In summary

26 October 2020 – 5.00pm AEDT

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has announced that metropolitan Melbourne will move into the Third Step of easing coronavirus restrictions from 11.59pm Tuesday 27 October. Under the Third Step, there will be a significant easing of restrictions including the reopening of cafes, restaurants, pubs as well as retail outlets. The four reasons to leave home will no longer apply, however, the 25km travel radius remains in place.  

Swinburne students and staff will continue to learn and work from home where possible. Our dedicated COVID-19 Taskforce will work through the implications of Premier Daniel Andrews’ announcement and any changes will be communicated promptly to students and staff. 

There will be a further easing of restrictions from 11.59pm Sunday 8 November.  

19 October 2020 – 11.00am AEDT

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has announced the easing of restrictions in Victoria. From 11.59pm Sunday 18 October, in metropolitan Melbourne the four reasons to stay at home remain:

  • to shop for food and other necessary goods (this now includes the hairdresser)
  • for care and compassionate reasons
  • for work or education
  • for exercise or social interaction (no time limit).

People will now be able to travel in a 25-kilometre radius from their homes.

Groups of 10 people from two households can gather outside.

A fitted face mask that covers the nose and mouth must be worn whenever you leave your house, unless you have an exemption.

Swinburne staff and students will continue to learn and work from home for the foreseeable future. It is vital that students and staff do not come on campus unless they fall in the exempted categories and have the necessary approvals.

Swinburne is continuing its planning to ensure that our students can complete their 2020 year and to enable our final year students to graduate.

Our dedicated COVID-19 Taskforce will work through the implications of yesterday’s announcement and communicate any relevant updates to students and staff as soon as possible. 

Restrictions will be eased further on from 11.59pm Sunday 1 November.

28 September 2020 – 1.00pm AEST

From 11:59pm Sunday 27 September, metropolitan Melbourne has moved to the Second Step of easing restrictions.

The four reasons to leave home remain, however some restrictions have been eased, including:

  • the curfew has been lifted
  • groups of up to five people from across a maximum of two households can meet outdoors, within the 5km limit
  • childcare and early educators can reopen
  • primary school students, VCE/VCAL and specialist schools return to onsite learning from October 12
  • final year higher education and apprenticeship students who require access to in-person teaching, assessment or work placements can attend onsite for learning and assessment
  • workforce limits for some industries have been expanded.

Further easing of restrictions around exercise, weddings, funerals, care and health facilities are also in place as part of the Second Step.

In addition, Victorians are now required to wear a fitted face mask, covering the nose and mouth. Wearing a face shield, or a scarf or bandana as a face covering, is no longer permitted.

Progression to the Third and Last Steps of easing restrictions will be dependent on case number targets, not dates.

Our COVID-19 Taskforce will work through the implications of the latest announcements for Swinburne and communicate any relevant updates to students and staff as soon as possible.

6 September 2020 – 6.45pm AEST

Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews has today announced a roadmap for Victorian residents and businesses addressing the lifting of restrictions across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

The roadmap outlined the following key points:

  • Stage 4 restrictions (currently in place in metropolitan Melbourne until Sunday 13 September) will be extended for an additional two weeks until Monday 28 September, with some easing of restrictions around exercise, curfew hours and social interaction.
  • Further easing of restrictions over the coming months will be subject to public health advice and the average daily cases.

Swinburne has already commenced contingency planning to ensure that our students can complete their 2020 year and to enable our final year students to graduate. Our dedicated COVID-19 Taskforce will work through the implications of today’s announcement and communicate any updates to students and staff as soon as possible. 

5 August 2020 – 6.30pm AEST

In addition to recently announced Stage 4 restrictions, the Victorian Government has advised permitted workers who fall in the exempted categories will require a ‘worker permit’ from 11.59pm Wednesday 5 August when travelling to and from work.

It is vital  that students and staff do not come on campus unless they fall in the exempted categories and have the necessary approvals.

As part of the Permitted Worker Scheme, Swinburne will be issuing worker permits for staff in selected categories of teaching, research and essential support services that are exempt from Stage 4 restrictions. More information about this process is available on the Stage 4 restrictions page on our COVID-19 hub.

Swinburne will also issue approval letters for students in exempted categories to enable them to travel to and from campus for approved activities.

Students and staff who are permitted on campus must adhere to on-campus protocols, including mandatory temperature checks and wearing a face covering.

The Victorian Government has also announced car parks in metropolitan Melbourne must close from 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August. Car parks that remain open will risk a penalty of $100,000.

In response, Swinburne will close its car parks in Henry Street, Burwood Road and the multi-deck car park in Wakefield Street, Hawthorn from Wednesday, 5 August until 16 September 2020. Students and staff who have swipe card access and have been permitted to come onto campus will still be able to park on campus.

5 August 2020 – 10.30am AEST

Whilst the majority of our teaching and learning will continue to be delivered online, we are temporarily restricting access to Hawthorn, Wantirna and Croydon campuses from 11:59pm on Wednesday 5 August for six weeks. 

Access to campuses will only be allowed for those in selected exempt categories of teaching, research, and essential support services.  Most of our buildings will be closed to staff and students except those with a specific exemption under Stage 4 restrictions. Most teaching will continue to be delivered online, in keeping with government directives. 

