Victoria to enter a statewide lockdown from tonight: what this means for you
Following today’s announcement by the Victorian Premier, from 11.59pm, Thursday 15 July until 11.59pm, Tuesday 20 July, Victoria will be subject to circuit-breaker restrictions to manage the latest COVID-19 outbreak.
As of 11.59pm tonight, our campuses and learning centres are closed to students and staff, excluding essential staff and those students living on campus. Read more about the latest lockdown restrictions.
If you’re concerned you have been at an exposure site, you must visit the Victorian Government exposure site listing and follow the instructions carefully.
If you feel unwell, it is essential you get tested at a COVID-19 testing site and follow the instructions.
Information about Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program and the phased approach is being updated based on this latest outbreak. Find out how to get a vaccination if you’re eligible.
What you need to know about lockdown
During this time, there are only five reasons you can leave your home:
- Shopping for the things you need, within 5 km of your home, unless there are no shops within that distance.
- Care and caregiving, and compassionate reasons.
- Exercise for two hours per day, with one other person or member of your household, within 5 km of your home.
- Authorised work (see the detailed outline in the Table of restrictions 210715)
- To get the COVID-19 vaccination if you are eligible.
Face masks are to be worn at all times – both indoors and outdoors – except if at home or if an exemption applies.
Read the full table of the latest restrictions and the Premier’s statement.
What this means for your learning and other uni activities
Scheduled on-campus teaching, events and other activities will be paused during the lockdown period and we will move to online learning where possible. Please check your unit sites for the most up-to-date information.
Clinical placements, other placements and work-integrated learning
Approved student health and medical placements, including those beyond the five-kilometre limit, will continue where partner institutions remain open. Check your unit sites and Deakin email for information.
Work-integrated learning will shift to online or be postponed. If you are affected, you’ll be directly contacted.
Please note our teaching teams are working hard to confirm all arrangements. Please continue to check your unit sites and Deakin email for updated information.
We’re here to help
Rest assured: help is still available during this time. You can continue to access a range of Deakin support services online:
- Student Central: Student Central Hubs on our campuses will be temporarily closed, however, you can still contact us by phone and online or book a virtual appointment. If you have a question about your enrolment or course, finances or other issues, contact Student Central.
- Deakin Library: All campus libraries will be temporarily closed. Contact the Library via Library Chat, email or phone.
- Study Support: Access a range of academic and study support online, including help from Language and Learning Advisers, Writing and Maths Mentors, and Smarthinking.
- IT Help: access IT Help online or over the phone, Monday to Friday, 8am–8pm, and weekends, 11am–5pm.
- Deakin Medical Centres: Remain open for free and confidential face-to-face or telehealth consultations. By appointment only – book online or by phone. You must always wear a face mask.
- Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS): Students located in Australia can talk to one of our highly skilled social workers and psychologists. Telehealth appointments only – book online or by phone.
- Safer Community: If you feel unsafe or need to report sexual harm or family violence, contact the Safer Community team online, by phone or by email.
- Disability Resource Centre (DRC): The DRC is available Monday to Friday, 9am–4pm via phone or email.
- Multifaith Chaplains: Contact your preferred Multifaith Chaplain via phone or email for a confidential chat.
- Financial assistance: If you’re in financial difficulty, visit our Financial Assistance website for more information and to contact a Financial Assistance Officer for personalised support. Financial support during COVID-19 is also available from the Victorian Government.
- Learning Centres: Temporarily closed.
- DeakinACTIVE: Temporarily closed.
More information will be provided as soon as possible
- You’ll receive regular communications from the University and your Unit Chairs about the evolving COVID-19 situation and any changes that affect you.
- Check your unit sites via DeakinSync and monitor your student emails for course updates, information and tips.
- Bookmark our FAQs for the latest information about what services are available and how to access them.
- What you need to keep doing to stay well.
- If you feel unwell at all, we encourage you to get tested.
- What you need to know about face masks.
- Health and wellbeing – the latest updates for Victorians.