Coronavirus – advice for staff and students


Authorities are currently dealing with the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus.

Authorities are currently dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the pandemic, Federation University Australia is following the advice of the Victorian, Queensland and Federal Governments in managing its operations across our campuses. We have a COVID Safe Plan in place and robust hazard identification procedures and contact tracing measures to keep our students and staff, their families and our communities safe.

Federation is in the process of a cautious and phased approach to students and staff returning to campus for teaching and learning, corporate and operational work, in a way that maintains physical distancing and keeps our campuses COVID safe.

Mixed mode educational delivery is commencing in Semester 1, 2021, in compliance with state government directives.

For students, this means more small-group, face-to-face classes and pracs, but with large classes and lectures remaining online. Federation TAFE is providing on-campus trade education and classes, with a mix of face-to-face and online delivery wherever appropriate.

For staff, this means blended workforce arrangements – with some staff on campus, some still working from home (with a focus on staff in high-risk categories) and many of our staff doing a mix of both.

All of our student services, support and counselling are still available, via phone or online. Our fitness centre, retail and hospitality outlets, and childcare centres operate in accordance with government COVID-19 restrictions to keep everyone safe, with the majority of these open for business.

Seeing vibrancy return to our campuses after staff and students began working from home in March 2020 is an exciting moment for Federation University Australia. We can’t wait to see our students and staff enjoying our spacious and lush green regional campuses once again.

This webpage outlines our response to COVID-19 and the shared responsibilities for staff and students to keep us COVID-19 Safe. We are regularly updating staff and students via email and social media updates also.

Are Federation University and Federation TAFE campuses open?

Federation University and Federation TAFE campuses have remained open throughout the pandemic. However, in 2020, the majority of our staff and students were working and studying from home, in accordance with government directives.

We are in the process of a cautious and phased approach to students and staff returning to campus for teaching and learning, corporate and operational work, in a way that maintains physical distancing and keeps our campuses COVID safe. This activity is controlled via by our COVIDSafe Plan and includes measures such as increased sanitisation, contact tracing and density limits within all of our campus spaces.

Mixed mode educational delivery is commencing in Semester 1, 2021, in compliance with state government directives and Federation will contact students via normal channels to provide their 2021 timetable. Mixed-mode delivery means more small-group face-to-face classes and pracs, but with large classes and lectures to remain online. Federation TAFE is providing on-campus trade education and classes, with a mix of face-to-face and online delivery wherever appropriate.

You can find more detailed information about this in the ‘Students – classes, online learning and exams’ section below.

Staff are now returning to campus, many in a blended arrangement of on campus work and working from home. Detailed staff information can be found under ‘Staff – general information’ and ‘Staff – working from home’ below.

University events

In 2020, almost all university and TAFE events were held online, including a video acknowledgement of our graduates.

In 2021, we will assess events on a case-by-case basis and determine which events should be held face-to-face and which should be held online.

We appreciate in 2021 that there is more scope to hold face-to-face events, but only where a Hazard Identification Risk Assessment and Control plan (HIRAC) is prepared and approved to ensure COVID safety.

Federation University has seen many benefits from holding some events online, particularly large events, and we hope to continue this successful delivery in 2021 where appropriate.

Federation University is following strict government direction

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

Federation University started working under its Crisis Management Structure in March 2020 and our cautious and methodical approach to transitioning to a new start on campus is managed by our COVID-19 Transition Control Group, senior leadership and senior management.

Actions being undertaken to keep our staff and students safe include increased campus hygiene measures, guidance to maintain physical distancing, recommendations about the use of personal protective equipment and risk mitigation, and the continuation of some online study and work from home arrangements.

Find the latest government advice

The Victorian and Queensland Governments provide direction for their states. This information is regularly updated in response to changes in restrictions.

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

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.

The COVID-19 Transition Control Group provides clear leadership, structure and process for the university’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The university’s extended leadership group of Deans, Directors and Heads of Campus also play a primary role in assessing and mitigating any COVID-19 risks in their work areas.

The COVID-19 Transition Control Group includes:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Chris Hutchison
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andy Smith
  • Chief Operating Officer John Blair
  • Director, Facilities Services Keith Caldwell
  • Director, Human Resources Deborah Walker
  • Director, Corporate Communications Greg Meyer
  • Manager, Risk, Health and Safety Didier Leclere
  • Communications Manager, Corporate Communications Kim Healey

When can staff and students transition to campus?

Federation University Australia via the Transition Control Group has established a plan, policy and procedures for a gradual return of more staff and students to campus in February 2021.

At our Victorian campuses, the plan features:

  • Transition to working on campus except for vulnerable groups
  • Move to mixed-mode educational delivery
  • Large group teaching remains online
  • Resume all research on-site where possible
  • Increased access to on campus services based on Vic Government requirements.

At our Brisbane Campus, the majority of staff and students are back on site with sanitisation, physical distancing and contact tracing in place, as per our COVIDSafe Plan.

Four basic principles for the safe transition to work on campus

Four principles will be applied to ensure the safe transition of students and staff to our campuses.

  1. If you feel unwell – don’t come to campus. If you have symptoms similar to COVID-19 you must get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible and self-isolate until you receive a negative result
  2. Physical distancing measures apply across the university and you must comply with any directives regarding wearing a face mask applicable at the time (face mask requirements can change based on government directives and you can find more information at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks
  3. Facilities will be in place for all students, staff and visitors to frequently wash or sanitise their hands and cleaning on campus will be significantly increased, in particular common high-touch surfaces.
  4. QR and contact tracing measures will be in place across our campuses, in accordance with government requirements.

What does the university have in place to provide a healthy and safe campus environment?

All staff members are required to complete the Induction – transitioning back to campus online module available in their ELMO account before their return on campus. A COVIDSafe HIRAC relevant to their work or study area/s must have been approved by their Dean or Director.

Additional measures are in place to keep our campuses safe for staff and students including:

  • the installation of hand sanitiser stations at prominent places
  • the installation of physical distancing and density limit markings are in place in common areas and spaces across our campuses
  • the assessment and signposting of density limits (maximum number of people allowed) in all central, communal buildings, rooms and spaces in line with government guidelines
  • increased cleaning schedules for all campuses, including regular cleaning of all high-touch surfaces in common areas, including door handles, light switches, stair rails, table tops in food and retail spaces, flat surfaces and lift buttons
  • teaching spaces to be supplied with hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes to allow staff to wipe down lecterns, IT and AV equipment before and after each class
  • air-conditioning systems in all buildings to be cleaned, filters replaced and the fresh air intake for systems have been enhanced
  • wherever possible, meetings will be held in virtual environments such as via MS Teams. Staff have been advised to continue online meetings for the foreseeable future.

