Victoria University (VU) has been taking decisive action to help keep the VU community safe since the escalation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Our key focus is always the safety, health and wellbeing of our students, staff and families.
VU’s Incident Management Team, supported by a number of coordinated groups, are continuing to respond quickly as the situation evolves.
VU, as with other tertiary providers, is adhering to directions and advice from Australian and State Governments.
To date, we have not been informed of any confirmed coronavirus case at any VU campus.
VU will provide support where possible to any students or staff that are impacted by coronavirus. To assist us, students and staff can voluntarily provide details of situations where they have had:
- direct contact with a person who has a confirmed case of coronavirus; or
- a test for coronavirus (positive, negative or no result back yet).
Reporting is voluntary. There is no obligation for students or staff to notify VU. This information will be used to assist VU to provide support to students and staff and assist VU working with the Department of Health and Human Services, if contact tracing is required.
To assist in providing this information, go to the coronavirus voluntary reporting webform.
We know that coronavirus presents significant challenges and concerns for students, staff and families. VU has free and confidential support services available to assist our community.
As Government directions change, including bringing forward Victorian school holidays, VU will continue to provide students and staff with support to meet their individual circumstances.
What we have done
- Moved to digitally supported remote course delivery where practical and possible.
- Suspended or cancelled all on-campus events, gatherings and activities.
- Closed onsite library services and limited access to campus buildings.
- Ceased all international and domestic work-related travel until further notice.
- Increased onsite cleaning, hand sanitisers and promotion of good hygiene.
- Adhered to and promoted social distancing principles.
- Continued VU services and functions by supporting staff to work remotely, as well as other options that best suit individual staff circumstances.
What we are doing
- Responding quickly to Government advice and directions.
- Keeping the VU community informed of important developments.
- Implementing measures to mitigate an outbreak, including measures around health, hygiene, and general wellbeing of the VU community.
- Continuing to plan for potential scenarios and impacts to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
- Providing support where possible to any students or staff that are impacted by coronavirus. To assist us, students and staff can voluntarily complete the coronavirus voluntary reporting webform if they have been tested for coronavirus or have had direct contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus.
What we want you to do
- Continue to follow good hygiene practices.
- Follow social distancing principles.
- Keep up to date with information from VU’s coronavirus response team (including this page and our coronavirus FAQs, which include links to Australian and State Government websites).
- Report issues and information to [email protected] or +61 3 9919 6398.
- If you are feeling unwell seek medical advice and let your course coordinator (if you're a student) or your manager (if you're staff) know.
- Assist VU by voluntarily completing the coronavirus voluntary reporting webform if you have been tested for coronavirus or have had direct contact with someone who has a confirmed case of coronavirus.
- Most importantly, look after yourself.
Official coronavirus (COVID-19) info & advice
Leading authorities have compiled a range of resources to keep us informed about coronavirus.
- Australia: download the Coronavirus Australia Government app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Australia: join the Government's WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android.
- Australia: Department of Health
- Victoria: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (see the DHHS translated resources, or Ethnolink for this information in languages other than English)
- Victoria: coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline 1800 675 398
- New South Wales: Department of Health
- Coronavirus information in languages other than English: 131 450
- International: World Health Organization.
- Australia: Department of Education, Skills and Employment
- Victoria: Department of Education and Training
- New South Wales: Department of Education
Official coronavirus (COVID-19) info & advice
- Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)
- Australian Government Department of Health
- World Health Organization