COVID safety at Federation University and Federation TAFE

Federation University Australia welcomes staff and students to campus.

Federation University Australia offers welcoming and safe regional campuses and high-quality teaching and learning across TAFE, higher education and research.

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, we are ensuring our campuses are safe environments for our students, staff, and industry and community partners.

Ensuring a safe work and learning environment

The University has implemented extensive risk mitigations to keep our campuses safe, such as enhanced cleaning programs, hand sanitiser stations, improved ventilation and air filtration.

All members of the university community also have a part to play to reduce infection risks, such as staying home if unwell, and following advice on mask wearing and respiratory hygiene.

Please note that potential exposure sites are published on our People and Culture webpages.

Advice on working arrangements can be found on our People and Culture toolkits page.

Implementing our COVIDSafe Plan

All actions taken by Federation are at the direction and guidance of state and federal governments.

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to:

To book a vaccination, follow the links at:

Advice from the Commonwealth Government and its agencies can be found at:

You can also call the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

If you have concerns about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Federation University and Federation TAFE staff are back to campus to provide the high-quality teaching and learning experience that our students expect and deserve.

Return to campus FAQs

People and Culture has prepared a fact sheet with frequently asked questions to help address any questions or concerns staff may have, including information regarding working arrangements.

I have questions or concerns which have not been addressed. Who do I speak to?

If you have questions or concerns which have not been addressed to date, please raise these with your manager to be escalated to your Executive Dean or Director.

People and Culture support

COVID-19 hotline – staff can call (03) 5122 6300 between 8:30am–5:00pm or email for advice about leave types, payroll enquiries and other P&C questions related to the pandemic.

Manager support line – supervisors should call (03) 5327 9530 from 8:30am–5:00pm or email for advice on managing staff and working conditions during the pandemic.

Our campuses are open to all students. There is no vaccination requirement for students and visitors to visit our campuses, although vaccination is strongly encouraged.

Vaccination requirements for placements

If you are completing a placement as part of your studies, you are required to submit your vaccination status on InPlace in line with the vaccination requirements of your industry.

Connecting with student services

You can find more information about life on student life on campus, study essentials, career opportunities and a range of support services at

Mental health and COVID-19

If you are feeling anxious or distressed about the impacts of COVID-19 on you or your studies, you can talk with a Federation University counsellor free of charge.

Appointments can be made by phoning (03) 5327 9470 (Ballarat and Wimmera) or (03) 5122 6425 (Berwick and Gippsland). Appointments can be made via e-mail at, but priority is given to phone requests.

Who needs to read these FAQs?

These FAQs are intended for Federation University HDR candidates and their supervisors currently conducting or planning to conduct research activities. They do not replace the policies and procedures that govern research and research training at Federation University. The FAQs may be updated subject to the latest government advice.

On-campus research activities

Researchers, including HDR candidates, are permitted on campus to undertake research activities, provided that COVID-safe practices are in place, such as appropriate distancing, use of masks, equipment cleaning, and respiratory hygiene.

All staff and students should monitor government announcements and their university email accounts for regular Coronavirus updates and abide by advice and instructions in those messages.

Research partners and storage of information and data

Researchers involved in contract research who may have missed important milestones due to current or previous COVID-19 restrictions should inform the Research Office.  The grants and contracts team will assist with negotiating contract extensions and variations.

All researchers, including HDR candidates, should ensure that research data is curated and stored in an approved repository according to our policy (RS1836).Please note that compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research must be maintained at all times. This applies whether researchers are working on or off-campus.

Researcher Skills Development Program

The Researcher Skills Development programs will continue to be delivered online during 2022.

Federation University has maintained regular communication to students and staff since the beginning of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. Communication channels have included regular direct emails, messages from leadership, regular updates on this dedicated webpage, internal online communication, talking points provided to management, targeted communications to partners within Australia and overseas, and by SMS.

Below are direct messages sent to staff and students in 2022.

14 July 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 162kb)

30 June 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 138kb)

29 April 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 325kb)

11 March 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 97kb)

1 March 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 464kb)

21 January 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 121kb)

13 January 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 122kb)

10 January 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 118kb)

4 January 2022 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 113kb)

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to:

Advice from the Commonwealth Government and its agencies can be found at:


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