International student arrival plan - Victoria

Federation University welcomes the news that Australia's borders are reopening and international students will be able to return from 15 December 2021.

Federation University is working with the Victorian Government to support international students to return to Victoria under its International Student Arrivals Plan. International arrivals will need to comply with Commonwealth visa requirements. 

Under the first stage of the plan, our small groups of students have begun returning to Victoria in December 2021.

Stage 1

Which students will return first?

The Victorian International Student Arrival Plan has a number of phases. Stage 1 is focused on two different priority groups:

  1. Health/medical students in their final year of study who need to return to complete practical work.
  2. Research graduates who need to return to complete practical work or continue their research including those with Australian Government research grants.

Expression of Interest (EOI)

Federation University has contacted international students who meet the Stage 1 priority groups. We have already asked eligible students to complete an expression of interest.

What happens next

Federation University has notified students who have been selected to participate in Stage 1 of the Student Arrival Plan on 19 November 2021.

If selected to return

Flights and travel arrangements

Your personal information will be shared with the state government and their travel arrangement company who will book your international flights to Melbourne. Please note this is the only way to return – your flights must be booked through the nominated travel arrangement company approved by the state government.

Booking flights

Do not book your own flights. This will be organised through the state government approved travel group who will also assist with students moving from their home country to Australia and into quarantine.

Quarantine arrangements

All international travellers arriving in Victoria are not required to quarantine. You need to get a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of entering Victoria and isolate until a negative result is received. Travellers are also required to get a COVID-19 PCR test between day 5 and 7 after entering Victoria.

Please check the state and territory quarantine requirements at


Vaccinated international arrivals will need to demonstrate their vaccination status to the Commonwealth with a vaccine approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).

TGA recognised COVID-19 vaccines are:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca Covishield (Serum Institute of India)
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin.
  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

If you are not vaccinated with a TGA recognised COVID-19 vaccine, we recommend you explore your options for meeting Australian vaccination requirements prior to planning to travel to Australia.

It is compulsory for all Federation University students and staff to be fully vaccinated before returning on campus. We are working through implications for overseas passport holders and Commonwealth systems to verify vaccination status.

Proof of vaccination

If you are an international traveller and are fully vaccinated with an approved or recognised vaccine, you can use a paper or digital certificate issued by an overseas government authority or an accredited overseas government vaccination provider that shows:

  • your name as it appears in your passport
  • your date of birth or passport number
  • the vaccine brand name
  • date of each dose, or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Your certificate must be written in English or accompanied by a certified translation.

Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate whilst travelling to Australia. Airlines will check this when you check-in to your flight.

Australia is a vaccinated economy and conducts vaccination checks at many venues and locations. You may be required to show proof of vaccination in places such as eateries, retail, university, other venues and whilst attending events. If you cannot provide proof of vaccination you may be refused entry. You will also be required to check in to most of these places. Checking in is easy and can be done by downloading the appropriate state government app and scanning the specified QR code at the place you are attending.

Visa requirements

You must have a valid visa to Australia and adequate health insurance before you are allowed to come to Australia.

Study options in 2022

Federation University is committed to offering face-to-face teaching at all campuses in 2022.