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Deakin’s COVID-19 (coronavirus) FAQs

January 31, 2020

**UPDATE: 21 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What should I do to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Victorian Department of Health recommends that everyone should practise good hygiene. Good hygiene includes:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water
  • using a tissue and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • avoiding close contact with others, such as touching

The Department does not recommend surgical masks for healthy members of the public. A surgical mask will not protect you against the virus.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

The Australian government has imposed travel restrictions on foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China. From 1 February, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. 

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser will be prioritised for events such as graduations and exams.  The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs and stop their transmission.

**UPDATE: 20 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

The Australian government has imposed travel restrictions on foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China. From 1 February, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. 

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser will be prioritised for events such as graduations and exams.  The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs and stop their transmission.

**UPDATE: 19 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

The Australian government has imposed travel restrictions on foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China. From 1 February, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser will be prioritised for events such as graduations and exams.  The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs and stop their transmission.

**UPDATE: 18 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

The Australian government has imposed travel restrictions on foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China. From 1 February, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser will be prioritised for events such as graduations and exams.  The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs and stop their transmission.

**UPDATE: 17 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

The Australian government has imposed travel restrictions on foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China. From 1 February, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser will be prioritised for events such as graduations and exams.  The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs and stop their transmission.

**UPDATE: 14 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

The Australian government has imposed travel restrictions on foreign nationals (excluding permanent residents of Australia) who are in mainland China. From 1 February, foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left or transited through mainland China.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser to bathrooms will initially be prioritised for events such as graduation and exams and then other bathrooms across our campuses.

The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs on your hands and their transmission.

**UPDATE: 13 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser to bathrooms will initially be prioritised for events such as graduation and exams and then other bathrooms across our campuses.

The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs on your hands and their transmission.

**UPDATE: 12 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

The distribution of hand sanitiser to bathrooms will initially be prioritised for events such as graduation and exams and then other bathrooms across our campuses.

The most important thing to remember is that regularly washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to eliminate germs on your hands and their transmission.

**UPDATE: 11 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing 3 February. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

 

**UPDATE: 10 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing 3 February. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

 

**UPDATE: 7 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing 3 February. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

**UPDATE: 6 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence as planned on Monday 9 March. If you are an international student and arrive on or before Sunday 22 March, two weeks after the beginning of Trimester 1, you will be able to commence your studies as planned on Monday 23 March.  We will take the necessary steps to support you to ensure a good start to the trimester.

If you cannot commence prior to Monday 23 March Deakin will contact you directly to discuss your options for T1. To better inform your decisions, we will develop individual study plans with you to outline what alternative arrangements can be put in place.

For students with a delayed start, we encourage you to contact Student Central to discuss support options.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities will proceed as planned. International Student Week will take place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing 3 February. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

**UPDATE: 5 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence on Monday 9 March as planned, based on the most recent advice from the authorities.

If students are impacted by the coronavirus and arrive on campus after the start of the trimester, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you to make a great start.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice. International Student Week from Monday 24 to Friday 28 February and OWeek is from Monday 2 to Friday 6 March. If you will arrive after these dates, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing 3 February. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – GENERAL

**UPDATE: 4 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We will be providing flexible commencement arrangements, where possible, for those students who are impacted by the coronavirus and are unable to arrive before the scheduled trimester start.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

Will Deakin delay the start of Trimester 1?

Trimester 1 will commence on Monday 9 March as planned, based on the most recent advice from the authorities.

If students are impacted by the coronavirus and arrive on campus after the start of the trimester, please contact Student Central to discuss how we can support you to make a great start.

I am a commencing student, is OWeek still going ahead?

Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities, including OWeek is from 2-6 March, are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 February a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing 3 February. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

**UPDATE: 3 February 2020**

If you are a current or future Chinese international student, please visit our Deakin’s coronavirus FAQs – international students to see more information about travel restrictions and your study options. 

**Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.**

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of relevant authorities. Our focus is on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

  • If you have travelled to Hubei Province within the past 14 days, you must isolate yourself until 14 days have elapsed after leaving Hubei Province.
  • If you have left or transited through, mainland China on or after 1 February 2020 you must isolate yourself until 14 days after leaving China.
  • If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of novel coronavirus, you must isolate yourself for 14 days after the last contact with the confirmed case.

What are the travel restrictions from the Australian Government?

There is updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria as of 1 February 2020.

The Australian Government has announced travel restrictions from 1 Feb a minimum of 14 days, advising that visitors from mainland China who are not Australian citizens or permanent residents or their dependents will not be allowed entry into Australia.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centres are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing February 3. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

Are exams going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.

OWeek still going ahead?
Yes. At this stage, all orientation activities are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

Is the accommodation on campus still open?

Deakin Residential Services is operating as normal at all campuses.

Will move-in days and residential orientation activities go ahead?

At this stage, all move-in days, residential orientation activities, and other events are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.

**UPDATE: 2 February 2020**

We acknowledge the concern and uncertainty in the Deakin community about the coronavirus. The safety and wellbeing of our community is top priority, and we are doing everything possible to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We have a dedicated team coordinating Deakin’s response to this global event, and we are closely monitoring and responding to the latest advice from government and health authorities – including the announcement made by the Prime Minister on Saturday in relation to new travel restrictions.

The steps and decisions we are taking are in lock-step with the most recent advice from the State and Federal Departments of Health. We will continue to adjust our operations as necessary and are communicating regularly with the Deakin community.

In-line with advice from the State and Federal authorities, our upcoming graduation ceremonies, orientation activities and commencement of Trimester 1 will continue as planned.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health, Vic Health and DFAT, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

Department of Health – Novel coronavirus
Department of Health and Human Services – Information public novel coronavirus

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority, and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

‘We should take a highly precautionary approach and is making the following new recommendations:

  • People who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure;
  • Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking individual medical care.’

The AHPPC says: ‘Given the lower number of cases in China reported outside of Hubei province, we do not currently recommend self-isolation for travellers from other parts of China or other countries. We are closely monitoring the development of cases outside of Hubei province and will update this advice if necessary.’

Updated travel restrictions from the Australian Government as of 1 February 2020

Details on the updated Novel coronavirus travel advice from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria. 

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of the health and immigration authorities, maintaining our focus on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to China. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘do not travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centre are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.
  • Follow the above advice on practising good hygiene.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing February 3. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

Support for students impacted by the coronavirus

New students commencing in T1 2020

  • Is OWeek still going ahead?
    At this stage, all orientation activities are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.
  • I am an international student, and I will arrive after Orientation
    If you are arriving within the first two weeks of study Deakin will support you through orientation and getting started.
    If you need to arrive after the first two weeks, please contact Student Central to discuss options.
  • How can I defer my offer, and what is the impact on my student visa?
    If you’re an international student and have not yet accepted your offer and need to defer, please contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer.
  • How can I defer my acceptance?
    If you’re an international student who has accepted an offer and received the COE and want to defer prior to enrolment, please contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer. Read deferring at Deakin.
  • Can I defer my Deakin University scholarship?
    Please contact the Deakin International staff member listed on your letter of offer. 
  • How can I cancel my acceptance and receive a refund? 
    Contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer, to cancel your acceptance and apply for a refund, and to arrange for your confirmation of enrolment (COE) to be cancelled.

Continuing students – Late arrival and deferment

  • Are exams going ahead?
    At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from the authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.
  • I am an international student, and I will be arriving late.  What do I need to do?
    If you are arriving late, please contact Student Central to discuss options.
  • How can I defer my enrolment?
    If you are a continuing student and can not return to Australia in time to commence studies in Trimester 1, you may need to consider deferring your enrolment. Please contact Student Central to discuss options. Read deferring at Deakin.
  • Can I continue my degree by enrolling in Cloud (online) subjects?
    Normal international student visa requirements apply. If you have questions, please contact Student Central
  • I need special consideration.
    You may be eligible for special consideration if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from undertaking or completing an assessment task at the scheduled time. Please read our special consideration information and contact Student Central if you have significant concerns.

