Return to campus

We are all keen to return to our vibrant campus as soon as possible and will continue to prioritise the safety of our students, staff and communities as we return to campus.

We are all keen to return to our vibrant campus as soon as possible and will continue to prioritise the safety of our students, staff and communities as we return to campus.

Subject to evolving COVID-19 situation, we hope to safely return as much learning and teaching activity as possible on campus, including face-to-face tutorials, laboratory sessions and placements.

In addition to the return of face-to-face delivery, we will continue to offer some courses, majors and subjects in online and hybrid mode – and indeed will expand the portfolio that is offered in online and hybrid modes. The student experience will be diverse. Depending on the course and subjects that students are enrolled in, the experience will range from fully online to fully delivered on campus.

We are also pleased to be welcoming back international students, and our team are working closely to support them in their return.

Proof of vaccination is required for staff, students, tenants, contractors and visitors when attending any La Trobe campus, as outlined in our Health and Safety Procedure - COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures. For more information, please refer to our FAQs below.

For answers to student questions around the safe return to campus life, read our student FAQs and FAQs for graduate researchers.

For answers to staff questions around the safe return to campus, read our staff FAQs [intranet, only accessible to staff and graduate research candidates].

For public health FAQs around vaccination, see our Let’s Vaccinate our Way Back to Campus page.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) - General requirements to be on campus

Who needs to be vaccinated to enter a La Trobe campus and who is exempt?

Protecting the health and safety of our students, staff and wider communities has been La Trobe’s first priority throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

All staff, students, honorary appointees, contractors, tenants, volunteers and visitors attending our campuses are required to be fully vaccinated (limited exemptions apply). Zones have been identified across all campuses in which only fully vaccinated people are now able to attend. Please refer to the Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures which includes zone maps.

Children aged under 5, and those with a valid medical exemption are permitted on campus. Exemptions do not apply to those who choose not to be vaccinated on personal or religious grounds.

What happens if I’m required on campus to attend a clinic or research trial and I am not vaccinated and do not have an exemption?

Please discuss your visit with the clinic or research trial co-ordinator before coming on campus.

I’ve heard about zones. What are these?

Zones have been identified across all campuses in which only fully vaccinated (or those with valid medical exemption) people are able to attend.

Please refer to the Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures which includes zone maps.

People visiting parts of campus that are outside these zones may do so without being vaccinated or exempt.

How do I prove I'm vaccinated or exempt?

We recommend all visitors – including contractors and tenants - carry evidence of their vaccination or exemption status with them on campus. The easiest way to do this is to link your vaccination certificate to your digital wallet.

Staff are required to provide evidence via the Staff Vaccination Portal (instructions) [internal link - staff log-in required]

Students are required to provide evidence via StudentOnLine.

Contractors attending on-site and tenants must comply with Government Health Directions and La Trobe’s Health and Safety Procedure - COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures. Contractors and tenants are responsible for making sure they and their staff comply with the Chief Health Officer’s Orders and La Trobe’s vaccination requirements.

The University also has COVID marshals onsite to undertake spot-checking.

I have been fully vaccinated overseas/I have an overseas exemption. How do I prove this?

If you are fully vaccinated with an ATAGI-approved vaccine, you can use a digital or paper certificate issued by an overseas authority as evidence. Details can be found on the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 information for travellers.

If you are staying in Australia for an extended period, you can add your vaccination record to the Australian Immunisation Register (visit the Help adding overseas vaccinations from Services Australia for more details).

I’m coming to campus but not planning to enter any buildings – do I need to be vaccinated or show an exemption?

From 1 December 2021, La Trobe has established designated campus zones. People attending these zones are required to be fully vaccinated (limited exemptions apply).

Before visiting campus pleased refer to the new Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures which includes zone maps.

How will La Trobe check that everyone on campus is fully vaccinated or has an exemption? Whose responsibility is it to check vaccine status?

We welcome staff, students and visitors to our campuses as along as they are able to provide valid evidence of their vaccination or exemption status.

The University has put in place a range of measures to make sure we meet our Health and Safety requirements as well as the Victorian Government’s requirements around vaccination and compliance management. This includes systems and processes for staff (instructions) and students (StudentOnLine) to upload evidence of their vaccination or exemption status; and the University’s Health and Safety Procedure – COVID-19 Vaccination and Other Measures.

While all staff and students have a role in keeping our campuses COVIDSafe, staff are not required to check students’ vaccination status.

Those organising an event or hosting visitors on-campus, should do so in a COVIDSafe manner, and are responsible for ensuring guests/attendees comply with the Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe settings.

I believe an individual at La Trobe is not vaccinated and does not have an exemption. What should I do?

The University has a range of measures in place for managing vaccination compliance. This includes collecting and validating vaccination status of staff and students and having COVID marshals on-site to proactively checking people’s vaccination status.