Return to campus 2022 and Federation’s response to coronavirus – advice for staff and students


Federation University Australia is excited to restart its return to campus.

Federation University Australia is excited to restart its return to campus for fully vaccinated staff and students. Our focus is on keeping our staff, students and communities safe, while also making sure our spacious, regional campuses are welcoming and offer great opportunities for students to collaborate and network with their peers.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Federation University Australia is following the advice of the Victorian, Queensland and Federal Governments in managing our return to campus, via a robust COVIDSafe Plan and risk mitigations aligned to government restrictions.

We have started a full return to campus operations for staff and students in November and December 2021, with all staff back on campus from 4 January 2022. Operations at our Brisbane Campus have already returned to normal timetables and onsite activity.

In Victoria, the following arrangements are in place:

General operations:

  • All our campuses are open to fully vaccinated students and staff who have had at least one vaccination dose.
  • There are no density limits across the University and TAFE.
  • Hospitality and fitness centres are required by the Victorian laws to check your vaccination status (aside from provision of take away food). Please be kind to staff as they get used to this new requirement.
  • Government face mask requirements apply – face masks are not required indoors or outdoors, aside from indoor retail (for staff and customers), for hospitality staff (not customers), and in clinical settings such as university medical centres.

Teaching and learning, student recruitment and retention:

  • All practical activities including exams can be held on campus for fully vaccinated students.
  • All outstanding practical classes are being scheduled on-campus to ensure no students are disadvantaged or have their completion delayed.
  • Staff supporting any activities involving students must be on campus at the direction of Deans and Directors.
  • Academics, teaching, professional and general staff are not required to check the vaccination status of students.
  • Security staff may conduct spot checks of student’s Service Victoria app to ensure they have checked in via QR codes.
  • Vital student recruitment and retention activities, including campus tours and marketing events, have recommenced with a requirement for visitors over 12 years of age to be fully vaccinated.

The government has indicated that high-levels of vaccination will prevent restrictions being reintroduced. However, should restrictions be required from time to time, all of our student services, support and counselling are set up to be available, via phone or online if required. Our fitness centre, retail and hospitality outlets, and childcare centres also operate in accordance with government requirements to keep everyone safe.

This web page outlines our response to COVID-19 and the shared responsibilities for staff and students to keep us safe. 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.

Our campuses have remained open throughout the pandemic, aside from during periods of hard lockdown where closure was required under government restrictions

A full return to campus operations for fully-vaccinated staff and students has begun, with all staff back on campus from 4 January..

Operations at our Brisbane Campus are running to normal timetables and onsite activity.

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

Some staff may continue with a flexible working arrangement under the conditions of the normal enterprise agreement conditions. Detailed staff information can be found under ‘Staff – general information’ and ‘Staff – working from home’ below.

University events

In 2020 and 2021, the majority of our university and TAFE events were held online.

In 2022, we look forward to the return of events and public gatherings on campus and are preparing a program to welcome our staff, students and community back.

Some events will remain online such as all-staff forums and cross-campus events due to the way it allows us to connect regardless of our location.

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 return to 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, comprehensive review of ventilation systems, complying with any government mandates including the use of face masks and contact tracing.

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 pandemic.

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 and Government Relations Kara Douglas
  • Manager, Risk, Health and Safety Didier Leclere
  • Communications Manager, Corporate Communications Kim Healey

When can staff and students return to campus?

We have started a full return to campus operations for staff and students in November and December 2021, with all staff back on campus from 4 January 2022. Operations at our Brisbane Campus have already returned to normal timetables and onsite activity.

In Victoria, the following arrangements are in place:

General operations:

  • All our campuses are open to fully vaccinated students and staff who have had at least one vaccination dose.
  • There are no density limits across the University and TAFE.
  • Hospitality and fitness centres are required by the Victorian laws to check your vaccination status (aside from provision of take away food). Please be kind to staff as they get used to this new requirement.
  • Government face mask requirements apply – face masks are not required indoors or outdoors, aside from indoor retail (for staff and customers), for hospitality staff (not customers), and in clinical settings such as university medical centres.

