On-campus protocols

Protocols for students and staff on-campus

As staff and students gradually transition to campus, Swinburne’s priority is the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. To support the safety of Swinburne’s community and minimise risk, we have implemented protocols and cleaning guidelines for students and staff undertaking approved on-campus activities.

Our on-campus protocols have been formalised in Swinburne’s COVIDSafe Plan, which can be viewed on the intranet.

Staff and students accessing campus

Starting 23 April 2021, Swinburne students and staff will no longer be required to complete the self-assessment health declaration in the Swinburne App when coming to campus. All students and staff are required to connect at least one device to the university’s wifi network ‘eduroam’ each day they are on campus and for the duration they are on campus.  

Students and staff who are unable to connect to ‘eduroam’ must scan the QR code each time they attend campus. See visitor and contractor process below for information on QR codes.  

All data captured through wifi technology will be managed according to Swinburne’s privacy policy and will be used for critical public health reasons, such as contact tracing, at the request of the Department of Health and Human Services.  

Visitors and contractors accessing campus

To meet government directives, Swinburne has implemented a QR code system for contractors, visitors and events for contact tracing purposes. All contractors and visitors will be required to scan the QR code when coming to campus each day. QR code posters will be displayed at main entrances and at key points around the university, there will be one code per campus. A QR code will also be available at events. 

Face masks

As of 6pm on Friday 26 March 2021, the Victorian Government only requires use of face masks on public transport, in rideshare vehicles and taxis as well as in sensitive settings (e.g. aged care facilities). Face masks are no longer required in retail settings.    

For your safety and the safety of others, Swinburne recommends wearing a fitted face mask where physical distancing cannot be maintained both indoors and outdoors on campus.  

Please ensure that you are carrying a fitted face mask with you at all times..  

Swinburne face masks, including a new suite showcasing Indigenous designs are available for purchase via the Razor online store.  

Visit the Department of Health and Human Services for more information on the different types of face masks, how to wear your face mask, guidelines around reusing face masks and the best way to remove your face mask. 

Temperature checking

Temperature checking will no longer be mandatory for staff, students, contractors or visitors who come to campus from Thursday, 29 October 2020. Government guidelines have been adjusted in response to the reduced risk of community transmission of COVID-19 in metropolitan Melbourne.

To continue to provide a level of health support, self-serve temperature checking stations have been installed on campus for those choose to have their temperature checked. These stations will not be staffed, but are simple to use and will have easy to follow instructions available.

The locations of these stations by campuses are:

  • Croydon Cafeteria
  • Wantirna Cafeteria
  • Hawthorn (2 locations) GS Building, Lift Foyer, Ground Floor and the Atrium

Where physical distancing cannot be achieved and where high-risk cohorts are involved, such as students who work in aged care settings or researchers working in a lab where physical distancing isn’t feasible, temperature checking will remain mandatory. The teacher, researcher or person responsible for the activity will conduct temperature checks using a handheld thermometer.

Students and staff are still encouraged to maintain physical distancing, good hand hygiene and to stay at home if unwell to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community. 

View Swinburne’s staff frequently asked questions for further details on the university’s approach to temperature checking or our student frequently asked questions for information relevant to students.

View Swinburne’s staff frequently asked questions for further details on the university’s approach to temperature checking or our student frequently asked questions for information relevant to students.  

Cleaning protocols

Facilities and Services Group has overall responsibility for cleaning the building and amenities. The university cleaners will regularly clean the campus buildings and amenities. However, cleaning products and signage will be provided for students and staff so that you can ‘clean as you go’ at your discretion.

Products available for your use
Wipe away detergent spray, paper towels and Isopropyl alcohol wipes will be available for you to use at your discretion across the university. Wipe away spray and paper towels can be used to wipe surfaces you touch such as desks, benches and chairs. Alcohol wipes are available for electrical equipment, tools and non-powered tools and equipment. Signage will detail instructions for when it is appropriate to use each type of cleaning product.

If an area is out of chemicals, wipes or paper towel, or if the bin requires to be emptied, please call Facilities on 03 9214 8999.

Clean as you go
It is recommended that staff and/or students clean shared items or surfaces before and after activities. Activities include lectures, tutorials, lab work, workshops and practical classes.

Cleaning is recommended prior to using or touching furniture and fittings of an area or equipment used for an activity. If the furniture or equipment is shared and used by multiple parties during the activity, cleaning is recommended prior to being used by the next party.

Physical distancing

Ensure a distance of at least 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others wherever possible. Floor decals may be placed across the university to mark out distances for queues. A number of computers and seats may be marked ‘not in use’ to help ensure physical distancing. 

Capacity limits in rooms

To comply with limits on the number of people that can be in a room or area, our spaces will be signed to let you know how many people can be there. Please make sure the number of people in the room or area does not exceed the capacity limit.

Minimise the risks to our community:

Stay home if you’re feeling sick, even with milder symptoms like a fever or cough

Practice proper hand hygiene by regularly washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Alcohol based sanitiser has also been provided at various locations around campus.

Cover your cough and sneeze and put your used tissue in the rubbish bin. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbows.

Where can I find more information?

Thank you for your support and for helping to make Swinburne COVIDSafe.

Other resources and information
A variety of COVIDSafe posters are available on the staff wiki for use on campus and for other communication purposes.