Media contact

Glen Atwell
+61 3 924 68221
0428 597 468
Email

**UPDATE: 1 February 2020**

Novel coronavirus update – Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria.

Deakin will continue to vigilantly monitor and follow the advice of the health and immigration authorities, maintaining our focus on safeguarding the health and safety of the Deakin community.

Please read the below FAQ’s for further advice.  

UPDATE: 31 January 2020

Deakin acknowledges the uncertainty and concern in the community regarding the coronavirus. We have a dedicated team monitoring the global situation and advice from government and health authorities.

The safety of our people and community is top priority and the University is supporting our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas, during this difficult time.

We are taking steps and making decisions in-line with advice from the Federal and State Departments of Health to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.

This list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) continues to be updated as new information comes to hand.

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?

Deakin has a response team in place and is continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds. Deakin remains in close contact with the relevant authorities and is ready to take the appropriate measures as required. Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health and Vic Health, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

Department of Health – Novel coronavirus
Department of Health and Human Services – Information public novel coronavirus

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?

Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. We will keep our students, staff and community updated with new information as it comes to hand. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus.

Can I attend the University?

The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

‘We should take a highly precautionary approach and is making the following new recommendations:

  • People who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure;
  • Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking individual medical care.’

The AHPPC says: ‘Given the lower number of cases in China reported outside of Hubei province, we do not currently recommend self-isolation for travellers from other parts of China or other countries. We are closely monitoring the development of cases outside of Hubei province and will update this advice if necessary.’

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?

DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to Hubei province. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘reconsider your need to travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the local travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website.

What are the coronavirus symptoms?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?

If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centre are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?

China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I live with other people. How can I self-isolate?

You can still self-isolate when you live with other people. 

To self-isolate, the Department of Health advises that:

  • Only people who usually live in the household should be in the home.
  • Do not allow visitors into the home.
  • There is no need to wear masks in the home.
  • You should not attend public places, in particular, work, school, childcare or university.
  • Where possible, get others such as friends or family, who are not required to be isolated to get food or other necessities for you.
  • If you must leave the home, such as to seek medical care, wear a surgical mask if you have one.

Practising good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses. Everyone in the house should:

  • wash hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet;
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact); and
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

Should staff and students wear face masks? Will the University provide face masks for staff and students?

The latest advice from the Australian Government’s Department of Health is: Face masks are not currently recommended for use by healthy members of the public for prevention of infections like novel coronavirus. 

Currently, Deakin is not providing face masks for general use by students and staff. If the advice from health authorities changes, so will our response to the situation. We have a supply of face masks reserved for patient and staff use in our medical centres.

Will Deakin provide hand sanitiser?

Yes. Hand sanitiser units has been ordered and will be distributed to bathrooms in the week commencing February 3. We have also made sure there is lots of soap available in our bathrooms for handwashing.

Support for students impacted by the coronavirus

New students commencing in T1 2020

  • Is OWeek still going ahead?
    At this stage, all orientation activities are proceeding as planned based on the most recent government advice.
  • I am an international student and I will arrive after Orientation
    If you are arriving within the first two weeks of study Deakin will support you through orientation and getting started.
    If you need to arrive after the first two weeks please contact Student Central to discuss options.
  • How can I defer my offer and what is the impact on my student visa?
    If you’re an international student and have not yet accepted your offer and need to defer, please contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer.
  • How can I defer my acceptance?
    If you’re an international student who has accepted an offer and received the COE and want to defer prior to enrolment, please contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer. Read deferring at Deakin.
  • Can I defer my Deakin University scholarship?
    Please contact the Deakin International staff member listed on your letter of offer. 
  • How can I cancel my acceptance and receive a refund? 
    Contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer, to cancel your acceptance and apply for a refund, and to arrange for your confirmation of enrolment (COE) to be cancelled.

