COVID-19 updates

COVID-19 updates

We understand many in the Monash community will be concerned about COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). We're committed to adapting our teaching and learning, campus experiences and operations to ensure the health and safety of our community. We will keep the Monash community informed as the situation continues to evolve.

You must not come to campus if you're unwell. Get tested for COVID-19 if you have any of the following symptoms, however mild – fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of sense of taste or smell – and stay home until you’ve received a negative result. For information about testing, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Last updated 27 Nov 2020 12:37pm

Changes to COVID-19 restrictions as Victoria transitions to the Last Step

  • As announced by the Premier, Last Step restrictions now apply throughout Victoria as determined by the Victorian Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening.
  • We’re committed to a safe, phased return to onsite operations and are planning to welcome the Monash community back to our vibrant campuses and locations, in line with government advice.
  • Under the Last Step, our campuses are now open. Our November intake, summer A and B semester students, and students undertaking intensive classes will be able to return to campus for face-to-face learning.
  • We’re planning to provide on-campus study for students in Australia in semester one, 2021, subject to State Government restrictions.
  • We’re planning to operate under COVID Normal, subject to health advice, from January 4 2021. This means the University will be open at full capacity consistent with our operations pre-COVID. Staff will return on a rotational basis and under flexible work arrangements, allowing staff to partially work from home. Your local leadership will let you know what that this looks like for your area. If you have been working on campus, you can continue to do so.
  • The mandatory requirement to wear a face mask now only applies indoors, unless you have an exemption. Face masks are not required outdoors except where physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, however, you must carry a face mask at all times.
  • In line with Last Step requirements, the following changes to campus operations now apply: 
    • Overall capacity for hospitality venues increases to up to 150 patrons indoors (seated service only, no group limit) and 300 patrons outdoors, subject to density limits.
    • Monash Sport will open indoor and outdoor sporting facilities at Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula for sports groups and community-based training. Capacity limits and conditions apply and this will require protocols and approved return to play plans for all groups. For more information contact Monash Sport. 
    • The following venues will open for University-approved public events: Robert Blackwood Hall, Alexander Theatre and David Li Sound Gallery, with Alexander Theatre and David Li Sound Gallery also open for recording and streaming activities.
    • Monash libraries continue to operate so that students have a safe place to study. Please visit the Library website for specific opening hours.

COVID Safe Plan

  • Our COVID Safe Plan sets out the actions we are taking to protect our staff, students, visitors and wider campus communities, and our response to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 at the University.

See this State Government resource outlining examples of workplaces that are closed for on-site work, open for on-site work with a COVID Safe Plan, and where there are restricted operations or industry specific obligations.

Last updated 27 Nov 2020 12:37pm

  • The Monash Chief Medical Officer is in constant communication with Australian medical authorities for the latest health and travel advice.
  • We continue to monitor the situation, including the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO), US Center for Disease Control and the Australian government’s Health Department, including states and territories.
  • Students directly affected by COVID-19 can contact us at +61 3 9902 6010 or via our enquiry form.
  • Monash also provides free confidential counselling support for any Monash student. If you need support at any time, please call 1300 788 336.
  • If you have tested positive to COVID-19 you must follow the recommendations of your medical professional and the Australian Health Department, including the required self-isolation period.
    • If you are a Monash staff member, you must also immediately notify your supervisor, and your supervisor will advise Access HR via email at hr@monash.edu or phone on +61 03 9902 0400.
    • If you are a Monash student, we ask that you notify Monash Connect on 9902 6011 for further support.
    • You must be cleared by a Public Health Officer and determined to be no longer infectious before you can leave your home isolation and re-enter the Monash or wider Australian community.
  • For updates on Monash College's response to COVID-19, please visit the Monash College website.

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