COVID Statement

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, RMIT remains committed to supporting our students and staff at home and overseas.

Last updated: 7 January 2022

Access to campus

All Victorian RMIT campuses and locations are open and density limits no longer apply (except for standard venue and room capacity requirements). 

However it's strongly recommended that you work or study from home, if you can.

See below for further details in Current restrictions.

Vaccination requirements for students attending campus

To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our RMIT community and to minimise the risk of COVID-19, students attending campus are required to be double vaccinated or provide evidence of a valid medical exemption.

Students must provide evidence of their vaccination status via the Vaccination status documentation form at least 24 hours before they need to attend campus to allow time for activation of their access card. Even if you aren't planning to attend campus yet, you can still upload your vaccination status. 

Students who do not provide their vaccination status will not be able to attend campus.

Students must be fully vaccinated to continue to attend campus. This requirement will be in place from now and throughout the first semester until 30 June 2022. 

Read the vaccination requirements page and frequently asked questions for more information.

Current restrictions

From 11:59pm, 6 January 2022

Testing changes

A positive Rapid Antigen Test is now considered a probable case, and Victorians will no longer need to take an additional PCR test to confirm their results.

Work or study from home

It’s strongly recommended that you work and study from home if you can.

Additional resources

The Victorian government has provided new instructions for people who test positive using a RAT test. For more information on finding a RAT test, visit here.

 

Thursday 30 December

Close contacts and exposed persons

On Thursday 30 December 2021, a new definition of a close contact was agreed.

A close contact is defined as:

  • A household member of a positive case who has spent more than four hours with a positive case, or
  • Someone who has spent four hours or more in a care or accommodation setting or hospital with a positive case.

If you are considered a close contact, there are instructions you must follow, including informing RMIT that you are a close contact. Full instructions for what you need to do if you are a close contact is detailed on the Victorian Government COVID Contact checklist.

If you are exposed to a positive case on campus, the RMIT Public Health Team will provide you with information about your testing and isolation requirements.

Instructions for students who are deemed close contacts or have been exposed to the virus are available here

New restrictions announced Thursday 23 December

In line with Government directions, from 11:59pm Thursday 23 December:

  • Masks must be worn indoors at all times. It's recommended that you continue to wear a mask outdoors where you can't physically distance. 

 

Phase D - 11:59pm Thursday 18 November

The Victorian Government has announced that from 11.59pm Thursday 18 November Victoria will move to Phase D of the Victorian Government's roadmap. 

All Victorian RMIT campuses and locations are open and density limits no longer apply. 

RMIT staff can come to campus if they meet the vaccination requirements.

Campus spaces are open however, you will need to swipe into all buildings with your access card as per current requirements. The Library is also open with vaccination requirements in place. 

On-campus areas that are open to the public, including galleries and sports and fitness facilities, will only be available to fully vaccinated people or those with a valid medical exemption. 

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

We have rigorous COVIDSafe practices and protocols in place and look forward to welcoming staff and students back to campus.

Information for students

Most of our learning and teaching activities will return to campus for Semester 1 2022. Where possible, we will continue to provide our students with alternative options to progress their studies if they’re not able to access campus (e.g. international students unable to travel due to border restrictions or students with existing medical conditions).

WIL placements continue and are subject to vaccination and location or setting requirements. 

All students should continue to check Canvas and their RMIT student email for further directions from teachers. Course and program coordinators will continue to share updates on learning activities with their students via Canvas.

International Student Arrivals Plan

From 15 December 2021, fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to and from Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption.

This is a positive and exciting development and we thank our international students who’ve remained patient and resilient during this time.

RMIT recognises the significant contribution international students make – not just to our University, but to the wider community and a diverse and inclusive Victoria.

We look forward to warmly welcoming them back into our RMIT community in Victoria.

For more information, visit Information for international students outside Australia.

Accessing vaccinations

Vaccines are key to progressing the roadmap and attending campus and we encourage all staff and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

RMIT is providing paid vaccination leave for staff and also supporting community access to COVID-19 vaccination, with the RMIT Medical Hub on our City campus providing both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccinations.

For more information about vaccines and how to book an appointment visit:

Stay up-to-date

Students and staff are encouraged to regularly visit the COVID-19 webpages for updates on our response.

For general public health advice, please visit the Department of Health website.

We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.

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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.