Updates on coronavirus

Friday 21 February 2020

AMDC and ATC buildings in Hawthorn captured in the morning on the first day of semester 2015.

Swinburne has established an incident management group and is closely monitoring the situation.

In summary

21 February – 11.00am AEDT   

The Australian government has again extended travel restrictions by a week to Friday 28 February. 

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families are still exempt from the restrictions. Anyone who has been outside of China for more than 14 days and shows no signs of the novel coronavirus (now named COVID-19) can also enter Australia. 

Swinburne is continuing to support students unable to travel to Australia, as well as those affected by self-isolation measures. 

Students arriving on campus are urged to report any new or persisting respiratory symptoms as quickly as possible. These students should contact Wellbeing at Swinburne on 03 9214 8483 for advice. 

Answers to students' frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus are available on the Swinburne website.  

13 February - 7.30pm AEDT

Swinburne will continue to support students unable to travel to Australia following the government’s decision to extend travel restrictions by a week to Friday 22 February.

The university is working with any students affected by these measures, offering flexible learning options and tailored study plans to minimise the disruption to their studies.

According to the latest government advice, Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families are still exempt from the restrictions. Anyone who has been outside of China for more than 14 days and shows no signs of the novel coronavirus (now named COVID-19) can also enter Australia.

Flexible study options are also available to any students who have recently returned from China or been in contact with a confirmed case and are required to self-isolate. These students should let Swinburne know by emailing askgeorge@swin.edu.au or contact Library and studentHQ.

10 February - 11.00am AEDT

Universities Australia has issued a video message from universities around Australia showing support for students who may be affected by coronavirus and the current travel restrictions.

In the message, Swinburne’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, reiterates Swinburne's support for students in China, saying that she is looking forward to their return to our campuses and supporting them in their studies. 

 

5 February - 4.00pm AEDT

Swinburne can confirm that all university activities are continuing as planned.

This includes:

  • Orientation for commencing students at Hawthorn and Wantirna campuses – 10-28 February
  • Welcome Back Week for returning students at Hawthorn Campus – 2-6 March
  • Higher Education
    • HE Block 1 – 16 February
    • Semester 1 and Term 1 – 2 March
  • Vocational Education
    • March Intake – 24 February
  • Unilink, Foundation, ELICOS
    • Unilink and Foundation Pathways – 24 February
    • ELICOS Intake 2 – 13 February 

We continue to monitor the situation and closely follow advice from the relevant government authorities. Measures are in place to protect our community.  

Students are expected to attend university activities unless you have been advised to self-isolate. Students who are self-isolating should let Swinburne know by emailing askgeorge@swin.edu.au

Answers to students' frequently asked questions relating to coronavirus are available on the Swinburne website.

Our advisers are working with students that may be affected by self-isolation requirements or travel restrictions, and updating study plans based on their needs.

Information about travel restrictions and advice for student visa holders and applicants can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Students who may be affected can contact Library and studentHQ. International students can contact +61 3 9214 8444

1 February - 8.30pm AEDT

The Australian government has updated its travel advice and is recommending Australians do not travel to mainland China.

Australians currently in China are asked to leave as soon as possible by commercial means.

New border control measures are being put in place that will prevent anyone who has left or transited through mainland China from entering Australia.  Exceptions are being made for Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family.

If you are an international Swinburne student currently in China and needing advice, you can speak to one of our international student advisors.

From today, the Department of Health is also asking any travellers arriving out of mainland China to self-isolate for 14 days. 

31 January – 3.30pm AEDT

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a global health emergency to trigger international measures to contain the spread of the illness.  

There remain no confirmed cases of the virus at Swinburne and the appropriate measures are being taken to protect our staff and students.

Swinburne continues to follow the latest advice from Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, and asks staff or students who have travelled to Wuhan or Hubei province in the last 14 days, or been in contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, to self-isolate and avoid public settings. 

Anyone who becomes unwell during this time is advised to call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 for advice.

30 January - 3.00pm AEDT 

Swinburne continues to monitor and respond to the spread of coronavirus, which originated in the city of Wuhan in China’s Hubei province. 

Currently, there are no confirmed cases of the virus at Swinburne. 

Swinburne has established an incident management group and is closely monitoring the situation and following advice from the relevant authorities. 

If you have travelled to Wuhan or Hubei province in the last 14 days or have been in close contact with a confirmed case, you are asked to self-isolate at home and avoid public settings for 14 days after leaving Hubei province. If you become unwell during this time, call the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service’s dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398 for advice. 

Identifying symptoms and reducing transmission

Symptoms of coronavirus can include fever, a cough, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, a sore throat or runny nose. 

Anyone who is unwell or concerned about their health should stay home and consult general practitioner, health professional or the Swinburne medical clinic. Please contact the medical facility or clinic in advance so that appropriate precautionary measures can be taken ahead of your arrival. 

To help reduce the transmission of illnesses, including coronavirus, the World Health Organisation recommends: 

  • frequently cleaning hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water  
  • covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands afterwards  
  • avoiding close contact with anyone who has a fever or cough