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 restrictions introduced by the Victorian Government to stop the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, Federation University Australia has limited its on-campus activities.

Our highest priority is the safety of our students, staff and university communities while ensuring our students receive a high-quality education.

The majority of undergraduate and post-graduate coursework programs are being delivered online or via mixed mode delivery since Monday 30 March.

Federation TAFE is providing limited, needs-based, on-campus trade education and classes, with online delivery wherever possible. For more details on TAFE, please refer to ‘Students – classes, online learning and exams’ below.

Our staff are working from home wherever possible, with a small number of staff providing essential services on campus.

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.

This webpage outlines our response and actions to COVID-19 and we are regularly updating staff and students via email and social media updates.

Are Federation University and Federation TAFE campuses open?

Federation University and Federation TAFE campuses are open but we have advised the majority of staff and students to work or study from home, rather than coming onto campus in Victoria. Our Brisbane Campus however, is beginning the transition to greater on-campus activity.

For our Victorian campuses there are some important changes to teaching delivery and staff arrangements.

For higher education, we moved the majority of undergraduate and post-graduate coursework programs to online delivery from Monday 30 March.

TAFE has offered mixed modes of delivery since Wednesday 15 April to reflect the vital practical components of trade education.

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

The majority of our staff are working from home. Detailed staff information can be found under ‘Staff – general information’ and ‘Staff – working from home’ below.

University events

All upcoming university and TAFE events have been reviewed in line with the latest government advice on large gatherings. This includes the postponement of face-to-face graduation ceremonies in 2020, with alternative forms of recognition for our graduates under consideration.

We have successfully moved to holding events online, wherever possible.

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 Critical Incident Management Structure in March 2020 and our cautious and methodical approach to transitioning to a new start on campus continues to be managed by our Transition Control Group.

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 development of online study and work from home arrangements.

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

The team includes:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Chris Hutchison
  • Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)  Professor Wendy Cross
  • 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

This group is supported by university’s extended leadership group of Deans, Directors and Heads of Campus.

When can staff transition to campus?

Staff must work from home wherever possible, in line with Victorian Government health advice and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces.

Federation University Australia has established its Three-stage plan to a safe start on campus and has shared this plan with staff and students.

The plan has been developed by the Transition Control Group, which had been working towards a gradual return of more staff and students to campus at the start of Semester Two. However, this plan has now been adjusted to take into account changing local conditions and the latest Victorian Government advice.

We are currently in stage one of the plan.

Stage one – current until mid-semester two

Stage one is characterised by working from home, online study, limited practical and skills-based teaching activity in certain disciplines on campus and limited research laboratory work based on Transition Control Group approval of activities following detailed risk assessment and mitigation.

Stage two – not before 19 September

We hope to commence bringing back larger numbers of students in small group classes within a mixed model of online and on-campus study, with progressively more staff on campus to support these operations. This will be dependent on the latest available government advice and information at the time. Many staff will continue to work from home, in particular staff in corporate and administrative roles, where there is not direct engagement with students. Research involving field work and access to archival material will resume in line with government advice on travel and the safe operation of library resources.

Stage three – not before 4 January 2021

We hope to bring back the majority of our staff and students to on-campus activities but in a blended model of online and on-campus study across all of our disciplines, with improved options for working from home or rostering staff where needed. Research involving human subjects in face-to-face activities that cannot be carried out using remote platforms, might resume pending prevailing conditions and government advice.

Brisbane Campus

As the COVID-19 restrictions in Queensland are different to Victoria, the timing of the stages within our Three-stage plan for a safe start on Brisbane Campus are different, as summarised below:

Stage one – current until 24 August

Stage one is characterised by working from home and online study, with the exceptions of student engagement in ITECH7415 and access for some students to open study spaces and WiFi. Many of our staff continue to work from home.

Stage two – 24 August – 18 September

We plan on the phased transition of students and staff to campus, including the reintroduction of tutorials, IT lab groups and work-integrated learning placements where possible. Lectures remain online. This transition will be managed in accordance with Queensland Government advice and is backed by a risk management plan to keep everyone safe.

