COVID-19 UPDATE / STAGE 4 RESTRICTIONS AND THE POSTPONEMENT OF FACE TEACHING

You will have seen that Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a State of Disaster in Victoria from 6pm tonight (2 August) for at least six weeks, with Melbourne moving to Stage 4 restrictions which mean tighter rules to limit the movement of people and the spread of COVID-19.

The restrictions include a nightly curfew – from 8pm to 5am – commencing from Sunday 2 August. 

The Premier has specified that all study at university must be done remotely.  He has indicated that further announcements will be made on Monday about other potential changes to workplaces and certain industries.

From 6pm tonight in Metropolitan Melbourne all teaching will be remote, with the limited face to face teaching that had been planned needing to be postponed for at least six weeks. No students should attend our Bundoora or City campuses for face to face classes from 6pm tonight. 

For students in the College of SHE, placements will continue as planned. Teaching practicals in health services will be suspended.

If you had planned to attend campus tomorrow for face to face learning, please contact your supervisor/course coordinator for further advice.

The library in Bundoora will not be available as an on-campus study space.

Residential students will continue to be supported to live with us and should contact the Accommodation Services team with any questions.

Research staff approved to attend campus in Bundoora will be able to do so tomorrow. However, everyone must obey the curfew.  While attending work is a permitted reason to be out, you are advised to avoid attending campus between 8pm and 5am, beginning from this evening.  Further adjustments in relation to research activities may be required during this week, depending on announcements made tomorrow.

In regional Victoria, from 11:59pm on Wednesday (5 August) stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions will be introduced. This means that approved limited face to face teaching and approved research will continue as previously, with the majority of staff and students working and studying remotely.  Mitchell Shire, which had been treated the same as metro Melbourne will from then be treated the same as regional Victoria.

This is a good time to remind you that we provide a comprehensive student wellbeing support service at La Trobe, including free counselling. This is available online or over the phone, and I encourage you to access these support services if you need to.

We will continue to update you on any further changes.

Please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website for all of the latest updates and information on COVID-19.

For further information please visit our Student FAQs.