What are the IT considerations if you are required on campus?

All computer and office equipment taken home to enable remote working must be returned to campus when our staff return. Federation gave staff the opportunity to take whatever they needed to work effectively from home but are not required to provide computer and office equipment to enable work in two locations (aside from exceptional circumstances).

When you are returning to campus, we strongly encourage you to:

  • take a photo of where all your cables plug in on your computer. This will help you with setting up your computer back on campus.
  • if you require assistance with setting up your computer, simply log a support request via the ITS portal servicedesk.federation.edu.au and a technician will assist.
  • ensure you use the supplied wipes, sprays and cloths provided within work areas, computer labs and teaching spaces to clean down workstations, computers, phones and AV equipment.
  • contact your Health and Safety Representative if you need physical assistance to transport equipment from home to work.

What happens if there is a case on campus?

Following the advice of government, Federation University has developed protocols for addressing confirmed on-campus cases of COVID-19, which are outlined in our COVIDSafe Plan.

The university will immediately follow up with three vital actions:

  • campus or building closure and a deep clean and disinfection of the affected areas, to a certified standard
  • contacting staff, students and contractors to advise of the confirmed case
  • contacting the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that they are aware of the confirmed case and to commence contact tracing.

Federation University COVID-19 hotline for reporting

If you are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, you must report it as follows.

During business hours: call the COVID-19 hotline on (03) 5122 6300 (8:30am to 5:00pm).

Outside business hours: call the emergency phone number 1800 333 732 for confirmed cases (positive test result). Call the COVID-19 hotline for suspected cases and negative COVID-19 test results.

Are communal kitchens open for staff?

During this period, we are encouraging staff to eat at their desk or outside in open spaces, weather permitting. Communal kitchens are open but staff must clean up themselves after EVERY time they use the kitchen. This will be critical to keep communal kitchens open and safe as more staff work on campus.

Keeping to the maximum number of people allowed in communal kitchens and maintaining a 1.5 metre physical distance during lunchtime is of utmost importance.

Please note that cleaning your desk remains your own responsibility.

Should I wear a face mask while on campus?

The university strictly follows government directives regarding the wearing of fitted face masks. Keep informed of these directives, which can change at short notice, and comply at all times. For the most up-to-date advice on the wearing of face masks in Victoria go to www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks and in Queensland go to www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/how-you-can-help-keep-queensland-covid-safe.

Current status of restrictions

COVID-19 restrictions and plans for recovery differ across Australia.

Please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or the Department of Health and Human Services for advice on current restrictions, key statistics, FAQs which cover a range of scenarios and industry advice, financial resources, mental health resources and health advice including COVID-19 testing locations.

For our staff and students in Brisbane, the government website covid19.qld.gov.au provides specific advice on restrictions.

Should I wear a face mask or face covering?

The university strictly follows government directives regarding the wearing of fitted face masks. Keep informed of these directives, which can change at short notice, and comply at all times. Face coverings such as bandanas or scarves are not acceptable.

For the most up-to-date advice on the wearing of face masks in Victoria go to www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks and in Queensland go to www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/how-you-can-help-keep-queensland-covid-safe.

This has been a major cultural change for many Australians. There is great advice on how to wear and safely remove a face mask on the DHHS website.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to diseases that are more serious.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new disease that the world is still learning about. New research is happening all the time so we can understand more about the disease, including the long-term effects.

What are the symptoms?

Dial 000 if you are having trouble breathing or have chest pain.

If you have any of the symptoms listed below, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested immediately.

To get further advice, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or see your general practitioner.

The symptoms to watch out for are:

  • loss or change in sense of smell or taste
  • fever
  • chills or sweats
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath
  • runny nose.

Some people may also experience headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

How to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19

Stay home if you are sick rather than going to university, work or public places.

To keep yourself, your friends and your family safe there are four key actions that Australians are being asked to continue:

  • Stay at home and get tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild. Keep children home from school if unwell. Stay home until you return a negative result. If you need medical treatment, phone ahead and advise that you have had a COVID test so they can make arrangements that don’t require you to leave your house.
  • Practise good hygiene – wash your hands, use hand sanitiser and cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.
  • Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from people where you can and obey density limits (maximum number of people allowed) when using shared or public spaces.
  • Wear a face mask when required. The university strictly follows government directives regarding the wearing of fitted face masks. Keep informed of these directives, which can change at short notice, and comply at all times, go to www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/face-masks
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently used objects (such as keys, mobile phone and wallet)
  • Hand sanitiser stations have been installed throughout the university and we encourage all students, staff and visitors to use these.

What should I do if I have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case?

If you have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days from the date of last contact with the confirmed case.

Contact the University’s COVID-19 hotline if you are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 or have been in contact with a confirmed case.

During business hours: call the COVID-19 hotline on (03) 5122 6300 (8:30am to 5:00pm).

Outside business hours: call the emergency phone number 1800 333 732 for confirmed cases (positive test result). Call the COVID-19 hotline for suspected cases and negative COVID-19 test results.

I am feeling unwell. How do I seek treatment or diagnosis if I suspect I have COVID-19?

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (sore throat, cold, fever or difficulty breathing), you should get tested immediately and must self-isolate until you receive a negative test result. If you receive a positive result you must continue to self-isolate and you will receive advice and assistance from health authorities about what you need to do.

You can find testing sites via a variety of government sources including:

  • GP respiratory clinics have been set up specifically for COVID testing and can be found throughout population centres across metro and regional Australia. Book an appointment via the link above
  • In Victoria, pop-up testing sites are also open but do not require a booking
  • In Queensland, testing and fever clinics are also set up across community health centres.

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and tell the operator you suspect you may have COVID-19 and your recent travel or contact history.

I have received a positive test result for COVID-19 – what should I do?

If you test positive for COVID-19 you must continue to stay home and isolate. You cannot leave your house for any reason unless it is an emergency, or you need medical help.

DHHS will call you and tell you when you can finish your isolation. You can only leave your home after DHHS gives you permission.

If you are unsure where you should isolate or do not have a place where you can do so safely, you should call the dedicated Victorian coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

Who is most at risk of COVID-19?

Anybody can get coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have contact with a person who has the virus.

