Staying safe on campus

It is important that staff continue to exercise caution while working from campus to keep our community safe, including practicing good hygiene, staying home if you are unwell and adhering to Swinburne's COVID-19 protocols. Refer to the Visiting our campuses page for more information.

Reporting a positive case

If you test positive to COVID-19 via a PCR test or a RAT, please follow these steps if you have been on campus during your infectious period (48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to testing if asymptomatic):

  1. Notify: contact the Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HS&W) team as soon as possible after testing positive (via PCR or Rapid Antigen Test) and if you have been on campus during your infectious period (48 hours before the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to testing if asymptomatic).
  2. Share: provide important information to the HS&W team, such as where and when on campus. The HS&W team will let you know what they need.
  3. Isolate and rest: please look after yourself and isolate. The Federal Government has advised that on Friday 9 September 2022, the isolation period would move from 7 days to 5 days if you do not have symptoms. If you have symptoms, you are required to continue to isolate for 7 days. You are free to return to campus following your isolation period.     

Resources for staff

Swinburne's live news blog provides rolling updates on COVID-19 and its impact on Swinburne and our staff and students. Please make sure you are checking this page regularly to stay across what's new.

Swinburne's COVID-19 intranet hub (login required) provides up-to-date information, including frequently asked questions (FAQs) on COVID-19 and the impacts on Swinburne and our people.

The Swinburne COVID-19 cases and affected sites page provides information about any positive COVID-19 cases and exposure sites across Swinburne's Melbourne campuses. Please make sure you are regularly checking this page and following the necessary procedures if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are an exposed person. 

Masks continue to be strongly recommended in shared indoor settings, where people can’t physically distance or when you are with people more vulnerable to COVID-19, or if it is your preference to do so. Please always respect each other’s personal preferences in mask wearing.

If you choose to wear a mask while working on campus, you can either provide your own or access disposable masks available at studentHQ. Additional supplies can be obtained via Maintenance Central (login required). Swinburne stocks disposable N-95, surgical and other masks which are suitable for a variety of settings. The Swinburne_now store at the Hawthorn campus (ground floor, SPS Building) also has Swinburne reusable face masks for sale.

Vaccination requirements

From 13 July 2022, Swinburne has decided to align it’s vaccination requirements with the new Pandemic Orders. This means that only the following groups will have to adhere to the mandatory vaccination requirement – the first two doses plus one booster vaccination:

•Staff, students and contractors working in a Swinburne healthcare facility (i.e., Wellbeing@swin and Swinburne Psychology Clinic).

•Disability workers who are employed by Swinburne (i.e., a higher education worker that directly supports a person with a disability to manage the persons limitations with learning activity, e.g., Education Access Workers).

•Students when on placements in health care, residential aged care, or specialist school facilities (i.e., facility workers) or where their placement is as a custodial, disability or emergency service worker (specified worker).

All other staff, students, contractors and visitors will no longer be required to be vaccinated to attend campus. Along with Victorian Government advice, Swinburne strongly encourages staff, students and visitors to remain up to date with their vaccines, in particular people eligible for third and fourth doses. More information on vaccinations is available here.

Removal of work from home recommendations  

In addition, the Victorian Government announced on 1 September 2022 that as we have reached the end of winter and COVID-19 case numbers continue to drop, it has lifted its work from home recommendations. This is in line with public health recommendations. With fourth dose vaccinations now available and more antiviral options, the Victorian Government is encouraging Victorians to safely return to the office.  

Future ways of working

Whether you're working remotely or on campus, we want to make sure you continue to get on with the job as smoothly and as safely as possible. Our Future Ways of Working framework balances time in the office with time at home, relative to the role of each staff member. Information on the framework is available on the staff intranet (login required). 

More COVID-19 information at Swinburne