As announced by Premier Daniel Andrews, staff in selected exempt categories will need a ‘Worker Permit’ from 11:59pm Wednesday, 5 August when travelling to and from work. These will be issued by Swinburne and we are developing a process to ensure relevant staff subject to exemptions, can be issued with a permit. 

Exceptions apply to those who fall under selected exempt categories.  Students and staff permitted to come on campus will need to follow all current on-campus protocols, including mandatory temperature checks. 

Most students and staff should expect to continue to study and work remotely for the foreseeable future. 

Libraries and Latelabs on all campuses are now closed. 

Wellbeing at Swinburne will continue to operate both online and also at Hawthorn campus. You can make an appointment to see a GP or for counselling by calling (03) 9214 8483.

More information and updates are available at our COVID-19 hub, which we will continue to update regularly.

3 August 2020 – 3.00pm AEST

In keeping with the Stage 4 restrictions in Melbourne, the following decisions have been made relating to on-campus classes and services:

  • classes currently on campus will continue as scheduled, unless advised otherwise 
  • on-campus classes will finish no later than 6.30pm to enable students and staff to make curfew. They will be rescheduled or cancelled, and students will be notified in advance
  • VCE and VCAL courses will abide by the conditions imposed on secondary schools and all will move to remote learning effective immediately
  • Latelabs and Libraries will close from 5.00pm Monday 3 August
  • research activities will continue as normal until advised otherwise 
  • temperature checking will continue on all Swinburne campuses
     

2 August 2020 – 3.30pm AEST

The Victorian Government has announced that Victoria will enter a State of Disaster starting 6.00pm Sunday, 2 August 2020.

Additionally, Melbourne will move to Stage 4 restrictions starting 8.00pm Sunday, 2 August 2020, with stronger rules in place to limit people’s movements across the state.

The following new restrictions will now apply to Melbourne:

  • an 8.00pm – 5.00am curfew beginning on Sunday, 2 August. The only reasons to leave home during these hours will be work, medical care and caregiving
  • exercise will be limited to a maximum of one hour per day and no more than five-kilometres from your home
  • group size for exercise will be limited to a maximum of two people
  • shopping will be limited to one person per household per day, within a five-kilometre radius from your home

Additionally, Premier Daniel Andrews has also announced that Regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 restrictions from 11.59pm Wednesday, 5 August 2020.

More information on what these new restrictions mean for Swinburne students and staff will be communicated promptly. 

28 July 2020 – 4.30pm AEST

Swinburne is mandating temperature checking for all staff, students, contractors and visitors coming onto campus for approved essential activities from Friday, 31 July 2020. 

This is an important measure, which will help protect our community during the current level of community transmission. 

Temperature checking is one of the many tools Swinburne is implementing to help mitigate risk on campus and keep our community safe.

Physical distancing, hand hygiene and staying at home if unwell remain important measures to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Visit Swinburne’s on-campus protocols page for further information on temperature checking, including the locations of the temperature checking stations. 

20 July 2020 – 9.00am AEST

The Victorian Government has mandated face coverings for people living in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire when leaving home for one of the four reasons. 

“By covering our faces, we’re protecting ourselves, our families and every single Victorian. So please – just as you remember your house keys, please remember something to cover your face,” says Premier Daniel Andrews. 

This new rule will come into effect on 11.59pm, Wednesday 22 July. The fine for not wearing a face covering when you’re out will be $200.

Swinburne students and staff are expected to abide by these new directives while they are on-campus for essential teaching, learning and research activities.

7 July 2020 – 4.00pm AEST

The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Stage 3 Stay at Home restrictions will be reinstated from 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 July for metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire in Victoria for six weeks.  

If you live in these areas, there will be only four reasons to leave your home: 

  • Shopping for food and essential items  
  • Care and caregiving 
  • Daily exercise 
  • Work and study –if you can’t do it from home 

Otherwise: stay home.  

This Stay at Home direction will apply to your principal place of residence. 

Businesses in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will also return to Stage 3 restrictions. Restaurants and cafes will return to takeaway and delivery services only. Beauty and personal services will need to close. Entertainment and cultural venues will need to close. Community sport will stop.

Swinburne staff and students are expected to abide by these government directives. We will continue to update you.
 

2 July 2020 – 9.00am AEST

The Victorian Government has announced a return to Stage 3 stay at home restrictions in several suburbs across the state in response to a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.

These restrictions will be in place from 11.59pm, Wednesday 1 July and relate to people who reside in these postcodes: 3038, 3064, 3047, 3060, 3012, 3032, 3055, 3042, 3021 and 3046.  

Under Stage 3 restrictions, residents in these locations are asked to stay at home except for four reasons:

  • shop for food and supplies
  • provide care and caregiving
  • exercise
  • study or work if you can’t do it from home.

These restrictions are expected to remain in place in these locations until 29 July.  

Swinburne staff and students who reside in these locations are expected to abide by these government directives. However, study and work are exempt from these lockdowns and we understand that some staff and students will come to campus for essential teaching and learning or research activities.

24 June 2020 – 1.00pm AEST

As Swinburne transitions essential activities to campus, managing the health, safety and wellbeing of our people is our priority. 

To minimise risk to our community, Swinburne is implementing appropriate health and hygiene protocols. We have also developed a Keeping Swinburne COVIDSafe training module (login required) that has been shared with all staff. A similar training module has been provided to higher education and vocational education students who have commenced on-campus classes, and will be available for the wider student cohort in the coming weeks. 

