COVID Statement

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

11 October 2021

Access to campus

All Victorian RMIT campuses and locations are closed, except for permitted activities, through to Thursday 4 November. 

During this time, very limited learning, teaching or research activities will be permitted on campus or in the field, relating to practical trades, medical, construction and some final year students. These groups will be contacted directly with further information. 

See below for further details in Current restrictions.

Vaccination requirements for permitted students

To ensure the safety of our RMIT community and to minimise the risk of COVID-19 all students and staff who are permitted to attend campus during lockdown restrictions must provide evidence of their vaccination status. 

Students that are permitted to attend campus during the current lockdown restrictions are required to have a first COVID-19 vaccine dose by Friday 15 October or have a booking to receive their first dose by 22 October and must be fully vaccinated by Friday 26 November. 

This means, from 15 October, permitted students must have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or a booking to receive their first dose by 22 October to attend scheduled classes and learning activities on campus. Permitted students must be fully vaccinated by Friday 26 November. Students who do not provide their vaccination status will not be able to attend campus.

All permitted students must provide evidence of their vaccination status via the Vaccination status documentation form. For more information about vaccination status requirements, see Frequently asked questions.

Current restrictions

The Victorian Government has announced an extension of the current lockdown for all of Victoria until 70 per cent of eligible Victorians have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer has recommended some modest easing to restrictions from 11.59pm Friday, 17 September in lockdown areas of metropolitan Melbourne and Ballarat, now Victoria has hit that target.

All Victorian RMIT campuses and locations will remain closed, except for permitted activities, through to Thursday 4 November.

During this time, very limited learning, teaching or research activities will be permitted on campus or in the field, relating to practical trades, medical, construction and some final year students. These groups will be contacted directly with further information.

RMIT staff must work from home, unless required to support these limited learning, teaching or research activities permitted on campus. Those staff who teach or support students with permitted on-campus activities will receive further information from their College or School.

All shared spaces remain closed, including the Library, gyms and fitness centres, retail and hospitality, theatres and galleries, and the RMIT Bundoora Health Clinic.

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 soon.

Information for students

All Higher Education classes will be taught online with the advertised timetable through to 4 November. Where classes require use of specialist facilities, RMIT will continue to make alternative arrangements during the semester.

Permitted activities relating to Vocational Education will continue on campus during lockdown and other classes will be held online where possible until 4 November, pending government advice.

Learning and teaching staff who teach or support students who have permitted campus activities will receive further information from their College or School.

Approvals for research students to attend campus in special circumstances must be given by the relevant College General Manager of Operations in line with specified COVID-19 advice.

The only WIL placements that can continue during the lockdown are the following:

  • Teacher education, medical, allied health, aged care and disability clinical placements
  • Practical trades
  • Pre-service early childhood and school teachers
  • Placements related to final year studies, noting employers must approve this
  • Other placements that can be done remotely (online).

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

Accessing vaccinations

Vaccines are key to progressing out of lockdown and we encourage all staff and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible to help Victoria reach its vaccination target.

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:

Permits

All authorised workers and permitted higher education students (vocational education, approved researchers, approved HDR candidates and students on WIL placements) are required to carry permits. Approvals provided during the previous July lockdown, or earlier stages of the current lockdown (lockdown #6) remain valid.

Staff and students approved to attend campus have been contacted and advised how to obtain their permits including how to access childcare permits if required.

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.