Frequently asked questions

Find the answers to frequently asked questions about staying safe, coming to campus and what RMIT is doing to support our community.

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Return to campus

RMIT Victorian campuses are closed except for permitted activities.

Please see the COVID statement for more information.

RMIT has rigorous COVIDSafe practices and protocols in place ready to welcome staff and students to campus when restrictions allow.

Students can find detailed information on the coming to campus and how we’re keeping campuses safe pages.

RMIT Victorian campuses are currently closed, except for some permitted classes and activities.

Please see the COVID statement for more information.

If you have approval to attend campus for permitted classes or activities, for detailed information about what safety protocols students must complete before coming to campus, as well as on-campus safety requirements, please see the coming to campus and how we’re keeping campuses safe pages.

For the latest information on what facilities are currently open on campus, please visit the COVID statement page.

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

For detailed information about what on-campus safety protocols are in place, please see the how we’re keeping campuses safe page.

Based on the government roadmap, it is clear that there will be limited on campus learning and teaching for the remainder of 2021.

In 2022, we anticipate that the majority of learning will be based primarily on campus, with some components taught online.

We know that ongoing border closures and other issues continue to impact access to campus for some students.

RMIT is committed to ensuring no students are disadvantaged regardless of how and where they study.

However, students should be aware that if they cannot attend campus, this may result in delays to their progression and program completion.   

Mandatory vaccines for permitted students

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our RMIT community and to minimise the risk of COVID-19, all students and staff that are permitted to attend on-campus classes or activities during the current restrictions must provide evidence of their vaccination status.

If you are permitted to attend campus during the current restrictions, you must complete the Vaccination status documentation form and include evidence that you:

  • Have received at least your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • Have a booking to receive your first dose by 22 October 2021, or 
  • Have a medical exemption from an authorised medical practitioner.

For a full list of requirements for accessing campus, refer to the Coming to campus webpage.

The current requirement applies to any student permitted to come to campus during the current restrictions (including higher education, vocational education, research and training students) who is:

  • Approved to attend campus during the current restrictions, or
  • On a work placement.

The vaccine requirement will still apply to you if you’re doing student placement work on-site.

For the majority of authorised workers, from 22 October if you have not had your first dose or hold a medical exemption, you will not be allowed to work on campus or on a placement until you fulfil the requirements.

Victorian Government Directions made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) are in place for education workers (schools), aged care and healthcare workers. Education workers (which includes the Urban school and students on school-work placements) have until 25 October and healthcare workers have until 29 October.

For RMIT purposes, healthcare covers: Pharmacy, Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Chinese medicine, Nursing and Medical radiations and aged care. 

Other sectors include social work, early childhood and education. 

Other industries vaccination dates  

Please note these dates are for attending relevant workplaces, not on campus study.

Specified facility Who does it impact? First dose deadline Second does deadline
Residential aged care facility Students on placement AND staff undertaking on-site assessment

 

 

1 October 2021

 

 

 

 

15 November 2021

 

 

Construction site

Any person performing work at a construction site, including:

(a)     workplace delivery teachers

(b)    apprentices working on construction sites

 

 

2 October 2021

 

 

 

 

13 November 2021

 

 

Healthcare facility including hospitals, community health centres, services including mental health, child and maternity, and drug and alcohol counselling services, health clinics, including medical specialist and allied health professional operated clinics Students on placement AND staff undertaking on-site assessments

 

 

29 October 2021

 

 

 

 

15 December 2021

 

 

Education facility including a childcare or early childhood service or a school  Students on placement AND staff undertaking on-site assessments 

 

 

25 October 2021

 

 

 

 

29 November 2021

 

 

From 15 October, to be able to continue to come to campus, all students who are currently approved to come to campus will need to provide evidence of their vaccination status.

We encourage all students to complete the Vaccination status documentation form by 14 October and include the following evidence:

  • That you have received at least your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • That you have a booking to receive your first dose by 22 October 2021, or
  • That you have a medical exemption from an authorised medical practitioner.