Stage three – from 21 September

We hope to bring back the majority of our staff and students to on-campus activities but with continued mixed-mode delivery – online and on-campus tutorials and IT labs. Face-to-face teaching and support will increase where possible. Student work-integrated learning and work experience will increase where possible. At this stage, we will expect most staff to return to work unless they are in a high-risk or vulnerable category.

Who is currently permitted to work and study on campus?

Only a small number of staff and students are approved to be on campus:

  1. where they have been officially identified as essential;
  2. for incidental or urgent purposes, e.g. to collect something from the office; and
  3. as part of an approved transition to campus activity (for instance,  an approved essential learning activity that cannot be delivered online and is essential to a student’s progression, graduation or industry placement).

The road ahead for our university operations

Federation University has established a decision-making body, the ‘COVID-19 Transition Control Group’, to ensure our pathway forward to on-campus operations is safe and aligns with government health and safety requirements.

Our first priority is giving students who need to attend campus to complete practical work and research, the opportunity to do so.

The COVID-19 Transition Control Group oversees two streams of action:

  • Academic – Academic leadership working directly with Deans and school leadership to identify the order of prioritisation for students gradually transitioning to on-campus activities, and to determine how we continue with online and blended educational delivery.
  • Corporate – Senior leadership working with leaders of our professional service areas, such as HR, Facilities Services, ITS, Risk Health and Safety, and Corporate Communications, to determine the professional and general staff that are required to support the transition of our students.

Four basic principles for the safe transition to work on campus

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

    Four basic 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.
  2. Physical distancing measures will be applied across the university and you must wear a mask when you are on campus.
  3. Facilities will be in place for all students, staff and visitors to frequently wash or sanitise their hands.
  4. Cleaning on campus will be significantly increased, and all common high-touch surfaces will be regularly wiped down by a team of daytime cleaners.

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

Any staff and students required for activities on campus will be contacted.

To ensure our students and staff are transitioning to a healthy and safe on-campus environment, those staff members will receive a link via email to the Induction – transitioning back to campus module and will also need to complete the return to campus form.

Additional measures continue to be 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 'stand here' floor markings
  • the assessment and signposting of all central, communal buildings, rooms and spaces in line with the maximum number of people allowed, and noting the government’s physical distancing guidelines
  • on campus food outlets and cafes to remain open for take away only with seating areas closed off
  • increased cleaning schedules for all campuses, including regular cleaning of all high-touch surfaces in common areas
  • cleaning to include 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 maximised
  • wherever possible, face-to-face meetings will be held in virtual environments such as via MS Teams or Skype for Business.

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

If you are required for activities on campus, you must complete the return to campus form in Service Now which will be sent to you.

Please take the time to read and consider the following, prior to transitioning to campus:

  • please ensure you have completed the return to campus form
  • 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.

For staff working from home, ITS have created a staff information page to assist you. There is also advice on submitting forms electronically.

FAQs

How are you working with schools or directorates?

Risk, Health and Safety is working with each school/directorate to share information and develop transition plans.  A short, transition to campus induction module highlighting the main principles of how to work safely on campus must be completed by all staff prior to their return on-campus.

How do we access hand sanitisers?

Hand sanitiser stations, together with relevant signage have been installed at entrances to buildings and public areas, including retail locations.

How will communication to schools and directorates occur?

Guidelines have been developed to support managers, so they can assist their areas in the transition to campus processes.  We encourage staff to read through our toolkits, guides and forms to understand the range of available support.

Staff can contact Risk, Health and Safety via email for consultation on their transition to campus plan and Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control measures (HIRACs).

In addition, staff may also contact the COVID-19 Hotline by calling (03) 5122 6300 between 8:30am–5:00pm or email for advice about working from home protocols, leave types, payroll enquiries and other Human Resources questions relating to the pandemic.

What is physical distancing and why is it important?

Ultimately, the more space you allow between yourself and others, the harder it is for the virus to spread.

Physical distancing includes:

  • avoiding physical contact with others, including shaking hands or hugging
  • keeping 1.5 metres away from others as much as possible and avoiding gatherings that aren’t essential.

Physical distancing is important because COVID-19 is most likely to spread from person to person through:

  • direct close contact with an infectious person or in the 24 hours prior to their symptoms appearing
  • close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes, or touching objects or surfaces (such as doorknobs or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth or face.

Does COVID-19 spread through the air or air-conditioning?

