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 28 Jul 2021 12:43pm

The Premier has announced that the lockdown will be lifted state-wide and a range of restrictions will ease across Victoria from 11:59pm AEST Tuesday, 27 July. Please find a summary of the changes to our University operations below:

Teaching and learning arrangements

  • We are seeking clarification for on-campus teaching and learning arrangements with the Department of Education and Training, and will provide an update to staff and students tomorrow.
  • Until then, scheduled on-campus education activities will continue online.

Onsite work

  • The government has advised that if you can work from home, you should continue to do so. All research activities that cannot be performed from home can recommence on campus.
  • Up to 25 per cent of the University's professional staff who are office-based may attend onsite work at University locations. Local areas will determine and communicate the arrangements with staff. Academic teaching and research support staff are excluded from this cap and are able to return to onsite work (for example, to deliver online education).
  • This does not apply to staff in or engaged in an essential services category. For more information, see here.
  • As schools reopen, the ability for ongoing and fixed-term staff to utilise carer’s leave from their existing accrued sick leave credits will conclude at 11.59pm AEST Tuesday, 27 July.
  • A density limit of 1 person per 4sqm applies in offices.

Campus operations

From Wednesday, 28 July, the following services and retailers will reopen or commence with density limits of 1 person per 4sqm where applicable:

  • Caulfield, CL Butchers Pharmacy, Hargrave-Andrew, Law, Peninsula and Sir Louis Matheson libraries. See library opening hours for more information
  • Dine-in services for food and beverage retailers (takeaway continuing)
  • All registered University-community events
  • Monash Sport for casuals and members. Group fitness classes available for members only. Live workouts will continue via Active Bodies Online until Friday, 30 July.

Your health, safety and wellbeing

  • The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and wider campus communities remains our top priority, and we continue to be guided by the health advice of the Victorian Government and the University’s Chief Medical Officer.
  • Fixed-term and ongoing staff may apply for sick leave, in accordance with existing entitlements, to attend a vaccination centre or GP off-campus for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Staff attending UHS on campus can do so without applying for leave, subject to first obtaining approval for their absence from their supervisor(s).
  • A reminder that you must not attend campus or any Monash location if you are unwell and/or displaying any symptoms associated with COVID-19, even if they’re mild. Get tested immediately, and do not return to campus until you have received a negative result.
  • Scan the Service Victoria QR code every time you enter a building. Swiping of Monash IDs on door-readers will still be required to enter buildings with restricted access.
  • A face mask must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless a lawful exception applies.
  • Reach out for support through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) on 1300 360 364 or the University counselling services on (03) 9905 3020.
  • Read more about support for students, including mental wellbeing and information for students living on campus.
  • Read more about support for staff, including leave provisions and counselling.

If you have recently visited a COVID-19 hotspot or public exposure site, you must follow the Department of Health's requirements for testing and isolating, as outlined (that is, tiers 1-3, a rating system for the level of exposure). To see where to get tested in Victoria, click here.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments at University Health Service (UHS)

Monash University Health Service at Clayton, Caulfield and Peninsula is participating in the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Anyone eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine under the government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout program can book an appointment with UHS. You don’t need to have visited UHS previously, you can visit the UHS COVID-19 vaccinations page to make your booking. Check your eligibility here.

Last updated 28 Jul 2021 12:43pm

  • 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 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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