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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Last updated: 11 February 2022

Coming to campus

RMIT Victorian campuses are open to all students, staff and visitors who are fully vaccinated or hold a valid medical exemption. However, students must complete mandatory COVID protocols before coming to campus and follow safety guidelines while on campus.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated, and does not hold a valid medical exemption, is not permitted to attend any RMIT campus or RMIT- related event..

Fully vaccinated students can attend campus to make use of spaces and facilities including:

  • Libraries
  • Study rooms and spaces
  • Sport and fitness facilities
  • Galleries and theatres
  • Prayer rooms

RMIT has rigorous COVIDSafe practices and protocols in place to safely support on-campus activities.

Students attending campus can find detailed information about what safety protocols they must complete before coming to campus – including vaccination requirements – on the Coming to campus – COVID protocols for students page.

For on-campus safety requirements, see How we’re keeping campuses safe.

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 How we’re keeping campuses safe.

RMIT is prepared and ready to bring connection, collaboration and life back to our campuses. 

The pandemic fast-tracked an education evolution in blended learning for our students and hybrid working for our people and we’re excited about the possibilities this brings. We know what activities thrive face-to-face and look forward to providing a rich on-campus learning experience for our students. 

Vaccine requirements for students

Yes, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our RMIT community and to minimise the risk of COVID-19, all students, staff and visitors coming to campus will need to provide evidence that they are fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of a vaccine approved or recognised by the Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (unless they have a medical exemption) to attend campus.

This includes students on work placements and staff undertaking work on behalf of RMIT at other work locations.

This requirement is in place throughout Semester 1 until at least 30 June 2022. 

We will review this requirement before the end of Semester 1 2022 in the context of the most current government orders and public health advice to determine if vaccine requirements will be in place for the remainder of 2022. 

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.

Information on what type of international vaccination evidence RMIT can accept is available here.

You must complete and submit the vaccination status documentation form at least 24 hours prior to arriving on campus to allow time for activation of your student ID card.

Students also need to complete the COVIDSafe Training Module via Canvas at least 24 hours before coming to campus.  

For a full list of requirements for accessing campus, refer to Coming to campus – COVIDSafe protocols for students.

    

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:    

     

Any new or continuing students enrolled at RMIT University Australian campuses. This includes higher education, vocational education, HDR candidates and RMIT Training students.

This includes students on work placements and staff undertaking work on behalf of RMIT at other work locations.

Due to the nature of learning delivery, this does not apply to RMIT Online students unless they want to come to campus to use RMIT facilities.

 

 

Anyone who is not vaccinated will be unable to enter any of RMIT’s buildings. 

Student ID cards are only activated once proof of vaccination has been uploaded via the online Vaccination status documentation form.  

All students are expected to hold a valid RMIT ID card when on campus and tailgating is strictly prohibited.   

Swipe card access will be required to enter all RMIT buildings throughout Semester 1.

RMIT reserves the right to verify what evidence you have uploaded to prove your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Yes, you will need to be vaccinated to attend any RMIT property, including any outdoor areas.

RMIT staff may ask you to provide evidence of your vaccination status (such as via the Service Victoria app) if you are using the outdoor areas on campus or similar.

Vaccination is a requirement to be able to attend campus or RMIT classes and learning activities. 

Yes. Separate vaccination requirements may also apply if you’re undertaking a student placement within a sector where the Victorian Government has required workers must have received a third dose of a COVID vaccine. If this applies to you, you will be contacted directly by your WIL placement coordinator. For more information, visit the Victorian Government website.  

To attend campus, students must complete the Vaccination status documentation form at least 24 hours prior to arriving on campus. This is to ensure we can activate your student card.  

We strongly encourage all students to upload their vaccination status as soon as possible. 

While this this is not currently an RMIT requirement, we will review our position in line with the latest government orders. 

The Victorian Government strongly encourages anyone eligible to receive their third dose (booster) of vaccination to do so as soon as possible. Bookings are available via the RMIT Medical Hub or by visiting a State Vaccination Centre. Bookings may also be available via your GP or local pharmacy.  

Once you’ve had your third dose, we encourage you to update your COVID-19 digital certificate and submit it to RMIT via the online vaccination status documentation form

If you would prefer to only provide RMIT with details of your COVID-19 vaccination, you can redact other sections of your immunisation record. However, RMIT cannot accept immunisation records which have COVID-19 vaccination details redacted. 

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 and wellbeing of our community RMIT is unable to grant access for unvaccinated students, or students who do not provide evidence of their vaccination status.  

Evidence of your vaccination status (or medical exemption) via the vaccination status documentation form is required before your RMIT student card will be able to be used to access campus facilities. 

