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 16 Apr 2021 10:27am

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 (i.e. tiers 1-3, a rating system for the level of exposure). To see where to get tested in Victoria, visit www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19.

Supporting the return of all-staff to onsite work

  • In line with health advice from our Chief Medical Officer, the University will commence the return of staff that fall under the Victorian Government’s high-risk health categories to onsite work, effective 23 April 2021:
    • Staff aged 70 years and over;
    • Staff aged 65 and over with chronic medical conditions; and
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50.
  • We look forward to welcoming these staff back to onsite work and taking another step forward in the safe reactivation of the University’s campuses and locations.
  • Please note that the definition of ‘high risk’ is with respect to complications associated with having the COVID-19 virus and does not indicate the individual is at a higher risk of contracting the virus.
  • As the current level of COVID-19 cases across Australia is low, as well as the risk of exposure regardless of age or health conditions, those at higher risk of becoming ill from COVID-19 can safely return to work – with appropriate precautions in place.
  • Monash’s COVID Safe Plan is inclusive in its approach, ensuring all staff can attend our campuses and workplaces safely.
  • Staff in the above-mentioned categories will return to working at University locations on a substantive basis, or under an approved flexible arrangement as agreed with local supervisors.
  • The return does not need to be gradual, however a gradual return can be arranged through supervisors.
  • Working from home arrangements for staff with poorly controlled chronic medical conditions or who are immunocompromised will continue to be considered on a case-by-case basis through their supervisors and HR.
  • The University continues to safely reactivate its campuses and locations under COVIDSafe Settings. Please ensure you familiarise yourselves with our eight-pillar COVID Safe Plan, which has been developed in line with the government’s health directions and advice.

An update on QR codes

As part of our COVID Safe plan, Monash will continue to display QR codes around campus, capturing data for the Victorian Government to use for contact tracing purposes should it be required. Monash is currently transitioning to using Service Victoria's QR code throughout campus.

Last updated 16 Apr 2021 10:27am

  • 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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