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.

Last updated 10 Jan 2022 2:48pm

The Victorian government has announced new pandemic orders, effective from 11.59pm Thursday, 6 January 2022.

Work arrangements

The health and safety of the Monash community remains our top priority. The Victorian government has strongly recommended people work and study from home if they are able to do so. Therefore, Monash will introduce online study and work from home arrangements where possible until Australia Day on 26 January 2022, with a return to campus from Thursday, 27 January 2022.

Staff and HDR students should work from home unless required onsite to deliver and support online education, critical research, and operations. For more information, see here.

Research involving external facing community engagement should be postponed if possible during this time. Should a pause of this nature not be possible, staff will be asked to contact their supervisor in the first instance.

You must be fully vaccinated to attend campus (unless you have an authorised medical exemption), wear a face mask indoors and follow social distancing rules (stay at least 1.5m away from other people where possible) and density limits of one person for every two square metres will apply to indoors retail and hospitality spaces on our campuses. We will continue to update staff and students should government advice change.

Study arrangements for January

Until Wednesday, 26 January 2022 all face to face scheduled classes will move to online unless an exception is requested and agreed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Senior Vice-President. For agreed exceptions, only fully vaccinated students or those with an authorised medical exemption can continue to attend the University's campuses and locations for onsite study in line with class timetables.

Unit Chief Examiners will provide details specific to your unit announcements via Moodle or via email for specific unit advice. You will be required to follow the Victorian government’s isolation and testing requirements before returning to class should you have contracted COVID19 within the past seven days.

Testing for COVID-19

Under the new orders, people who test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will be considered ‘probable cases’, subject to the same requirements as confirmed cases from a PCR test.

If you test positive to COVID-19 you need to:

There are resources available for anyone who has tested positive to help manage COVID-19 at home. If you have concerns about worsening symptoms, call your GP or contact a service like Nurse on Call on 1300 606 024 for advice or the University Health Service Triage nurse on 03 9905 3175.

Campus operations

  • A density quotient of one person per two square metres is also being introduced indoors at hospitality venues, which will apply to food retailers on campus.
  • Monash Sport and Library will operate on reduced hours - please visit their website for the latest opening hours.

Face masks on campus

From 11.59pm on Thursday 23 December 2021, the Victorian government reintroduced the requirement for face masks to be worn in indoor settings. This applies to all indoor settings on campus (unless in a single occupant office alone with the door closed).

Teaching and learning, semester one, 2022

Based on the latest Victorian government advice, we have moved all scheduled on-campus classes to an online delivery, until Wednesday, 26 January. It is still our intention to resume face-to-face learning from 27 January - the day after the Australia Day public holiday.

With Australia’s borders reopened our offshore students now have the opportunity to attend on-campus activities from the start of semester one, however online options will also be available to those who can’t attend campus.

So we can plan for the return to face-to-face learning and support a smooth transition for you, let us know if you plan to arrive in Australia for semester one here.

To support your arrival to Australia, if you commence face-to-face learning and register your arrival on campus by the semester one census date, you may be eligible for a one-off $2,000 Monash Travel Assistance Grant.

Your health, safety and wellbeing

  • Monash’s nine-pillar COVID Safe Plan details the strategies in place to protect our staff, students and visitors as we return to campus.
  • It is the combination of these strategies, and their application to the diverse range of spaces and activities the University undertakes, that ensures our health, safety and wellbeing. For more information, please refer to ‘Health advice and safety measures’.
  • You must not come to campus if you're unwell or if you are a household contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • 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 and are no longer feeling unwell. For information about testing, visit the Department of Health's website.
  • The Department of Health will no longer publish exposure sites. Visit the University’s COVID-19 confirmed cases and exposure locations webpage regularly and follow the relevant health advice.

Last updated 10 Jan 2022 2:48pm

  • 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.
  • Monash 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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