There is no evidence to suggest that this virus spreads through the air or through air-conditioning systems.

The patterns of spread are consistent with transmission through droplets from an infected person to someone who is in close, unprotected contact.  The World Health Organization states the virus can spread directly from person to person when a COVID-19 case coughs or exhales producing droplets that reach the nose, mouth or eyes of another person.  Alternatively, as the droplets are too heavy to be airborne, they land on objects and surfaces surrounding the person. Other people become infected with COVID-19 by touching these contaminated objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Can we eat our lunch at our desk or outside in open spaces?

During this period, we are encouraging staff to eat at their desk or on their own, outside in open spaces, weather permitting. Maintaining a 1.5 metre physical distance during lunchtime is of utmost importance. Please note that cleaning your desk remains your own responsibility. We can confirm that we have engaged extra cleaning staff throughout the day and outside working hours to keep communal areas clean.

Can we use the coffee machine in a communal kitchen?

Yes, however we encourage you to wipe it down between use.

Will sneeze guards be installed at all face-to-face student support desks?

Risk, Health and Safety will work with local managers to complete risk assessments, to determine if sneeze guards are required.

Should I wear a face-mask?

From midnight Sunday, 2 August, the Victorian Government has mandated the wearing of face masks in public throughout Victoria.

To keep our staff and students safe, we are implementing these government requirements on our campuses, as follows:

  • If you live in Victoria, you must wear a face covering whenever you leave home
  • In you live in Queensland and visit Brisbane campus, there is no requirement for a face mask under Queensland restrictions.

Where possible, Federation will supply face masks but demand is high and we do expect that staff and students will source their own face mask as well.

This has been a major cultural change for many Victorians.  There is great advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer on how to wear a face mask, which types to use, can they be reused, and what to do if you can’t source a face mask easily.  We strongly encourage you to read these resources and watch the video.

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 (leave a message to be followed up the next morning).

More information

For the latest advice, information and resources, go to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services or health.gov.au.

Call the National Coronavirus Help Line 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.

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.

COVID-19 is a new virus that can cause infection in people, including severe respiratory illness.

Find more information from the Department of Health.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.

People with COVID-19 may experience:

  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath

How is COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 spreads through close contact with an infected person, mostly face-to-face or within a household.

Reports indicate it cannot jump across a room or be carried for long distances in the air.  Transmission by people without symptoms is possible, but likely to be rare.

The virus can spread from person to person through:

  • close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they started showing symptoms)
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.

COVID-19 is a new disease, so there is no existing immunity in our community.

Close contact means:

  • living in the same household
  • direct contact with body fluids or laboratory specimens of a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • spending two hours or longer in the same room
  • greater than 15 minutes face-to-face.

How to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19

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

Practise good hygiene:

  • wash hands often with soap and water
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
  • dispose of tissues properly and wash hands afterwards

Cover your face and physical distance to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases:

  • wear a face covering whenever you leave home
  • try to keep 1.5 metres between yourself and other people
  • avoid large gatherings
  • minimise physical contact (handshakes, hugs etc)

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.

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 your test result.

You can use the coronavirus interactive self-assessment on the DHHS website for guidance, if you have any symptoms.

Follow this link for testing sites across Victoria.

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.

Who is most at risk of COVID-19?

If you have travelled overseas or have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 you are at highest risk of infection, however community transmission has significantly increased in Victoria.

Many people will only suffer mild symptoms; however, early indications are that the elderly and people with pre-existing medical conditions, such as heart and lung disease, are more at risk of experiencing severe symptoms or death.

I have an existing health condition

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, young children, the elderly and those with a suppressed immune system.

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?

There is no vaccine for COVID-19, but there is one for the flu. You should get your flu shot. Getting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time can make you very ill and it will also reduce the demand on our health services during a global pandemic.

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 as these challenging times continue, Human Resources has developed new resources and initiatives being released over a six-week period to enable you to better manage your mental health and wellbeing.

We have developed the Mental health and wellbeing information guide (pdf, 620kb) that provides you with guidelines, daily routines and positive approaches to work and problem-solving, to ensure that you thrive in a productive and safe work environment.

There are already many health and wellbeing resources on our website and from 29 July will include a comprehensive program of initiatives being rolled out over the next six weeks.

