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 and are no longer feeling unwell. For information about testing, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

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). If you are not sure what to do, check this self-assessment.

Last updated 21 Sep 2021 4:23pm

  • The Premier released Victoria’s Roadmap: Delivering the National Plan on Sunday, 19 September. This plan sets us on a hopeful path to opening and we’re looking forward to the safe return of staff and students to campus, in line with government and health advice.
  • More detailed information will be added to this page soon.

Matheson Library, Clayton campus identified as a Tier 2 exposure site (12-4.15pm, Thursday, 16 September)

Monash University has been advised that an individual who visited the Matheson Library, Clayton campus between 12- 4.15pm on Thursday, 16 September has tested positive to COVID-19. The Matheson Library has subsequently been identified as a Tier 2 exposure site.

Anyone who visited the Matheson Library during the time listed above must urgently get tested for COVID-19 and isolate until a negative result is received.

Routine and additional cleaning of high-touch surfaces in the Matheson Library has been completed and the library is open.

Our Chief Medical Officer remains in close contact with the Department of Health and has reviewed and approved the procedures being undertaken.

As is always the case, if anyone feels unwell they must get tested immediately, and self-isolate at home until they receive a negative test result and feel fully well.

The health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students remains our key priority.

Easing of restrictions as first dose target is met

  • The Premier has announced a modest easing of restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September, as Victoria reaches its first dose COVID-19 vaccination target of 70 per cent:
    • An additional reason to leave home: outdoor social interaction, such as gathering on campus, for up to two people from separate households, or up to five people from two households if all persons (aged 18 or older) have received two vaccine doses.
    • Time permitted for exercise – and now social interaction – will increase from two to four hours per day.
    • The distance you can leave home for permitted reasons will increase from 5km to 10km.
    • Outdoor gyms, including those at Monash Sport, will reopen
    • Up to five people will be able to attend an entertainment venue (i.e. MUMA, Monash University Performing Arts Centres) or physical recreation facility to broadcast a performance, class, or concert.
    • The curfew, from 9pm to 5pm, will stay in place.
Onsite work and permits
  • Authorised workers and students are still required to carry permits and photo identification (such as their Monash ID card) at work/on-campus, and when travelling for work/study.
  • Permits for authorised students that were valid until 2 September are not required to be reissued, and continue to be valid while restrictions are in place.
  • For more information about permits for Authorised workers, please refer to ‘Work arrangements’. Authorised students should refer to ‘Teaching and learning arrangements’.
Working from home
  • Consistent with the latest state government advice, all other staff must work from home until government advice changes, unless required onsite to deliver and support online education, critical research, and on-campus and virtual operations.
  • For more information, please refer to ‘Work arrangements’.
Access to childcare and kindergarten for authorised workers
  • Childcare centres and kindergartens remain closed, except to children whose parents are authorised workers and cannot be supervised at home. Single parents are able to access childcare, regardless of whether they are an authorised worker. Vulnerable children can also still attend.
  • Up to two-days-a-week carer’s leave is available for ongoing and fixed-term staff (pro-rata for part-time staff) to assist with balancing work and homeschooling/childcare responsibilities from existing accrued sick leave credits until the end of semester. Please refer to the guidelines for more information.
  • For more information, please refer to ‘Work arrangements’.
Teaching and learning arrangements
  • Semester two and associated teaching periods will continue online. The University will provide an update on when on-campus activities can resume when government restrictions allow.
  • For more information, please refer to ‘Teaching and learning arrangements
Campus operations
  • University Health Services at Caulfield, Clayton and Peninsula campuses will remain open, including the COVID-19 Fast Track Clinic at Clayton, and COVID-19 telehealth consultations and testing.
  • For more information on campus operations, including library services, Monash Connect and retailers, visit ‘Campus operations under COVIDSafe settings’.
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.
  • For more information, please refer to ‘Health advice and safety measures’.

Last updated 21 Sep 2021 4:23pm

  • 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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