Your guide to visiting campus

If you're coming to campus, you must first complete your COVIDSafe module and follow all guidelines on this page.

Last updated: 03.39pm, 28 April 2021

Before you come to campus: checklist

If you're coming to campus, you must:

  1. Complete the COVIDSafe Campus online module in the LMS, which includes a health declaration - you only need to complete the module once, so there's no need to do it again if you already have!
  2. Update your contact details: We need your contact details to quickly and effectively contact trace in case there is a COVID-19 case on campus
  3. Carry a face mask at all times, and wear it when legally required. Check  Victorian Government face mask advice for more information
  4. Read the mandatory guidelines below so you know how to stay COVIDSafe on campus.
  • How to complete the COVIDSafe module and health declaration
    1. Access the Return to Campus community:
    2. Complete the COVIDSafe training module:
      • Read the introductions
      • Watch the COVID-Safe Campus video
      • Select Mark as done. The health declaration will then appear.
    3. Complete the health declaration:
      • Read the entire declaration
      • Select I have read and agree to the declaration above
      • Select Submit Quiz.
    4. Proof of completion: Once these steps have been completed, if you need to provide proof of completion you can show your health declaration quiz score (in Grades) through the Canvas app screen on your mobile device.
  • How to stop notifications about returning to campus

    If you are not returning to campus, you may still receive Canvas LMS notifications from the Return to Campus community. To turn off these notifications:

    1. Navigate to the Return to Campus community.
    2. From the Home page, select View Subject Notifications.
    3. Click the green Enable Notifications for Return to Campus toggle.

While on campus: mandatory guidelines

The most effective way to keep our campus safe is for you to stay home if you feel unwell. Do not come to campus if you are unwell and have any of the following symptoms, however mild: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss or change in sense of taste or smell. Follow Victorian Department of Health advice and seek medical advice and testing.

Entering buildings and other spaces

Please check in to each building where you have a class, and other spaces on campus where you will likely be spending 15 minutes or longer such as the Library, Union House or study spaces.

In most instances, you can either:

  • Swipe your student card: Swipe your Student ID on the card reader upon entry. Make sure to swipe it even if the card reader is green and the door is open - your card will be registered and timestamped. The more often you swipe your Student ID, the more accurate contact tracing can be if the need arises.
  • Scan the QR code: If a swipe card reader is not available and/or you don't have your Student ID, scan the QR codes to check in.

Note: In some buildings, QR code scanning is mandatory regardless of swipe card access, due to the nature of the space. This will be clearly indicated on signs in the space.

Following health and safety protocols

When you're on campus, you must:

  • Make sure your contact details are up to date to help contact tracing efforts
  • Carry a face mask at all times and wear it when legally required. Check Victorian Government face mask advice for more information
  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5m between you and others whenever and wherever possible
  • Regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitiser
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your elbow, followed by hand hygiene
  • Keep track of everyone you come into contact with and places you visit around campus. We recommend you keep a diary to assist with contact tracing if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19. You may also consider downloading the Australian Government's COVIDSafe app
  • Use the alcohol wipes provided to clean your workspace, equipment and personal items - look out for posters with more details
  • Carry your Student ID card at all times.

While you are on campus, you are required to comply with the University COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined on this page, in your return to campus email, in the COVIDSafe Campus online module and in on-campus signage and directions. Your teachers and other staff on campus may enforce COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

To ensure a safe campus for our community, we’ve introduced enhanced cleaning processes and infection control measures on campus.  All people on campus are required to follow the directions outlined above.

COVIDSafe ambassadors will be on campus to help remind you to follow public health guidelines. Please be respectful of our COVIDSafe ambassadors as they work to keep everyone safe.

Using public transport to get to campus

You’ll be required to comply with the current  Victorian Government’s public transport guidelines when you travel.

