How do Stage 3 restrictions impact me as a La Trobe student?

Stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions resumed in Victoria from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July. As well as the closure of the Victorian border, these will impact La Trobe students in many ways. Please familiarise yourself with the updated restrictions and how they may impact your studies.

Do not travel to and from metropolitan and regional areas

We are advising La Trobe students not to travel from metropolitan Melbourne to regional areas, or vice versa, for placement or face-to-face classes. If you are a student in this situation, you will be contacted by the University with further advice later this week.

Victorian Border Closures

New South Wales announced that it will temporarily close its border with Victoria effective from Wednesday 8 July. If you are a student based in New South Wales you should study at home, where possible, while the border closure is in effect. We will continue to provide additional advice and updates for our students in the border regions in the coming weeks.

If you are an International student impacted by Victorian border closures, please contact La Trobe International Student Services for further information, advice and support.

If you reside in a NSW border community you will be allowed to travel across the border in both directions for work and education . You will need to apply for and obtain a permit.

More information on how the New South Wales border closures are being implemented will be posted on the New South Wales COVID-19 website in due course and we will continue to provide updates as required. If you are in Victoria we also recommend you follow the advice of the Department of Health and Human Services.

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you must NOT attend campus and should seek advice and get tested. This requirement applies to all staff and students, regardless of where they live.

Please update your residential address in StudentOnLine

We’re asking all students to ensure your term address is up to date in StudentOnLine. This will ensure that we can contact you with further advice if your course involves travel to and from metropolitan and regional areas.

Placements

If you are a student currently on placement, or with an upcoming placement, that involves travel to and from metropolitan Melbourne and regional areas, you will be contacted directly by the University with more information about how to proceed.

If you are a student in the border regions currently on placement, or with an upcoming placement, please note that special provisions will be in place for border communities such as Albury-Wodonga. We have been advised that online permits will be available through Service NSW from tomorrow to accommodate essential travel.

All students currently undertaking or about to commence placements, can contact their subject coordinator in relation to any issues arising from the border closures.

Please check our frequently updated Placement FAQs in the COVID-19 Student FAQs for further details.

Study spaces available for students

For students at the Melbourne Campus (Bundoora) Level 1 of the Borchardt Library will be available as a study space using COVIDSafe protocol for those students unable to study from home. For students at our Albury-Wodonga and Mildura campuses libraries will remain open.  Find out what other study spaces are available at your campus.

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you must NOT attend campus and should seek advice and get tested. This requirement applies to all staff and students, regardless of where they live.

Our student support services are available online

While our campuses remain closed, we are mindful that many students will still need to access these support services. As such, we are ensuring you can access online appointments with our wonderful staff. All our student support services are now available online.

Our student wellbeing services are available online

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.

Student COVID-19 FAQs

We understand that this is a particularly challenging time for all students and that you may have some specific questions about what the University is doing to manage your educational experience.

These FAQs are intended to provide high level guidance to students, but we also recommend that you also regularly check your LMS site for subject updates.