If you’re unable to provide evidence by 14 October, you will need to do so via the Vaccination status documentation form at least 24 hours prior to arriving on campus. This is to ensure we can activate your student card.  

From 22 October 2021 onwards, any student who needs to be on campus must have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (unless they have a medical exemption).

From 26 November 2021, students in this group will need to provide evidence that they have received their second dose (unless they have a medical exemption) to attend campus.

This includes students on work placements.

Evidence of your vaccination can include:

In the period before your immunisation history is updated, evidence of vaccination can include a recent booking confirmation email, or the card received at the time of vaccination.

Here’s a quick reference guide of how to easily access this information.

You must complete and submit the Access to campus vaccination status documentation form at least 24 hours prior to arriving on campus.    

If your vaccination status changes, you must provide evidence to RMIT via the Access to campus vaccination status documentation form at least 24 hours prior to arriving on campus.

No. To ensure the safety of the RMIT community and to minimise the risk of COVID-19, RMIT is unable to grant access for unvaccinated students (without a medical exemption) or to students who do not provide evidence of their vaccination status to attend campus, even if they are permitted to attend campus.  Your access card will not be active from 15 October unless this information is provided to RMIT.

Students who are medically exempt from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination are allowed to attend campus to complete their studies and will be required to ensure full compliance with all RMIT COVIDSafe arrangements on campus.

The Access to campus vaccination status documentation form provides further information about medical exemptions. To claim a medical exemption, the COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication form must be completed by an authorised medical practitioner as evidence of your exemption. 

You may be able to receive a medical exemption if you are unable to be vaccinated because you:

  • have a medical contraindication to COVID-19 vaccines, or
  • have an acute medical illness, including COVID-19 infection for up to 6 months (or earlier if the medical practitioner specifies an earlier date)

You will need to provide the COVID-19 vaccine medical contraindication form completed by an authorised medical practitioner as evidence of your exemption.

There are a number of different ways you can book a vaccination, either at the Medical Hub @ RMIT, through a state-run vaccination hub, or at a GP, pharmacy or health clinic.  

If you don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, you can access a vaccination at a Commonwealth or state government vaccination centre. 

For more information about how to book a vaccine appointment visit:    

     

You do not need a Medicare card to get a COVID-19 vaccine from a state-run vaccination hub.

RMIT is collecting this information for the purpose of reducing health and safety risks to the greatest extent possible, and for the purpose of complying with the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions (Directions) made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) (where applicable). 

Where the Directions apply, RMIT may be requested to produce the information on this form to an Authorised Officer, as defined in the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic).  This information may be disclosed to other third parties, such as the Victorian Government and the Department of Health, but only to the extent necessary to prevent and manage risks associated with COVID-19 and where permitted or required under law.  

Otherwise, RMIT will limit its use and disclosure of your vaccination status to what is reasonably necessary for the purposes for which the information is collected. 

The RMIT Privacy Statement contains information about how you may:

  • access the personal information about you that is held by RMIT and seek the correction of such information; and 
  • complain about a breach of the Australian Privacy Principles and how RMIT will deal with such a complaint.

The information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status is health information within the meaning of the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic).  Other than the additional disclosures for the purposes set out above, this health information will be treated, managed and stored in accordance with the RMIT Privacy Statement.

If you have any questions about how your personal information will be handled, you can contact (03) 9925 1161 or email privacy@rmit.edu.au.

The provision of false or misleading information in association with the Directions can result in a fine of up to $10,904.40. 

There may be other serious consequences, including disciplinary action.

Staff or students who attempt to attend campus from the 15 October 2021 who are not eligible due to their vaccination status will be required to leave campus. Access cards will not be activated from 15 October until RMIT receives the required information confirming their vaccination status.

There may be other serious consequences, including disciplinary action.

Our key priority is ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of all those who are permitted to come to campus.

Both staff and students with authorised worker permits will be required to meet the vaccination requirements to continue to come to campus from 15 October.