The training outlines Swinburne’s key COVIDSafe principles and the processes in place to ensure the health and safety of our people on campus. Key topics covered in the training include:  

  • Physical distancing requirements 
  • Capacity limits of our spaces 
  • Cleaning of facilities and equipment 
  • Hygiene  

More information on our transition to campus is available on our COVID-19 hub.

22 June 2020 – 10.30am AEST

The Victorian Government has announced a tightening of restrictions following a spike of COVID-19 cases in the state.

These restrictions will be in place from 11.59pm, Sunday 21 June and include:

  • a maximum of five visitors to your home
  • outdoor gatherings will be limited to ten people
  • restaurants, pubs, auction halls, community halls, libraries, museums and places of worship will be restricted to a maximum of 20 people until 12 July
  • businesses set to open on 22 June (gyms, cinemas, theatres and TABs) can do so, but with a maximum of 20 people
  • those who can work from home must continue to do so at least until 31 July
     

19 June 2020 – 4pm AEST

The Australian Government has announced it will provide an additional 39,000 university places by 2023 to meet the expected increase in demand because of COVID-19.

University students who study in areas of expected employment growth will pay less for their degree as they are incentivised to make more job-relevant decisions about their education.

From 2021 students will pay:

  • 62 per cent less to study agriculture and maths
  • 46 per cent less to study teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages
  • 20 per cent less to study health, architecture, environmental science, IT, and engineering
  • 28 per cent more to study law and commerce
  • 113 per cent more to study humanities

Current students will not be affected by the increased student contribution.

The proposal will require the approval of Parliament.

The government will also provide $900 million for a National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund to incentivise universities to produce job-ready graduates that local industries and employers need.

10 June 2020 - 5pm AEST

Swinburne continues to exercise care and caution as we plan our transition to campus.

To protect the health of our community and adhere to government directives, online learning and assessments will continue to be the primary mode of delivery for the majority of teaching activities in 2020.

However, we are planning to safely transition some specific activities to campus to ensure students can continue to progress in their studies.

  • A small number of students with delayed practical activities and assessments from semester 1 will be contacted by their unit convenors about activities that will operate on campus in July.
  • Approximately 100 units will be scheduled for on-campus delivery in semester 2. There will be no online alternative for these learning activities, so students will need to attend campus in order to complete these activities.
  • A number of units will have selected learning activities transitioned to on-campus delivery. Students in these units will have the option to attend campus to participate in these activities if they wish.

Students will be advised to check their timetable in early-July to confirm any on-campus activities in their schedule.

Swinburne will implement strict health and hygiene protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff, including extra cleaning, clear signage, and physical distancing requirements. Students and staff should not attend campus if they are feeling unwell.

As we continue to support our students during this time, students will also be able to request to have results achieved after 1 April 2020 omitted from their GPA calculation. This is in addition to our ‘no recording of fails on transcripts’ policy which means fail grades will not count as part of a student’s GPA calculation (as of 1 April 2020).

More information on our transition to campus is available on our COVID-19 hub.

2 June 2020 - 2pm AEST

Swinburne is continuing careful planning for a staged and flexible transition to campus. At all times, the health, safety and wellbeing of our people is Swinburne’s top priority.

We are working through how to safely transition essential teaching activity to campus as soon as possible. However, online learning and assessment approaches will continue to be the primary delivery mode for the majority of teaching activities for the remainder of 2020. Students should expect to continue studying online for the immediate future.

Essential face-to-face learning activities that were postponed in semester 1 will be prioritised for on-campus delivery as soon as possible. Laboratories, practical classes, studios, specialist classes and general tutorials will be delivered on-campus for winter term and semester 2 (Higher Education) and the July/August teaching periods (Vocational Education). These are subject to risk assessments and capacity across our campus spaces. Students will be contacted by their unit convenors or teachers with any changes to their delivery mode.

Staff have been asked to continue working from home if they are able to, in line with Victorian government advice. We expect most staff will need to continue to work from home in some form throughout winter.

Essential student facilities and campus services, such as study and library spaces, will gradually reopen from the beginning of June.

Our Latelabs at Hawthorn and Croydon are open as of Monday 1 June. Our Wantirna Latelab will be opening from Monday 8 June.

Some face-to-face services will be available in time for winter term (22 June), such as student ID card services, library spaces, loans and returns, and essential health and wellbeing services. By semester 2, some further student facilities such as full library services and studentHQ services, Student Life club activities and prayer rooms may be open.

The latest information on our transition to campus will be updated on Swinburne’s COVID-19 hub.

21 May 2020 – 4pm AEST

Swinburne is carefully planning for a staged and flexible transition to campus.  

At all times, the health, safety and wellbeing of our people is Swinburne’s top priority. Our approach will be in line with government requirements, including appropriate physical distancing and hygiene practices, and guided by our own formal risk assessments.  

Our top priorities for access to campus are:  

  • Practical teaching that cannot be conducted remotely 
  • Research that requires specific facilities to proceed 
  • Essential student-facing staff and student facilities, such as study spaces 

We expect that most professional staff will not transition to campus in the immediate future and have asked staff to continue to work from home if they are able to. 

Swinburne will share details with students and staff as plans are finalised.

19 May 2020 – 11am AEST

Today the Victorian Government has announced it will make an unprecedented investment in local universities to support the state’s economic rebound from the coronavirus pandemic.

This Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund provides $350 million to support universities with capital works, applied research and research partnerships. The works will focus on new technology and infrastructure, enabling universities to conduct new research, commercialise Intellectual Property and create high-value jobs.

‘This investment not only supports our universities through this crisis, it ensures we have a strong Higher Education sector as we move to recovery’, says Victoria’s Minister for Higher Education, Gayle Tierney.

Also announced, the government will offer universities payroll tax deferrals valued at around $110 million. This is intended to provide immediate relief for universities dealing with a shortfall in funds from the downturn of international student enrolments and other revenue loss as a result of COVID-19. The government expects universities to use this funding to retain as many staff as possible, so that Victorian universities are well-placed to drive the revival of the state’s economy out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today’s funding is in addition to the $260.8 million announced by the government last month to support the TAFE and training system, and the $55 million in maintenance works at TAFE as part of the $2.7 billion Building Works package.

11 May 2020 – 2pm AEST

The Victorian state government has announced a gradual easing of restrictions with a focus on ensuring the safety of all Victorians.

Starting 11.59pm on Tuesday 12 May the following changes will be introduced in the state:

  • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted
  • indoor gatherings at home will be allowed, with up to five visitors in your home
  • outdoor recreational activities are allowed; however, these activities are limited to 10 people and physical distancing measures must be practiced
  • for weddings, 10 guests are allowed, plus the couple and celebrant
  • for funerals, 20 people will be allowed at an indoor ceremony and 30 people at an outdoor ceremony. This is in addition to the minimum people required to conduct the funeral
  • religious gatherings and ceremonies will be permitted with up to 10 people in addition to those required to perform the ceremony

These new restrictions and a renewed State of Emergency will be in place until 11.59pm on Sunday 31 May.

 

8 May 2020 – 3.30pm AEST

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced that lock down restrictions will be lifted in three stages in the coming months. This three-step ‘Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia’ will be reviewed every three weeks to ensure it’s aligned with the current COVID-19 situation in Australia.

All steps will be subject to expert health advice, and the timing and implementation of these changes will be up to individual states and territories.

These steps can be summarised as follows:

  • Step 1: Social distancing restrictions to relax with some community services and business to reopen, following physical distancing and hygiene guidelines
    • up to five visitors to your home will be allowed
    • outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed
    • work from home arrangements are encouraged where possible
    • libraries, community centres and playgrounds will be reopened
    • more activities will be allowed to recommence, including community sports, shopping, home sales and auctions, local and regional travel as well as some restaurants and cafes to reopen 
  • Step 2: Most businesses to reopen, adhering to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines
    • gatherings of up to 20 people in your home and in public places will be allowed
    • work from home arrangements are encouraged where possible
    • more activities and businesses will be allowed to recommence, including gyms, beauty therapists, cinemas, galleries, theatres and amusement parks, caravans and camping grounds as well as some interstate travel 
  • Step 3: All Australians return to work, following physical distancing and hygiene guidelines, with outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people allowed
    • most workers to return to their workplace
    • cross-Tasman, Pacific Island and international student travel will be considered
    • food courts, saunas, bathhouses, pubs and clubs will be reopened
    • all interstate travel will be allowed

The Victorian state government has subsequently responded to this announcement, advising that more updates relating to the easing of restrictions in the state will be shared during the week of 11 May 2020.

29 April 2020 – 2pm AEST

The Victorian state government has announced a $45 million emergency support package with a one-off relief payment of up to $1,100 for international students.

“International students give so much to Victoria – it’s only fair we support them in their hour of need” says Victoria’s Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula.

Up to 40,000 international students living in Victoria will be eligible for this support, which is intended to help them cover basic necessities such as rent, food, utilities and healthcare.

This funding builds on existing Victorian government support provided to international students through the Study Melbourne Student Centre, such as free legal aid and mental health services.

To be eligible for this relief payment, students must be:

  • living in Victoria;
  • enrolled in Victorian tertiary institutions, including universities, TAFEs, private Higher and Vocational Education and Training providers and English Language colleges; and
  • experiencing financial hardship due to loss of employment, being stood down or had their hours significantly reduced as a result of the COVID-19 situation.

More information and details on eligibility and how to register are available on the Study Melbourne website.

This support package will build on our existing Swinburne Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial support to both domestic and international students who have been financially affected by COVID-19. A total of $5 million has been contributed from Swinburne, our philanthropic partners and staff members, and channeled towards this fund. 

29 April 2020 – 9am AEST

Swinburne is providing short online courses to upskill and retrain workers, particularly those who have lost jobs and been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

The courses will be funded by the federal government's higher education relief package and are directly aligned to areas where it is anticipated there will be skills shortages and demand for workers in the future.

These six-month courses will be delivered by Swinburne Online, offering certificates in Information and Communication Technology, Health Administration, Educational Studies and Cybersecurity Management. They will be offered from May and July 2020, with the majority of the short courses to be delivered by 1 December 2020. The courses are designed to allow participants to progress into further qualifications on completion.

The offerings capitalise on Swinburne’s existing strengths in preparing business and society for the profound technological changes taking place as part of the fourth industrial revolution. The courses focus on Industry 4.0 (automation and data exchange in manufacturing and industry) and Society 4.0 (the societal implications of these changes).

‘This is a unique opportunity for the workforce to learn new skills and fulfil passions at a significantly reduced cost. These qualifications will help workers to expand into areas of demand in the new economy on the other side of COVID-19,’ says Swinburne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Duncan Bentley. 

