Last Friday the Federal Government announced a detailed three-step process towards a COVIDSafe Australia – it’s a gradual and very measured plan that closely reflects our intentions for the University. In response, the Victorian Government announced the easing of some ‘Stage 3’ restrictions that will provide greater freedom to enjoy group sport and host more family and friends in our homes. For now, the direction for the vast majority of our staff and students in Australia is clear: we will continue to learn and work remotely.
Our return to campus will be a gradual one, staged and carefully planned. We will continue to keep the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and the wider community at the centre of our decision-making.
RMIT’s approach to planning and preparing for return to campus:
- We will balance government and medical advice with our own assessment of the risk for any specific building, space, education or research scenario.
- We will follow guidelines developed by the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) for universities and apply specific sector guidelines to entities on campus (e.g. cafes, childcare centre, sporting facilities).
- We will prioritise the return of practical-based learning, teaching and research activities that cannot be replicated online, particularly for students in their final year.
- We will be consistent, pragmatic and integrated in our approach, making sustainable decisions based on clear criteria and there will be no exceptions to our approach.
We will apply these principles across all our campuses around the world as we work to plan and stage our return to physical spaces, including the return of professional and support staff who may not directly interface with learning, teaching or research activities.
As state and federal governments update their positions and advice, we will keep our staff and students informed on what this means for them, RMIT, our remote learning and working arrangements and our return to campus plans.