COVID-19

The latest information and guidance for the RMIT community about the University’s response to COVID-19.

Last updated: 1 February 2023

RMIT is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and the wider community and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Through our COVIDSafe Plan, we have a number of different safety measures and protocols in place which we regularly review in line with the latest Victorian Government and public health advice.

On this page you will find information about:

Current RMIT staff can find additional COVID-19 information and support on the COVID-19 staff pages (login required).

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

You should:

In line with Victorian Government recommendations, we strongly encourage you to recover at home for five days.

If your symptoms persist, you may still be infectious and should not come to campus until you are symptom free. If in doubt, please contact your GP and discuss with your course coordinator/program manager whether your study can be completed from home.

What to do if you are a COVID-19 contact

If you have been on contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should follow the Victorian Government’s checklist for COVID contacts.

Coming to campus

Do not come to campus if you feel unwell.

If you are feeling unwell, DO NOT attend class or campus – instead, stay home, seek medical advice and consider getting a COVID-19 test. COVID-19 symptoms are listed on the Victoria Government website.

While on campus, you must:

  • Carry your student card at all times to enter buildings and rooms that are swipe card access only
  • Obey all safety signage.
  • Practise good hygiene and wash your hands frequently.
  • Follow the directives of RMIT staff

Face masks

RMIT requires that masks be worn in some settings including nursing and allied health classes, consultations at the Bundoora Health Clinic and the City Myotherapy Clinic, and certain specialist teaching spaces.

If you have a valid medical exemption from wearing a mask, please contact RMIT Student Connect so you can be issued with a card to indicate your exemption.

While not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to wear a mask indoors and where you can't physically distance. This includes lecture theatres, classrooms and learning spaces.

If you don't have a mask or forget to bring one, you can get a free mask from Student Connect locations on campus. 

  • City campus – Building 8, Level 4 
  • Brunswick campus – Building 514, Level 1 
  • Bundoora campus – Building 202, Level 2

Vaccination

While staff, students and visitors are no longer required to be vaccinated to attend any RMIT campus or facility, getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from severe illness due to COVID-19. We strongly encourage our students and staff to vaccinate against COVID-19 and have made it easy to do so. 

How we’re keeping campuses safe

We’re working hard to ensure our campuses and facilities are equipped to safely support on-campus activities and prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Our safety measures include:

  • Free masks and Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) readily available to staff and students from Student Connect locations on campus. 
  • Requirement to wear a mask in selected specialist teaching spaces and where physical contact is unavoidable.
  • Building ventilation and regular monitoring of air quality 
  • Sanitising and cleaning aids, frequent professional cleaning of high-touch areas and regular cleaning for all spaces.

Download our COVIDSafe Plan (PDF)

Information for international students outside Australia

For the latest information on COVID-19 requirements for entering and leaving Australia, go to the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website.

For information on remote study options in 2023, go to Information for international students outside Australia.

Chinese Government announcement regarding online study

On 28 January 2023, the Chinese Ministry of Education announced that they will not accredit any online studies undertaken by Chinese students at foreign universities in or after the Autumn semester for the Southern Hemisphere (Semester 1 2023). This means all Chinese students will need to study on campus from Semester 1 2023, or their qualification/degree may not be accredited by the Chinese Government.

RMIT strongly encourages all students to join us in Melbourne prior to Semester 1 2023 to maximise their learning journey and avoid delays in completing their qualification/degree. For more information, see the International students outside Australia page.

COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from China, including Hong Kong and Macau

On 5 January 2023, the Australian Government introduced requirements that all travellers arriving in Australia from China, including Hong Kong and Macau, are required to undertake a COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to their scheduled departure time.

Passengers should be prepared to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight and once they arrive in Australia.

For detailed information on accepted tests, required evidence, exemptions and requirements for transiting passengers, please check the Australian Government’s Department of Health website.

Government travel requirements may change. For the latest updates and directives, check the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website.

Support

We understand that that everyone responds to change and the challenges posed by COVID-19 in different ways. 

If you have any concerns, please reach out to your Course Coordinator or contact Student Connect.

You can access a range of support and services, including 24/7 urgent mental health support, the Medical Hub@RMIT and the RMIT Counselling Service

Extensions of Time for submission of assessable work

If you are unwell, you will not be disadvantaged or penalised for delayed completion of any study milestones or assessments. Your Course Coordinator/Program Manager will support you to identify alternative ways to progress your studies while you are recovering.

Please see the Extensions of time for submission of assessable work webpage for information on the different extension applications and special consideration

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.