Swinburne is a strong supporter of lifelong learning for every level of learner and worker, whether in employment or starting their own business. Industry, jobs and employment are the focus for these short courses, in line with our commitment to upskilling and reskilling the workforce for economic growth.

 

17 April 2020 – 4.30pm AEST

The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced $260 million in funding to help keep TAFEs operating. 

He says the funding is to support Victorians in gaining the skills they need to get a job, and to train essential workers needed during and after the COVID-19 crisis. 

‘We need a skilled, adaptable workforce to get through this crisis and rebuild – that’s why we’re backing TAFE,’ says Premier Andrews.

The funding includes a $191.9 million guarantee to lock in funding at expected pre-COVID-19 levels and an additional $68.9 million in crisis support to ensure Victoria’s public training system can respond and recover from the pandemic.

The funding will assist the TAFE sector to further transition to online learning, with the government stating they are prepared to invest more to support the sector if necessary.

Details on how this will benefit Swinburne will be shared when available. 

12 April 2020 – 5pm AEST

The federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, has announced a higher education relief package intended to upskill and reskill unemployed Australians. 

The government advised new, online short courses would commence in May and run for six months, and focus on areas of national need. 

Swinburne is working with the government and developing short courses in the priority areas of teacher education, health, mental health and counselling, aged care, information technology (including cybersecurity), and business and management. 

Building on Swinburne’s well-established experience in online delivery, existing qualifications in cybersecurity managementproject management and management will form the basis of some of these courses. More information on these new short courses will be available in coming weeks. 

The government's announcement also included $100 million in fee and regulatory relief for education providers and $18 billion in funding for domestic students for the rest of 2020, regardless of enrolment numbers. 

Meanwhile, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews announced the state of emergency in Victoria would be extended for at least four weeks, until midnight on 11 May. 

7 April 2020 – 7.30pm AEST

Swinburne will delay the start of Semester 1, 2021, as requested by Victoria’s government in its latest announcement.  

This is to accommodate the shift in VCE timelines for Year 12 students in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 situation.

Swinburne believes that delivering certainty to students and parents during this time is critical.Through our Guaranteed ATARs we have delivered certainty to previous cohorts of year 12 students and hope to do the same for the current cohort of Year 12 students.

In this environment, Swinburne is adapting our approach and working with secondary schools and VTAC to help students enter their desired course.

7 April 2020 – 6.00pm AEST

Swinburne has increased its support for international students in recognition of the additional challenges they are facing as a result of the COVID-19 situation. 

International students are an integral part of the Swinburne community and we are dedicated to supporting them to continue achieving their education and professional goals.

The university has set up the Swinburne Student Emergency Fund to help students experiencing financial difficulties. It has contributed over $500,000 to the fund, with additional donations coming from philanthropic partners and staff wanting to offer their support. Students have also been given details of the other financial support options available to them from Swinburne, the government and other organisations at this time.

To allow more time to adapt to online learning, the Census date has been extended for Higher Education students.  The due date for tuition fees has also been extended to 31 May 2020.

Our international students needing further support or to discuss their study options are encouraged to contact Swinburne’s International Student Advisers on isa@swin.edu.au or +61 3 9214 674.

They can also continue to access general health services, counselling and psychological support through Wellbeing at Swinburne free of charge. 

4 April 2020 – 5.00pm AEDT

The Australian government has announced a number of changes to temporary visa holder arrangements, which includes international student visas.

Students who have been here longer than 12 months and who find themselves facing financial hardship will have access to their Australian superannuation to support them during this crisis.

International students can already work up to 40 hours per fortnight.  International students working in aged care and as nurses have had these hours extended to support Australia during this time.

The government had also extended hours for international students working in major supermarkets. However, extended hours for supermarket workers will return to the standard 40 hours per fortnight from 1 May 2020.

The health and wellbeing of our students remains Swinburne’s priority. Last week, Swinburne established the Student Emergency Fund to support our students impacted by emergency, including COVID-19. International students facing financial hardship are eligible to apply.

International students in need of support are encouraged to contact Swinburne’s International Student Advisers on isa@swin.edu.au or +61 3 9214 6741.  Urgent assistance between 5pm - 9am weekdays, and 24-hours on weekends and public holidays is available on +61 3 9214 6741.

More information on financial support and health and wellbeing services can be found in our student FAQs.

3 April 2020 – 3.00pm AEDT

Swinburne’s Executive Group has announced its members will take a 10 per cent pay cut and forgo any bonuses they are eligible for in 2020. 

Like all universities, Swinburne is facing new budgetary challenges as a result of COVID-19. Our priority is to minimise the impact on our people and manage the financial impacts together.

1 April 2020 – 2.30pm AEDT

As we continue to look after the health and wellbeing of our Swinburne community, a limited number of free flu vaccinations is now available for Swinburne students and staff.

For more information on how to make an appointment for a vaccination, refer to the student and staff FAQs.

30 March – 4.00pm AEDT  

After listening to feedback from our community, Swinburne has made the decision to extend the census dates for Higher Education students. 

The census dates for Semester 1 students (originally 31 March) and Higher Education Block 2 students (originally 3 April) have been extended to 11.59pm on Wednesday 15 April 2020. 