Teaching and learning, student recruitment and retention:

  • All practical activities including exams can be held on campus for fully vaccinated students.
  • All outstanding practical classes are being scheduled on-campus to ensure no students are disadvantaged or have their completion delayed.
  • Staff supporting any activities involving students must be on campus at the direction of Deans and Directors.
  • Academics, teaching, professional and general staff are not required to check the vaccination status of students.
  • Security staff may conduct spot checks of student’s Service Victoria app to ensure they have checked in via QR codes.
  • Vital student recruitment and retention activities, including campus tours and marketing events, will be able to recommence with a requirement for visitors over 12 years of age to be fully vaccinated.

Five principles to keep our campuses safe for students and staff

  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. Get vaccinated and upload evidence of your vaccination to your phone or government app (such as Services Victoria or Check-In Queensland).
  3. 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, in Victoria go to Face masks and in Queensland go to How you can help keep Queensland COVID safe).
  4. Frequently wash or sanitise your hands and clean up after yourself. Cleaning on campus has been increased, in particular common high-touch surfaces.
  5. QR code scanning is mandatory at all universities and TAFEs. QR code signage has been installed at the entries to all Federation campuses and paper records are available if the QR code does not work for you. All of our QR codes come from the Service Victoria app and Check In Qld app.

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

The University collects information from staff about their vaccination status as required under government directions. Deans and Directors manage the return to campus of staff based on their vaccination status and the normal flexibility provisions under enterprise agreements, with a gradual transition to onsite work in November and December 2020.

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 markers in common areas (and density limit markings when required)
  • increased cleaning schedules for all campuses, including regular cleaning of all high-touch surfaces in common areas, including door handles, light switches, stair rails, tabletops in food and retail spaces, flat surfaces and lift buttons
  • teaching spaces and common areas supplied with hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes to allow staff to wipe down lecterns, IT, AV equipment and benches etc. before and after they use these
  • air-conditioning systems in all buildings cleaned, filters replaced and the fresh air intake for systems have been enhanced
  • comprehensive ventilation review at all campuses
  • wherever possible, meetings will be held in virtual environments such as via MS Teams.

What are the IT considerations when you return to 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.

The University will immediately follow up by working with the person who has tested positive, to:

  • identify any times when they were on campus when they may have been infectious
  • to let any colleagues or students know to get tested and isolate until they return a negative result
  • provide additional cleaning where required
  • notify Department of Health and Human Services
  • communicate to staff where there is a broader risk.

The details of the person who has COVID-19 will remain confidential during contact tracing.

What do I do if I test positive or someone in my household tests positive?

Notification of a positive COVID-19 test result

There is now greater responsibility on the individual to provide notification of a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, rather than relying on health authorities.

You are required to let your employer, Federation University Australia, know if you test positive for COVID-19 so your colleagues and students can get tested and be cleared.

To report a positive COVID-19 test result, call the HR hotline on (03) 5122 6300 (8:30am to 5:00pm) and after hours, call our emergency phone number 1800 333 732.

Are communal kitchens open for staff?

Communal kitchens are open and staff must clean up themselves after EVERY time they use the kitchen. This is critical to keep communal kitchens open and safe.

Maintain a 1.5 metre physical distance during lunchtime.

Please note that cleaning your desk remains your own responsibility.

Current status of restrictions

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

In Victoria, please visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or in Queensland, visit www.covid19.qld.gov.au 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 vaccination and testing locations.

Should I wear a face mask or face covering?

The University strictly follows government directives regarding the wearing of fitted face masks – if you are required to wear a face mask in indoors or outdoor spaces, the same applies on campus.

For the most up-to-date advice on the wearing of face masks in Victoria go to face masks and in Queensland go to how you can help keep Queensland COVID safe.

On 8 October, Victoria's Acting Chief Health Officer released the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions stating that vaccination requirements will come into force for all onsite workers across Victoria from Friday 15 October.

These directions apply to all workplaces across Victoria, including universities and TAFEs. These requirements complement similar directions previously issued for specific worker categories, such as health, education and construction workers.

