Return to campus

Information about our phased plan to return to campus, and the measures we’ve put in place to ensure our community’s health, safety and wellbeing.

Last updated: 11.54am, 27 November 2020

Changes to health declaration requirements

As per the Victorian Government’s reopening roadmap, you must complete a Health Declaration prior to and each time you access campus until further notice. Attendance on campus during current restrictions is limited to those with a valid worker permit or students approved for permitted in person activities.

Until further notice, you must not attend campus without prior approval. We will tell you when you can attend campus. Find out more below.

In Semester 2, most of you will continue to mostly study online, and some may attend campus for practical and specialist classes. Even though we’ve developed a return to campus plan, we don’t want you spending time on campus, or commuting to campus, unless you absolutely need to.

If you are overseas, you do not need to attempt to travel to Australia. You can continue your studies online until restrictions are lifted and the University advises you that you can come to campus. You can continue to check our student advice and support page for updates.

The University continues to work closely with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Australian Government, the Victorian Government and health experts. This information is subject to further updates.

When will campuses be open again?

In line with Victorian Government restrictions, only those holding a permitted worker permit or students approved for permitted in person activities are able to be on campus until further notice. More information on what the current restrictions means for on-campus activities can be found on the Health Advice and Victorian restriction information page.

Subject delivery in 2021

In First Half Year 2021, including Summer Term and Semester 1 2021, there will be three delivery modes for your subjects – Dual-Delivery, Online and Campus-based (in person). Visit the subject delivery modes page for more information on how our subjects will be delivered in 2021.

What should I know about returning to campus?

Before returning to campus, you need approval, whether you’re enrolled in a subject taught on campus or have another valid reason to attend. You will not be able to return to campus until you have completed these steps. You need to:

  • Complete the COVIDSafe Campus online module and save your email confirmation to show when you arrive on campus
  • Complete a Health Declaration each time you attend campus.

If you are enrolled in a subject that has some in-person teaching or have otherwise been granted access to attend campus, you will be contacted by email with instructions to complete the COVIDSafe Campus online module and Health Declaration. If you need to attend campus or believe you should have received an email with instructions, please contact Stop 1.

For information pertaining specifically to the University's Southbank campus, please see our return to Southbank campus page.

What do I do once I’m on campus?

Do not attend campus if you:

  • Are waiting for a COVID-19 test result - notify Campus Community so that we can provide any support you need (information will be confidential)
  • Feel unwell or have any symptoms, like a fever, chills or sweats, cough,  sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss or change in sense of smell or other respiratory symptoms. If you do find yourself unwell, go and get tested for COVID-19. You can get tested at the University Health Service
  • Are currently required to self-quarantine (self-isolate)
  • Have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Have tested positive for COVID-19.

When you're on campus, you must follow these directions:

  • If you become unwell while on campus, leave the campus immediately and go and get tested for COVID-19. You can get tested at the University Health Service
  • Wear a face mask indoors, carry one at all times, and wear one outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitiser
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5m between you and others whenever and wherever possible
  • Scan the QR code displayed in every space you enter to ‘check in’, as each space has its own unique code. This way we can be certain you’ll receive relevant safety notifications. Scan the QR code again as you leave to ‘check out’ as a way of time stamping your attendance in that space
  • Minimise movement around campus, following COVIDSafe directional signs
  • Use the alcohol wipes provided to clean your workspace, equipment and personal items
  • Adhere to lift and room limits, and don’t move furniture within rooms
  • Keep track of everyone you come into contact with. We recommend downloading the COVIDsafe app, or you can keep a diary
  • Show your approval to attend campus to concierge or security staff when requested (eg email with space booking confirmation, phone screenshot showing subject enrolment or Student ID card with building access granted)
  • Comply with any request to have your temperature taken
  • Carry your Student ID card at all times
  • Use the Snap Send Solve app to report concerns or problems

When to return to campus

You should ONLY return to campus when you are approved to do so at the time indicated for your class or activity. You shouldn’t attend campus before this time.

The return date for you might be different to the return date for your friends or classmates. As we return to campus, we’re aiming to carefully control the density, movement, gatherings and time spent on campus. Because of this, please only come to campus if you have approval to attend class or use an informal learning space as more of these become available.

You might have other factors (eg childcare, carer duties) that make it difficult for you to return to campus. You should discuss your individual circumstances with your subject coordinator.

Returning to campus if you have a medical condition

If you suffer from a chronic illness or have increased risk of serious illness from COVID-19 you should seek medical advice before returning to campus.

Underlying health conditions may include being immunosuppressed, or other attributes such as older age or chronic diseases, including heart and lung problems or diabetes.

Please discuss your situation with your subject coordinator. If you are enrolled in a subject with compulsory in-person attendance requirements, you may need a medical certificate to confirm your inability to attend. Where possible, you may wish to select subjects that are taught online instead of having in-person-only on-campus components. Details of subjects with in-person-only on-campus components will be published in early July.

Using public transport to get to campus

Please comply with the State Government’s transport guidelines. We encourage you to plan your travel carefully to minimise public transport use, and to follow physical distancing and hygiene protocols when you do.


