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5 August 2020

What do the new State of Disaster restrictions mean for T2/S2 teaching and campus access?

It’s been another tough few weeks, with the COVID-19 pandemic escalating further. On Sunday 2 August, Premier Daniel Andrews declared a State of Disaster for Victoria. For at least the next six weeks, metropolitan Melbourne will be under Stage 4 restrictions, while from 11.59pm on Wednesday 5 August, Stage 3 restrictions will apply throughout regional Victoria.

This situation continues to be challenging for all students and staff. We want you to know that you have our full support – remember that you’re part of a caring community that is here to help you through this tough period.

Did you get to check out Mind Matters week, our yearly spotlight on student health and wellbeing? Held from 3 to 7 August, we ran a range of online activities to help you prioritise your mental health and nurture yourself. View the full range of Mind Matters mental health advice and information, including links to external resources and tools.

How Deakin is responding to the new restrictions

These changes significantly impact our Burwood Campus operations, and those staff and students required to travel to/from Stage 3 and 4 restricted areas. We continue to review and adjust our plans for on-campus activity based on evolving government advice. Any changes to previous arrangements are effective immediately.

Teaching arrangements

Burwood Campus access is by exemption only

The only students eligible to attend Burwood Campus are those scheduled for nursing and midwifery practice and labs, and HDR students involved in critical research activity that has been exempt and approved are also eligible to attend. HDR students with questions should contact their supervisor.

Students eligible and approved to attend campus will need to:

Travel and permits

Anyone who is travelling within or across the Stage 4 restricted area of Melbourne for their studies must carry a letter of confirmation of the need to travel.

Allowable travel includes:

Those students identified as eligible under the Stage 4 restrictions to attend Burwood Campus or travel as outlined above will receive an email with details of confirmation of the need to travel.

If you have not received an email within the next 24 hours and believe you meet eligibility requirements to attend Burwood Campus or travel, please check your unit site for information or contact Student Central.

Other on-campus activity and facilities

Further information and support

We’ll continue to give you the latest information as needed, so make sure you:

And remember that support is available – from health and wellbeing services to advice and resources for succeeding at online study.

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