Update on Victoria’s easing of restrictions – 23 November

The Premier announced yesterday that higher education will be able to reopen for the summer semester.  Full details of the Government’s rules around this activity are yet to be published and we will update staff and students more fully on the implications of this announcement as soon as possible.

For now, the Government’s fundamental setting for adult education (which includes universities) is: continue to work and learn from home if you can.  Some teaching and research activities are continuing to occur on campuses where they cannot be achieved from home.  For further information please refer to the FAQs.

Health and Wellbeing

The Premier announced that from today, Victorians no longer need to wear masks outdoors unless they cannot maintain a safe distance from others. However, it is important to note that wearing a fitted face mask when indoors is still required (unless a medical exemption applies). Standard public health arrangements (such as physical distancing and good hygiene) also still apply.

Please be alert for COVID-19 symptoms and if you feel even slightly unwell with respiratory symptoms, immediately self-isolate and call the Department of Health and Human Services COVID hotline (1800 675 398) to find out how to get tested; then self-isolate and stay home until you receive the result.  If you are unwell, you must not come to campus or go to work.  

Under the workplace directions issued under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic), students and staff 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 are 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).

The University has a range of services to help you if you need support.  Please connect with us.