Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are closely monitoring the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety, health and wellbeing of our students and staff is the priority for Swinburne. This page has been created to support students and staff to access official information and updates from the university.

Swinburne COVID-19 cases and affected sites

Information about any positive COVID-19 cases and exposure sites across Swinburne’s Melbourne campuses is now available. Please check this page regularly for the latest information.

Supporting the roadmap to reopening and returning to campus

As a university that strongly believes in the benefit of science, we have been encouraging all our staff and students to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible. With the release of the Victorian Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan, we are planning for our campuses to come to life again. Once 80 per cent of Victorians aged 16 and over are fully vaccinated, our campuses can reopen. Find out more.

A reminder of Swinburne's COVIDSafe process - positive case

You must notify Swinburne if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and attended our campus in the week prior. If you are a student, please contact Wellbeing at Swinburne via If you need academic support, please contact your unit convenor. If you are a staff member, contact the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team via and your line manager.

Swinburne’s COVID-19 vaccination hub 

From Monday 4 October 2021, Swinburne’s COVID-19 vaccination hub opens for all staff and students. The vaccination hub is located at 39 William Street, Hawthorn and will offer appointments for both the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.

Appointments are only available for Swinburne staff and students.

For more information and to book an appointment, visit the intranet if you are a staff memeber or CANVAS if you are a student. 

You must be a Medicare card holder. If you don’t have a Medicare card, you will need to book an appointment at a Victorian Government vaccination centre or speak with your local pharmacy. 

Exposure sites

If you have or you know of a Swinburne staff member, student or contractor who has either attended an exposure site or tested positive for COVID-19, you must contact the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team via and wait for their advice before taking further action, for example communicating with others.

It is important you frequently check the Victorian Government's list of exposure sites and follow the Department of Health's advice if you attended one of these sites.

Stay home if you are feeling unwell, even with mild symptoms, or if you are awaiting test results or have been instructed to isolate by the Department of Health.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health, Safety and Wellbeing team via

Working from campus

The Victorian Government has advised that from 11.59pm on Tuesday 17 August 2021 all staff and students attending campus or participating in a placement during the COVID-19 lockdown must have a permit authorised by Swinburne. 

On-campus protocols

If you have to be on campus, please ensure the health and safety of our community by reading our protocols to understand cleaning, safety and physical distancing requirements.

DHHS-approved COVIDSafe Events

Public events hosted by Swinburne must be registered with the Victorian Government and meet COVIDSafe guidelines.

Copies of Swinburne’s COVIDSafe public event registration receipts can be accessed below. For further information, contact the relevant event coordinator. This information can be found on the event receipt.

Information for students

We are communicating with students regularly via email. Check your Swinburne student email frequently for official updates and announcements from the university that will be relevant to you.

Information for staff 

We are communicating with staff regularly via email. In addition, we have created an intranet hub and FAQs to support you throughout this period. 

Government information

Swinburne is closely following the advice of the government and relevant health authorities in relation to COVID-19. 

Government websites

Health and hygiene information

The health, safety and wellbeing of the Swinburne community is our priority. The best way to protect yourself and those around you is to maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) offers advice on general health and hygiene practices in to reduce your risk of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands regularly, after using the toilet and before eating. Dry your hands thoroughly with disposable paper towel or a hand dryer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or cough into your elbow, dispose of the tissue into a bin. Wash your hands afterwards.

Posters from DHHS have been printed and displayed in key locations across the campuses. If you have concerns about your health, please phone your medical practitioner.