Here are some ideas that might help you to sit less and move more if you working or studying from home.

  • Start the day with a walk around the block – it’s a great way to set your mind to starting the work day and gives you a 'third space'.
  • Make it a rule to stand up while you are have 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.
  • Dance when you can.
  • Finish your work day with another quick 'walk home' around the block – again, using that 'third space' to transition from work to home.

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.

Current status of restrictions

The Victorian Government declared a state of disaster in Victoria in relation to the growing outbreaks of COVID-19 cases.

The state of disaster provides the Victorian Government with additional powers to stop the spread of the virus by putting significant limits around the state. The following restrictions are now in force or coming into force:

  • As of 3 August, metropolitan Melbourne is under stage four restrictions, which means you cannot travel further than 5 kilometres from your home, can only leave your home for food and necessary supplies, exercise, care giving or to seek medical treatment, and no visitors are allowed in your home. Childcare and schools are closed with all students to return to remote learning.
  • From Thursday, regional Victoria returned to stage three restrictions, meaning there are only be four reasons to leave your home: food and essential goods or services; to provide care or seek medical treatment; for exercise or outdoor recreation with your household or one other person; and for work or study but only if you cannot do it from home. You may no longer have visitors in your home.
  • In regional Victoria, remote learning (home schooling) is in place from term four, aside from specialist schools and children of essential workers.

Follow this link to find details of all the current restrictions in Victoria.

Berwick Campus operational changes

In response to stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions in Melbourne, we are further limiting on-campus staff at Berwick Campus to the following essential workers only:

  • Friday’s Community Pantry to support our international students
  • Minimal Facilities and Security staff to keep the campus operating

All other activities are closed including the student Learning Spaces in the Library, with affected students being provided with appropriate computer support to see them through the next six weeks.

Regional campuses – Ballarat, Gippsland, Wimmera and Federation TAFE

Our regional campuses continue to work at a similar capacity as before, under stage 3 COVID-19 restrictions, in regional Victoria.

However, we are reviewing the full list of essential staff, to see if there is anyone who should revert to working from home.

In Queensland

For our staff and students in Brisbane, the roadmap to ease restrictions in Queensland includes gatherings of up to 20 visitors in your home or outdoors, unlimited travel and overnight stays is allowed, the restricted reopening of pools, cafes and restaurants, and a staged return to school for primary and secondary students.

Should I wear a face-mask or face covering?

A major change for Victorians, is that they will all be required to wear a face mask when outside their home (aside from children under 12 and a few other exceptions).

This has been a major cultural change for many Victorians.  There is great advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer on how to wear a face mask, which types to use, can they be reused, and what to do if you can’t source a face mask easily.  We strongly encourage you to read these resources and watch the video.

If you attend any Federation University or Federation TAFE campus in Victoria you must wear a face mask. We ask that you continue to maintain physical distancing wherever possible, even if you are wearing a mask.

We expect that staff and students will now supply their own mask as this is a mandatory requirement whenever you leave the house. However, we will supply masks for students living in residence. If you simply can’t find a face mask, you can use a scarf or a bandana as an interim measure.

There are some exceptions to the wearing of a face mask. These can be found at the DHHS website under Face coverings at work.

Making a reusable face mask

We know that many Federation University staff, students and members of the community are making reusable cloth face masks for themselves, family and friends, and for sale.

You can find information on making your own face mask via the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website including a pattern, recommendations about fabric to use, and a step-by-step video tutorial. There are many free patterns available online. You can also find many online and local stores selling face masks. Ideally, the face mask will have three layers of fabric for maximum protection.

Who must self-isolate?

There is a requirement to self-isolate in a number of circumstances.

Australian authorities require ALL travellers arriving in Australia from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days when they arrive here. For full information, see Department of Home Affairs website.

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.

If a member of your household is in isolation, you do not need to do the same unless they or you have developed symptoms. You may seek home delivery of food or medication from a family, friends or delivery services.

To find out more, read the Australian Department of Health home isolation information sheet.

What does self-isolate mean?

To self-isolate at means to stay at home and do not attend public places:

  • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
  • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
  • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home
  • elderly people and those with compromised immune systems or chronic health conditions must stay away.