Continuing students – Late arrival and deferment

  • Are exams going ahead?
    At this stage, February exams will go ahead as planned. We are watching the situation very closely and following all advice provided to us from authorities. Any changes to exams or other university events will be communicated to students and staff.
  • I am an international student and I will be arriving late.  What do I need to do?
    If you are arriving late please contact Student Central to discuss options.
  • How can I defer my enrolment?
    If you are a continuing student and can not return to Australia in time to commence studies in Trimester 1 you may need to consider deferring your enrolment. Please contact Student Central to discuss options. Read deferring at Deakin.
  • Can I continue my degree by enrolling in Cloud (online) subjects?
    Normal international student visa requirements apply. If you have questions please contact Student Central
  • I need special consideration.
    You may be eligible for special consideration if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from undertaking or completing an assessment task at the scheduled time. Please read our special consideration information and contact Student Central if you have significant concerns.

Media contact

Glen Atwell
+61 3 924 68221
0428 597 468
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What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?
Deakin has a response team in place and is continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds. Deakin remains in close contact with the relevant authorities and is ready to take the appropriate measures as required. Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health and Vic Health, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

Department of Health – Novel coronavirus
Department of Health and Human Services – Information public novel coronavirus

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?
Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. We will keep our students, staff and community updated with new information as it comes to hand. The Federal Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/novel-coronavirus-information-for-university-and-vocational-education-students-and-staff-arriving-from-hubei-province-china

Can I attend the University?
The Federal Government Department of Health Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) advises:

‘We should take a highly precautionary approach and is making the following new recommendations:

  • People who have been in contact with any confirmed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases must be isolated in their home for 14 days following exposure;
  • Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking individual medical care.’

The AHPPC says: ‘Given the lower number of cases in China reported outside of Hubei province, we do not currently recommend self-isolation for travellers from other parts of China or other countries. We are closely monitoring the development of cases outside of Hubei province and will update this advice if necessary.’

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?
DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to Hubei province. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to ‘reconsider your need to travel’, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the local travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/china

What are the coronavirus symptoms?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?
If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, we encourage you to visit a community doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. If you cannot visit a local doctor or hospital emergency department, Deakin Medical Centre are open and have some capacity to see students. Whichever medical facility you attend, you should phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and recent travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?
China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I am worried about my family and friends in China. Who can I talk to?
Students who are concerned should visit Department of Health for official information.  International students can also access support via our International Student Support advisors. If you are a staff member who requires support, Deakin offers a free, confidential counselling service through the Deakin Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Support for students

What do I do if my studies are impacted by coronavirus?
If your enrolment or studies have been directly affected as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, contact Student Central for support and advice in the first instance. Listed below is more information about any specific queries you may have.

How can I defer my offer and the impact on my student visa?
If you’re an international student and want to defer prior to enrolment, you’ll need to contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer. Read deferring at Deakin.

How can I defer my acceptance?
If you’re an international student and want to defer prior to enrolment, you’ll need to contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer. Read deferring at Deakin.

Can I defer my scholarship?
Contact the Deakin International staff member listed on your letter of offer.

Can I arrive late?
If you are arriving within the first two weeks of study Deakin will support you through orientation and getting started. If you need to arrive after the first two weeks contact Student Central to discuss options.

How can I cancel my acceptance and receive a refund?
Contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer, to cancel your acceptance and apply for a refund, and to arrange for your confirmation of enrolment (COE) to be cancelled.

Can I enrol in Cloud subjects?
Normal international student visa requirements apply. Visit the Department of Home Affairs studying in Australia webpage for more detailed visa information. If you have specific questions about studying at Deakin, contact Student Central.

How can I apply for special consideration?
You may be eligible for special consideration if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from undertaking or completing an assessment task at the scheduled time. Please read our special consideration information and contact Student Central if you have significant concerns.

