Extended lockdown and a curfew established to keep Melbourne safe
Yesterday, the Victorian Premier announced a further extension of Melbourne’s lockdown and implementation of a curfew (between 9pm and 5am every night) across metropolitan Melbourne to try to keep the community safe. This lockdown and restrictions will remain in place until 11.59pm on Thursday 2 September.
Deakin’s Burwood Campus remains closed to students and staff, excluding essential staff and those students living on campus. Exemptions also apply for health, biomedical science and some final-year students attending experiential learning. Permits will be required to travel to campus for these activities – please see below for details.
Read the full table of restrictions for Melbourne and the Victorian Premier’s announcement.
Restrictions in regional Victoria remain the same as announced on Monday 9 August.
Essential information about your learning and other university activities
Due to uncertainty with the ongoing restrictions and continued government advice to study and work from home where you can, Deakin has made the decision that all classes and seminars will be delivered online for the remainder of the current study period (Trimester 2/Semester 2). There may be exceptions for seminars in some health courses. Affected students will be notified in their unit or course sites.
As government restrictions ease, there may be opportunities to increase practice-based learning activities on campus. Information of any changes will be communicated in your unit sites and the Deakin Life blog.
Permitted experiential learning and permits
As per previous advice, experiential learning is permitted for some healthcare and final-year students as specified by the Victorian Government.
From Wednesday 18 August, you must carry a permit when travelling to undertake all such permitted learning activities in metropolitan Melbourne. Students undertaking permitted learning activities will have permits emailed to their Deakin email address before the scheduled activity begins. If you’re undertaking a permitted activity, more information will be provided in your unit sites.
Please note: Authorised and permitted student learning activities can occur across the regional/metro divide. A permit is required for students to travel in either direction. If you have not received your permit by 4pm on the day before your scheduled activity, check your unit site for confirmation you need one and then please contact Student Central.
In regional Victoria, some experiential and practical learning activities have recommenced. Unit sites contain 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, can occur across the regional/metro divide, where partner institutions remain open. Unit sites will have the most up-to-date information. Permits are required if travelling beyond five kilometres in metropolitan Melbourne and for crossing the metro-regional divide.
In regional Victoria, work integrated learning may return to face-to-face delivery, be offered online or be postponed.
Supporting you to succeed
While this ongoing COVID-19 outbreak means we continue to pause all but essential on-campus activity, this temporary change does not need to derail your uni experience. We want to support you to keep your studies on track and help you stay engaged with Deakin. We’re running several online sessions to support you with your studies and wellbeing, so we encourage you to join us:
- Meditation: Thursday 19, Tuesday 24 & Thursday 26 August, 10.15–10.30am REGISTER NOW
- Pilates: Wednesday 18 & 25 August, 12.15–1pm REGISTER NOW
- Yoga: Monday 23 & 30 August, 12.15–1pm REGISTER NOW
- Learning and motivation for study success: Tuesday 24 August, 1–3pm REGISTER NOW
- Strategies for managing stress and anxiety: Tuesday 14 September, 1–3pm REGISTER NOW
Reaching out to get help
Deakin has a range of free student support services to assist you. Remember: for emergency, 24-hour support, contact LifeLine or SuicideLine.
- Make a free and confidential telehealth appointment with a Deakin Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) counsellor or see one of our doctors at a Deakin Medical Centre.
- Visit our Ask Counselling blog, which contains questions asked by students and answered by Deakin counsellors. All questions and responses are anonymous.
- Access a range of mental health resources in the eWellbeing Hub.
- Contact Safer Community to report or disclose sexual harm (recent or historical, and either on- or off-campus); to report domestic family violence or problem behaviour; or to access support. All assistance is confidential.
- Talk to one of Deakin’s Multifaith Chaplains, who offer compassionate support to everyone, whether religious or not.
- Still not sure where to go? Just contact Student Central, who can direct you to services right across the University.
Accessing services at Deakin
- Student Central: Student Central Hubs on our campuses will be temporarily closed. However, if you have a question about your enrolment or course, finances or other issues, contact Student Central by phone or online, or book a virtual appointment.
- Deakin Library: Geelong (Waterfront and Waurn Ponds) and Warrnambool libraries are open. You can contact the library via Library Chat, email or phone until 11 pm. Please consult the library website for full details of opening hours. Burwood Library remains closed.
- 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.
- Disability Resource Centre (DRC): The DRC is available Monday to Friday, 9am–4 pm via phone or email.
- Multifaith Chaplains: Contact your preferred Multifaith Chaplain via phone or email for a confidential chat. Multifaith Prayer rooms are open at Geelong and Warrnambool campuses.
- 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.
- DeakinACTIVE Fitness Centres: Are open in Geelong and Warrnambool.
- Learning Centres: Temporarily closed.
Playing your part and staying well
- 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 promptly at a COVID-19 testing site and follow the instructions.
- Information about Australia’s COVID-19 vaccination program is being updated based on this latest outbreak. Find out how to get a vaccination if you’re eligible.
- Information to help you keep doing to stay well and health and wellbeing – the latest updates for Victorians.