You may also be directed to wear a face mask in your home if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, you must wear a face mask to protect others.

If you show symptoms, you must seek medical help and continue your isolation until you advised by your healthcare professional (doctor/hospital) that you are clear to return to normal activities.

Overseas travel

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises all Australians not to travel overseas at this time. This is the highest advice level (level 4 of 4). At level 4, your health and safety is at extreme risk.

If you are already overseas and wish to return to Australia, it is recommended you do so as soon as possible by commercial means.

If you are overseas and cannot, or do not want to return to Australia, follow the advice of local authorities. Take care to minimise your risk of exposure to coronavirus including by self-isolating. If you choose to stay, the ability to provide consular assistance in some places may be limited due to restrictions on movement and other services.

Mandatory quarantine for international arrivals

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

Incoming international passengers will be transported to designated accommodation where they must undertake a strict 14-day quarantine period. The costs of accommodation and essentials will be met by the Victorian Government.

Border Restrictions

Some states and territories in Australia have closed their borders to non-essential travel due to COVID-19. This information is subject to change. The current border restriction status is:

Queensland
Only Queensland residents, residents of border communities undertaking essential activities and those considered an ‘exempt person’ can cross the border. Queensland residents who have been in a COVID-19 hotspot in Australia in the last 14 days, must self-quarantine.

Victoria
Right now there is no closure or restrictions on Victoria’s borders, however many states have restrictions on who may enter. Recreational travel within Victoria is allowed but there are recommendations that people from certain municipalities with known outbreaks of COVID-19, should not engage in recreational travel. Key services, like health, freight and logistics – including those that travel across state’s borders continue to operate.

University travel

In line with advice from the Australian Government, the university has implemented a ban on all interstate and overseas university travel for staff and students due to the pandemic.

If a staff member believes their travel is essential to university operations, they should make the request to their Dean or Director in the first instance. If the Dean or Director agrees, the request will go to a panel comprised of VCST members for approval. In many cases, you will need to go through further government processes to cross state borders, as these are closed to travellers from Victoria. Please check the local requirements at your destination BEFORE booking travel.

Staff and student travel between campuses

The safety of staff and students is paramount. The university has made the following decisions about travel to keep everyone in the community safe.

Student travel between stage 4 and stage 3 restricted areas to campuses

For the safety of our university and TAFE community, we have decided that until the end of the restriction period we can no longer allow travel from a stage 4 restricted area (metro) to a stage 3 restricted area (regional Victoria) for the purposes of study.

This is regrettable and we understand it will affect some of our Federation TAFE students, but all necessary arrangements will be made to make sure they can recommence their on-campus trade studies as soon as possible.

Medical and nursing services

Federation University continues to operate a medical clinic at Mt Helen and nursing services at our Mt Helen and Gippsland campuses, 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.au or call 03 5327 9446.

If you are required to self-isolate, or 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 & 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 will 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. Disability staff will 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 to students during the COVID-19 outbreak. View 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 during the COVID-19 outbreak and has 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.

Will Federation University close because of COVID-19?

We moved to online delivery for the majority of higher education programs from Monday 30 March. Federation TAFE resumed on Wednesday 15 April with mixed modes of delivery.

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 you need however, we ask for your understanding that some services may be impacted in the coming weeks and months. We will continue to keep students updated about any changes to the delivery of services.

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

Only a small number of staff are currently permitted on Federation University campuses, with the exception of bookable study spaces for students that provide access to a computer and Wi-Fi. These are controlled spaces in line with social distancing requirements.

Go to the Library website for full details and to book your seat. You are only allowed on campus if you have pre-booked your seat.

Some Federation TAFE apprenticeship and traineeship programs are still being delivered face-to-face, with social distancing measures in place. These students are permitted on campus to attend classes.

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?

Our campus library buildings are closed to non-library staff, but you can still access library services and receive assistance from library staff – all online. This includes accessing e-books, e-journals, research and digital skills training, copyright and course readings services and consultations.

Plus you can have books posted to you – just use 'Eligible for postal loans' as the pick-up location. We will even send you a reply paid address label so that the books can be returned safely.

Students can continue to access a range of study spaces and computer labs across all campuses, with social distancing guidelines in place. Bookings are essential – go online to book your seat.

