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.

Advice for travel over the summer break

If you are currently in Victoria and plan to travel interstate over the summer break, please be aware that you may face quarantine requirements on returning to Victoria which may impact your ability to return to campus. Make sure you pay attention to local news if you are travelling.

You must follow all local directions regarding travel, health advice and any restrictions applicable to the area you are visiting. Find the latest Victorian Government advice for travel and transport.

Last updated: 02.31pm, 18 January 2021

We’re looking forward to welcoming you back to campus in 2021. In light of the easing restrictions in Melbourne, we’re working through how we can welcome our students, staff and partners back to campus in 2021.

It will take some time for us to get things ready for you again, so while some students are returning for summer subjects and some services are beginning to resume in-person activities, we kindly request your patience while we gradually reopen our campuses in line with Victorian health guidelines. Check this page regularly for the latest updates.

When can I come back to campus?

You can return to campus if you have a campus-based subject, if you have booked an in-person appointment with a service (for example, Stop 1 or the Health Service) or to visit the Baillieu library. At this stage, all other libraries are closed, but we'll provide further updates on this page in early 2021 with expected opening dates for the rest of our libraries and other  services.

Until then, we encourage you to continue to book a virtual appointment if you need to speak to someone.

On-campus subjects

Visit the Subject delivery mode page for information on-campus subjects, and the delivery modes of our subjects in First Half Year 2021.

New students

Congratulations on your offer to study with us! You’ll be able to do everything you need to get started online, ready to start your classes in 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to campus soon!

Students outside Australia

If you are overseas, you do not need to attempt to travel to Australia. We’re here to support you to continue studying online while international borders remain closed. You can continue your studies online until restrictions are lifted and the University advises you that you can come to campus.

Check our advice for international students and students overseas, and make sure you’re only enrolled in subjects with online delivery in First Half Year 2021.

Graduate researchers

Graduate researchers will need permission to be on campus for research work. Talk to your supervisor or a Return to Campus Coordinator. Find out more about approvals for on campus and off campus research.

Subject delivery modes

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 do I need to do before returning to campus?

Our first priority is maintaining a safe and healthy campus. Before you return for your on-campus subject, to visit the Library or attend an in-person appointment, make sure you complete this checklist before you leave the house:

  • Enrol in and complete the COVIDSafe Campus online module before coming on campus and save your email confirmation to show if requested. You only need to complete the module once
  • Submit a Health Declaration before you attend campus for the first time. You only need to complete the Health Declaration once
  • Carry a face mask at all times. It is strongly encouraged that you wear a face mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. There may be some areas on campus where face masks will be required and there will be signage to let you know when you need to wear a mask. Check our face mask advice for more information.

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?

When you're on campus, you should:

  • Carry a face mask at all times. It is strongly encouraged that you wear a face mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. There may be some areas on campus where face masks will be required and there will be signage to let you know when you need to wear a mask
  • Regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitiser
  • Keep a distance of at least 1.5m between you and others whenever and wherever possible
  • Scan the QR codes in your classrooms to check in and out of each space, and make sure your contact details are up to date to help contact tracing efforts
  • Use the alcohol wipes provided to clean your workspace, equipment and personal items - look out for posters with more details
  • 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
  • Carry your Student ID card at all times.

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

Building access

Buildings are not yet open and only students who have approval to attend campus will be able to access buildings where they will be learning or studying in person. We will update this page in early 2021 with more details about which indoor spaces you will be able to access on campus, and when.

Note that a number of retail outlets on campus are currently open for business. Check with individual retailers for more information.

Libraries

The Baillieu Library is now open to all students. This includes borrowing and use of study spaces. Please follow the above guidelines before you visit the Library.

The Reading Room of the Baillieu Library is open by appointment only to view the Archives and Special Collections. Viewing is limited to two-hour appointments at 11am and 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

All other library services will continue to be delivered virtually while there is a phased re-opening of in person library services. We hope to open some further library branches early in 2021.

How will you be supporting health, safety and wellbeing?

  • Keeping safe on campus

    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 Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) advice and seek medical advice and testing.

    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.

  • 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 DHHS 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 Department of Health and Human Services will initiate contact tracing.

    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. 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 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 DHHS 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 (PDF 102.0 KB) 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 campus‑community@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 DHHS regarding quarantine and testing requirements.

    1. Notify the University by emailing public-health-network@unimelb.edu.au
    2. You must follow DHHS advice regarding the length of your quarantine. You can only leave your home after DHHS gives you permission
    3. DHHS 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
    4. 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 DHHS

    1. Monitor the DHHS 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 DHHS to facilitate contact tracing, manage any necessary building deep cleans and provide relevant local and organisational level communication and assist with mandatory reporting to DHHS and Worksafe.

    Your information will be kept confidential. A privacy collection notice (PDF 102.0 KB) 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 Department of Health and Human services. 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 Department of Health and Human services. 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.
  • 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. Under current government restrictions, 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, if you are in a space – indoors or outdoors – where 1.5 metres physical distancing cannot be maintained, the Department of Health and Human Services strongly recommends you wear a face mask.

    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

    It is strongly encouraged that you wear a face mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. There may be some areas on campus where face masks will be required and there will be signage to let you know when you need to wear a 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.

  • 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 on campus

    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.

    Adherence to the University COVID health and safety protocols is a requirement of returning 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.