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 Victorian Government announced that a state of disaster will be declared from 6pm, Sunday 2 August, including the introduction of a new series of Stage 4 restrictions for Metropolitan Melbourne. Stage 3 restrictions for regional Victoria will come into effect at midnight on Wednesday 5 August.
- As per Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice, from 11.59pm, Sunday 2 August, a face covering will be mandatory whenever you leave home across the whole state of Victoria. Further information is available on our dedicated COVID-19 staff and student pages.
- Current information regarding confirmed cases of COVID‑19.
- Access information and health declaration forms for people with approval to return to campus.
Our COVID‑19 response
We have launched a range of support packages for students who are experiencing unexpected financial challenges because of COVID‑19.
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 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.
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.
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:
- a Health Declaration
- students (login required)
- staff, contractors with University IT access, honoraries (login required)
- other campus users (no login required)
- the compulsory COVIDSafe Campus online module – available in TrainME
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.
Information about helping to keep our campus COVIDSafe in a number of University community languages.