Staying COVIDSafe at La Trobe
The health and safety of our staff, students and communities remains our first priority. This means ensuring everyone who attends our campuses knows how to keep themselves and their community safe.
With a focus on the health and safety of our communities, La Trobe was the first university in Australia to announce a vaccination requirement for everyone attending our campuses. While the University’s requirement for vaccination will be lifted on 14 November 2022, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated and to get your additional dose where available. Vaccination appointments can be booked through your GP or local pharmacy
Read more about the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination.
When attending a La Trobe campus, please remember your responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to follow these practical steps to stay COVIDSafe for yourself and others.
We encourage everyone to follow both Victorian Government Department of Health and La Trobe health and safety advice. This includes:
- Keeping up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccinations
- Maintain appropriate physical distancing of 1.5m where possible
- Wearing a face mask if you cannot maintain suitable physical distancing or if required to do so in a specific setting
- Cleaning or wiping down equipment used
- Practising good hand hygiene
- Practising cough etiquette
- Not attending the campus if feeling unwell
- If you are a COVID contact, you should follow the directions issued by the Victorian Government (see COVID contact checklist)
Note, some specific settings such as hospitals or medical facilities are still subject to a Victorian Government mandate with requirements on mask wearing and vaccination. Staff, students and community members attending these settings are required to comply with any Government mandates still in place.
Who to notify if you have tested positive?
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19 on a rapid antigen test (RAT), you must self-report your result to the Department of Health as soon as possible via this online form or by phoning the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
- If you are a student and attended campus in the preceding 48 hours before becoming symptomatic/testing positive you also need to inform the University of your positive test result and relevant isolation period by completing our COVID-19 Notification form.
- If you are a staff member who has tested positive for COVID, please notify the University via our COVID-19 Notification form
- You are responsible for notifying those who are deemed your household, workplace and social contact (see Victorian Government Checklists for COVID cases).
As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we will continue to regularly update our COVIDSafe Plan
It is important that everyone keeps themselves informed of the current government settings and follows public health directions at all times.
What do I need to do if I have been notified that I have been exposed to COVID?
If you have been notified that you have been exposed to COVID while on-site, the Government has a checklist (see information on "Checklists for all other contacts" - note, the section for staff and students at schools does not apply to Higher Education) that will guide you on what you need to do. You should monitor for symptoms and get tested if you develop symptoms.