People who have had close contact with someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19) are at high risk of becoming infected. This includes people who live in group settings with other people and share common rooms (such as aged care homes or boarding houses).

If you are a close contact, you must quarantine for 14 days. You can reduce your risk of getting the virus by protecting yourself and other people.

Who is most at risk of becoming very sick from coronavirus (COVID-19)?

While most people will only have mild symptoms, anybody can become very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19). Anybody who is sick can also pass on coronavirus (COVID-19) to others, who can become very sick and potentially die.

We know that certain people are more likely to become very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19).

  • Older people – because the immune systems become less effective with age.
  • People with pre-existing medical conditions – having an underlying illness makes people more likely to become very sick including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney failure and people with low or suppressed immune systems.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – due to higher rates of pre-existing medical conditions.

If any of these apply to you, it is important that you continue to look after yourself and take any regular medications.

If you’re in an at-risk category and are a staff member who would like to explore alternative arrangements, you are encouraged to speak to your manager in the first instance and follow the work from home requirements.

Can I be vaccinated against COVID-19?

Work is underway by governments across Australia to ensure the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is made available to everyone who wants to get vaccinated, once it becomes available.

The Australian Government has released a vaccine and treatment strategy that outlines how the vaccine is being sourced, the process for making sure the vaccine is safe, and how the vaccine will be delivered.

The Australian Government is responsible for purchasing the vaccine, ensuring it is safe and deciding on the priority populations.

The Australian Government, States and Territories will work together to closely monitor the safe roll out of the vaccine and on reporting.

Vaccinations are expected to be available in Australia in Q1 2021.

For detailed information on the vaccine rollout, please read the Australian Government’s Vaccine and Treatment Strategy.

Mental health and COVID-19

Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and practising self-isolation can be stressful and affect our mental health and wellbeing. It is natural to feel a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood. Many people feel distressed by the constant news and overwhelming amount of information about the situation.

To support you Human Resources has developed resources to help staff better manage mental health and wellbeing.

You can find these resources via the  health and wellbeing webpage.

Here are some ideas that might help you to sit less and move more if you continue to work or study from home.

  • Start the day with a walk around the block – it’s a great way to set your mind to starting the workday and gives you a 'third space'.
  • Make it a rule to stand up while you are having a conversation. Better yet, pace!
  • Walk more around your house.
  • Make a list of five-minute tasks/activities/exercises and do one every hour.
  • Walk after you eat lunch or to pick up your kids from school.

The Australian Department of Health and MindSpot have also produced guides to help people cope and maintain good mental health.

Further support

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.

The counselling service will continue to operate sessions with students of Federation University. These will primarily be conducted by phone. If necessary, sessions can be conducted via Skype.

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 counselling@federation.edu.au, but priority is given to phone requests.

Overseas travel

The Australian Government advice is “Do not go overseas. A travel ban is in place.”

There's a ban on overseas travel from Australia. You can’t leave Australia unless you get an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs.

All our 177 travel advisories on Smartraveller.gov.au are set at 'Do not travel' due to the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and the significant disruptions to global travel.

If you’re overseas and wish to return to Australia, be prepared for delays as it is likely you will not be able to get home. Read the government advice on trying to get home.

When you arrive in Australia you must quarantine for 14 days at designated facilities in your port of arrival, unless you have an exemption. At this time, vaccination against COVID-19 does not change this quarantine requirement. You may be required to pay for the costs of your quarantine.

If you're staying overseas, make plans to stay for an extended period. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe.

Our network of embassies and consular posts around the world will provide you with up-to-date local advice and support throughout this difficult period. Be aware consular services may be limited due to local measures.

For the latest information on international travel, read and subscribe to smartraveller.gov.au news and travel advice. Also see their COVID-19 information pages.

Mandatory quarantine for international arrivals

All international passengers must go into immediate quarantine for 14 days from the date of their arrival.

This quarantine will occur at a hotel quarantine or quarantine centre and will be at your own expense.

View state and territory government COVID-19 information for information about quarantine and domestic borders.

Border restrictions

Governments across Australian states are regularly changing border restrictions between states whenever an outbreak of COVID-19 occurs to prevent the spread of the virus.

Border restrictions can come into force at short notice so if you travel interstate, think ahead to what your plan will be if you have to leave quickly. We also STRONGLY ADVISE that you regularly check news sources while interstate, so you are across any sudden change to border restrictions.

All Australian states require you to have a permit in place before you enter the state – and quarantine and testing requirements vary from state to state.

You MUST check the local advice BEFORE you travel – find links to border restriction advice here – and check whether quarantine or testing requirements are in place at your destination.

As COVID-19 has made interstate travel unpredictable sometimes, we suggest you understand the refund or change-of-booking requirements of any travel bookings (airfares, accommodation etc) before you book.

University travel

Travel between campuses in Victoria is now allowed but if it is possible to avoid travelling between campuses, we recommend you avoid it.

Travel between our Brisbane and Victorian campuses can occur but please see the advice regarding interstate travel and check the border requirements regularly before you travel.

Staff and student travel between campuses

The safety of staff and students is paramount. Travel between campuses is ONLY approved where there is an approved HIRAC in place.

Medical and nursing services

Federation University continues to operate a medical clinic at Mt Helen and a nursing service at our Gippsland Campus, and a health centre is on site at our Berwick Campus. Learn more about these services.

It is important that if you are experiencing cold and flu-like symptoms and have recently travelled overseas, or have been in contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, that you telephone ahead and advise reception staff, before attending for your appointment.

Counselling

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, via phone or online. Get emergency contacts and learn how to make an appointment here.

International student support

We recognise that this situation may be particularly difficult for international students. We want to reassure you that International student support remains available. We are here to support you – whatever your question, please email international.ss@federation.edu.auor call 03 5327 9446.

If you miss the social experience of being on campus, please treat our Facebook group and Moodle site as a social space – ask a question, chat to other students, or share interesting/funny things you have found to help us through the day.

If you are worried about your studies, please speak with academic staff as early as possible, particularly if you find online-only learning difficult.

Student HQ

If the impacts of COVID-19 are making study difficult, speak with your Student HQ. They can guide you through enrolment changes, program planning and special consideration applications.

Log your enquiry 24/7 via the online portal or call Student HQ on 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864) Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

Student Engagement

Stay connected with your Fed community. The Student Engagement team are doing everything they can to make sure you keep active and stay connected. Follow both the FedUni Current Students and Federation University Sport Facebook pages; check out the events section of the Edge and touch base with our clubs and societies.

