Restrictions to ease in Greater Geelong and the Surf Coast from 11.59pm, Sunday 26 September
Following the government announcement, restrictions for the Geelong and Surf Coast LGAs will be eased from 11.59pm tonight, Sunday 26 September.
Despite these changes to restrictions, our campuses remain closed, with access limited to essential staff and those students living on campus. Current exemptions still apply for health and biomedical science students and some final-year students attending experiential learning.
The Premier also announced an easing of some statewide restrictions from 11.59pm, Tuesday 28 September. Read more about the impending slight easing of restrictions and the full table of restrictions at that time.
Current settings in regional Victoria (excluding the Mitchell Shire)
- There are no stay-at-home requirements but if you can study from home, you should.
- Travel is permitted in regional Victoria, with no limit on the distance you can travel.
- You cannot travel to metropolitan Melbourne or the Mitchell Shire, except for permitted reasons.
- Face masks are to be worn at all times – both indoors and outdoors – except if you’re at home or an exemption applies.
- Private gatherings in the home are not permitted.
- Outdoor gatherings in public spaces can occur with up to 10 people.
- Food and hospitality venues are open for seated service only with density limits.
- Childcare centres are open.
What about learning and other uni activities?
All classes and seminars remain online for the remainder of the current study period (Trimester 2/Semester 2) across all campuses.
There may be exceptions for some health and education courses, and for some permitted final-year experiential learning. Students with permitted activities have been contacted in their unit sites or via Deakin email.
Permits and permitted clinical placements, experiential learning and work-integrated learning
Experiential learning is still permitted for some healthcare and final-year students.
You no longer require a permit for these activities in regional Victoria, except if you’re travelling to metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire for permitted study reasons.
If you’re in metropolitan Melbourne, you still require a permit when travelling to undertake permitted learning activities.
A reminder that you will receive any required permit via email to your Deakin email address before the scheduled activity begins. If you haven’t 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.
Permitted student health and medical placements will continue where partner institutions remain open, including those beyond the 10-kilometre limit. Check your unit sites and Deakin email for information.
Work-integrated learning will continue online or be postponed. You will be contacted if you’re impacted.
Please continue to check your unit sites and Deakin email for updated information.
If you do need to attend campus, you must:
- Always carry and wear your face mask, indoors and outdoors.
- Adhere to all COVIDSafe practices, including check-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.
What’s happening with T2/S2 exams?
The Trimester 2 exam period runs from Monday 11 to Friday 22 October. The Semester 2 exam period is held in November, with the exam timetable released on Monday 4 October.
Most exams and final assessments will be delivered online through your CloudDeakin unit site. Some courses/units with accreditation requirements also have on-campus exams. If this applies to you, you’ll have received an email to your Deakin email address.
Find out all you need to know about Trimester 2/Semester 2 exams.
How do I access support and assistance?
- Student Central: Student Central Hubs on our campuses remain temporarily closed. You can continue to access a range of Deakin support services online. 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. While the library is closed, essential study spaces are available for vulnerable students and staff. For further information visit, Deakin’s COVIDSafe FAQs.
- 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.
- Financial assistance: If you’re in financial difficulty, visit our Financial Assistance website for more information and contact a Financial Assistance Officer for personalised support. Financial support during COVID-19 is also available from the Victorian Government.
- Multifaith Chaplains: Contact your preferred Multifaith Chaplain via phone or email for a confidential chat.
- Sport and recreational outdoor facilities: Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool open subject to current restrictions. Burwood closed
- Prayer rooms: Temporarily closed.
- Learning Centres: Temporarily closed.
- DeakinACTIVE Fitness Centres: Temporarily closed.
Playing your part and staying well
- We strongly encourage eligible students to take up the opportunity for vaccination as soon as they are eligible. Regardless of any current restrictions, you’re allowed to leave home and travel to get vaccinated.
- 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, you must 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 on health and wellbeing – the latest updates for Victorians.