appointments available, which can be booked by calling (03) 8344 6905 and we are actively pursuing ways of increasing vaccination availability on campus.

    The University will provide casual employees with a COVID-19 Special Payment equivalent (staff login required) for rostered hours scheduled the day after the casual employee has received a COVID-19 vaccine if they experience an adverse reaction to the vaccine preventing them from attending work.

  • What if I don't want to be vaccinated due to a pre-existing health condition?

    Exemptions will apply for those with a valid reason for being unable to be vaccinated, including for example, medical reasons. We will endeavour to support individuals with a valid exemption to safely complete their study or undertake their work, in a manner that is reasonable and practical. Where people choose not to vaccinate for other reasons, we will endeavour to support them to work and study remotely to the extent possible, but they will not be permitted to attend campus.

    We will work through the implications with affected individuals on a case by case basis so please contact your manager.

    It remains your private decision whether you choose to get vaccinated and you are encouraged to seek medical advice from a registered practitioner who will be best placed to provide you informed guidance.

    It’s also important to note that the Chief Health Officer has determined that all higher education workers are required to be fully vaccinated as soon as reasonably practicable to attend the workplace.

  • What are valid medical exemptions?

    Under Chief Health Officer Directions, you may receive a medical exemption if you are unable to be vaccinated because you:

    • have a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines, or
    • have an acute medical illness, including COVID-19 infection – exemption for up to 6 months (or sooner if the medical practitioner specifies an earlier date)

    These medical exemptions are determined by ATAGI clinical guidance. You will need written evidence from an authorised medical practitioner about this – such as a medical certificate or a letter.

  • I’m fully vaccinated but aware that I can still spread COVID-19 to others. I’m concerned that I live with a person who has a high risk medical condition. Will I be compelled to attend campus?

    We will continue to manage such circumstances in a compassionate, sensible and reasonable manner on a case by case basis. There are no changes to our usual practices for assisting staff with their carer’s responsibilities.

  • What happens if I’m required on campus and I am not vaccinated and do not have an exemption?

    If it is a condition of your employment that you need to attend campus to perform part or all of your work, you will need to be fully vaccinated.

    If you are not fully vaccinated, you will not be permitted to attend any of the University of Melbourne’s campuses and you will be unable to perform the full range of work as required by the University.

    Staff are encouraged to seek qualified medical advice on the benefits of the Government vaccination programme and can also access important information on the VaxFACTS website.

  • What happens if I choose not to be vaccinated?

    People who choose not to get vaccinated without a valid reason will be unnecessarily putting at risk their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of their family and friends, and the broader community.

    If you choose not to be vaccinated for reasons other than a valid exemption you will not be permitted to attend any of the University of Melbourne’s campuses.  Consequently, you might seriously impede your ability to perform the full range of work required by the University as a condition of your employment.

  • Do I need to share my Vaccination Certificate if I attend campus?

    Yes. People accessing campus or attending any workplace between 15 October and 5 November  will need to provide evidence of their vaccination status or medical exemption as per Chief Health Officer’s instructions. This information will be managed in accordance with privacy requirements.

    The University is making vaccination a requirement of attending campus from 5 November and details on the implementation of this policy will be made available shortly.

  • What are the consequences if I don't consent to the collection of information about my vaccination status?

    As per the Chief Health Officer’s Directions, individuals who do not provide the necessary vaccination certification must be considered and treated as unvaccinated staff member without a valid exemption.

  • Does restricting access to Campus to fully vaccinated staff contravene my workplace rights if I’m unvaccinated?

    The University has obligations under OHS legislation to manage the safety of its  premises and precincts – particularly in response to important public health measures. The University must also observe the Chief Health Officer public health directions, which state that Higher Education workers will need to be fully vaccinated in order to access the workplace.

  • Can I take an extended period of leave rather than get vaccinated?

    Leave applications will continue to be managed through the usual practice of determining a mutually agreed time and duration that satisfies both the requirements of the staff member and the University.

  • How is the medical/personal information I disclose as part of this vaccination requirement going to be used?

    Processing will be limited to what is reasonably necessary to prevent and manage COVID‑19 transmission risks on our campuses, and to comply with any applicable public health directions. This includes supporting compliance with third-party requirements when undertaking University activities off campus. More detail can be found in the University's COVID‑19 vaccination privacy notice.

  • As a manager, how will I know if people have met vaccination requirements?

    HR Assist will be providing secure reports to divisions each morning detailing staff who are eligible to attend campus. These reports will only contain details of staff who have met eligibility requirements and will not contain specific details regarding reasons for eligibility (ie fully vaccinated or exempt).

    Staff who have not met the requirements to come onto campus will be supported by HR Assist to provide the required information or to discuss the implications of not being eligible.

  • The CHO directive is operatonal from 26 November, why is the University setting the requirement to by fully vaccinated by 5 November?

    While the Chief Health Officer has issued varying vaccination requirements for different categories of workers/students, the Victorian Government’s roadmap – which is aligned to vaccination rates – has not changed and currently states that on-site learning and work can recommence for people who are fully vaccinated from Phase C (indicative date 5 November). Therefore, the University’s requirement has not changed: from 5 November, all students, staff, contractors and visitors attending our campuses will be required to be fully vaccinated.

    As an institution, we have a responsibility to provide a safe environment that enables everyone to study, work and interact. Introducing the vaccination requirement allows us to enable campus attendance for our people who want to get back to face-to-face learning and collaboration, and to participate in a vibrant university community, which are essential to academic life.

  • Has the Union been engaged?

    We will continue to engage staff, the Union and other stakeholders, on important workplace matters arising from our plans for a safe return to campus.

  • Will there be a grace period?

    The University will comply with any public health directions and legislated dates, such as those set out in the Chief Health Officer's COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions, and Victorian Government's Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan.

    As such, it is unlikely there will be a grace period which is why we communicated with our university community in late September, to enable individuals to get vaccinated prior to this requirement coming into effect on 5 November.

  • I’m currently accessing campus but I am not yet fully vaccinated, can I continue to access campus now?

    From 15 October, Chief Health Officer Mandatory Vaccination Directions require workers (including graduate researchers operating as workers and students on placements) to provide evidence of their vaccination to the University and/or the operators of any sites they attend, and to have had their first vaccination dose prior to the date specified for their industry to continue working on site.

    From 5 November, all workers and students will need to be fully vaccinated to access University sites under a new University Policy requirement. The timing has been aligned to the Victorian Government’s roadmap (Phase C).

Contractors and tenants

  • How is the medical/personal information I disclose as part of this vaccination requirement going to be used?

    Processing will be limited to what is reasonably necessary to prevent and manage COVID‑19 transmission risks on our campuses, and to comply with any applicable public health directions. More detail can be found in the University's COVID‑19 vaccination privacy notice.