Under the new direction, staff will not be allowed on campus unless they have provided the University with proof of vaccination. Details on how to submit proof of vaccination are provided below.

In Queensland, there are no current vaccination requirements for staff or students, so the following advice only applies to our Victorian staff at this time.

Evidence of vaccination

The University has updated our systems to collect this evidence.

The following documents are acceptable evidence of vaccination:

  • a certificate of immunisation, or
  • an immunisation history statement obtained from the Australian Immunisation Register
  • limited medical exemptions apply. GPs are now required to provide information to the Australian Immunisation Register to formally update immunisation history statements, rather than just provide a letter to the individual

How to provide evidence of vaccination

All staff have access to Employee Self Service (ESS) and are familiar with this portal.

  • Log into ESS at https://federation.edu.au/staff/working-at-feduni/human-resources/hr-systems
  • Go to ‘Create new form’ request
  • Select ‘Vaccination Record/Request form’
  • Enter information into required fields
  • Attach evidence as outlined above
  • Click ‘Submit’ to send this to Human Resources for approval
  • Once submitted the HR team will review the request and staff will receive an automatic email notification confirming their vaccine record has been approved or rejected.

Very limited exemptions to the mandatory vaccination requirements apply.

Please contact Human Resources for advice if you believe you have a valid exemption.

How can I obtain my vaccination evidence?

You can download your COVID-19 vaccination statement via your MyGov account – it is a very easy process to download to your PC or phone, to print or keep, as evidence of vaccination.  If you do not have a MyGov account or are unsure, you can go to www.my.gov.au to login or set up an account.

If you received your immunisation at your GP, and have trouble accessing MyGov you can request a letter from your GP as evidence of vaccination.

A letter from your GP confirming a first-dose appointment before 22 October may also be submitted as evidence by the 15 October deadline.

Mandatory vaccination – more information

We understand some staff may have further questions about the mandatory vaccination requirement. There is a document with frequently asked questions – you can find the FAQs here. You can also call the HR Hotline on (03) 5122 6300 between 8:30am to 5:00pm on weekdays.

If you have any concerns about vaccination, we encourage you to speak to your GP or staff at a vaccination centre.

What is Federation’s position on vaccinations for students? Do I need to be vaccinated to attend classes on campus, at University, TAFE or onsite placement?

We encourage our students to get the COVID-19 vaccination as the best way to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities from the virus.

We follow Commonwealth and State Government advice and requirements in relation to vaccinations.

  • To attend classes at Victorian campuses, students need to be fully vaccinated.
  • To attend classes at Brisbane Campus, you do not need to be vaccinated. However, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.

You can read our guidelines here (pdf 142kb)

I’m studying at the Brisbane Campus, do I need to be vaccinated to attend classes on campus?

No, you do not need to be vaccinated to attend classes on our Brisbane campus. However, we strongly encourage you to get vaccinated to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community.

Will I need to prove that I am fully vaccinated before I can attend campus?

At this stage students will not be asked to prove that they are fully vaccinated before attending campus. However, we are putting in place a process for collecting this information from current students and are collecting this information from new students, as required under Victorian Government vaccination mandates.

We strongly encourage you to download a copy of your vaccination certificate to your phone.

Will staff be checking student’s vaccination certificates on campus?

No, at this stage you will not be asked to show your vaccination certificate to anyone while you are on campus. However, government requirements change quickly and we strongly suggest you download a copy of your vaccination certificate to your phone.

Will I need to show my vaccination certificate if I am attending a social event or activity on campus?

You may be asked to provide evidence of vaccination when attending events or hospitality on campus. We strongly encourage you to download a copy of your vaccination certificate to your phone.

Do I need to be fully vaccinated if I am attending a university social event or activity off campus?

You must follow the vaccination requirements of the event venue.

How do I receive a vaccination?

You can book a vaccination through a state government run clinic or via your GP or pharmacist. For links to vaccination information visit: in Victoria ‘Book your vaccine appointment’ or in Queensland ‘Protect yourself and others’.