Living on campus

For students living on campus, FedLiving have been in direct contact via email. You should continue to check your email for important updates. The FedLiving Residential Support Team are available to answer your residential support questions, or for referral to other university support services.

If you are living on campus, please refer to the FedLiving website regularly for important information, including the social distancing requirements, self-isolation and what to do if you become unwell or have been in close contact with COVID-19.

Scholarships

The scholarships office remains available to students via email and phone. Learn more about scholarship, bursary and grant payments.

Disability access

Disability Services continue to offer services to students with a disability. This includes making reasonable adjustments to study requirements for students with a disability, medical condition or mental health condition. They continue to write Learning Access Plans and the adjustments recommended in your Learning Access Plan will be implemented.

Careers services

Careers services continue to be available, offering assistance to students seeking employment, internships, vacation work or graduate programs. View all the services they offer, the programs you can join and get in touch.

Student Advisory

The Student Advisory Service is a free and confidential advice and support service for students who want information or help with any University policies and procedures. Our professional staff can help you with complaints, academic progress, meeting support, misconduct charges, appealing a University decision that affects you and your studies or any other matter which impacts your University experience.

Visit the Student Advisory Service to learn more and make an appointment online.

Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy continues to deliver support, having transitioned to phone and online services. Appointments will continue as usual. Students can contact the Chaplains for emotional and pastoral support, and community support contacts.

Is Federation University still open?

Federation University will contact students via normal channels to provide their 2021 timetable, which include mixed mode educational delivery from Semester 1, 2021, in compliance with government directives.

Mixed mode educational delivery means more small-group face-to-face classes and pracs, but large classes and lectures will remain online. Federation TAFE is providing on-campus trade education and classes, with a mix of face-to-face and online delivery wherever appropriate.

Federation University and Federation TAFE campuses have remained open throughout the pandemic. However, in 2020, the majority of our staff and students were working and studying from home, in accordance with government directives.

We are in the process of a cautious and phased approach to students and staff returning to campus for teaching, learning and other work, in a way that maintains physical distancing and keeps our campuses COVID safe.

We look forward to seeing more people on campus as the year progresses.

Can I still come on to a Federation University or Federation TAFE campus to study?

Our Brisbane Campus has reopened for students to attend classes face-to-face. Within Victoria we are beginning the transition back to campus once again.

For up-to-date advice on opening hours and available services for the Victorian campus libraries and learning spaces, refer to our Current Library Services page.

Federation TAFE is delivering programs in a blended format, comprising of on Campus attendance with COVIDSafe measures in place and online delivery. This blended format varies from course to course. Students with approved face to face delivery requirements are permitted to attend Campus. Further information is available by contacting your course administrator.

I have had a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, who do I report it to?

Reporting a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19

If you are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, you must report it as follows.

During business hours: call the COVID-19 HR hotline on (03) 5122 6300.

Outside business hours: Call the the Emergency phone number 1800 333 732 for confirmed cases (positive test result). Call the HR Hotline for suspected cases and negative COVID-19 test results (leave a message to be followed up the next morning).

Please do not just send an email, please call the hotlines listed above.

Can I still access the Library and learning spaces?

Libraries will start to open for limited hours and services from the start of Semester One. For up-to-date advice on opening hours and available services for the Victorian campus libraries, refer to our Current Library Services page.

I am an international student who returned home over the summer break, and now cannot return to Australia for Semester One. What do I do?

Check with your Program Coordinator or Student HQ whether your courses are available online in Semester 1, 2021. If your courses are available online, you should amend your enrolment to choose the online classes. If you need to complete labs or placement, this might not be an option for you. Ensure you can meet the minimum IT requirements for studying online from your home country. Some students studying overseas have experienced internet connectivity issues, impacting their ability to study.

If you are unable to study online, you will need to apply to take Leave from Studies for Semester 1, 2021, which may have implications for your student visa. You should speak with the International Compliance team for further information and advice.

Changes to Federation University and Federation TAFE classes

The majority of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs still have components being delivered online.

You should refer to your MySC timetable for class information, and your course Moodle shells for your course material, links to virtual classroom technologies and virtual meeting spaces, and focused learning resources via a variety of digital media. Any changes to your course assessments will be communicated to you via Moodle.

TAFE

Federation TAFE is delivering programs in a blended format, comprising of on Campus attendance with COVIDSafe measures in place and online delivery. This blended format varies from course to course. Students with approved face to face delivery requirements are permitted to attend Campus. Further information is available by contacting your course administrator.

Exams

We have moved away from traditional end of semester exams and developed suitable alternative final assessment options wherever possible, whilst ensuring all professional requirements and standards are still met.  This will be reviewed during the first half of 2021.

Online learning – getting started

Some of you will be used to studying online and for others, it will be a new experience. Rest assured that the whole Federation University community is well prepared to support you through these challenging times. The following resources provide you with quick guides to key academic and student support services available as you transition to online learning and study:

Tips for learning at home

  • Go to Moodle > you will find all of your teaching and learning activities in one place, your course Moodle shell.
  • Go to Study Skills > find information about referencing, assessment, research, critical thinking, punctuation, writing and time management.
  • Go to Studiosity > connect with an expert tutor. Log in between 3.00 pm and midnight, Sunday to Friday; it's online, you don’t have to register, and it’s free!
  • Go to the Library online > these services are still available, including the ability to have books posted to you. Don't forget to download the new MyLibrary! app.
  • Go to your email > stay in touch; we are sending you important information so check your email daily.
  • Go to the Service Desk portal > for all your IT support. Access on-campus software at home, learn how to use Microsoft Teams, install Adobe applications for free and much more.
  • Go to Ask Federation > for the answers to your general questions or to log an enquiry after hours
  • Go to the virtual ASK Desk > for assistance in developing study skills from our Student Academic Leaders via chat, email or phone.
  • Go to the Learning Skills Advisors online > for assistance with developing skills in structuring assignments and refining your own study and academic skills.

Enrolment

2021 enrolments are now open. We anticipate an increase to on-campus delivery in 2021, and encourage you to complete your enrolment as soon as possible. Remember, the earlier you enrol, the more options available to you, and the better your timetable!

www.federation.edu.au/reenrol

Who should I contact if I have any placement enquiries?

Placement information specific to your study area is available within your placement Moodle shell where one exists, or on your School webpage or via InPlace. If you have placement enquiries, it is important to clarify these with your School Placement Coordinator, your Program Coordinator, or your Work Integrated Learning administration support staff.

