Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Last updated:4.40pm, 4 August 2020

Tuesday 4 August, 4.40pm

The University has reviewed the restrictions announced by the Victorian Premier and the implications for current and planned activities on campus. We note the DHHS “Guide for business – stage 4 restrictions” which includes reference to Education and Training and will be used to guide our consideration of Teaching and Learning, Research and operational activities.

While these new restrictions will be disruptive, the impact is manageable. Over the coming days we will work through any necessary changes and communicate with students, graduate researchers and staff as soon as details become available.

Recent changes and developments

The University of Melbourne continues to work closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Australian Government, the Victorian Government and health experts. Our number one priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community and we are doing everything we can to reduce the rates of infection in the community.

Our COVID‑19 response

We have launched a range of support packages for students who are experiencing unexpected financial challenges because of COVID‑19.

All student services, including our library services, are being delivered virtually. Our virtual campus brings together vital information for everyone in our community.

We have enhanced our health and wellbeing services, including telehealth and a COVID‑19 Health Hotline through our Health Service, the Safer Community Program, Counselling and Psychological Services and a new outreach program for students. COVID‑19 testing is available for students and staff at the University of Melbourne Health Service.

We changed census, withdrawal and fee due dates, updated special consideration requirements, and revised the method for including first semester 2020 subjects in the Weighted Average Mark (WAM).

We have automatically extended the candidature and stipend for graduate researchers nearing the end of their candidature and will do the same for others after three years where their project has been affected by the pandemic.

We continue to do priority campus-based research, safely and in compliance with government and health advice. An example is our internationally important COVID‑19 research undertaken at the Peter Doherty Institute, a joint venture between the University of Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

We have introduced a range of COVID‑19 related workplace entitlements to support our staff.

Delivery of physical goods and services has been impacted, suppliers can find out more here.

Report a case of COVID-19

If you have been tested for COVID-19, follow DHHS advice and please let the University know so we can support you.  

You must notify the University if you test positive or if one of your staff or students notifies you that they have tested positive for COVID-19. Following the correct notification process will help protect the entire community.

Testing and notification process for COVID-19

Virtual campus

The University has transitioned to a virtual campus model which maximises opportunities for students to study effectively, while maintaining the quality and standards of our degrees and sense of community. Classes are being delivered remotely and staff are working from home wherever possible.

We have brought together vital resources to help each member of our community navigate their day. Find information and guides to working remotely and studying online, as well as staying connected and healthy, including free fitness classes and museum, collection and performance content streamed online.

Visit our virtual campus

Returning to campus

We have commenced a phased, partial return to campus, with a focus on priority areas while minimising density, movement, gatherings and time spent on campus.

Our Roadmap to a COVIDSafe return to campus is based on the latest government and health advice and is being carefully implemented, with our number one priority being the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community.

Increased activity is being spread out across our campuses and the effectiveness of each incremental change is being monitored and assessed regularly.

We have enhanced infection control and cleaning measures in place to ensure we are creating the safest environment and continuing to prioritise the health and safety of those on campus.

Formal approval is required prior to coming back to campus and everyone returning to campus must complete:

It’s important to understand that this is not an immediate return to campus life as it was before COVID‑19.

We continue to ask most staff to work from home, where they can. Local implementation plans are being managed by academic divisions and portfolios.

More information for students

More information for staff

Translated resources

Information about helping to keep our campus COVIDSafe in a number of University community languages.

Find out about translated resources