I am a student from a country with a current travel restriction

Students in countries with travel restrictions are not on campus and have been offered online study or deferral as options, so they can continue as students of Federation University once this situation is resolved.

If you are due to return to study but are currently impacted by travel restrictions and unsure what you should do, contact us via info@federation.edu.au or log an enquiry online.

Is Federation University still accepting applications for mid-year commencement?

Yes, we are still accepting mid-year applications for students wishing to commence in semester two; discover what is available mid-year via our online course guide. You should lodge your application selecting the location you wish to study at, and if you select an on campus location and COVID-19 is still impeding our ability to deliver face-to-face when semester two commences, we will guide you through your options.

Changes to Federation University and Federation TAFE classes

Higher education

Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs are now being delivered online.

You should refer to 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

Wherever possible, our TAFE courses are now being delivered online. Each student has been emailed with an update on their individual course, advising if it will be delivered online, if it will have a restricted on campus delivery, or if the delivery has been temporarily suspended. TAFE course administrators will continue to liaise with students directly.

Exams

We are seeking to move away from traditional end of semester exams and developing suitable alternative final assessment options wherever possible, whilst ensuring all professional requirements and standards are still met. Further information will be communicated to you as plans are finalised.

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 Fed 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

There is no need to change your enrolment. We are simply changing the way we teach.

This is a challenging time for the whole community and we would like to reassure you that we remain absolutely committed to ensuring you receive the highest quality student services, teaching and learning as a Federation University or Federation TAFE student.

Please talk to your program coordinator about your individual arrangements.

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 are occurring rapidly at the moment, 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 this transition to online learning.

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 are going through a similar transition to online learning. We look forward to working with our students face-to-face once again, once we have advice that we can return to this model of education delivery.

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 specialcon@federation.edu.au and include the following student declaration on the face of your email:

“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.

Nursing pracs suspended

Due to the complexity of managing under stage 4 restrictions, the decision has been made to suspend all Bachelor of Nursing laboratory classes until the end of the restriction period at all locations. We will review this toward the end of lockdown. Teaching and learning will continue online.

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 do not replace the policies and procedures that govern research at Federation University, and 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. Your line manager will consult with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

Research activities to be scaled back

The university scaled back research activities following the recent announcement of reintroduced stage three restrictions by the Victorian Government.

Only laboratories mandated to be open by the government may remain open. For laboratories that remain open, strict physical distancing and occupational health and safety (OH&S) standards must be maintained.

Field work should also be scaled back and stopped due to restrictions on people’s movements. Many research activities can continue through desktop access to library resources and data repositories. Supervisors are asked to provide guidance to higher degree by research (HDR) students and research assistants in these circumstances.

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 (2019).

For contract research, please inform the research office if these restrictions are likely to lead to missed milestones within a project. The grants and contracts team will then negotiate contract extensions and variations.

General planning

Arrange a discussion with your entire research team to consider how your research may be impacted by:

  • reduced access to campus
  • reduced travel
  • reduced access to participants, and
  • reduced access to equipment and facilities

This should take place using electronic platforms unless physical distance requirements can be maintained.

Things to consider:

  • if you can adjust your research to accommodate the physical distancing requirements
  • consider how you can ensure that critical tasks can be completed in the event that someone falls ill
  • arrange a discussion with your research students to address impacts on their research and how they can plan for interruptions
  • communicate with your research stakeholders (e.g. funders, research contract partners, research participants, collaborators) to let them know how your work might be affected
  • 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 please consider whether this equipment can be shut down in the event of reduced access to campus or laboratories.

Research involving human participants

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

However, for interviews and focus groups, we encourage the use of internet platforms such as Skype, if 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.

Implementing remote working arrangements

  • Follow the ‘Working from home: Information guide’ and inform your line manager and your immediate work team of your need to work from home
  • Arrange regular online or phone meetings with your research team to ensure that you stay connected and have a plan of work that can be undertaken during any closure
  • Consider using this time to analyse data, explore secondary data sets that might be valuable to your research, prepare a research funding plan using resources such as Researcher Professional, prepare research for publication, and update your Researcher Profile
  • Ensure that you continue to maintain confidential treatment of data and documents while working remotely, and
  • Provide status updates to your research stakeholders (particularly other collaborators and funders) to ensure that they stay informed of the impact on your research activities.

