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 23 Feb 2021 5:04pm

University operations following Stage 4 lockdown

  • The Premier announced that the five-day Stage 4 lockdown will end as planned at 11.59pm Wednesday 17 February and Victoria will return to COVIDSafe Summer restrictions with revised conditions.

Research, teaching and learning arrangements

  • All research activities can resume and are no longer confined to essential research aligning to our four principles, as previously advised.
  • On-campus education resumed on Thursday 18 February, and while there are no density limits in the classroom, 1.5 metres physical distancing must be maintained, unless there exists a clear pedagogical imperative and the teaching/learning activity has been risk assessed by OHS, and additional safety measures implemented.
  • Until at least Monday 1 March 2021, masks must be worn indoors by students and staff. Academic staff engaged in teaching activities are able to remove their masks while teaching, as long as 1.5 metres physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Semester one on-campus teaching will go ahead as planned for those students onshore.

Onsite work

  • From Thursday 18 February, up to 50 per cent of the University’s office and support staff (to whom the cap applies) may attend onsite work at University locations on a rotational basis, or under an approved flexible arrangement discussed and agreed with their local supervisor. This 50 per cent cap does not apply to staff in or engaged in a previously identified essential services activity/category.
  • As schools will reopen, the ability for ongoing and fixed-term staff to utilise carer’s leave from their existing accrued sick leave credits concluded at 11.59pm tonight Wednesday 17 February.

Campus operations

A face mask must be carried at all times, and worn inside while on campus and at University locations. A mask must also be worn outside only if you can’t physically distance. If you are in an enclosed space such as an office, on your own - you may remove your mask, but if another person enters that enclosed space, you must be wearing a mask.

From Monday 22 February, parking will be charged on a pay-as-you-use basis. More information can be found on the transport and parking webpage.

The following services and retailers have reopened:

  • Matheson, Hargrave-Andrew and Law Libraries at Clayton and the Caulfield Library operates from 8am–6pm, Monday to Friday. Peninsula and Pharmacy Libraries operates from 9am–5pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Monash Connect front counters.
  • Dine in services for food and beverage retailers, with takeaway continuing.
  • Monash Sport.


O-Week has continued as planned, with refinements to attendance numbers for events (where required). The University is also providing attendees with masks.

Wominjeka Monash proceeds across campuses. Due to restrictions, all face-to-face events require registration. Visit the O-Week website for more information.

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 23 Feb 2021 5:04pm

  • 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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