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 05 Oct 2022 5:06pm

Changes to the COVID-19 isolation period

  • The Federal Government has announced that the mandatory isolation requirement for people who have tested positive for COVID-19 will end from Friday 14 October.
  • To ensure our community is adequately informed on how the changes will impact the University’s operations, we will share more information following updates to the Victorian Government’s relevant public health legislation.
  • Current arrangements for those who test positive to COVID-19 will remain in place until the updated Victorian Government’s relevant public health legislation is assessed in consultation with the University’s OHS Committee and Chief Medical Officer, including the five-day isolation requirement and the strong recommendation to work or study from home on the sixth and seventh days after testing positive. Further information will then be provided to the Monash community and those reporting a positive COVID-19 status to the University .

Before you come to campus

Click here for the latest requirements you need to know before you visit our campuses or locations.

View our COVID Safe Plan

Have you or a household contact tested positive for COVID-19?

If you have recovered from COVID-19, you aren’t required to get tested or isolate/quarantine if you are re-exposed to a case within four weeks of ending your isolation period. During these four weeks, we recommend you get tested and isolate until symptoms resolve if you are at a high risk of severe illness.

Staff and HDR students:

  • If you are a Monash staff member or HDR student and you test positive to COVID-19, or are identified as a household contact of a person who has tested positive to COVID-19, you are advised to complete this form to notify the Monash University Contact Tracing Team and your supervisor.
  • You will then receive an automatic email containing further information on the support available to you.
  • Your supervisor will also receive an automatic email to notify them you have completed the form.
  • If you have tested positive, and were at a Monash location during your infectious period, the Monash Contact Tracing Team will contact you to determine the locations that require addition to the University’s exposure location’ webpage. Please ensure you check this webpage regularly.
  • If you are a household contact, Monash strongly recommends you work or study from home if you can. You must only attend Monash’s Australian campuses or facilities in exceptional circumstances (i.e. staff shortages in a specialised work area or to progress on-campus research or teaching activities to ensure academic advancement) provided you:
    • have no COVID-19 symptoms
    • wear a mask at all times
    • undertake daily Rapid Antigen Tests and only attend work following a negative result
    • avoid sensitive settings as per the Department of Health guidelines.
  • Under the Victorian’s Government’s Pandemic Orders, staff who test positive to COVID-19 are required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to their social contacts. Staff can find more information on determining their contacts and tips and resources to help you when approaching contacts (under step 4) on the Victorian Government’s COVID contact checklist.
  • Cleaning of the area to the Department of Health requirements is coordinated by the Monash Contact Tracing Team and Buildings and Property Division.

Students:

  • If you are a Monash student and you test positive to COVID-19, or are identified as a household contact of a person who has tested positive to COVID-19, you are advised to complete this form to notify your chief examiner.
  • You will then receive an automatic email containing further information on the support available to you. You’re also encouraged to notify your chief examiner if you are well enough to study during your isolation period.
  • If you tested positive and were at a Monash location during your infectious period, you will be given a list and asked to indicate which classes you have attended in your infectious period. The particular classes will be listed in Moodle for the students allocated, allowing them to know of the positive case.
  • If you are a household contact, Monash strongly recommends you study from home if you can. You must only attend Monash’s Australian campuses or facilities in exceptional circumstances (i.e. to progress on-campus research or teaching activities to ensure academic advancement) provided you:
    • have no COVID-19 symptoms
    • wear a mask at all times
    • undertake daily Rapid Antigen Tests and only attend class following a negative result
    • avoid sensitive settings as per the Department of Health guidelines.
  • Under the Victorian’s Government’s Pandemic Orders, if you test positive to COVID-19 you are required to notify your social contacts. You can find more information on determining your contacts and tips and resources to help you when approaching contacts (under step 4) on the Victorian Government’s COVID contact checklist.
  • Cleaning of the area to the Department of Health requirements is coordinated by the Monash Contact Tracing Team and Buildings and Property Division.
  • Note: it is the responsibility of students to notify any non-University-related social contacts, for example a friend you had lunch with.

Information for supervisors and chief examiners

  • Should a staff member or HDR student you supervise complete the form linked above as they have tested positive to COVID-19, or are identified as a household contact of a person who has tested positive to COVID-19, you will receive notification via an automated email.
  • The Monash Contact Tracing Team will contact the staff member to determine the Monash locations they attended while infectious, if they tested positive. Students will be required to complete the form with relevant classes they attended while infectious.
  • Relevant exposure locations are then published on the University’s exposure locations webpage. Students who attended the relevant allocated classes will be notified via Moodle. Chief examiners and teaching staff are encouraged to also check the class exposure webpage regularly alongside the exposure location webpage.
  • Under the Victorian’s Government’s Pandemic Orders, staff who test positive to COVID-19 are required to notify their workplace contacts, in addition to their social contacts. Staff can find more information on determining their contacts and tips and resources to help you when approaching contacts (under step 4) on the Victorian Government’s COVID contact checklist.
  • Please refer to our latest COVID-19 signage to promote awareness of health and safety practices.
  • Key messaging to staff and students continues to be for everyone to remain vigilant and to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, no matter where we visit in the community. If any symptoms appear, get tested immediately.

There are resources available for anyone who has tested positive to help manage COVID-19 at home. View more information, including a checklist to assist you, here. 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.

Study arrangements

Delivery mode, semester two, 2022

Our vibrant campuses are reactivated and we look forward to welcoming back our student community in semester two. We continue to follow government advice to ensure our campuses are safe study environments for all students as outlined in our COVID Safe Plan, including measures that exceed standards through regular cleaning and building ventilation. We understand the value of experiencing Monash in-person and continue to work towards the full return of face-to-face learning in the future.

In semester two (and associated teaching periods), international students located outside of Australia also have the option to:

  • Remain online, if there are no face-to-face requirements for their course, for example practical assessments or placements – see the list of units that aren’t available online
  • Study at Monash Suzhou (available for Master of Business or Master of Banking and Finance only)
  • For students located in the Shanghai region and subject to COVID-19 restrictions at the time, remain online and utilise the Monash Shanghai Learning Centre, studying alongside other Monash students with access to a range of learning facilities.

Your health, safety and wellbeing

  • You must not come to campus if you're unwell or a household contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Monash’s nine-pillar COVID Safe Plan details the strategies in place to protect our staff, students and visitors as we return to campus. If you have any ongoing feedback, please email covidsafe@monash.edu.
  • 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’.
  • However mild, get tested if you have any of the following symptoms – 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'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 05 Oct 2022 5:06pm

  • 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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