Deakin is continuing to review and monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds. These FAQs will be updated as new information comes to hand.

What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. There was a recent outbreak of the virus in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

What is Deakin doing to support students and staff?
Deakin has a response team in place and is continuing to monitor and respond to the situation as it unfolds. Deakin remains in close contact with the relevant authorities and is ready to take the appropriate measures as required.

Deakin is following advice from the Federal Department of Health and Vic Health, which are updating information regularly via the following websites:

Department of Health – Novel coronavirus

Department of Health and Human Services – Information public novel coronavirus

As always, the safety of our people and community is our top priority and we stand ready to support our students and staff, both in Australia and overseas.

Is Deakin still operating?
Yes, the University continues to operate as usual. We will keep our students, staff and community updated with new information as it comes to hand.

The Department of Health has published an information sheet for students and staff of universities about novel coronavirus: https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/novel-coronavirus-information-for-university-and-vocational-education-students-and-staff-arriving-from-hubei-province-china

Can I still travel to China for work or leisure?
DFAT recommends Australians do not travel to Hubei province. DFAT has raised its overall travel advice for China to “reconsider your need to travel”, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus and the local travel restrictions that are now in place.

Chinese authorities have restricted travel for parts of the country and may extend these restrictions at short notice. Travellers may be quarantined due to their health condition or previous location.

You can read the complete advice on the Smartraveller website: https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/china

What are the coronavirus symptoms?
The World Health Organisation (WHO) advises that common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Those considered at high risk may have travelled from Wuhan recently or been in close contact with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

What should I do if I am feeling unwell?
If you suspect you may have symptoms of the coronavirus, do not attend a Deakin Medical Centre, but visit your local doctor or a hospital emergency department as soon as possible. Phone ahead, where possible, to advise of your symptoms and travel history.

If you suspect you may have the novel coronavirus, please call the dedicated hotline on 1800 675 398. Please keep Triple Zero (000) for emergencies only. International students will not have to pay for testing or treatment for coronavirus, as this should be covered by their health insurance.

How does the virus spread?
China’s National Health Commission has confirmed the virus has been passed from person-to-person and has infected some healthcare workers.

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defense against most viruses. Encourage all students and staff to:

  • wash their hands often with soap and water before and after eating as well as after attending the toilet
  • avoid contact with others (including touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact)
  • cough and sneeze into their elbow.

I am worried about my family and friends in China. Who can I talk to?
Students who are concerned should visit Department of Health for official information.  International students can also access support via our International Student Support advisors. If you are a staff member who requires support, Deakin offers a free, confidential counselling service through the Deakin Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Support for students

What do I do if my studies are impacted by coronavirus?
If your enrolment or studies have been directly affected as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, contact Student Central for support and advice in the first instance. Listed below is more information about any specific queries you may have.

How can I defer my offer and the impact on my student visa?
If you’re an international student and want to defer prior to enrolment, you’ll need to contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer. Read deferring at Deakin.

How can I defer my acceptance?
If you’re an international student and want to defer prior to enrolment, you’ll need to contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer. Read deferring at Deakin.

Can I defer my scholarship?
Contact the Deakin International staff member listed on your letter of offer.

Can I arrive late?
If you are arriving within the first two weeks of study Deakin will support you through orientation and getting started. If you need to arrive after the first two weeks contact Student Central to discuss options.

How can I cancel my acceptance and receive a refund?
Contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer, to cancel your acceptance and apply for a refund, and to arrange for your confirmation of enrolment (COE) to be cancelled.

Can I enrol in Cloud subjects?
Normal international student visa requirements apply. Visit the Department of Home Affairs studying in Australia webpage for more detailed visa information. If you have specific questions about studying at Deakin, contact Student Central.

How can I apply for special consideration?
You may be eligible for special consideration if circumstances beyond your control prevent you from undertaking or completing an assessment task at the scheduled time. Please read our special consideration information and contact Student Central if you have significant concerns.


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