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

These committees will remain in operation. Committees will meet as scheduled but will be required to convene using electronic means until physical distancing restrictions are lifted. You can continue to prepare and submit your applications in the usual way. Please note, the restrictions on starting or continuing work involving human or animal participants are stated above.

Research funding applications

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

Currently funded projects

If you lead a project that is externally funded, please consider how interruptions to the research might impact on your deliverables and ability to meet timelines. If you are concerned that a project is at risk, or a milestone is likely to be affected please contact Research Services to discuss the best course of action.

If you believe your project is not affected, we encourage you to let your funding partner know this. Please use the following qualification in any communication, “……I will let you know if the situation changes as responses to COVID-19 develop.” Please include the Research Office on your email.

If your funding partner is the Australian Research Council (ARC) or NHMRC we would ask that you communicate with them through Research Services for ARC and NHMRC. General information can be found here:

Research contracting services

Researchers will continue to get support for research contracts including financial and non-financial contracts. Research Services is working with the university’s Legal Services to provide for continuity of service in the event of staff absences.

Research reporting

Researchers will continue to be supported in the usual way.

Researcher Skills Development Program

The Researcher Skills Development programs will continue to be delivered online. Check FedNews for offerings.

HDR supervisors

New candidate applications are being considered at the moment. However, admission will be delayed until semester two.

HDR scholarships

Scholarship payments will occur normally (made through payroll) even if research projects are impacted by COVID-19.

Is the university operating as usual?

We have moved to online delivery for the majority of higher education and TAFE programs and the majority of our staff are working from home. 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 will 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 am required to self-isolate or I have had a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, who do I report it to?

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-isolation or diagnosis, what do I tell them?

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 the 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 and complete a request to work remotely. 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. Although the terms of the current Federation University Enterprise Agreements do not provide an entitlement to paid leave for casual and sessional staff, the university has decided to extend the availability of isolation leave for up to 14 calendar days to casual and sessional staff to assist in the efforts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

You will be paid for the shifts you were rostered to work during the period of isolation. The availability of this leave will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and guided by advice from health authorities.

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.

Am I required to work from home?

The university requires you to work from home where it is possible for you to do so.

However, a small number of staff members are required to continue working on campus to ensure we can deliver online programs and maintain essential facilities and services across all campuses. Physical distancing and other hygiene measures will remain in place across our campuses.

The university has developed its COVIDSafe Plan to protect staff who are required to work on campus during the pandemic. These guidelines cover hygiene and physical distancing measures, OHS responsibilities for supervisors and staff, and security services.

From Tuesday 7 April, all other staff are required to notify security in advance before coming on to campus.

  • Ballarat campuses – extension 6333 or call 5327 6333
  • Berwick campus – extension 28555 or call 5122 8555
  • Brisbane campus – call the Executive Director on (07) 3727 3333
  • Gippsland campus – extension 26662 or call 5122 6662
  • Wimmera campus – call the Head of Campus on 0407 080 782

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.

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.

Information for sessional academic staff

Our sessional academic workforce is part of our core workforce and staff 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 unable to work from home because they have a confirmed case of COVID-19, the university will continue to pay their normal scheduled hours for 14 days.  The sessional academic staff member in this first instance 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.

The availability of this leave will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and guided by advice from health authorities.

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. Although the terms of the current Federation University Enterprise Agreements do not provide an entitlement to paid leave for casual staff, the university has decided to extend the availability of isolation leave for up to 14 calendar days for a confirmed case of covid-19 to casual staff based on the shifts they  were rostered to work during that 14-day period to assist in the efforts to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. The availability of this leave will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and guided by advice from health authorities.

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

The university has developed a new resource to assist staff in balancing work and home schooling. The Home Learning Flexibility Options 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 your computer 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 they is an approved HIRAC and TCC plan 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

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)


Weeding out invasive species to protect our food

14 August 2020

Global warming and severe weather events are taking a heavy toll on ecosystems and raising fears for global food security.

Ticking all the boxes at tax time

21 July 2020

It's a new financial year and with more employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased interest in what expenses taxpayers can claim deductions for.

How we’re learning about COVID-19

20 July 2020

Researchers are discovering the ways in which people have been learning about key aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.