Changes can still occur rapidly, and placement providers must therefore react quickly to ensure safe working environments. We need you to be flexible as changes occur; be assured that we are updating you with information as quickly as possible.

Will online learning impact my course progression?

Federation University wants all of its students to achieve successful higher education progression, even in these unprecedented times.

Students are welcome to discuss any concerns or course progression enquiries with your Course Coordinator and/or Program Coordinator. These staff can provide sound advice particular to individual situations.

It’s important to remember that many university students across Victoria and Australia have gone through a similar transition to online learning and we are excited to begin the transition back to face-to-face teaching once again.

Special consideration because of the impacts of COVID-19

If you require special consideration or a deferred examination as a result of COVID-19, please follow the university or TAFE process for special consideration and deferred examinations.

What do I do if I need to complete a form that requires a signature and I don’t have access to a printer?

Please complete the form electronically and submit it via the Federation Enquiry and Request Dashboard (FRED) and include the following student declaration:

“In submitting the attached form I, [Insert name and Student ID number], acknowledge that disciplinary action may be taken if I knowingly supply false or misleading information. I certify that to the best of my knowledge, the information supplied on this form is true and correct.”

If you have printed and completed a form but are unsure how to submit it to us you can consider using Microsoft Lens. Further support and guidance on the use of this application is available via our IT support page IT Knowledge base article - Microsoft Lens. Alternatively please give us a call on 1800 333 864 and we’ll talk you through the options and provide further guidance based on your circumstances.

What do I do if I need to apply for special consideration but I am unable to visit a healthcare professional or complete a statutory declaration due to self-isolation?

Please state this on your form and include all relevant and pertinent information that you can, such as recent travel dates and destinations, dates you commenced self-isolation and whether this was voluntary or imposed, and we will proceed with the evaluate of your request and come back to you if we need anything further.

Do I need to come on campus for class?

You can check this in your ‘my Student Centre’ account - your weekly schedule will display a room number if you need to attend on campus, or 'ODL' if the class will be delivered online.

If you have any questions about whether you need to attend a class on campus, please check with your course coordinator.

Can I be on campus if I am not attending a class?

Students are able to return to campus to attend a timetabled class, to attend a face-to-face meeting with a staff member, to attend a university-organised event, to access a staffed on-campus service, or if they have booked a seat in one of our managed study spaces.

We are excited to welcome students back on campus, but we are unable to return to a pre-COVID environment at this stage.

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. These FAQs are intended to provide guidance related to safe working practices relating to COVID-19 and 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.

If you feel that the guidelines provided are not appropriate for your situation or believe there are exceptional circumstances, please discuss this urgently with your line manager. In the case of HDR candidates, this will be your supervisory team and/or your School’s HDR coordinator. For staff (including staff with questions relating to their HDR candidates), this is normally your Dean.Your line manager will consult with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

On campus research activities to be reintroduced

The university scaled back research activities in response to stage three restrictions by the Victorian Government.  As workplaces across the state open up, there are now opportunities for researchers, including HDR candidates, to return to campus.

The Victorian Government has set clear limits on the proportion of the university workforce that can be present on campus at any point in time. These limits may change from time to time as the State experiences new cases or outbreaks.  To ensure that these limits are being met, requests from staff and HDR candidates regarding work on campus are being managed by Deans of Schools.

HDR candidates wishing to return to campus should communicate with their supervisory team and their School’s HDR coordinator so that this information may be passed on to the Dean.  Please wait until permission has been granted before arriving on campus, and please attend campus only at agreed times. While on campus, strict requirements regarding physical distancing, use of masks and other occupational health and safety standards (OH&S) must be observed.

Research staff and students wishing to undertake field work activities should seek approval for each specific activity via their School leadership team. Again, HDR candidates should contact their supervisory team in the first instance and supervisors should assist candidates to meet all necessary requirements for seeking approval.

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.

Research staff and students should ensure that research data is curated and stored in an approved repository according to our policy (RS1836) and in accordance with the revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018).

General planning

Arrange a discussion with your entire research team to consider priorities for on campus attendance and activities.  Bear in mind the need to ensure that all School-based approval processes are met.   It may be important to have considered alternative plans in case circumstances change.

Things to consider:

  • Do planned research activities accommodate the required physical distancing requirements?
  • Which tasks and individuals should be prioritised for on campus access and activity
  • Supervisors should work with research students to plan for possible interruptions in case circumstances change
  • Where relevant, communicate with your research stakeholders (e.g. funders, research contract partners, research participants, collaborators) to let them know about your planned return to on campus activity. Please ensure that they are aware of the potential for circumstances to change
  • Ensure that you and your research team can access the Federation University network and that your data is safely stored and accessible

Please note that at all times the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research must be maintained.

Research equipment

Where research is reliant on equipment located on campus, please consider whether this equipment can be safely shut down if circumstances change and access to campus or laboratories is again restricted (even if for a short period of time).

Research involving human participants

In accordance with advice from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, research involving human participants, which cannot conform to physical distancing guidelines, still should not be undertaken at this time.

We encourage the use of internet platforms such as Teams, where appropriate, to assist with data collection and engagement with research participants.

Any proposed changes to research with human participants must be communicated to the research ethics team at research.ethics@federation.edu.au. Your proposals will be assessed and you will receive feedback on what is possible.

Research Services

Support from Research Services will continue. Email is most effective way to communicate with Research Services. Staff who are working remotely will be contactable.

Animal Ethics and Human Research Ethics Committees

Committees are meeting as scheduled and may convene using electronic means in accordance with physical distancing restrictions. You can continue to prepare and submit your applications in the usual way.

Research funding applications

Researchers can continue to receive support for preparing and submitting funding applications through the Research Funding team.

Researcher Skills Development Program

The Researcher Skills Development programs will continue to be delivered online during semester 1, 2021.

Is the university operating as usual?

Federation University and Federation TAFE campuses have remained open throughout the pandemic. However, in 2020, the majority of our staff and students were working and studying from home, in accordance with government directives.

We are in the process of a cautious and phased approach to students and staff returning to campus for teaching and learning, corporate and operational work, in a way that maintains physical distancing and keeps our campuses COVID safe. This activity is controlled via by our COVIDSafe Plan and includes measures such as increased sanitisation, contact tracing and density limits within all of our campus spaces.

Mixed-mode educational delivery is commencing in Semester 1, 2021, which means more small-group face-to-face classes and pracs, with large classes and lectures to remain online. Please refer to the ‘Students – classes, online learning and exams’ section for more information.