I have a vaccination exemption, am I allowed to attend campus?

Yes, if you have been granted a formal, written medical exemption from an authorised health professional, you may attend campus.

What will happen if I choose not to get vaccinated?

The government vaccination mandate means there may be limited campus access for students not vaccinated or without an exemption.

How has the University made these decisions?

The University is following the government’s guidelines and health orders.

What are the symptoms?

If you have any of the symptoms listed below, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested immediately. Dial 000 if you are having trouble breathing or have chest pain.

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 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 and follow all directions from health authorities if you test positive.
  • 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.
  • Scan QR codes so you can be contacted if a place you have visited becomes a COVID-19 public exposure site.
  • 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 or test positive for COVID-19?

If you have been in close contact with a proven case of coronavirus, visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au or www.covid19.qld.gov.au for guidance of what to do next.

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.  Call the dedicated Victorian coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

You should also 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 opened when there are outbreaks in certain areas and 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.

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.

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

Anybody can become very sick with coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you are vaccinated, you are less likely to get COVID-19 or pass it on to others, and are much less likely to experience severe symptoms.

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.

Mental health and COVID-19

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

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

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.

Victorian workers can apply for a COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment that provides financial support while they or someone they are caring for self-isolate to wait for the results of a COVID-19 test.

Overseas travel

The Australian Government advice on overseas travel is COVID-19 remains an ongoing global health risk.

To find detailed information go to https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/COVID-19/global-covid-19-health-advisory#general for comprehensive advice on any border restrictions, vaccination requirements and quarantine requirements.

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.

Border restrictions

Governments across Australian states have significant variations in border restrictions between states, based on vaccination rates and local COVID-19 case numbers.

All Australian states require you to get a travel permit before entering the state, as well as when you return home.

You must check the following websites for advice before you travel, Victorian Travel Permit System and QLD Travel Declaration, as well as the advice at your destination state.

We also STRONGLY ADVISE that you regularly check news sources while interstate, so you are across any sudden change to border restrictions.

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 allowed.

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.

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.

Medical and nursing services

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 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.

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.

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.

Wellbeing Check-in service

Expert staff will be available to support you through free, confidential and one-on-one Wellbeing Check-in conversations. Students will be able to gain immediate access to counsellors through the service and get referrals to relevant university or community services for ongoing support.

For a Wellbeing Check-in conversation, please call 1300 687 399 Monday to Friday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Federation University crisis line

Students can access after-hours immediate mental health support via the Federation University Crisis Line 1300 758 109 or if outside Australia please send an SMS to +61 480 089 177 and request a call back. This service operates 4:30pm - 9:00 am weekdays (Melbourne time) and 24hrs on weekends and public holidays.

Additional 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 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.

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 Fedliving 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.

Students are also able to access the new Employability Coaching Program. This is a free new service available to Federation University students. By taking part in this program, you will be paired with an Employability Coach, who will work with you over a series of weeks to help you make progress towards your employment goals. In addition to these regular one-to-one appointments, you will also gain access to a range of additional resources.

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?

In 2022, we are preparing for a full return to campus operations for staff and students from 4 January. Operations at our Brisbane Campus have already returned to normal timetables and onsite activity.

In Victoria, the following arrangements are in place:

  • All our campuses are open to fully vaccinated students and staff who have had at least one vaccination dose (staff must be fully vaccinated by 26 November to be allowed on campus).
  • Current face mask rules must followed.
  • Hospitality and fitness centres are required by the Victorian laws to check your vaccination status (aside from provision of take away food). Please be kind to staff as they get used to this new requirement.
  • All practical activities including exams can be held on campus for fully vaccinated students.
  • All outstanding practical classes are being scheduled on-campus to ensure no students are disadvantaged or have their completion delayed.
  • Staff supporting these practical activities or involved in the student experience must be on campus at the direction of Deans and Directors.
  • Academics, teaching, professional and general staff are not required to check the vaccination status of students.
  • Students are not required to submit proof of vaccinations; however, security staff will conduct spot checks of student’s Service Victoria app to ensure they have checked in via QR codes.
  • Vital student recruitment and retention activities, including campus tours and marketing events, will be able to recommence with a a requirement for visitors over 12 years of age to be fully vaccinated.

