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17 August 2021

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:

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.

Accessing services at Deakin

Playing your part and staying well

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