It is our intention to keep providing students with the services and support they need and continue to keep students updated about any changes to the delivery of services.

The following toolkits have been developed to assist staff and their managers to implement safe and effective remote working arrangements.

I have had a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. Who do I report it to?

You must self-isolate after having a COVID test until you receive a negative result – and you MUST also report it to the university so we are prepared to act if you are diagnosed with COVID-19. If it is confirmed you have COVID-19 you must isolate until DHHS approves you to stop isolating.

If you are confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19, you must report it as follows.

During business hours: call the COVID-19 hotline on (03) 5122 6300 (8:30am to 5:00pm).

Outside business hours: call the emergency phone number 1800 333 732 for confirmed cases (positive test result).  Call the COVID-19 hotline for suspected cases and negative COVID-19 test results (leave a message to be followed up the next morning).

I am a supervisor or program coordinator and a staff member or student has contacted me about their self-

You must contact our COVID-19 hotline on (03) 5122 6300 (8:30am to 5:00pm) or make sure the staff member or student does so themselves.

Outside business hours: call the emergency phone number 1800 333 732 for confirmed cases (positive test result).  Call the COVID-19 hotline for suspected cases and negative COVID-19 test results (leave a message to be followed up the next morning).

What if I have an existing health condition or I live with someone in a high-risk category?

People with underlying medical conditions may be at risk of more severe disease if they become infected with COVID-19. This includes people with heart or lung disease, pregnant women, older people and those with a suppressed immune system.

If you are in an at-risk category or live in the same house as a high risk person and would like to explore immediate alternative work arrangements, you are encouraged to speak to your manager in the first instance and follow the remote working from home requirements.

The following toolkit has been developed to assist staff around recording any University property that you may need to complete your duties remotely and ensuring your proposed work environment meets appropriate Occupational Health and Safety requirements.

What leave arrangements apply if I have to self-isolate?

If you need to self-isolate and you are not unwell, you should work from home if it is possible to do so. You need to discuss arrangements with your supervisor.  You will not be on leave in this situation.

If you are required to self-isolate and your work cannot be done from home, you will need to take self-isolation leave until cleared to return to work. This must be supported by a medical certificate from a registered health practitioner.

What if my campus or building is closed but my job can’t be done from home?

The university will continue to monitor the situation as it applies to your circumstances on a case-by-case basis and keep you informed as relevant information comes to hand.

What if I’m working from home and become unwell?

You will need to advise your supervisor and take personal leave until cleared to return to work.

Information for sessional academic staff

Our sessional academic staff are part of our core workforce and are committed to delivering quality teaching.

If the university or a campus is required to close for a period, many of our sessional academic staff will be able to continue to work from home.

If a sessional academic staff member is required to self-isolate, or is unable to work from home because they have a medically diagnosed case of COVID-19, they may be eligible for further government paid pandemic leave.

In this instance the sessional academic staff member should talk with their program co-ordinator and complete a report form and notify Human Resources of the details. This must be supported by a medical certificate from a registered health practitioner.

Information for casual staff

Our casual staff are important, and we recognise the difficulties they face at this time.

If the university or a campus or a service is required to close for a period, some of our casual staff will be able to continue to work from home.

Where the work cannot be done from home, individual circumstances for casual staff will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and, if available, we will explore the possibility of alternative work but this cannot be guaranteed.

If a casual staff member is required to self-isolate, or is unable to work from home because they have a medically diagnosed case of COVID-19, they may be eligible for further government paid pandemic leave.  This must be supported by a medical certificate from a registered health practitioner.

Am I required to work from home or return to campus?

At the end of 2020, Deans and Directors took on responsibility for the transition to campus process in their area, in compliance with the university’s COVIDSafe Plan. No one understands the requirements of your work and the available resources better than your Deans, Directors and yourselves – in terms of physical space, IT and other resources, and suitable flexible work arrangements (see Blended workforce principles below).

Before any on-campus activity, a HIRAC must be in place to identify any COVID risks and mitigations must be put in place. This includes ensuring that density limits and physical distancing are observed across all campus spaces.

The COVIDSafe HIRAC form is available through Service Now.  It reflects the health and safety measures applicable in the current phase of the pandemic, and controls the preparation, submission, approval and central record-keeping of COVIDSafe HIRAC forms across the entire organisation.  Deans and Directors are working with Health and Safety Implementation Teams to coordinate the HIRACs at the School/Directorate level.

The Risk, Health and Safety department continues to be available for advice.

Blended workforce principles

Federation University endeavours to provide a flexible and supportive work environment that encourages staff to live a balanced lifestyle, but it is also vital that our campuses return to being vibrant environments for students and staff alike.

The Blended workforce principles outline the process and principles for how we work when we return. This will help keep our campuses COVID safe, through a variety of work arrangements, and also ensure our campuses once again become vibrant spaces.

Who pays for the internet if I am working from home or remotely?

The university will not pay or reimburse you for the costs of using your home internet connection or personal device(s) to work from home or remotely.

Some internet providers are offering additional broadband and mobile internet access free of charge at this time. Contact your provider for more information.

You may also be able to claim a tax deduction for home office expenses including internet if you are working from home. See the ATO website for more information.

How can I balance working from home and supporting my children learning from home?

In circumstances where the government mandates remote learning for children, the university has developed a new resource to assist staff in balancing work and home schooling. The Home Learning Flexibility Options (pdf, 183kb) guide outlines the different leave types and working arrangements available. We encourage staff to read through the guide and discuss your individual circumstances with your supervisor or contact HR via the COVID-19 hotlines below.

Data security

We require that while you are working from home that you maintain the security and privacy of the University’s data by ensuring that no-one else in your household (or visitors to your household) can access or view University data. If you have any questions or concerns in this regard please contact IT help for assistance.

On your home computer

  • Create your own profile on your home computer for your work and do not allow family members to use this profile
  • Password protect your profile on your home computer and do not share your password with anyone else
  • Do not use your Federation password as your password on your home computer.

Storing your digital files

Files can be stored on Federation approved cloud services such as One Drive, SharePoint, or server shares. Files should not be stored locally on your home computer or a USB drive.

On your work computer

Your Federation computer is for your use only.  Make sure family understand this, and that they should not have access to this device.

Lock your computer

Always lock your computer when you step away from it and log off when you are no longer working.

Records management

Whether working on campus or from home, managing university records remains underpinned by the Records Management Policy and Records Management Procedure.

The Managing University records while working from home (pdf, 126kb) document provides specific guidance regarding printing, document storage and disposal behaviours while working from home.

