COVID-19 Update: 9 June 2021

Update on Victoria’s COVID restrictions 

Update as at 10 June: The Acting Premier has confirmed that the easing of restrictions announced on 9 June will proceed as planned from midnight tonight, with one small exception for those in Greater Melbourne.

Masks will still continue to be required to be worn outdoors in all circumstances.

The information below has been updated to reflect this new advice.

The Acting Premier has announced on 9 June that the circuit breaker lockdown in place across Greater Melbourne until midnight Thursday 10 June will end as planned and some eased restrictions will come into force. There will also be changes to the rules for regional Victoria.

Students and staff at the Sydney campus are not impacted by these restrictions and should continue to follow the advice of the local Sydney team.

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Summary of Public Health Restrictions: Greater Melbourne

The Government has announced eased public health restrictions that will come into effect in Greater Melbourne from 11.59pm, Thursday 10 June. The key items relevant to the University are:

  • The five reasons to leave home will be dropped; travel to be restricted to within 25kms from your home (unless travelling for work, education, care or vaccine).
  • If you can work and study from home, you must continue to do so.
  • Masks must continue to be worn in all indoor and outdoor settings, whenever you are outside of your own home (unless a medical exemption applies).
  • Higher education and schools will resume in face-to-face mode.
  • QR check-in is to be mandatory for virtually all settings.

For full details of what is and is not permitted refer to the Victorian Government website.

Implications for University activities: Melbourne (Bundoora) and City Campuses

Teaching and Learning

  • Scheduled classes: students with any scheduled classes should check email and LMS for specific advice
  • Examinations: The revised examinations schedule will proceed as planned. Students and staff have been advised directly about the updated arrangements.
  • Library services: Library face to face services will resume from Tuesday 15th June with COVID safe controls. For more information refer to the Library website.
  • Support services: All student support services will return to a mix of face-to-face and virtual operations. Check the website for more information.

Placements

  • Placements can recommence, subject to COVID safe controls.
  • Students with queries about placements should contact the placement team.

Research activities

  • Where you can conduct research from home, you should continue to
  • Research activities can resume on campus where they cannot be conducted from home. This includes graduate researchers and Honours and Masters by Coursework students
  • Field work and work in third-party sites can resume provided they meet La Trobe University requirements, the external site’s requirements and the State Government requirements. Speak to your line manager in the first instance. Permission can be given by the Dean/Head of School or their delegate

Other activities

  • Sports: On-campus sporting facilities will remain closed.

Summary of Public Health Restrictions: Regional Victoria

The Government has announced new public health restrictions that will come into effect in regional Victoria from 11.59pm, Thursday 10 June. The key items relevant to the University are:

  • Outdoor public gatherings allowed for up to 20 people
  • Masks must continue to be worn in all indoor settings (unless medical exemption applies)
  • QR check-in is to be mandatory for virtually all settings

For full details of what is and is not permitted refer to the Victorian Government website.

Implications for University activities: Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura Campuses

  • All students and staff attending campus must abide by the standard COVID safe practices at all times (see below).
  • Some events and sports will be able to resume; check websites for details.
  • You must sign-in when visiting campus using the QR code system. You will notice that this is being progressively migrated to link to the Service Victoria app.

COVID safe practices for those attending campuses

Please follow general COVID safe measures:  

  • Wear a face mask consistent with the Government rules about masks here. 
  • Practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. 
  • Maintain appropriate physical distancing.
  • If you feel even slightly unwell with respiratory symptoms, immediately self-isolate and call the Department of Health COVID hotline (1800 675 398) to find out how to get tested; then self-isolate and stay home until you receive the result.
  • You must sign-in when visiting campus using the QR code system. You will notice that this is being progressively migrated to link to the Service Victoria app.

Notify the University

Please remember that under the workplace directions issued under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic), staff and students must notify their tertiary education provider if they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and may have attended while infectious. If you have been diagnosed or have been informed you are a primary or secondary contact of someone who has, please contact Spomenka Krizmanic the University’s Manager, Health Safety and Environment (9479 2186 or 0447 323 256). This will ensure that actions can be appropriately coordinated within the University and with Government health authorities 

if you become aware of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case amongst students, staff or a campus visitor, or are contacted by placement providers about possible exposures please immediately inform Spomenka Krizmanic.

Support for students

For students who need support at any time, we’re here for you. Get in touch with ASK La Trobe or the University’s Health and Wellbeing services.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Please consider getting vaccinated if you are eligible. For more information see the Vaccine Eligibility Checker and the Department of Health website. State vaccination hubs will accept appointments from people aged 40-49 years to receive the Pfizer vaccine. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the Department of Health COVID hotline on 1800 675 398.

More information

Please refer to the Department of Health website for information on the exposure sites. If you have attended any of these locations, you must follow the public health directions. 

For further information see the University’s COVID FAQs which are regularly updated. Alternatively, if you have any questions, students can get in touch with ASK La Trobe.