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 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.

I am an international student who returned home and now cannot return to Australia. What do I do?

The Australian Government is reopening borders to a number of countries to help bring our international students back to Australia. Please contact Federation’s Global Professional School for advice on when you may be able to return to Australia. Go to https://federation.edu.au/schools/global-professional-school/contact-us to find contact information.

If you are unable to return to Australia just yet, check with your Program Coordinator or Student HQ whether your courses are available online, as this may be an option. 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.

Changes to Federation University and Federation TAFE classes

The majority of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs still have components being delivered online until the end of 2021.

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. Further information is available by contacting your course administrator.

Exams

This year, traditional exam arrangements have been replaced with end-of-semester online assessments. This will be reviewed for semester 1 2022.

Online learning – getting started

For students starting as part of the mid-year intake, 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

Remember, the earlier you enrol, the more options available to you, and the better your timetable! Go to www.federation.edu.au/reenrol

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. They can provide sound advice in relation to your individual situation.

It’s important to remember that many university students across Victoria and Australia have been learning online and we are excited to return to face-to-face teaching as much as possible, while keeping our students safe.

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?

You may make an appointment with Frank Lees, Churchill Chaplain, who is able to sign a statutory declaration via a videoconference.

If you are unable to complete a statutory declaration, 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 evaluation 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?

Yes, we welcome students to spend time on campus creating connections and networks with their peers and enjoying university life – but you must use QR codes when you arrive at campus and when you use spaces on campus.

There are times that our campuses may have to close due to government restrictions or lockdowns. We will always follow the government advice and notify you via email and at the top of this webpage, when our campuses are closed.

When our campuses are closed and we’re in lockdown, you must stay at home and not visit campus.

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 concerning 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) as necessary.

On campus research activities

Researchers, including HDR candidates, are permitted on campus to undertake research activities, provided that COVID-safe practices are in place and unless Federation University campuses are affected by snap lockdowns imposed by the Victorian Government.

COVID-safe practices are intended to ensure that the likelihood of transmission of COVID-19 among university staff and students is minimised and that, should a case occur, tracking of contacts is swift and accurate.

While on campus, strict requirements regarding physical distancing, use of masks and other COVID-safe practices must be observed. These requirements may change from time to time in line with advice from the Victorian Government. All staff and students should monitor their university email accounts for regular Coronavirus updates and abide by advice and instructions in those messages.

At Federation University, occupational health and safety (OH&S) risks are managed via a Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control (HIRAC) review.  HDR candidates and their supervisors whose research takes place in studios, laboratories and field locations may be familiar with the standard HIRAC review. Depending on the type of research activities undertaken, a COVID-19 HIRAC review is also necessary in some circumstances.  HDR candidates should discuss the requirements for their research activities with their supervisory teams or the HDR coordinator in their School.

Research partners and storage of information and data

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

All researchers, including HDR candidates, should ensure that research data is curated and stored in an approved repository according to our policy (RS1836) 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 2, 2021.

Is the University operating as usual?

In Victoria and Queensland, Federation is making a full return to campus, following government directions in relation to vaccination, density limits, face masks rules and other directions. This activity is backed by our COVIDSafe Plan.

The majority of our staff are returning to work on campus, but we will continue to offer some flexibility to work from home based on agreement between staff and their line managers, of up to two days a week, based on our previous working from home procedures.

In Victoria, the following arrangements are in place:

  • All our campuses are open to fully vaccinated students and staff who have had at least one vaccination dose.
  • There are no density limits across the University and TAFE.
  • Hospitality and fitness centres are required by the Victorian laws to check your vaccination status (aside from provision of take away food). Please be kind to staff as they get used to this new requirement.
  • Government face mask requirements apply – face masks are not required indoors or outdoors, aside from indoor retail (for staff and customers), for hospitality staff (not customers), and in clinical settings such as university medical centres.