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 Dean or Director, or email the Chief Operating Officer as the Critical Incident Lead via coo@federation.edu.au.

Essential staff and services

The online delivery of programs and student services, as well as research, requires a number of staff to work on campus. Essential staff can only work on campus where there is an approved HIRAC in place.

HR support

COVID-19 hotline – staff can call (03) 5122 6300 between 8:30am–5:00pm or email hr.hotline@federation.edu.au for advice about working from home protocols, leave types, payroll enquiries and other HR questions related to the pandemic.

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

As we continue to establish new ways of working and new routines in responding to COVID-19, we have created the COVID-19 support for staff web page.  Our aim is to continue to build on and develop these resources to assist staff in understanding the implications of the current situation, and remaining productive and connected, with additional support for their wellbeing during this period. These resources include online learning and development optionssocial connection tools, team resources and health and wellbeing programs to help us maintain our collegiality and strong sense of community.

We remain committed to supporting the safety and wellbeing of our staff throughout this evolving situation. Our aim is to continue to build on and develop these resources, so if there is anything else that would be helpful to you, please let us know by e-mailing hr.hotline@federation.edu.au.

Federation University has maintained regular communication to students and staff since the beginning of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The advice provided reflected the response of state and federal governments to a rapidly-changing situation.

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 is an archive of the direct messages sent to staff and students.

Archived staff messages

11 May Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 109kb)

28 April Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 118kb)

15 April Coronavirus update for staff (PDF, 121kb)

9 April Coronavirus update for staff (PDF, 116kb)

8 April Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 109kb)

7 April Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 125kb)

6 April Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 106kb)

3 April Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 120kb)

2 April Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 143kb)

1 April Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 160kb)

31 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 123kb)

30 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 146kb)

27 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 117kb)

26 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 128kb)

25 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 122kb)

24 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 119kb)

23 March Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 114kb)

20 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 120kb)

19 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 119kb)

18 March Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 125kb)

17 March Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 107kb)

12 March Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 68kb)

2 March Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 120kb)

20 February Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 82kb)

3 February Coronavirus daily update for staff (PDF, 125kb)

2 February Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 129kb)

31 January Vice-Chancellor's message for staff (PDF, 146kb)

Archived student messages

1 Mar 2021 Vic continuing HE student newsletter with cleaning update (PDF, 729kb)

3 Mar 2021 Vic commencing HE student newsletter with cleaning update (PDF, 550kb)

Welcome back to Fed for 2021, to all continuing Victorian Federation higher education students (PDF, 334kb)

18 February Coronavirus Update: Working together to keep Federation TAFE campuses open, to all Federation TAFE students (PDF, 365kb)

12 Feb 2021 COVID update Victorian campuses temporary closure, to all Victorian campuses HE and TAFE students (PDF, 260kb)

11 January 2021 Coronavirus Update: Brisbane Campus to re-open in line with QLD Health directives, to Brisbane Campus students (PDF, 171kb)

8 Jan 2021 COVID update re Brisbane Campus temporary closure, to Brisbane Campus students (PDF, 258kb)

18 November Coronavirus Update, to all higher education and TAFE students at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 149kb)

28 October Coronavirus Update, to all higher education and TAFE students at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 158kb)

25 September Coronavirus Update, to all higher education and TAFE students at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 161kb)

15 September Coronavirus Update, to all higher education and TAFE students at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 157kb)

3 September Coronavirus update, to all higher education and TAFE students at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 150kb)

21 August Coronavirus update: Our revised three-stage plan for a safe start on campus, to all higher education and TAFE students at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 243kb)

20 August: Our gradual transition back to campus begins Monday, to all Brisbane Campus students (PDF, 103kb)

16 August Coronavirus Update: Building S SMB Campus Ballarat reopens, to all Federation TAFE students enrolled at SMB campus (PDF, 213kb)

14 August Coronavirus Update: Building S SMB Campus Ballarat closed, to all Federation TAFE students enrolled at SMB campus (PDF, 77kb)

13 August Coronavirus Update: Building H Federation TAFE Ballarat deep cleaning complete, to all Federation TAFE students enrolled at SMB campus (PDF, 168kb)

12 August COVID-19 INCIDENT NOTICE: Federation TAFE H Building, to all Federation TAFE students (PDF, 77kb)

11 August Coronavirus Update: Federation TAFE Grant Street Ballarat, to all Federation TAFE students (PDF, 81kb)

7 August Message from the Vice-Chancellor and President: Operational changes in response to COVID-19 restrictions, to all higher education Federation students and Federation TAFE students (PDF, 273kb)

6 August Coronavirus Update: Building S Mt Helen Campus deep cleaning complete, to all higher education Federation students and Federation TAFE students (PDF, 179kb)

5 August Coronavirus Update: Federation’s three-stage plan for a safe start on Brisbane Campus, to all higher education Brisbane Campus Federation students (PDF, 362kb)

5 August COVID-19 INCIDENT NOTICE: Nursing lab students 28 July, to the 8 nursing students who were in the Mt Helen Nursing lab on 28 July (PDF, 199kb)

5 August Coronavirus Response: Further restrictions across Victoria and related changes for Federation TAFE students, to all Federation TAFE students (PDF, 201kb)

4 August Coronavirus Update: Changes to Berwick operations in response to new restrictions, to all Berwick and Flexible Berwick students (PDF, 195kb)

3 August Coronavirus Update: Further level 3 and 4 restrictions applied across Victoria, to all Victorian higher education students and TAFE students at Federation campuses (PDF, 283kb)

31 July Coronavirus Update: Mt Helen student residences, to all Victorian higher education students and TAFE students at Federation campuses (PDF, 93kb)

31 July Coronavirus Update: Changes to on-campus class attendance for those working in a private aged-care facility, to all Victorian higher education students in the School of Health (PDF, 180kb)

31 July Coronavirus Update: Changes to on-campus class attendance for those working in a private aged-care facility, to all Federation TAFE students (PDF, 179kb)

31 July Coronavirus Update: Further restrictions on campus and off and the wearing of face masks, to all Victorian higher education students and TAFE students at Federation campuses (PDF, 193kb)

26 July Coronavirus Update: Wimmera Campus reopens Monday 27 July, to all Victorian higher education students and TAFE students at Federation campuses (PDF, 183kb)

24 July Coronavirus Update Wimmera Campus closed until further notice, to all Victorian higher education students and TAFE students at Federation campuses (PDF, 176kb)