This requirement only applies to students and staff who are permitted to attend campus during the current lockdown restrictions. 

No decisions have been made about making vaccinations mandatory for members of the RMIT community after end of the current restrictions. 

We have recently surveyed staff and students to better understand their opinions about vaccinations. The purpose of the survey is to collect information about our staff and students' vaccination status as well as their opinions regarding COVID-19 vaccination. This information will be important for us to consider as we determine what vaccination means for our community and our plans to return to campus in late 2021 and into 2022. 

Student progression

Contact your School or College via RMIT Student Connect to talk about your options. Where possible, we will support students so that they can complete their studies.  

If a student must attend campus to complete the academic requirements of a course, and are unable to do so, they will be withdrawn from that course with no academic or financial penalty. 

If you are withdrawn from a class, you will not be able to be reinstated even if you are vaccinated later, as you will have been unable to complete the on-campus assessment task for which you had been issued a permit to attend campus.

You can add the course to your enrolment in a future semester or term via Enrolment Online. 

You will receive a ‘withdrawn (WDR)’ grade, which will appear on your transcript. This will not count towards your Grade Point Average (GPA) or Weighted Average Mark (WAM). 

No. If you’re withdrawn from a course due to your vaccination status, you will not be financially liable for that course, including if this is after your class census date. 

This means that, if you’ve already paid your fees in full, this amount will be applied to other due charges on your account. You can also apply for a refund.   

Students whose fees have been deferred to a HELP or VET Student Loan will have the loan amount reduced accordingly. 

International students and visas

The proposal to return international students to RMIT is a joint effort between the Victorian Government and the Victorian university sector. The International Student Arrival Plan aims to progressively, and safely, return international students to Victoria for education purposes so they can continue their studies on campus. The Victorian Government has submitted this plan to the Federal Government for its approval.

The International Student Arrival Plan has not been approved by the Australian Government yet. Timing for the start of international student arrivals will be confirmed following further consultation with the Australian Government.  

To be eligible to return to Melbourne, students must satisfy and agree to some requirements:

  1. Only a small number of students will initially be eligible to return. 
  2. Students will need a valid Australian Student Visa. 
  3. Students will need to return a negative COVID-19 test pre-departure. 
  4. For now, the pilot plan strongly encourages students to be fully vaccinated. Once in Melbourne, students will need to meet RMIT’s vaccination requirements to access campus.  
  5. Eligible students will be contacted by the University once the proposal is approved. 

Final year students who must undertake face-to-face learning to complete their degrees will be prioritised as part of this plan as well as Postgraduate Research students. Eligible students will also be required to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

The Victorian Government’s International Student Arrival Plan sets out a phased approach for the return of international students. Initially we expect a small number of students to return to Australia as part of a pilot phase. This pilot phase will be evaluated before international student numbers are incrementally increased. 

No, you do not need to register your interest or apply for a place with RMIT. RMIT will be in contact with eligible students only once the Australian Government has approved the International Student Arrival Plan. We will prioritise final year students who must undertake face-to-face learning to complete their degrees as part of this plan. 

Returning students are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated. At this stage the Australian Government is monitoring how COVID-19 vaccines administered overseas will impact international arrivals entering Australia, including students. More information will be available in due course.    

We will keep all students up to date with information as it is available. You do not need to apply for a place or register your interest with RMIT. RMIT will make direct contact with students who are eligible to participate in the program via their official University email. We continue to provide online learning options and support for international students based offshore.  

It is important to stress that not one quarantine place for Australians returning home will be taken away under this plan. Under this plan, all quarantine places for students are in addition to those for returning Australians, and are being funded by universities, not government. 

We know that the current COVID situation is challenging and being unable to study in Australia due to border closures can be trying.  