Teaching and learning, student recruitment and retention:

  • All practical activities including exams can be held on campus for fully vaccinated students.
  • All outstanding practical classes are being scheduled on-campus to ensure no students are disadvantaged or have their completion delayed.
  • Staff supporting any activities involving students must be on campus at the direction of Deans and Directors.
  • Academics, teaching, professional and general staff are not required to check the vaccination status of students.
  • Security staff may conduct spot checks of student’s Service Victoria app to ensure they have checked in via QR codes.
  • Vital student recruitment and retention activities, including campus tours and marketing events, have recommenced with a requirement for visitors over 12 years of age to be fully vaccinated.

Working from home

If you are approved to maintain some working from home arrangements, the following toolkits have been developed to assist staff and their managers to implement safe and effective remote working arrangements.

To view available virtual professional development sessions, visit the Training and development web page.

Mental health and wellbeing

I have had a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 or another staff member has advised of a positive case. 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).

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 alternative work arrangements, you are encouraged to speak to your manager in the first instance.

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.

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. Visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/financial-and-other-support-coronavirus-covid-19.

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.

You may also be able to access government financial support, visit https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/financial-and-other-support-coronavirus-covid-19.

Flexible work arrangements

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 welcoming environments for students and staff alike.

Federation University will be returning to the former working from home procedure that existed prior to COVID-19.  Employees will be able to request to work from home based on the flexible work practices under our existing enterprise agreement.

We understand the transition back to campus may be challenging for some staff and welcomed by others. Deans and Directors will begin managing this process at an individual level with their staff members.

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.

You may 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.

You can also contact your broadband and mobile internet provider to see if there are offering boosted services.

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.

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.

You can find more advice on the COVID-19 support for staff web page.

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

28 October 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 216kb)

19 October 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 386kb)

12 October 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 892kb)

8 October 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 350kb)

5 October 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 196kb)

1 October 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 164kb)

29 September 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 168kb)

22 September 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 168kb)

21 September 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 156kb)

15 September 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 156kb)

9 September 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 292kb)

2 September 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 146kb)

23 August 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 168kb)

21 August 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 161kb)

12 August 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 234kb)

9 August 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 253kb)

6 August 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 253kb)

3 August 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 186kb)

28 July 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 215kb)

16 July 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 181kb)

9 July 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 175kb)

29 June 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 152kb)

25 June 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 210kb)

9 June 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 177kb)

4 June 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 154kb)

27 May 2021 Coronavirus Update – Victorian campuses to temporarily close tonight until Friday 4 June (PDF, 244kb)

25 May 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 116kb)

17 May 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 224kb)

22 April 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 225kb)

30 March 2021 Coronavirus Update – Brisbane Campus temporary closure – 29 March to 7 April (PDF, 170kb)

26 March 2021 Coronavirus Update – changes to restrictions and density quotients (PDF, 164kb)

1 March 2021 Coronavirus Update – Cleaning standards on campus (PDF, 324kb)

17 February 2021 Coronavirus Update – Victorian campuses reopen tomorrow (PDF, 156kb)

12 February 2021 Coronavirus Update – Victorian Federation campuses closed until Thursday 18 February (PDF, 156kb)

10 February 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 180kb)

4 February 2021 Coronavirus Update (PDF, 133kb)

14 January 2021 Coronavirus update for staff (PDF, 162kb)

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Archived student messages

28 October Coronavirus update, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 163kb)

25 October COVID-19 Incident Notice, to all Federation SMB campus TAFE students (PDF, 147kb)

10 November Coronavirus update: COVID-19 INCIDENT NOTICE, to all Berwick and FlxK campus students (PDF, 152kb)

19 October Coronavirus update: Melbourne lockdown to end, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 208kb)

14 October Coronavirus update: New on-campus vaccination requirements, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 316kb)

8 October Coronavirus update: Victorian roadmap, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 247kb)

6 October Coronavirus update: Latrobe Valley lockdown lifted, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 165kb)

