End of Victoria’s lockdown and an easing of restrictions – what this means for Deakin
A broad range of restrictions will be eased across Victoria at 11.59pm tonight as the current state lockdown comes to an end.
While our campuses will reopen for permitted/exempt teaching and learning activities, government advice is to continue to study from home if you can.
What the easing of restrictions means for you
- The stay-at-home requirement and the five-kilometre travel limit are removed.
- Face masks must be carried always, and worn both indoors and outdoors – except if at home or if an exemption applies.
- Private gatherings are not permitted in the home.
What this means for your learning and other uni activities
For the remainder of this week, teaching and learning activities will continue to be delivered online. Some practical activities may be scheduled for immediate return from Wednesday 28 July 2021 – please check your unit sites regularly for updates. Other on-campus experiential learning and teaching will be scheduled to return from Monday 2 August 2021.
Clinical or other placements and work-integrated learning
Approved student health and medical placements will continue where partner institutions remain open.
Work-integrated learning will continue to be online or will remain postponed where required. Affected students will be directly contacted.
Please check your unit sites for the most up-to-date information.
Research projects that require on-campus facilities can continue, in consultation with your faculty/institute.
Accessing services on campus
The following Deakin support services will be opening on campus, but you can also continue to access them online:
- Deakin Medical Centres: Remain open for face-to-face pre-booked appointments only and telehealth consults.
- Deakin’s Learning Centres: Will reopen with density limits.
- DeakinACTIVE fitness centres: Will reopen with density limits.
- DUSA bookshops: Will re-open with density limits.
- Deakin cafes: A reduced number of cafes will operate across each campus.
- Childcare centres: Remain open.
- Deakin Prayer Rooms: Will re-open.
If you do need to attend campus, you must:
- Wear a face mask indoors and outdoors whenever you leave your home – unless a lawful exception applies.
- Adhere to all COVIDSafe practices, including checking in via the COVIDSafe QR codes.
- Self-check and stay home if you’re unwell – use the Symptom Checker testing and quarantine guidance.
- Complete Deakin’s COVIDSafe module before attending a campus for the first time.
- Maintain good hand hygiene and use the hand sanitiser available.
Where to get assistance
As we continue to experience uncertainty in our community, it is normal to feel some anxiety and even frustration. Deakin has a range of student support services available:
- Student Central: If you have a question about your enrolment or course, finances or other issues, contact Student Central by phone, or submit an online enquiry.
- 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.
- Make a free and confidential telehealth appointment with a Deakin Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) counsellor, or visit our Ask Counselling blog, which contains questions asked by students and answered by Deakin counsellors. All questions and responses are anonymous.
- If you feel unsafe in your home, or COVID-19 restrictions mean that your personal situation could become dangerous or unsustainable, Safer Community is here to support you. This includes assisting you with a safety plan if appropriate or providing advice. All assistance is confidential.
- Deakin’s Multifaith Chaplains offer compassionate support to everyone, whether religious or not. Our chaplains are available for phone consultations.
- Still not sure where to go? Just contact Student Central, who can direct you to the right service.
- For emergency, 24-hour support, contact Triple Zero (000), LifeLine or SuicideLine.
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- If you feel unwell, it is essential you get tested at a COVID-19 testing site and follow any instructions.