We understand that the current environment presents additional challenges for many of our students. Supporting the health and wellbeing of our students remains our priority at this time. 

We are confident that Swinburne’s experience delivering high-quality online education will enable our students to successfully transition to a new learning environment.  

However, we believe the decision to extend these census dates will give our students more time to adapt to studying online, especially in light of other changes and uncertainties they may be facing as a result of COVID-19.  

Students are encouraged to contact the Library and studentHQ with any questions. 
 

30 March – 12.00pm AEDT 

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced new restrictions on gatherings in outdoor spaces. 

Mr Morrison has advised gatherings in outdoor spaces should be limited to two people – unless you are with your family/household. 

Other updates include the closure of outdoor gyms, skate parks and public playgrounds.

Mr Morrison also provided strong advice that people must stay at home except for the following essential activities:

  • shopping for what you need (food and other supplies) 
  • for medical care or compassionate needs 
  • to exercise 
  • for work and education if you can’t work/learn remotely

Strong advice was also issued for people aged 70 and over to stay at home for their own protection, as well as people aged over 60 who have a chronic illness and Indigenous people aged over 50.

The Victorian Government has gone one step further, advising the state has moved to stage three coronavirus restrictions and has made the advice on gatherings of only two people (unless you are with members of your household) enforceable by law. From midnight tonight (30 March), people who are found to be in gatherings of more than two people will face an on-the-spot fine. 

The Prime Minister also announced that anyone who returns to Australia is now required by law to quarantine in a hotel or other accommodation for 14 days and will be allowed to return home after they have completed this mandatory quarantine. This new restriction applies to all states and territories.

26 March – 12.00pm AEDT 

The health and wellbeing of our students remains Swinburne’s priority. In light of the tightened social distancing measures announced by the federal government and in the best interests of our community’s health, we have transitioned most of our support services online.   

Following are some of the ways we are continuing to support our students during this time and the services that can be accessed remotely: 

  • We have established the Swinburne Student Emergency Fund to support students who have been impacted by an emergency, including COVID-19.  
  • We are introducing special consideration for all students. Students who fail this semester will not have their fail grades recorded on their Academic Transcript and any fail grades this semester will not have an impact on their GPA.  
  • All campus libraries, Latelabs and student HQs are now closed, but students can continue to access support via phone, email and live chat, Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. 
  • The Wellbeing at Swinburne clinic is still open for appointments at Hawthorn campus from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.   
     

24 March – 10.40pm AEDT

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced further restrictions on social gatherings in enclosed spaces. From midnight on Wednesday 26 March, the following services will be restricted:

  • cafes will remain limited to takeaway, as announced on Sunday 
  • cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, gambling venues, adult entertainment venues, concert venues, stadiums, as announced on Sunday 
  • amusement parks and arcades 
  • indoor and outdoor play centres 
  • community and recreation centres, health clubs, fitness centres, yoga, barre, spin facilities, saunas and wellness centres
  • boot camps and outdoor personal training are limited to a maximum of 10 people 
  • hairdressers and barbers must limit patrons with appointments no longer than 30 minutes
  • social sporting-based activities such as swimming pools
  • weddings and funerals are subject to social distancing rules
  • galleries, museums, national institutions, historic sites, libraries, community centres, non-essential facilities, community facilities such as halls and PCYCs
  • food courts in shopping centres are limited to serving takeaway
  • auction houses and open house inspections 
  • outdoor and indoor markets will be addressed specifically by individual states and territories
  • beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons and tattoo parlours.

Mr Morrison also announced that the existing ‘do not travel’ advice for Australians relating to overseas travel has been upgraded to a travel ban. Exemptions to this ban include aid workers, compassionate care and essential travel for employment.

For the latest travel information, consult the government’s Smartraveller website.

23 March – 1.00pm AEDT

The Australian and Victorian governments have issued new directives, requiring non-essential services to be closed or limited from midday today. This includes:

  • gyms and indoor sporting venues
  • pubs, registered and licensed clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos and night clubs
  • restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • religious gatherings and places of worship.

Further to these restrictions, the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, announced that school holidays in the state have been brought forward to Tuesday 24 March, to allow schools to plan for remote learning.

Universities have responsibly implemented the social distancing directives and we are not being asked to close. The government recognises our vital role in our communities; acknowledging our critical role in educating our students, developing the workforce for the future, and continuing to develop new knowledge through our research.

However, in keeping with the strong direction to abide by social distancing directives, and in the best interests of our community, we have asked staff to work from home, starting Tuesday 24 March.

It will be essential for some staff to continue to work on campus, and buildings will remain accessible to staff to support them in making the transition to working from home. At all times, staff are required to abide by social distancing rules.

We have tremendous experience in providing excellence in online education and we are confident our students will continue to receive the very best education available. Swinburne students who want to discuss their study options are advised to speak to their unit convener or teacher in the first instance. Students can also contact Library and Student HQ on 1300 794 628 or email askgeorge@swin.edu.au.   

Staff and their immediate families have support available through our Employee Assistance Program.   

20 March – 3.30pm AEDT

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced updated social distancing rules of four square metres per person (2 metres by 2 metres) for non-essential gatherings of less than 100 people in an enclosed space.   

Mr Morrison also announced new travel restrictions in remote Indigenous communities. All non-essential travel into Indigenous communities is now banned under the Biosecurity Act. Exemptions apply to supplying and undertaking critical services such as medical care, mental health and domestic violence support, police and emergency services, food and medical supplies, educational and maintenance and repairs of essential services.

