Swinburne has implemented a range of COVIDSafe protocols and provided guidelines to support students, staff, visitors and contractors to study and work on campus. We adhere to the Australian federal and state governments' directives while remaining flexible and responsive to any changes.

Everyone plays an important role in protecting our community. Please do not attend our campus if you are unwell (even with mild symptoms), or are waiting on COVID-19 test results.

Staying safe on campus

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

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

Vaccination requirements

As a university that strongly believes in the benefit of science, we have been encouraging all our staff and students to stay up to date with their vaccinations. As of 13 July 2022, most students and staff attending Swinburne's campuses are no longer required to be fully vaccinated and have their vaccination status validated prior to attending campus.  

In line with the current pandemic orders only staff, students and contractors working in a Swinburne healthcare facility or who are engaged as disability workers will be required to have a fully vaccinated (boosted) status.

Students, staff, visitors and contractors who have a valid medical exemption from vaccination (as determined by ATAGI clinical guidance) and have provided the evidence to the university will be permitted to attend campus.  

Unfortunately, if you are still required to be fully vaccinated (boosted) and unable to meet these requirements, you will not be able to work on campus. 

Testing positive to COVID-19

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: complete the Positive COVID-19 case notification form, Swinburne will notify our community of COVID-19 cases and affected sites via the university’s COVID-19 hub using the information you provide in this form.
  2. Share: Under updated Department of Health requirements, you must notify social and workplace/classroom contacts. These contacts are anyone you spent more than 15 minutes face-to-face or two hours with in the same indoor space the earlier of 2 days prior to your positive COVID test or the onset of symptoms. Swinburne no longer identifies and informs your contacts individually, this is now your responsibility.
  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.


Further information for students

If you are feeling anxious or stressed, you can book an appointment at the Swinburne Health Centre by calling (03) 9214 8483. If you need additional support, our Out of Hours Crisis Line is available from 4.00pm to 10.00am weekdays, and 24-hours on weekends and public holidays. Call 1300 854 144 or text +61 488 884 145.   

Further information for staff

Please remember that our Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  (staff login required) is available to you and your immediate family at any time if you require further support.  

Face masks

In line with government recommendations, Swinburne strongly recommends that staff and students continue to wear masks in indoor settings where physical distancing is not possible, or if it is your preference to do so. Please always respect each other’s personal preferences in mask wearing.

Swinburne face masks, including a suite showcasing Indigenous designs, are available for purchase via the Razor online store and the Swinburne_now store at the Hawthorn campus (ground floor, SPS Building). 

Visit the Department of Health 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.

Ventilation in Swinburne's buildings

We understand the importance of good ventilation in our buildings as a COVIDSafe measure. For some time, we have been undertaking a number of reviews to confirm that Swinburne's Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are compliant with the Australian standards. 

On advice from the Department of Health to further improve our air quality and reduce the chance of infection, our HVAC systems have been running where possible on maximum fresh air intake, as opposed to recirculated air. Monthly reviews of all HVAC systems are also undertaken by suitably qualified professionals to ensure the equipment, air flows and air quality is maintained. This work commenced in 2020 and continues today. 

Cleaning protocols

Swinburne's Facilities and Services Group has overall responsibility for cleaning our buildings and amenities, including by employing cleaners. You are also encouraged to 'clean as you go' at your discretion using cleaning products provided to students and staff by Swinburne. 

We recommend students and staff to clean shared surfaces before and after lectures, tutorials, workshops and other activities. If your area runs out of cleaning products or needs to have your rubbish bins emptied, please call +61 3 9214 8999.

You can also download COVIDSafe posters for your area (staff login required).

More COVID-19 information at Swinburne