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.

Staff working from home

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, has asked staff to work from home, starting Tuesday 24 March. This decision has been made to ensure we are abiding with the latest social distancing directives and for the best interest of our community. Read more on the live news blog.

Classes are now online

From Monday 23 March, all on-campus coursework teaching, including lectures, teaching labs and tutorials have moved online.

All Swinburne events postponed

Due to the rapidly changing situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), we have cancelled or postponed all Swinburne group events and gatherings.


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.

Downloadable resources