20 March – 10.30am AEDT 

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced new border restrictions.

From 9pm on Friday 20 March, non-residents and non-Australian citizens will not be permitted to enter Australia.  Exemptions are available for immediate family members.

Any Australian citizens, permanent residents and travellers exempt from the entry restrictions must self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Australia from overseas.

The government is continuing to ask that Australians do not travel internationally and that all Australians overseas return home as soon as possible.  Those who are unable to do so should follow the advice of local authorities and minimise their risk of exposure to COVID-19 by self-isolating.

For the latest travel information, consult the government’s Smartraveller website.

19 March – 4.00pm AEDT 

Swinburne has paused on-campus coursework teaching this week as we prepare to transition to teaching online from Monday.

Campus remains open. However, a small number of facilities are temporarily closed to minimise the risk to our community. This includes:

  • Multifaith facility on Level 3 of Hawthorn's George Swinburne (GS) Building
    • All prayer, meditation and faith rooms are temporarily closed
    • Chaplaincy support for students will continue to be available by telephone during this time. Students can consult our list of spiritual carers. 
  • Community Bank at Swinburne
    • The customer hub at our Hawthorn campus is closed but branch staff can be contacted on +613 5485 7373
  • Hawthorn Aquatic Leisure Centre (HALC)
    • HALC is closed and regular programs including swimming lessons, gymnastics, group fitrness and childcare are cancelled.
  • Haddons café at 642 Glenferrie Place, Hawthorn

Other university facilities including StudentHQ, our library and health centres remain open.

Staff can continue working on campus while implementing the latest advice on social distancing, but have the option of working from home with the support of their manager.

Local councils have closed a number of facilities and cancelled events. For closures around your campus, consult the following websites:

18 March – 12.00pm AEDT 

Australia’s Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced a number of new rules to slow the spread of COVID-19.

This includes:

  • An indefinite level-four travel warning for the entire world, which asks that Australians ‘do not travel’ overseas.
  • A ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of 100 people or more and outdoor gatherings of 500 people or more.
  • Social distancing advice, such as not shaking hands and staying 1.5 metres from other people, remains in place.

Infographic explaining social distancing and how it helps slow the spread of coronavirus

Social distancing includes simple, everyday actions that can contain the spread of COVID-19

Gatherings listed as ‘essential’ by the government continue to be allowed, which currently includes: universities, schools and childcares; public transport; emergency, health and medical facilities; supermarkets and grocery stores; and accommodation facilities.

17 March - 10.00pm AEDT

The Australian government has changed its travel advice and is recommending that all Australians overseas return home as soon as possible via commercial flights.

With countries across the world closing their borders in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the government says it is concerned that Australians may not be able to return home at a later stage.

Swinburne is contacting all of its staff and students overseas to ensure they are aware of the new advice and to offer support and assistance. 

16 March – 4.30pm AEDT 

Swinburne is pausing all on-campus coursework teaching, including lectures, teaching labs and tutorials, from Tuesday 17 March 9am until Friday 20 March. 

This is to enable our staff to prepare for online delivery using existing systems from Monday 23 March. 

Where this is not feasible, alternate arrangements will be made. 

Staff will be supported to deliver their courses. 

University facilities remain open. 

All staff, including teaching staff, researchers and professional staff, are being advised to continue working on campus, while implementing the latest advice on social distancing. Staff who would prefer to work from home can be supported to do so at the discretion of their manager. 

Students already studying remotely, Higher Degree Researchers (HDRs) and those on placement or internship will not be affected by this change.  

Swinburne students with concerns or who want to discuss study options are advised to speak to their unit convener in the first instance. Students can also contact Library and Student HQ on 1300 794 628 or email askgeorge@swin.edu.au.   

Counselling and psychological services are available to all of our students. Staff and their immediate families also have support available through our Employee Assistance Program.   

General information is available on our COVID-19 hub, which we will continue to update regularly.  

15 March – 7pm AEDT 

 

The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, says anyone arriving in Australia from overseas after midnight on Sunday 15 March must self-isolate for 14 days. 

The measure is part of attempts to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Any Swinburne student or staff member required to self-isolate will be supported and offered flexible learning or working arrangements where possible.  

Mr Morrison also confirmed that non-essential, static gatherings of more than 500 people would be banned from Monday. 

Universities and schools will stay open for the time being. 

At Swinburne, classes are continuing as scheduled.  However, the university is preparing to transition to remote delivery in case face-to-face classes, labs and tutorials need to be suspended.  

Anyone who is unwell is asked to stay home.  Staff and students are asked to familiarise themselves with recommended public health measures and to practice social distancing, which involves staying 1.5 metres from other people, not shaking hands and avoiding gatherings in enclosed spaces.
  

13 March – 6.30pm AEDT 

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that schools and universities will remain open.

The government has also updated its travel advice on the Smartraveller website advising all Australians to reconsider travelling overseas at this time.

In his latest update, Mr Morrison said that all non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people should be cancelled from Monday to limit the spread of COVID-19.

He said that the advice does not apply to essential services such as universities, schools, workplaces, hospital, public transport, domestic travel or shopping centres. 

"What we are seeking to do is to lower the level of overall risk and, at the same time, ensure that we minimise any broader disruption that is not necessary at this stage," Mr Morrison says.

