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 26 Feb 2021 3:55pm

Victoria to revert to full COVIDSafe settings

  • As announced by the Premier, Victoria will return to previous COVIDSafe settings from 11.59pm Friday 26 February.
  • Up to 75 per cent of the University’s office and support staff (to whom the current 50 per cent cap limit applies) can return to work at University locations on a rotational basis, or under an approved flexible arrangement as agreed with their local supervisor.
  • The cap doesn’t apply to research and teaching staff. As previously advised, working from home arrangements for staff in high-risk health categories will continue.
  • In line with government advice, face masks will no longer be mandated in offices, teaching spaces, libraries, Monash Sport, or other inside locations on campus, except for when visiting the Campus Centre, Clayton, University Health Services or travelling in a Monash vehicle (including intercampus buses) – however, staff must carry one at all times.
  • When physical distancing of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, it’s strongly recommended you continue to wear a face mask both indoors and outdoors.

Delivery mode for semester one 2021

  • Monash University will provide on-campus learning for students in semester one in line with current State Government restrictions. As a result, it’s expected that all students based in Australia will be in Victoria and prepared to attend on-campus activities from the commencement of semester one.
  • If you’re currently based in Australia, there may be online options available to you, however these options cannot be guaranteed in all circumstances. Preference will be given to those students who are unable to physically attend campus due to travel and/or state border restrictions, or Federal Government COVID-19 health advice. If you require fully online options for the entire teaching period, apply for special consideration and we’ll be in touch prior to the commencement of semester one. If you apply for special consideration and your application is approved, you will remain online for the duration of the teaching period.
  • If you’re currently based overseas, you will be supported with online study options so you can progress in your course. You’ll be able to catch-up on any placements or laboratories that are essential to your accreditation requirements and learning outcomes once you return to campus. Some courses with accrediting bodies will have requirements for practical milestones - please contact your course coordinator for more information.
  • As part of the successful, phased reactivation of our campuses and our COVID Safe Plan, our November intake, summer A and B, and intensive unit students have been attending classes on campus along with staff who support these activities. We look forward to welcoming our semester one 2021 students to campus.

English language update for graduate research students commencing 2021

Monash University Academic Board has approved a COVID-19 temporary variation of the time limit on English language test validity for graduate research applicants.

Test validity has increased from two years to three years for all faculties (with the exception of  Law due to its specific requirements), and this variation applies to graduate students commencing in 2021.

Last updated 26 Feb 2021 3:55pm

  • 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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