The University is committed to a safe, inclusive and respectful community. Any form of discrimination is not tolerated at the University. If you are being discriminated against you should speak to your subject coordinator or speak to Security staff on campus. You can also contact our Safer Community Program.

Return to campus advice for graduate researchers

To coordinate the return of research activities on-campus, we’ve developed research assessment and prioritisation criteria - see details on eligibility criteria and a request form.

How will you be supporting health, safety and wellbeing?

  • Keeping safe on campus

    To ensure a safe campus for our community, we’ve introduced enhanced cleaning processes and additional measures to ensure physical distancing and hygiene requirements are observed. All people on campus are required to follow the directions outlined above.

  • COVID-19 cases on campus

    The latest information will continue to be available via our dedicated COVD-19 page, including cases on campus.

    If a confirmed case on campus is reported to the University, the COVID-19 response team will follow the latest government advice in relation to contact tracing to let anyone know if they have come in contact with the person affected. Downloading the COVIDSafe app and ensuring that the App is active whilst on campus and travelling to and from campus will help to ensure you are advised as soon as possible.

    In addition, the COVID-19 response team will also manage any local communications related to buildings, public and common areas. You will be advised via your University email if there are any changes related to accessing your buildings or classes so we can perform deep cleaning of spaces.

  • Contact tracing

    If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the University, the Department of Health and Human Services will use the COVIDSafe app and phone interviews to help trace the person’s movements and interactions.

    Our internal contact tracing team will determine if there has been any potential exposure to people on campus and will provide support and communicate with affected individuals.

    Everybody coming on to campus is expected to track their contacts, either by downloading the Commonwealth Government COVIDSafe App (strongly recommended) or by maintaining a diary or other record of interactions.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19

    You need to let us know if you have tested positive for COVID-19. Notifying the University is mandatory where a confirmed case has interacted with anyone in the University community or attended campus.

    We’re committed to supporting any student who contracts COVID-19. We can offer practical advice, links to University services including the Health Service, wellbeing checks, and can answer COVID-19 related questions and assist through the isolation process until you’re cleared by the Department of Health and Human Services.

    To ensure you receive this support, you should email Campus Community to notify the on-call team if you are undergoing testing or have received a positive test result for COVID-19. A privacy collection notice (PDF 102.0 KB) is available.

  • If you become unwell on campus

    If you become unwell, leave the campus immediately and seek medical advice. Even if you have even mild symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 (available to staff and students at the University Health Service) – preferably prior to leaving campus if you are able to.

  • Physical distancing

    We all have a personal responsibility to maintain 1.5m distance from others wherever and whenever possible. There will be signage around campus reminding staff, students and visitors of this requirement. Individual rooms will also have signs showing maximum capacity limits to allow for 4m2 per person in enclosed spaces.

    There may be limits on the number of people allowed in lifts so plan ahead to allow extra waiting time, or take the stairs if you are able to.

  • Temperature checks

    There may be temperature checks operating around campus, and you may need your temperature taken to enter some buildings.

  • Face masks

    You must follow the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) rules on wearing a face mask.

  • Hand sanitiser

    There will be hand sanitiser available around campus. If you see that hand sanitiser or soap has run out in any location on campus, use the Snap Send Solve app to report in any concerns or problems on campus – just choose ‘COVIDSafe Campus’ in the app menu.

  • If you don’t respect health requirements

    To ensure the health and safety of our community, students are required to comply with University public health and safety measures. If you do not comply, you may face disciplinary measures.

    You can use the Snap Send Solve app to report any problems or concerns that your observe on campus. Choose ‘COVIDSafe Campus’ in the app menu.

What facilities will I be able to access when I return to campus?

Building access

Buildings are not open and only students who have approval to attend campus will be able to access buildings where they will be learning or studying.

Buildings are being opened in a staged manner, aligned to teaching and learning and research activities returning to campus. By opening our buildings slowly, we can manage physical distancing and minimise density and potential high-traffic flows.


University Library services are available through virtual delivery. In-person services at library buildings across all campuses are closed until further notice.

All other library services will continue to be delivered virtually. We hope to open some further library branches when it is safe to do so, with limited access to study spaces and reduced operating hours.

Purchasing food and drinks on campus

There are some food and drink vendors open on campus, and they will be complying with government regulations. While we encourage you to support the local businesses on campus, it’s important to minimise your movement around campus as much as possible and to practice physical distancing wherever possible.

The following food and beverage outlets are currently trading:

Parkville Campus

  • Bar Commercio, The Spot Building, 198 Berkeley St
  • Baretto Espresso Bar, Alan Gilbert Building, 161 Barry Street
  • Dr. DAX Kitchen, Kenneth Myer Building, Cnr Genetics Lane and Royal Parade
  • Espresso Bar, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston Street
  • House of Cards, Engineering Lane
  • Mood Food, 100 Leicester Street
  • Standing Room Coffee, Melbourne School of Design

Southbank Campus

  • Little Black, 204-234 St Kilda Road, Southbank