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21 August 2021

Regional Victoria to return to lockdown from 21 August

Following the Victorian government announcement today, regional Victoria joined metropolitan Melbourne in lockdown, commencing from 1pm Saturday 21 August, to halt the recent regional COVID-19 outbreak.

From this time, Geelong and Warrnambool campuses are 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. Read more about the latest lockdown restrictions.

What you need to know

During there are only five reasons you can leave your home:

  1. Shopping for necessary goods and services.
  2. Authorised work or permitted education.
  3. Caregiving, compassionate, and medical reasons.
  4. Exercise a two-hour limit with one other person, no more than 5km from your home.
  5. To get COVID-19 vaccinated – it is strongly recommended all eligible people get their vaccination.

Face masks are to be worn at all times – both indoors and outdoors – except if at home or if an exemption applies.

A travel limit of five kilometres from your primary place of residence applies. Travel is allowed for authorised work or permitted education. Permits are required, and more detail is provided below.

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. To get information on booking your vaccination if you are eligible, Find out how to get a vaccination if you’re eligible.

Read the full breakdown of restrictions

Learning and other uni activities

Scheduled on-campus experiential learning (practicals and workshops), events and other activities in Warrnambool and Geelong will be paused until 2 September.

Last week we announced the decision to keep all classes and seminars online for the remainder of the current study period (Trimester 2/Semester 2). This decision was made to provide some level of certainty for staff and students. There may be exceptions for seminars in some health courses. Affected students will be notified in their unit or course sites.

Permits and permitted clinical placements, experiential learning and work-integrated learning

As per previous advice, experiential learning is permitted for some healthcare and final-year students as specified by the Victorian Government.

Permitted student health and medical placements will continue where partner institutions remain open, including those beyond the five-kilometre limit. Check your unit sites and Deakin email for information.

From 11:59pm Monday 23 August, you must carry a permit when travelling to undertake all such permitted learning activities. Students undertaking permitted learning activities will have permits emailed to their Deakin email address before the scheduled activity begins.

If you have not received your permit by 4pm on the day before your scheduled activity, check your unit site for confirmation you need a permit, and then contact Student Central.

Work-integrated learning will shift to online or be postponed. If you are affected, you’ll be directly contacted.

Please continue to check your unit sites and Deakin email for updated information.

The restrictions are in place until 11:59pm Thursday 2 September. If at this time 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.

Supporting you to succeed

We continue to offer all services online to enable you to continue with your study. We are also developing a holistic support and engagement program to assist you to stay motivated, focussed and connected to your study, your peers, and to Deakin.

Join us for several online sessions to help support your studies and physical and mental wellbeing:


 Reaching out to get help.

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause significant disruption to our entire community. The constantly evolving and uncertain situation may leave you feeling overwhelmed by the constant news and amount of information about the pandemic. Managing your mental health during this time of change and uncertainty can be an ongoing challenge.

If you are feeling impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in any way, please reach out to one of our free support services:

Remember: for an emergency, 24-hour support, contact LifeLine or SuicideLine.

Accessing support and assistance

You can continue to access a range of Deakin support services online:

More information will be provided as soon as possible

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