Victoria University (VU) is open for business, with a ‘safety-first’, gradual approach to on-campus classes and activities for 2022.

As we increase our on-campus activities, we continue to keep our community safe by always focusing on the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, staff and their families.

Latest updates

  • Anyone attending campus must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Students and staff are required to check-in to rooms of workspaces using the Victoria University App - watch a video with instructions on how to do this. Visitors must use the QR check-in at each building on campus. 
  • You are highly recommended to wear a face mask indoors, especially if you can't stay 1.5m away from other people. Carry a mask with you at all times (unless you are exempt).
  • We take all necessary actions to keep the VU community safe. If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, please get tested and isolate immediately until the results of that test are known.
  • Teaching and learning (in-person or online) location is dependent on the course. Find out more about course delivery modes.
  • If you have concerns: students should speak with their course coordinator first, or can also talk with Student Services, staff should speak with their manager.

Safety first – our COVIDSafe plan

We take decisive action to help keep the VU community safe. Our key focus is always the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families, and the broader community.

Our decision making is guided by the directions and advice of the Australian and State Government, VU’s COVIDSafe Plan and our five COVIDSafe principles:

  • health, safety and well-being focused
  • nimble and quick
  • logical and evidence-based
  • hybrid approach
  • sensible and easy to understand.

Our COVIDSafe Plan presents a process for the gradual and safe transition to campus of all members of the University community in line with the Commonwealth government’s 3-step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia. Two groups regularly meet to discuss COVID process and strategy, forming our Governance teams: COVID Operations and COVID Executive Taskforce.

We have implemented a range of measures to ensure the safety of the VU community, including:

  • increased cleaning in public spaces
  • distributing hand sanitiser
  • displaying correct hand-hygiene posters throughout all campuses
  • encouraging social distancing
  • flexible work arrangements that allows working from home
  • a COVIDSafe induction module for staff and students
  • vaccination status and location check-in badges via the VU App
  • COVIDSafe Officers roving on campus and at allocated check points to support COVID-19 requirements and campus activities.

Whether you are in the process of being vaccinated, or eligible for a third dose, vaccination helps keep you and your loved ones protected from COVID-19. It is also an important step in the University’s safe return to campus.

Only staff, students and visitors that are vaccinated may enter VU campuses and use our facilities, unless medically exempt.

VU will provide support where possible to any students or staff that are impacted by coronavirus.

To assist us, students and staff are able must report details of situations where they have had:

  • direct contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus
  • have had a test for coronavirus (positive, negative or no result back yet).

You must report a positive COVID-19 test.

You must also report a COVID exposure or close contact if you plan to attend campus within 14 days of the exposure.

You can also report your situation to [email protected] or call +61 3 9919 6398.

If anyone, student or staff, has concerns about the health status of another person at the University, they should contact Security who will arrange first aid assistance and follow appropriate protocols.

Security can also help with queries about unsafe facilities or on-campus environments.

To report concerns on campus, call +61 3 9919 6666.

For general enquiries relating to COVID-19, call +61 3 9919 6398.

Support for students & staff

Students

You can access the student counselling services.

All of our regular channels of support remain open for students who need assistance: 

Staff & immediate family members

You can access free confidential counselling support through VU’s Employee Assistance Program Provider Access EAP:

Official government information & advice

Leading authorities have compiled a range of resources to keep us informed about coronavirus (COVID-19).

VU is continuing to closely follow advice from the Australian and State Governments in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you to view the following government sources for the latest and most up-to-date official information about coronavirus.

Coronavirus information in languages other than English

International student advice

A dedicated Victorian Government email and hotline has been set up for international students:

The following sources also provide advice and support to international students:

Official coronavirus (COVID-19) info & advice