How we’re keeping our 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. 

COVID safety protocols and measures

Through our COVIDSafe Plan, we have a number of different safety measures and protocols in place to protect the health and safety of everyone on campus and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

To enable effective contact tracing, we have in place:

  • Wi-Fi enabled contact tracing
  • swipe card access for all buildings 
  • mandatory QR check-in at every building entrance
  • attendance recording.

Other safety measures include:

  • regular deep cleaning of facilities and equipment
  • frequent cleaning of high contact surfaces
  • increased air ventilation 
  • provision of additional personal protective equipment for some activities
  • positive case management and contact tracing
  • COVID Monitors, Check-in Marshals and Champions.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of our staff and students. This may include adding additional safety measures such as temperature checks and limiting building or campus access.

Students coming to campus must complete protocols before they attend campus and follow safety measures on campus. Visit the coming to campus page to find out more.

Common, high-touch areas are cleaned multiple times a day and are also thoroughly cleaned overnight.

Everyone is responsible for cleaning the equipment they use before and after use with the wipes available. This includes:

  • monitors
  • printers
  • keyboards
  • individual equipment
  • desktops/tables
  • chairs.  

Hand sanitisers stations (wall mounted and free standing) are located at entrances and throughout RMIT buildings. 

Wipes are available in kitchens, computer rooms and at the reception of RMIT buildings. 

Cleaning staff check levels daily to make sure there are enough supplies. 

Air quality is important, and when combined with our broad range of COVIDSafe measures, contributes to our COVID safety. Facilities are operating building ventilation in line with the directions from the Department of Health.

RMIT is fully compliant with Victorian Government advice for ventilation, and what is required including:

  • well maintained and operated air conditioning and ventilation systems to help reduce the risk of virus transmission
  • RMIT’s heat, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are very well maintained under the comprehensive planned preventative maintenance (PPM) contract with Airmaster (air-conditioning system)
  • RMIT completes regular inspections, maintenance and cleaning of all air conditioning and ventilation systems
  • this is also included in the planned preventative maintenance activities completed by Airmaster.

RMIT has configured our control systems to maximise the supply of fresh outdoor air into spaces where we are able to. Staff and students can also open windows where possible.

We also hold the International Organisation for Standardisation standards ISO 55001 for Strategic Asset Management and ISO 41001 for Facilities Management which certifies RMIT for having best in class management systems.    

If we have a positive case on campus, RMIT activates its Case Management Team to ensure the safety of staff and students impacted but the case.

RMIT is required by the Department of Health to conduct contact tracing to assist the department in its investigations.

Staff and students who are identified as being in close contact with a positive case are contacted immediately once RMIT has done initial contact tracing with clear instructions about what action they need to take. This is ahead of the Department of Health (with their permission) to ensure we are minimising the risk of exposure and transmission as quickly as possible. 

Alongside providing advice and support, RMIT deactivates their access passes until they have completed what is required as a close contact for either Tier 1 or Tier 2.  

Read more about what information to provide on the close contacts and positive cases page.

Staff and students are also strongly encouraged to inform RMIT if they have been identified as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 contact outside of RMIT. This is so we can ensure they have the right support and so we can manage their access to campus while they complete their isolation. 

Visit the close contacts and positive cases page for more information. 

If a positive case has attended an RMIT building while infectious, it is immediately closed for deep-cleaning. Tier 1 exposures sites require a clearance certificate from the Department of Health before opening, which approves that building has been cleaned and is fit to reopen. 

Visit the campus exposure sites page for more information.

COVIDSafe Monitors

The dedicated COVIDSafe Monitors team is there to help make sure COVIDSafe protocols are followed. They are easily identified by an orange lanyard. 

If a COVIDSafe Monitor asks you a question or provides feedback about your COVIDSafe actions, please remember that they are there to keep you and others on campus safe. Please be respectful and follow their guidance.

Students will see COVIDSafe Monitors in breakout areas, in shared learning spaces such as hallways and common areas, and in outdoor areas.  

COVID Check-In Marshals

COVID Check-In Marshals are located at building entrances across campus. 

They are there to make sure everyone is using the government-mandated QR check in codes to enter buildings and can assist you in checking in if you need help. 

COVIDSafe Champions 

All of our spaces have COVIDSafe Champions who are senior members of staff responsible for monitoring and making sure that our safety practices are followed. 

They will also make sure breeches of protocols are addressed.

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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 created by Louisa Bloomer

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.