There are a number of services in place to support your welfare including:  

  • RMIT’s International Tuition Fee Bursary – The bursary is intended to provide a level of fee relief for students who continue to study offshore due to border restrictions. For more information, please see the International Tuition Fee Bursary webpage 
  • Student Hardship Assistance Grants – Vouchers and cash grants up to $1000 for any student (including international students) experiencing recent and unexpected financial difficulty that impacts their ability to study.  For more information, please see the Student Hardship Assistance Grants webpage.  
  • Financial welfare advice – Any RMIT student who is experiencing financial difficulty can talk to a Welfare Advisor for free and confidential information about financial support and accommodation options. For more information, see the Financial welfare advice webpage. 
  • Reduced study load – International students at RMIT are permitted to reduce their study load or take a leave of absence for compassionate or compelling reasons. These include the impact of COVID-19. Any international student who wishes to reduce their study load should contact their School or Course Coordinator to discuss their options. 
  • Mental health support – All RMIT students, whether they are onshore or offshore, can access free and confidential mental health support. Onshore students can access counselling during standard business hours, and the RMIT After Hours Crisis Support Line on 1300 305 737. Offshore students can access the Medibank Student Health and Support Line 24/7 on +61 2 8905 0307 and RMIT International SOS 24/7 on +61 2 9372 2468. This information is freely available on the RMIT Student website. Support services have also been communicated to students directly during 2020 and 2021 via email.  
  • Studiosity – All higher education and vocational education students studying at RMIT Australia can now access a free 24/7 study help service called Studiosity until February 2022. Through Studiosity, you can access up to 15 sessions of live chat support or written feedback from an expert in writing, English, referencing and more. For more information and how to access Studiosity, visit the RMIT Student website. 

There are also additional grass-roots efforts to support our international community, such as the creation of the student-led RMIT Together Facebook Group (a space for students to share, support one another and stay connected during COVID-19).  

All RMIT students are able to access free and confidential mental health support. If you are based outside of Australia you can access the Medibank Student Health and Support Line 24/7 on +61 2 8905 0307 and RMIT International SOS 24/7 on +61 2 9372 2468. This information is freely available on the RMIT Student website.  

Yes, international students outside Australia can continue their studies remotely.

Please see information for international students outside Australia for the latest information and advice.

Temporary visa holders (including students) in Australia can depart at any time. However, the Department of Home Affairs advises that there are only very limited circumstances under which they will be permitted to return to Australia.

Detailed information about travel exemptions can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

The Chinese Service Centre for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE) has confirmed qualifications will be recognised for online studies, provided students are currently enrolled at RMIT and their studies have been disrupted by COVID-19.

Students are advised to maintain records, wherever possible, of their communication with RMIT to provide to the CSCSE, verifying they have been impacted by COVID-19.

If you're an international higher education or vocational education student, you may reduce your study load or take a leave of absence for compassionate or compelling reasons. These include the impact of COVID 19.

If your request for a reduced study load or leave of absence is approved, you may need to apply for a visa extension in the future.

How do I reduce my study load?

  • Before reducing your study load, talk to staff in your School or your Course Coordinator. They can tell you what impact this will have on your progression, and whether you will be able to catch up in an accelerated mode later.
  • Make sure you keep comprehensive records of any evidence submitted or agreements made with your School or Course Coordinator about reducing your study load or taking a leave of absence. You may need this information to extend your student visa and apply for a new electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) in the future.
  • You must apply to reduce your study load or to take a leave of absence by your census date to avoid fees or penalties. Find out more about how to apply to reduce your study load or take a leave of absence.

If you are under 18 years of age and living in an RMIT-approved accommodation or homestay

Your application will need to be first approved by your parent or guardian. A leave of absence period without this approval may breach your visa conditions.

If you are studying on a scholarship

You must get permission from your scholarship provider before applying.

If your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) has expired, please contact RMIT Student Connect. We can assist you with applying for a new eCoE.

For more information, see RMIT’s apply for a new eCoE page.

If you're unable to travel to Australia due to ongoing travel restrictions, you may be eligible for the International Tuition Fee Bursary. The bursary covers 10% of tuition fees. 

To find out if you’re eligible, see RMIT's International Tuition Fee Bursary page.  

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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.