RMIT Statement

RMIT Statement

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

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Latest update - Monday 19 October

The health, safety and wellbeing of the RMIT community is our absolute priority and we are continuing to take advice and guidance from the relevant authorities.

We ask our community to please follow the latest government advice, so we can all play our part in containing the transmission of COVID-19.

 

Current Restrictions and Roadmap to Reopening

Following the latest Victorian Government announcement there are no immediate changes to the majority of RMIT’s current operations.

Previously approved essential learning, teaching, research and operational activities will continue on campus and documentation will continue to be required for approval to travel to, and attend, any RMIT campuses.

This includes final year higher education students who require access to in-person teaching, assessment and/or work placements in order to graduate by the end of January 2021 and vocational education final year apprentices whose training contracts end by 31 December 2020. RMIT Children’s Centre is also open and available to all RMIT families.

Students in courses with approved on-campus learning activities will continue to receive relevant information via Canvas or RMIT email. Students should check these channels regularly to remain informed.

In response to the Victorian Government roadmap to reopening, we are continuing to work through plans to manage a staged return to campus as restrictions and safety assessments allow.

For the vast majority of our students and staff who continue to learn and work remotely, there are no changes as a result of the latest announcement.  

 

Learning, Teaching and Research

On 22 March, RMIT made the decision to suspend all face-to-face activity across its Australian campuses and transition to remote delivery.

While lectures will remain online for the duration of 2020, as Government advice is updated we may return other learning, teaching and research activities, including selected tutorials, to campus when it is safe to do so.

We will review our position regularly and ensure any return to campus is carefully planned and prepared.

As we continue to manage through the significant and evolving situation, we are committed to doing everything we can to support our students and staff and minimise study and research disruptions while ensuring a sustainable future for the University.

We are proud of our community’s continued response to COVID-19 and willingness to innovate and adapt during this difficult time. Despite the challenges we face, we remain focused on continuing our leading research and providing quality learning experiences for our students.

 

Health and Wellbeing

We recommend the RMIT community continues following authoritative government and health sources to remain informed.

We are focused on the wellbeing of our people and a range of support services are available to the RMIT community. We encourage those who need it to reach out to the relevant contacts on our student and staff (login required) channels. 

RMIT’s COVIDSafe Plan outlines the measures required to safely support the resumption of on-campus activities when it is safe to do so.

We are extremely proud of our diverse, vibrant and passionate community of students and staff and will continue to do everything we can to support everyone through these changes to the way we study and work.

 

Student Support

RMIT students impacted by COVID-19 can continue to access a range of financial, housing and general support services offered by RMIT, as well as Government support. Go to the RMIT student website for more information and application instructions.  

The University has been supporting the repatriation of students who require assistance to return home from overseas, refunding pre-paid parking, waiving all existing Library fees and fines and supporting students with food service via the RMIT Chaplaincy.

 

Cost Measures

We have been taking a careful and considered approach to address the financial challenges associated with COVID-19 and are continuing to seek ways to reduce our costs and align our operations to the environment we face.

All travel remains restricted, consultancies have been reviewed and budgeted major projects have been rescoped, paused or stopped to drive important savings.

While we are, of course, reviewing our non-strategic assets in light of the challenges associated with COVID-19, the vast majority of assets we hold are essential for learning, teaching and research.

We previously asked senior leaders to support the ongoing sustainability of RMIT by reducing their fixed salary by 10% to the end of 2020 or reducing their working hours. Senior leaders were also informed they will not be eligible for pay reviews or any additional salaried benefits this year. This operational decision came after the Vice-Chancellor’s Executive (VCE) agreed to reduce their overall remuneration by 20%.

We have also provided options to our wider staff should they wish to make a contribution to RMIT’s cost measures, such as a temporary reduction in their working hours or purchasing additional leave.  Following consultation and feedback from our people, a voluntary redundancy program was also made available.

We acknowledge this is an extremely challenging and uncertain time for our community and must reiterate that these decisions are not being taken lightly.

 

Community Updates

We will continue to communicate with students, staff and partners as new information 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