We encourage you to plan your travel carefully and follow physical distancing and hygiene protocols when you do. Public Transport Victoria (PTV) have announced several initiatives and improvements to help you travel with confidence, including:

  • All services, stops and stations will be disinfected and sanitised every day
  • PTV app has real-time travel alerts, the ability to view your travel history and other new features
  • RideSpace is a new, free, online tool displaying real-time passenger volumes on trains, individual platforms and stations across the metropolitan train network
  • Anyone using myki money  on metropolitan public transport between 9.30am and 4pm or after 7pm on weekdays will receive a 30% discount for three months from 31 January 2021. You must touch on and touch off on all services, including trams, for the discounted fare to be automatically applied.
  • Extra train services have been added either side of the morning and afternoon peaks to assist with physical distancing on trains and platforms
  • More options are available for cashless top-ups of your myki, including the PTV app, PTV website and an additional 100 Quick Top-Up machines across the network.
  • COVID-19 cases on campus

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

    In the event that we do have a confirmed COVID-19 case within our University community, our Public Health Network and Campus Community team will provide expert, quick and decisive action that benefits the entire community. This includes working with the Victorian Department of Health to facilitate contact tracing, managing any necessary building deep cleans, advising on returning safely back to campus and providing relevant local and organisational level communication.

    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 Victorian Department of Health and/or our internal contact tracing team will initiate contact tracing. If additional support or internal communications are required, this will be managed by the University's Public Health Network.

    Everybody coming on to campus is expected to track their contacts. Maintain a diary of your interactions with others and keep track of the places you work or study while on campus in case you are identified as a close contact or contract COVID-19. You can also download the Government COVIDSafe App. Please ensure your contact details are up to date.

  • If you or a close contact tests positive for COVID-19
    1. Whether or not you have symptoms, you must immediately self-isolate. You will be contacted by a public health worker from the Victorian Department of Health for advice on the next steps. Find out more about what happens if you test positive
    2. Notify the University by emailing public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au. This inbox is monitored seven days a week. In the email, please include your name, phone number and contact details Your information will be kept confidential. A privacy collection notice is available
    3. A University Case Management Team member will call you within several hours of notification.

    What to do if somebody notifies you that they have tested positive for COVID-19 if the person is a member of the University community

    Advise the individual to email public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au. You should also notify the University by emailing relevant details (names, contact number, sites affected, key dates etc) to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au.

    This inbox is monitored seven days a week. Let the individual know that you have done this. A University Case Management Team member will call the notifying person within several hours of notification.

    If you are a primary or secondary close contact of someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

    Follow all advice and guidance available from the Victorian Department of Health regarding quarantine and testing requirements.

    f. Notify the University by emailing public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au.
    g. You must follow Victorian Department of Health advice regarding the length of your quarantine. You can only leave your home after the department gives you permission.
    h. The Victorian Department of Health will advise you on testing requirements. If you develop symptoms at any time during your quarantine, even mild ones, you should get a COVID19 test.
    i. If you do test positive for COVID‑19, please send an email to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au so we can support you.

    If you have visited a public exposure site listed by the Victorian Government

    1. Monitor the exposure site list and follow advice for testing, quarantine and isolation. Advice  and directions may differ depending on where you have been.
    2. If you do test positive for COVID-19, please send an email to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au so we can support you.

    If you have travelled interstate

    If you have recently completed domestic travel and are required to get tested for COVID-19 and isolate, you must have a travel permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Follow the government travel permit advice about any COVID-19 testing, quarantine or isolation that may be required.

    If you do test positive for COVID-19, please send an email to public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au so we can support you.

    Residential accommodation

    If you live in residential accommodation, please only attend the test when outside your accommodation and return to the accommodation immediately afterwards to avoid unnecessary contact with other members of the community.

    The Public Health Unit and Campus Community team

    The Public Health Unit and Campus Community team has a rostered team that monitors the public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au inbox 7 days a week.

