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 
  • attendance recording.

Other safety measures include:

  • RMIT Public Health Team responsible for all positive case management, including contact tracing and communications.
  • Mandatory COVIDSafe Training Module for staff and students
  • Free masks and Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) readily available to staff and students on campus.  
  • Requirement to wear a mask in selected specialist teaching spaces and where physical contact is unavoidable.
  • COVIDSafe Champions
  • Regular deep cleaning of facilities and equipment
  • Building access restrictions
  • Attendance tracking for all on campus classes
  • Provision of hand sanitising and cleaning aids. 
  • Building ventilation and regular monitoring of air quality. 
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch areas and regular cleaning for all spaces.  

We continue to monitor the situation closely and will continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of our staff and students. 

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's Public Health Team activates the positive case response process to ensure the safety of staff and students.

Staff and students who are identified as an exposed person (students) or workplace contact (staff) of a positive case are contacted immediately once RMIT has completed contact tracing. The Public Health Team provides clear instructions about what action contacts need to take. Students or staff who fail to complete the actions required may have their campus access deactivated.

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

Visit the campus exposure sites page for more information.

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.

If someone does breach any of RMIT’s COVIDSafe protocols, they face potentially serious consequences.

For students, these include:

First breach: Formal written warning and coaching on protocols.

Second breach: Temporary suspension from campus requirement to repeat the COVIDSafe Training Module.

Third breach: Executive suspension and Student Conduct Board hearing.

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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.