23 July COVID-19 INCIDENT NOTICE Wimmera Campus, to all higher education students at Wimmera Campus and TAFE students at Horsham (PDF, 194kb)

23 July How to report a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 to Fed, to all Victorian higher education students and TAFE students at Federation campuses (PDF, 197kb)

21 July Federation Transition Control Group COVID-19, to all Victorian higher education students and TAFE students at Federation campuses (PDF, 207kb)

21 July Coronavirus Response: On-campus pracs now available for Sport, Physical and Outdoor Education, to all Victorian higher education Sport, Physical and Outdoor Education students (PDF, 102kb)

17 July Coronavirus Response: An update on your Semester 2 studies group 2 timetabling, to all students whose classes will be a blend of online and on-campus during Stage 1 (PDF, 102kb)

17 July Coronavirus Response: An update on your Semester 2 studies group 1 timetabling, to all students whose classes will remain fully online during Stage 1 (PDF, 84kb)

17 July Coronavirus Response: Advice for international students unable to enter Australia, to all offshore international continuing higher education students (PDF, 188kb)

16 July Coronavirus Response Reintroduction of restrictions and the implications for Federation TAFE students, to all Federation TAFE students who reside in greater Melbourne or Mitchell Shire (PDF, 183kb)

14 July Federation Transition Control Group COVID-19 update to all Victorian Federation campus higher education students (PDF, 282kb)

8 July Federation Transition Control Group COVID-19 update, to all Victorian Federation campus higher education students (PDF, 291kb)

1 July Transition Control Group update, to all Federation campus higher education students (PDF,  335kb)

22 June  Vice-Chancellor update to all TAFE and HE Federation campus students – Introducing our COVID-19 transition plans (pdf, 445kb)

17 June  SI grade and GPA allowances to all Semester One HE Fed campus and partner provider students (PDF, 182kb)

17 June  SI grade and GPA allowances to all Winter Semester HE Fed campus and partner provider students (PDF, 182kb)

17 June  SI grade and GPA allowances to all Northern Hemisphere Semester Two students (PDF, 184kb)

12 June  Overview of end-of-semester assessments, to all Federation campus higher education students (PDF, 216kb)

11 June  Booking on campus study spaces for end-of-semester assessments, to all Federation campus higher education students (PDF, 216kb)

5 June  Overview of end-of-semester assessments, to all Federation campus higher education students (PDF,  194kb)

1 June Vice-Chancellor update to all Federation campus higher education students – our first steps back to campus (PDF, 273kb)

1 June Vice-Chancellor update to all Federation TAFE students – our first steps back to campus (PDF, 273kb)

25 May Vice-Chancellor update to all Higher Education Federation campus and partner provider students – Student Special Assistance Scheme closing soon (pdf, 77kb)

14 May  Vice-Chancellor update to all Federation campus higher education students – Easing of government restrictions PDF, 182kb)

13 May  Vice-Chancellor update to all Federation TAFE students – Easing of government restrictions (PDF, 178kb)

7 May  Vice-Chancellor’s message of support to Federation Campus international students (PDF, 83 kb)

5 May  Vice-Chancellor’s update to all TAFE students - Special Assistance Scheme (PDF, 163kb)

23 April Welcome message to Continuing Winter semester students regarding COVID-19 updates

23 April Welcome message to Commencing Winter semester students regarding COVID-19 updates

22 April  Vice-Chancellor’s update to all onshore partner provider students - Special Assistance Scheme

16 April  On campus study spaces and Adobe Connect update to all Fed campuses higher education students

8 April An important message from Federation TAFE – restricted on campus delivery of TAFE programs (PDF, 165kb)

8 April An important message from Federation TAFE – suspended delivery of TAFE programs (PDF, 162kb)

8 April An important message from Federation TAFE – online delivery of TAFE programs (PDF, 162kb)

3  April Message from the Vice-Chancellor and President to all Fed campuses higher education students  – Special Assistance Scheme (PDF, 210kb)

2 April Starting with Fed Week Five Check in to Victorian Federation campuses commencing students (PDF, 308kb)

2 April Week Five Check in to Victorian Federation campuses continuing students (PDF, 390kb)

27 March Vice-Chancellor's update for Brisbane Campus and onshore partner provider students (PDF, 180kb)

27 March Vice-Chancellor's update for Victorian Federation campuses international students (PDF, 179kb)

26 March Vice-Chancellor's update for all onshore international students (PDF, 62kb)

26 March Vice-Chancellor's update for all higher education domestic students exc HDR (PDF, 179kb)

25 March Vice-Chancellor's update for students not enrolled in Semester One (PDF, 158kb)

23 March Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) update for HDR students (PDF, 159kb)

23 March Vice-Chancellor's update for Fed campus higher education students exc. Brisbane (PDF, 160kb)

23 March Vice-Chancellor's update for students (TAFE) (PDF, 161kb)

23 March Vice-Chancellor's update for all Brisbane campus and partner provider students (11am) (PDF, 159kb)

22 March Vice-Chancellor's update for all Federation campus students including Brisbane and HDR (PDF, 80kb)

22 March Vice-Chancellor's update for all onshore partner provider students (PDF, 64kb)

20 March Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) update for students (PDF, 165kb)

20 March graduation refund information (PDF, 164kb)

20 March Vice-Chancellor (Academic) update for students (partners) (PDF, 178kb)

20 March Vice-Chancellor (Academic) update for students (campuses) (PDF, 167kb)

18 March Vice-Chancellor's update for students (higher education) (PDF, 65kb)

18 March Vice-Chancellor's update for students (TAFE) (PDF, 65kb)

16 March Semester 1 2020 graduation event (PDF, 63kb)

6 February Vice-Chancellor's update for students (PDF, 179kb)

3 February Vice-Chancellor's update for students (PDF, 169kb)

2 February Vice-Chancellor's update for students (PDF, 180kb)

31 January Vice-Chancellor's update for students (PDF, 182kb)

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

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


The hidden dangers lurking in groundwater

18 February 2021

A Federation University researcher is playing a key role in a project to determine whether groundwater in a pocket of south-eastern Kenya is safe to drink and use in agriculture.

The engineers keeping large-scale infrastructure moving

10 February 2021

A key industry conference on maintenance and intelligent asset management will be held as a hybrid event at Federation University later this year.

Adaptability the key to Nicole’s success

4 February 2021

Adaptability became a buzz word for a whole range of reasons in 2020 but for Nicole Frain and her quest to enhance her reputation on the female pro cycling circuit, it is a word with a deeper meaning.