For the latest information, Swinburne students and staff can visit our COVID-19 hub

12 March – 6.30pm AEDT 

The Australian government has extended its coronavirus (COVID-19) travel ban for travellers from Italy, South Korea, Iran and China for another week.  The Prime Minister has also asked health officials to consider extending the ban to all travellers from Europe.

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families are still exempt from restrictions but are required to self-isolate for 14 days after visiting Italy, mainland China, Iran or South Korea.

Anyone who has been outside of these countries for more than 14 days and shows no signs of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can also enter Australia.

Swinburne is continuing to support students unable to travel to Australia, as well as members of our community affected by self-isolation measures.  

For updates and the latest travel advice from DFAT, consult the Smartraveller website

Anyone arriving on campus is asked to report any new or persisting respiratory symptoms to Wellbeing at Swinburne as quickly as possible.  

Answers to students' frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19 are available on the Swinburne website.   

11 March – 6.30pm AEDT

The health and wellbeing of our students and our staff is Swinburne’s top priority. As a result, we are making some changes to our travel and event policies, and our on-campus health services. 

Staff travel

All Swinburne-related travel scheduled after Thursday 12 March must be postponed, including domestic and international travel paid for by Swinburne or external partners.  

Events – including graduations

In anticipation of health authorities implementing new measures to increase social distancing, Swinburne is reviewing all upcoming university events to determine whether they are essential. 

To provide clarity and minimise health risks for our students and their families, as well as our staff, we have decided to postpone our graduation ceremonies scheduled for Thursday 26 March. Students have been invited to graduate later this year and to receive their testamur by mail. All student enquiries can be directed to graduation@swin.edu.au or 1300 794 628.  

Flu clinic

A dedicated flu clinic will be established at our Hawthorn campus to support our staff and students who are unsure if they have symptoms that warrant attention. We encourage staff and students with flu-like symptoms to use one of the screening clinics established at Melbourne hospitals. Contact numbers are available on the Department of Health and Human Services website.  

Any student or staff member experiencing flu-like symptoms and wanting to attend the Swinburne flu clinic must call first to make an appointment. The Health Centre can be contacted on +61 3 9214 8483. We are also looking into options for our Wantirna, Croydon and Prahran (NICA) campuses to support our staff and students.  

11 March – 4.00pm AEDT 

The Australian government has expanded its coronavirus (COVID-19) travel restrictions to include Italy.  

The restrictions already apply to foreign nationals who have been in mainland China, Iran or South Korea, and include Italy as of 6.00pm AEDT Wednesday 11 March.

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families are still exempt from restrictions but are required to self-isolate for 14 days after visiting Italy, mainland China, Iran or South Korea.

Anyone who has been outside of these countries for more than 14 days and shows no signs of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can also enter Australia.

Swinburne is continuing to support students unable to travel to Australia, as well as members of our community affected by self-isolation measures.  

For updates and the latest travel advice from DFAT, consult the Smartraveller website

Anyone arriving on campus is asked to report any new or persisting respiratory symptoms to Wellbeing at Swinburne as quickly as possible.  

Answers to students' frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19 are available on the Swinburne website.   

5 March – 6.00pm AEDT

The Australian government has again extended and expanded travel restrictions as part of measures related to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The restrictions on foreign nationals who have been in mainland China and Iran have been extended for another week to Saturday 14 March, and revised to include South Korea.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), through its Smartraveller website, is currently advising those who are planning to travel to Japan, Italy and Mongolia to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’. Anyone planning to travel to South Korea is advised to reconsider their need to travel and is advised not to travel to Daegu.  

Travellers from Italy will face advanced screening measures on arrival in Australia.

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families are still exempt from restrictions but are required to self-isolate for 14 days after visiting China, Iran or South Korea.

Anyone who has been outside of these countries for more than 14 days and shows no signs of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can also enter Australia.

Swinburne is continuing to support students unable to travel to Australia, as well as members of our community affected by self-isolation measures.  

Anyone arriving on campus is asked to report any new or persisting respiratory symptoms to Wellbeing at Swinburne as quickly as possible.  

Answers to students' frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19 are available on the Swinburne website.   

For Swinburne-related travel, the university is following the latest advice from DFAT, which is available on the Smartraveller website

2 March – 6.00pm AEDT

The Australian government has activated an emergency response plan and elevated its response to the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Swinburne’s incident management group is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to follow the advice of the relevant authorities. 

Meanwhile, travel restrictions on foreign nationals who have been in mainland China have been extended to Saturday 7 March. Heightened travel restrictions are now also in place for Iran, with the government raising its advice level to 'do not travel'. 

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families are still exempt from restrictions, but are required to self-isolate for 14 days after visiting either China or Iran.

Anyone who has been outside of China or Iran for more than 14 days and shows no signs of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can also enter Australia.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), through its Smartraveller website, is currently advising those who are planning to travel to South Korea, Japan, Italy and Mongolia to ‘exercise a high degree of caution’.

Swinburne is continuing to support students unable to travel to Australia, as well as members of our community affected by self-isolation measures. 

Anyone arriving on campus is asked to report any new or persisting respiratory symptoms to Wellbeing at Swinburne as quickly as possible. 

Answers to students' frequently asked questions relating to COVID-19 are available on the Swinburne website.  

For Swinburne-related travel, the university is following the latest advice from DFAT, available through the Smartraveller website
 

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  

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