    Notifying the team at public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au means the University can support you if you contract COVID‑19 by providing practical advice, links to University services, conducting wellbeing checks, answering COVID‑19 related questions and assisting through the isolation process. The Public Health Unit will work with the Victorian Department of Health to facilitate contact tracing, manage any necessary building deep cleans and provide relevant local and organisational level communication and assist with mandatory reporting to the Victorian Department of Health and WorkSafe.

    Your information will be kept confidential. A privacy collection notice is available.

  • If you become unwell on campus

      1. Leave the campus immediately. If you must use public transport, be sure to practice excellent hand hygiene and cough/sneeze into a tissue or your elbow
      2. Seek medical advice and get tested for COVID‑19 (available at the University Health Service)
      3. Do not return to campus under any circumstances. Once you have been tested, stay at home and self-isolate as per the advice from the Victorian Department of Health. Find out more about getting tested.
      4. You can call the health service on 03 8344 6905 for advice and to book COVID‑19 testing on your way home
      5. Notify your subject and course coordinator and email public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au
      6. If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000
      7. If someone you know appears ill and is showing symptoms, encourage them to seek medical assistance.

  • If you're unwell at home
    1. Seek medical advice and get tested for COVID‑19 (available at the University Health Service)
    2. Do not come to campus under any circumstances. Once you have been tested, stay at home and self-isolate as per the advice from the Victorian Department of Health. Find out more about getting tested.
    3. Notify your subject and course coordinator and email public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au
    4. If you are having serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000.
  • If you have symptoms after testing negative for COVID-19

    If you have symptoms after you've tested negative for COVID-19, you should stay at home until your symptoms have completely resolved. If the symptoms continue, please consult your testing medical practitioner.

    You can also apply for an exemption from attending campus-based classes provided you can present your negative COVID-19 test and a medical certificate stating the details of your symptoms. This is via the regular process for notifying an absence from an in-person class requirement, by contacting your lecturer or tutor and sharing your medical certificate with them.

  • Physical distancing and density limits

    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. As per current government and health advice, different density limits apply across different types of spaces on our campuses. No density limits apply to teaching and learning spaces including lecture theatres, laboratories, seminar rooms, workshops, performance learning spaces etc. Density limits will apply in other areas of campus and spaces will have signs showing maximum capacity limits where applicable.

    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 can.

    Regardless of density limits and current face mask laws, if you are in a space – indoors or outdoors – where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained, the  Victorian Government recommends you wear a face mask (noting that you must wear a face mask in all situations specified by current restrictions).

    These simple, common-sense actions help reduce risk to you and to others. They will help to slow the spread of disease in the community.

    • Stay at home if you are sick or unwell
    • Keep a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people whenever possible
    • Don't shake hands, hug, or kiss as a greeting
    • Minimise physical contact, especially with people at higher risk such as older people and people with existing health conditions
    • Respect temporary changes to seating and room configurations implemented to enhance physical distancing
    • Utilise hand sanitisers where available, and wash your hands frequently
    • Use tap and pay rather than handling cash
    • Exercise good sneeze/cough hygiene
    • Don't share food with anyone else
  • Face masks

    Carry a face mask at all times, and wear it when legally required. Check  Victorian Government's  face mask advice for more information.

  • 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.

  • Respect on campus

    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.

  • Respecting health and safety protocols and reporting concerns

    When you are on campus, you must comply with the University COVID-19 health and safety protocols outlined on this page, in your return to campus email, in the COVIDSafe Campus online module and in on-campus signage and directions. Your teachers and other staff on campus may enforce COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

    Adhering to the University COVID-19 health and safety protocols is a requirement of coming to campus and the University expects all students to follow the protocols. This is an important behavioural expectation that is governed by the following University instruments:

    These instruments describe the kind of behaviour that the University expects of its students and sets out the grounds for student disciplinary proceedings should expectations not be met.

    If you have concerns about a possible breach of University public health and safety protocols on campus, please discuss your concerns with your subject or course coordinator or reach out to Stop 1.

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