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 18 May 2022 3:15pm

Pandemic Orders changes to operations

  • The University has carefully assessed the Department of Health’s latest Pandemic Orders that were recently announced, which included the easing of numerous restrictions due to almost 70 per cent of Victorian adults having received their third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • A number of settings have been retained in the Orders, including the essential requirement to isolate for seven days following a COVID-19 diagnosis and existing vaccination requirements for staff.
  • We are mindful that the Victorian Government’s decision to remove vaccination requirements for students and visitors, and remove the requirement for household contacts to isolate, is a significant shift in the COVID-19 landscape.
  • As such the University will be taking time to gain a greater understanding of the impact on our community through a consultation period with the Monash community (including the Monash University OHS Committee, and Health and Safety representatives).
  • To minimise disruption during this time, and in line with our commitment to deliver on-campus activities for semester one (as previously communicated), Monash will continue to operate with its current vaccination requirements and compliance approach, and the current recommendations for staff and students who are household contacts to work and study remotely. Relevant form updates are currently underway and will be live shortly.
  • Please note that staff and students will now require swipe access (by tapping their Monash ID) to enter the Campus Centre, rather than using the QR code check-in. Visitors to the Campus Centre will be required to show proof of vaccination to a COVID Marshall to gain entry.

Before you come to campus

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

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

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 were at a Monash location during your infectious period, the Monash Contact Tracing Team will contact you to determine if there are any “workplace contacts”, using the latest advice from the Department of Health.
  • Should “workplace contacts” be identified, the University will contact them directly via email, instructing them to monitor for symptoms (and get tested if any appear). Relevant exposure locations are then published on the University’s exposure location’ webpage.
  • 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 staff members to notify any non work-related social contacts, for example a friend you had lunch with.

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.
  • Your chief examiner will also receive a notification once you have completed the form.
  • If you 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. Staff members who were present during classes need to check the class exposure location web page regularly and constantly monitor for symptoms.
  • 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 student, staff member or HDR student you manage 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 manage direct communications to “workplace contacts”, should they be determined, based on the latest advice from the Department of Health. Students who attended allocated classes where a positive case was in attendance, will be notified via Moodle.
  • Relevant exposure locations are then published on the University’s exposure locations webpage.
  • Positive case door signage is no longer displayed at building entrances. 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
  • Enrol in units 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.

International students are asked to complete the semester two My Plan form, so the University can prepare for seamless learning delivery whether you’re studying in-person or online.

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. This includes a hierarchy of controls, of which our strongest defence remains vaccination and staff and students not attending campus if they are unwell. Monash will continue to align to Victorian government advice on the definition of 'fully vaccinated' which may be expanded to include booster vaccinations. 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 18 May 2022 3:15pm

  • 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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