Working from campus

Last updated 10 August 2021

Swinburne has implemented a range of COVIDSafe protocols and has provided principles for working from campus to support staff and students to work and study from campus in the current COVID-19 situation. The university adheres to all government directives and has a flexible approach that ensures staff and students are provided with a COVIDSafe environment when on campus, and are also able to work and study from home when this is required by the government.

The health and safety of our community is Swinburne’s top priority and all staff, students, visitors and contractors play an important role in protecting our community. It remains critical that if you are unwell, even with mild symptoms, or are waiting on COVID-19 test results, or have been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive, you do not attend campus.

For information on COVIDSafe protocols, including what to do when on campus, please visit the On Campus Protocol page.

Principles for working from campus

The following principles apply to working from campus as we move to a state of COVID Normal.

Equipment and spaces

  • Staff will be supplied with one complete set of equipment – either for campus or a home workspace.
  • If an individual has special health and safety needs for their workspace, the provision of additional equipment for remote working will be agreed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Some screens, keyboards and other technology and infrastructure will be available across workspaces on campus. However, the setup of home workspaces has impacted the resources available on campus in order to support staff working at home, meaning campus locations will not be fully resourced.
  • Whether individuals come onto campus or are working from home, it is important everyone takes responsibility for ensuring they have access to the equipment and technology that they require when working from their preferred location on the relevant day. For example, a laptop may be all that is required for a ‘collaboration’ day on campus.

Work arrangements

  • New work arrangements and less campus space capacity will mean that not everyone will be on campus at the same time. This will mean the daily operating rhythm for individuals and teams may change.
  • Flexibility is agreed within individual portfolios, considering the team’s work arrangements.
  • Employee productivity will drive the ways of working decisions and the locations where activities are best performed.
  • Blended ways of working will apply between on-campus and off-campus locations, and all campuses (e.g. meetings may involve people working at Hawthorn, Croydon, Wantirna and home).

Visitors and contractors attending campus

Starting 23 April 2021, the following steps should be taken for visitors or contractors coming onto campus: 

  • The Swinburne manager or person responsible for the visit must ensure that all visitors or contractors scan the QR code system and follow all on-campus protocols while on campus 
  • The Swinburne manager or person responsible must escort the visitor during their time on campus and enforce Swinburne’s COVID-19 protocols 
  • The Swinburne person responsible for the visit must follow all on-campus protocols, including connecting to Swinburne’s wifi network ‘Eduroam’.