1 October Coronavirus update: Moorabool lockdown, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 160kb)

29 September Coronavirus update: Latrobe Valley lockdown, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 168kb)

22 September Coronavirus update: Ballarat lockdown lifted, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 187kb)

15 September Coronavirus update, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 188kb)

9 September Coronavirus update: easing of lockdown restrictions, to all Victorian Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 165kb)

2 September Coronavirus update: minor changes to lockdown restrictions, to all Victorian Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 206kb)

23 August Authorised study and worker permits, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 196kb)

22 August Coronavirus update: state-wide lockdown, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 262kb)

17 August Coronavirus update: Further lockdown extension for Melbourne, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 253kb)

12 August Coronavirus update: Lockdown extension for Melbourne, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 214kb)

9 August Coronavirus update: Lockdown update, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 175kb)

6 August Coronavirus update: Lockdown announcement, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 174kb)

3 August Coronavirus update: Brisbane lockdown, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 206kb)

28 July Coronavirus update: lockdown ends, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 213kb)

21 July Coronavirus update: Lockdown extension, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 254kb)

21 July Coronavirus update: Exposure site notice, to all Federation Berwick Campus higher education students (PDF, 146kb)

16 July Coronavirus update: Lockdown, to all Federation campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 280kb)

15 July Coronavirus update: Face mask rules change, to all Federation Campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 213kb)

14 July Coronavirus update: Face mask rules and new cases, to all Federation Campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 179kb)

9 July Coronavirus update: Easing of restrictions, to all Federation Victorian Campuses higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 166kb)

2 July Coronavirus update: Brisbane Campus temporary closure, to all Federation Brisbane Campus higher education students (PDF, 224kb)

29 June Coronavirus update: Brisbane Campus temporarily closed, to all Federation Brisbane Campus higher education students (PDF, 201kb)

9 June Coronavirus update: Updates to restrictions across Victoria, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 174kb)

10 June Coronavirus update: Changes to face mask requirements in Melbourne metropolitan areas, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 215kb)

17 June Coronavirus update: Further easing of restrictions across Victoria, to all Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 171kb)

4 June Coronavirus update: Confirmed changes to restrictions across Victoria, to all Victorian Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 166kb)

2 June Coronavirus update: Changes to restrictions across Victoria, to all Victorian Federation campus higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 257kb)

27 May Coronavirus update: new restrictions in Melbourne and the impact on Fed research students, to all Victorian Federation campus HDR students (PDF, 203kb)

27 May Coronavirus update: Federation University Victorian campuses and Federation TAFE move to remote learning, to all Victorian Federation campus HE and TAFE students (PDF, 255kb)

21 May Coronavirus update: New Zealand travel bubble and on-campus safety requirements, to all Federation campus HDR students (PDF, 200kb)

23 April Coronavirus Update: Keeping Federation safe as restrictions ease to all students at Federation Brisbane Campus (PDF, 152kb)

23 April Coronavirus Update: Keeping Federation safe as we return from mid-semester break to all higher education students (excl HDR) at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 153kb)

23 April Coronavirus Update: Keeping Federation safe to all Federation TAFE students (PDF, 152kb)

29 March Coronavirus Update: Brisbane Campus temporary closure to all students at Federation Brisbane Campus (PDF, 129kb)

30 March Coronavirus Update: Changes to density quotients on campus and what this means for you to all HDR students at Victorian Federation campuses (PDF, 153kb)

An update on our progress towards returning international students to Australia to all students domiciled to an onshore location (inc partners) who are both enrolled and offshore (PDF, 150kb)

1 April Coronavirus Update: Brisbane lock-down lifted and campus set to re-open to all students at Federation Brisbane Campus (PDF, 141kb)

26 March Coronavirus Update: Changes to density quotients on campus and what this means for you, to all Victorian Federation higher education (excluding PGRS) and TAFE students (PDF, 144kb)

12 March Coronavirus Update: Welcome to life on campus in 2021, to all Victorian Federation higher education and TAFE students (PDF, 194kb)

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)

More archives

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

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