Victorian restrictions

  

Victorian Government advice

Restrictions have eased across Victoria (as of 11:59pm 18 November) under Phase D of Victoria’s Roadmap to deliver the national plan. Key settings in Phase D include:

  • Masks are required indoors only in limited settings including retail, health care, aged care, and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport, taxis and rideshare. (Existing exemptions apply)
  • Masks continue to be recommended if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or if you are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • Staff and students must be vaccinated to be on site.
  • Fully vaccinated office-based workers may return.
  • Arts venues, museums and galleries, and creative studios, events, hospitality, food courts and retail are open for fully vaccinated people.
  • Sports grounds, gyms and swimming pools are open for fully vaccinated people.
  • Vaccination requirements apply from the age of 12 and 2 months, unless a medical exemption applies.
  • There are no limits on travel or accommodation in Victoria. There are no limits on leaving Victoria, but travel may be impacted by rules at your destination – check before you book. When you return, you must obtain a permit from Service Victoria and follow your permit conditions and requirements.

Updated COVIDSafe Settings will be published at https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covidsafe-settings

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 2021, into 2022.

Our approach to increasing campus activity will be gradual in line with Victoria's roadmap. We continue to carefully manage on-campus activities, guided by agreed principles and priorities, while also delivering a range of teaching and learning, research and support services online to ensure fair and equitable access for everyone.

We look forward to welcoming many of our students to the University in person for the first time in 2022, and welcoming many others back, as we prepare to return a significant volume of our teaching activities to campus.

Activity/groupPhase D (from 11.59pm 18 November)
Everyone
  • Masks required indoors only in limited settings including retail, health care, aged care, and justice facilities, at primary schools and on public transport, taxis and rideshare. (existing exemptions apply)
  • Masks recommended if you can’t physically distance, if you have any symptoms, or are with people who may be vulnerable to COVID-19
  • Vaccination requirements:
    • Must be fully vaccinated (or exempt) to be on site
    • Applies from the age of 12 and 2 months
    • Validation of vaccination status prior to attending campus and/or prior to entry for some activities
Teaching and learning
  • On-campus face-to-face learning, particularly small and medium group classes
  • On-campus assessment where scheduled for campus-based subjects
  • Summer Term and Semester 1 subjects will be offered in three delivery modes – online, on campus and dual delivery
Teaching and learning support services
  • Libraries – some limited re-opening of further libraries through December; all branches to fully open from January 2022
  • Study spaces – open
  • Stop 1 – Student services open for in-person essential services and support aligned with the academic calendar; Stop 1 open with full range of in-person services from January 2022 for Summer Term and Semester 1
  • All our student support services will be available in-person and virtually in 2022
Graduations
  • Targeted graduation events on campus (photography/regalia)
  • Graduation ceremonies at Royal Exhibition Building to resume in early 2022
  • All attendees (including guests) must be fully vaccinated
Research and research training
  • Gradual return to campus
Operations and services
  • Gradual return to campus
Office-based staff
  • Gradual return to campus
Arts venues, museums and galleries, and creative studios
  • Able to operate at full capacity
Events
  • Able to operate at full capacity
Hospitality, food courts, retail
  • Able to operate at full capacity
Fitness, recreation and sporting activities
  • Able to operate at full capacity

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

Important reminders