Bushfire update for students from the Acting Vice Chancellor

Bushfire update for students from the Acting Vice Chancellor

The bushfire emergency across Victoria and parts of Australia remains ongoing and our thoughts are with all the communities impacted. We also recognise the outstanding efforts of the emergency services personnel currently working around the clock to tackle this unprecedented catastrophe. 

All our campuses remain open and our classes and student services are operating as normal however we continue to monitor the situation and are prepared to increase security to provide active fire monitoring on campuses as required.

We remind all students to continue to be vigilant about their safety and wellbeing. Please know that the University’s expectation is that – when travelling to and from the University – you make sure that it is safe to do so.    

Emergency information and support services 

  • Remember to check the Vic Emergencyand NSW RFS websites and apps regularly, monitor your surrounding conditions and be prepared to act on instructions issued by emergency services or the University. 
  • More information on how to stay safe during bushfire season can be found at www.cfa.vic.gov.au (Victoria) and www.rfs.nsw.gov.au (NSW).
  • Be aware of the air quality in your area and take precautions if necessary for your health. You can check for updates at EPA Airwatch or learn more.
  • The Victorian Government’s free service Nurse on Call (1300 60 60 24) connects you with qualified nursing staff for professional health advice 24 hours a day.  
  • You can access our free counselling service, or make use of the La Trobe University Crisis Line by calling 1300 146 307. 
  • If you are concerned your studies could be impacted by bushfire, please contact your Subject Coordinator, or phone ASK La Trobe on 1300 528 762. Further information about special consideration eligibility and procedures is available here.

Helping communities in need 

La Trobe has offered our assistance to Victoria’s Emergency Management Services and our local coordinating authorities to support the efforts of first responders and any affected community members, including by offering temporary emergency accommodation and other facilities across our campus network.   

I also recognise that many students are looking for ways they can practically support impacted communities. The Victorian Government has partnered with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army to establish the Victorian Bushfire Appeal. You can find more information or make a donation here.  

At all times, the safety and wellbeing of you and your family are the highest priority. Make sure you have a fire plan and be aware that the current emergency situation means that conditions can change quickly. 

The bushfire season has just started and it is important that we take care of ourselves and each other as it continues.  

Professor Susan Dodds 

Acting Vice-Chancellor 

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