Your access card will not be active unless this information is provided to RMIT.

Contact your School or College via RMIT Student Connect to talk about your options. 

Withdrawal from a course may prevent progression or completion of a program of study.

If alternative activities or courses are available that do not require on campus activity, and will allow program progression, then unvaccinated students will be directed towards those options.

If no alternative activities or courses are available, unvaccinated students will be directed towards:

  • Alternative program options which do not require on campus activities; and/or
  • Alternative providers who may recognise their study to date as prior learning.

Students who have medical exemptions from vaccination will not be disadvantaged.
They may participate in on campus activities with appropriate testing, or alternative/delayed activities will be provided to ensure progression.

If alternative/delayed activities are provided for students with medical exemptions, unvaccinated students may participate in those activities at RMIT’s discretion.

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 you will need to provide a copy of:

  • A MyGov COVID-19 digital certificate that states you are unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of any COVID-19 vaccine that is available in Australia, or 
  • A printed version of the COVID-19 certificate referred to above. 

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 a temporary acute medical illness, including COVID-19 infection in the past six months.

To claim a medical exemption you will need to provide a copy of:

  • A MyGov COVID-19 digital certificate that states you are unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of any COVID-19 vaccine that is available in Australia, or
  • A printed version of the COVID-19 digital certificate referred to above. 

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

There is no alternative to uploading proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status. 

To attend campus, you must provide evidence of your vaccination status. If you do not upload your vaccination status via the webform on the Student website (for students) you will be considered unvaccinated and unable to attend campus or any RMIT events (includes social events).

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 Victorian Government Pandemic Orders (Orders) made under the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 (Vic) (where applicable). 

Where the Orders 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 Victorian Government Health Directions can result in a fine of up to $10,904.40. 

There may be other serious consequences, including disciplinary action.

Students who attempt to attend campus who are not eligible due to their vaccination status will be required to leave campus. Access cards will not be activated from until RMIT receives the required information confirming their vaccination status.

Such an action could be a breach of the Government Orders and could result in fines or other enforcement action.

There may be other serious consequences, including disciplinary action.

There are a number of ways that international students who have been vaccinated overseas can provide proof of their vaccination status.

Information on what type of international vaccination evidence RMIT can accept is available here.

Further information is available on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website.

No, RMIT will not create any alternative activities or courses solely for the progression of unvaccinated students.

No. Special consideration is only available if unexpected circumstances beyond your control have affected your ability to complete an assessment.

Contact your School or College via RMIT Student Connect to talk about your options. 

Withdrawal from a course may prevent progression or completion of a program of study.

If alternative activities or courses are available that do not require on campus activity, and will allow program progression, then unvaccinated students will be directed towards those options.

If no alternative activities or courses are available, unvaccinated students will be directed towards:

  • Alternative program options which do not require on campus activities; and/or
  • Alternative providers who may recognise their study to date as prior learning.

If you are withdrawn from a class, you will not be able to be reinstated in the class in the same semester even if you are vaccinated later.

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). 

If you will be unable to attend and complete a class / classes due to the vaccination requirement, it is your responsibility to withdraw from this class before it’s census date to avoid financial liability.

Information about whether your class requires you to attend in person is available in your Course Guides and will be communicated in CANVAS. If you have any questions or are unsure, please contact your Course or Program Coordinator.

Over 8,000 students completed the vaccination survey during early October. 

At the time, 76% of student respondents supported mandatory vaccination for students and the majority indicated an intent to get vaccinated.

In a similar survey for staff run at the same time, 81% of staff respondents said they supported mandatory vaccination for staff and at the time of the survey 93% of respondents had received at least one vaccination. 

Since the survey was conducted vaccination rates across the community have also increased significantly, with over 90% of Victorians aged 16 and over now fully vaccinated.  

While our vaccination requirements are guided by the latest government advice at that time and our workplace health and safety obligations, we are confident that our decision to ensure everyone is fully vaccinated when attending any RMIT campus or facility reflects the opinions of the majority of our students and staff. 

Support for students impacted by COVID-19

Please go to the Exposed to COVID page immediately for instructions on how to report yourself as a positive case.

All students impacted by unexpected circumstances outside their control (including illness) can apply for an extension or special consideration. Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To find out more, including which assessment adjustment is right for your circumstances, see Special consideration and extensions.

Yes, if you’re in isolation and don’t have any family or friends who can assist you with basic necessities such as groceries, please submit a COVID-19 portal enquiry to Student Connect and a team member will reach out to arrange support.

Yes, all RMIT students, inside Australia and overseas, can access 24/7 urgent mental health support. Students can also book an appointment through the RMIT Counselling Service or find mental health resources via Health, safety and wellbeing.

