We’d like to provide you with a short update on activity and changes taking place at the University as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, including some staffing changes and the plans for returning to campus.
Due to the financial implications of COVID-19, the University recently introduced Voluntary Redundancy and Pre-Retirement Programs. These are now being finalised with seven per cent of staff from across the University opting to take up one of these options, and choosing to leave the University. Broken down this is six per cent of our 1,433 academic staff and nine per cent of our professional staff.
These changes are taking place as part of a new University Transformation program that will review and strengthen La Trobe’s strategic direction and operations in this challenging new economic environment. We simply must respond proactively to COVID-19, which is having a huge impact on industries all over the country. We’re working hard to make sure La Trobe has a sustainable and strong future as we emerge from the crisis and can build on our strengths into the future.
We understand that it may be disappointing that some teaching and student support staff may have decided to leave the University, but we can assure you that we will continue to provide a high standard of teaching and learning and support to students. As this is a difficult and emotional time for everyone at the University, we ask everyone to please continue to be understanding and respectful when dealing with each other.
Return to campus
As outlined in a recent statement from the Vice-Chancellor, the University is managing a limited return to face-to-face activity for Semester 2. You can find a list of subjects that include face-to-face activity here.
We want to remind you that from today (2 July) local lockdowns will be introduced for 10 Victorian postcodes until at least 29 July.
For students who reside in any of these impacted suburbs, study remains one of the four permitted reasons for travel. Restrictions also apply to people travelling into these specified postcode areas, so University students should not travel to these locations unless one of the four permitted reasons apply. Please remember that you should not attend a campus if you are feeling unwell. If you are experiencing any respiratory symptoms, it is recommended you contact the Department of Health and Human Services hotline 1800 675 398 and follow advice.
We are continuing to monitor Government and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) guidelines and will update you if there are any changes. The situation is still changing from week to week, and we are following the advice and direction of DHHS in developing our return to campus plans. We’ll continue to provide updates whenever we have new information.