Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Last updated 9.12am, 20 September 2021

Do not come to campus if you have a fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, or loss or change in sense of taste or smell – however mild.

Follow this guide about getting tested for COVID-19 and what to do if you or someone you know tests positive, including notifying the University.



A lockdown is currently in place across metropolitan Melbourne, the City of Greater Geelong, the Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire. Lockdown has lifted for the rest of regional Victoria, however higher education and training remains closed. These restrictions override any other advice presented on this site.

Learn more about changes to the University's teaching and learning, research, and services during this period.
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Recent updates

  • Lockdown restrictions have 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, so there will be no change to teaching and learning at our regional campuses.
    Lockdown restrictions remain in place for metropolitan Melbourne, Greater Geelong, Surf Coast and Mitchell Shire.
    Learn more about changes to the University's teaching and learning, research, services and our plans for the remainder of Semester 2.
  • Authorised workers and students undertaking permitted higher education activities are required to carry permits when leaving home (in lockdown areas).
  • Face masks must be worn everywhere outside your home.
  • A revised method for calculating the Weighted Average Mark will be applied for second half-year 2021 due to disruptions to study from unexpected and prolonged Victorian COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Please see the latest information regarding confirmed cases of COVID‑19 in our community and associated advice and building closures.

Important reminders

  • Please follow these guidelines when attending campus for permitted reasons.
  • Please continue to monitor the lists of public exposure sites and on-campus exposures and follow Victorian Government directions regarding testing and self-isolation.
  • 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.
  • 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. Check out our VaxFACTS site for simple videos answering common questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Supporting our University community

The University of Melbourne continues to work closely with the Australian and Victorian governments and our own health experts. Our priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community and we are doing everything we can to reduce infection rates in the community.

Our student services, including library services, are being delivered virtually to ensure access for all.

We have enhanced our health and wellbeing services, including telehealth, COVID‑19 hotline and vaccinations at the University of Melbourne Health Service, our Safer Community Program, Counselling and Psychological Services and an outreach program for students. We've also expanded our range of scholarships and support programs.

Our Financial Aid team are available to help students navigate the challenges of having limited income while studying, including hardship caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic.

In consideration of concerns about the disruption to study from unexpected and prolonged COVID-19 restrictions in Victoria during the second half-year 2021, results from this period will not contribute to a student’s Weighted Average Mark (WAM) unless the mark achieved for the subject was equal to, or higher than, their WAM at the beginning of second half-year 2021.

Graduate researchers enrolled on or before 1 March 2020 are eligible for up to 6 months extra to complete their projects. PhD candidates nearing the end of their candidature, whose projects are affected by the pandemic, may apply for a stipend extension.

We introduced a range of COVID‑19 related workplace entitlements to support our staff, and staff can access existing flexible work arrangements for medical reasons, including vaccination.

You will notice public safety signage, posters and floor decals when you are on campus. In addition, our researchers have made significant contributions to help Australia understand and respond to COVID-19. Some of our key public safety materials and expert researcher content is available here.