International students and visas

International Student Arrivals

Yes. Students who intend to travel to Victoria to study with RMIT should make their own travel arrangements including booking and paying for flights, and securing accommodation in Victoria. 

RMIT can support you to find accommodation in Victoria, should you need it. Go to Accommodation for more information.

For more information about travel requirements, go to Information for international students outside Australia.

Please note, we encourage you to be aware of the latest government information and advice regarding Australian border restrictions and Victorian testing and quarantine requirements, as well as airline terms and conditions when making travel arrangements.

Students must hold a valid visa and valid Confirmation of Enrolment to continue their studies in 2022. You will need this to travel to Australia.

Timely enrolment for 2022 is the 20th of December 2021. We encourage you to be enrolled by 20 December, to ensure you can fulfill your intended study plan and meet all visa conditions.

Please contact your school who will provide guidance to you to ensure you enrol correctly. We encourage you to liaise with your School as a matter of priority, and prior to your arrival in Australia.

Students can submit a request for the 1545 form through the RMIT Student Connect Portal. Students applying for a CoE extension will be automatically assessed for the 1545 form. RMIT will only sign the 1545 form for students that satisfy the strict eligibility criteria outlined by the Department of Home Affairs. The criteria is:

  • You took a leave of absence as you were unable to enter Australia due to COVID 19 travel restriction 
  • You took a leave of absence as RMIT was unable to deliver the program due to COVID 19 
  • You were forced to study part-time as RMIT was unable to deliver the program full-time due to COVID 19 
  • You were unable to complete work-based training and/or placements due to COVID 19

Student can travel with their OSHC policy certificate as evidence that they have purchased an OSCH.

Once arrived in Australia, students should activate their membership online and provide a postal address for their physical membership card to be sent to.

For more information, go to Health cover requirements.

Australia's Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) has approved a selection of rapid antigen tests (home use tests) for use in Australia. You may bring your own supply of rapid antigen tests with you, if they appear on the TGA-approved list.

There are two kinds of Sinopharm vaccine. One is from Beijing and one from Wuhan, although both may also be produced at other locations.

Only the Beijing vaccine is recognised by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Assocation. It comes from the Beijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products (BBIBP), also known as the Beijing Institute of Biological Products (BIBP).

To be considered acceptable on a foreign vaccination certificate, the brand name listed on your foreign vaccination certificate must satisfy several criteria. For more information about this, go to Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates.

Visas, online study and general questions

RMIT is prepared and ready to bring connection, collaboration and life back to our campuses. 

The pandemic fast-tracked an education evolution in blended learning for our students and hybrid working for our people and we’re excited about the possibilities this brings. We know what activities thrive face-to-face and look forward to providing a rich on-campus learning experience for our students. 

In 2022, the learning experience at RMIT will continue to be blended, so you can learn flexibly through digital content, enjoy many opportunities to interact with others and experience the amazing specialist equipment and spaces that RMIT has to offer.

Find out more on the Learning experience page of our student website

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

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

RMIT is committed to providing a blended learning experience for all their students. If a student has commenced courses wholly online due to COVID-19 border restrictions, they will have opportunities to take advantage of the curricular and co-curricular on campus activities when they return to study in Australia. For more information go to Information for international students outside Australia.

If your course has on campus options, you can log into MyTimetable and change your timetable online class to an on-campus option. If you are unable to do so or there are no available slots, please contact your program or course coordinator.

This will depend on the week of the semester and the assessment task and it is best to speak with your program or course coordinator before making a change. As RMIT’s delivery is focused on a blended mode of delivery, assessment and group work may take place either in person or online.

RMIT will support you in ensuring you meet the requirements of your course and program. Where there are essential face to face based requirements, alternatives such as make-up classes will be offered. This will be specific to the individual program. Please contact your program or course coordinator for guidance and support. 

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.

Eligible full-fee paying international students may be eligible for the International Tuition Fee Bursary. The bursary covers 10% of tuition fees for Semester 1 2022.

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

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. 
  • Offshore Learning Centres (OLC) – OLC and other in-country study options provide the benefits of a genuine campus community to RMIT students who are learning online while waiting to commence on-campus study in Melbourne. RMIT currently offers OLC in China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Find out more.

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.  

If you hold an eligible visa and you’re impacted by COVID-19, you can decide to leave Australia at any time, subject to border restrictions in your country. Eligible visa holders do not need an exemption to depart Australia.

However, due to the ongoing uncertainty of re-entry into Australia at this time and the limited availability of flights, you are encouraged to carefully consider the need to leave Australia temporarily.

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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.