RMIT support for staff and students impacted by the Australian bushfires

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An update for RMIT staff is available in WorkLife.

In summary, the University is pledging $100,000 of initial support, which will be used to assist our students and staff directly impacted by the bushfires and help impacted communities to recover and, in time, rebuild.

RMIT will be providing additional paid leave arrangements so that all employees who are volunteer emergency service or Defence Reserve members assisting in fire-fighting or other emergency assistance can do so without loss of their usual pay, for as long as they are needed.

If you have been directly impacted by the fires, you may also be able to access other forms of leave and support. Please speak to your manager or HR Assist if you need to access leave.

All RMIT staff and students have access to support through our Employee Assistance Program and RMIT Connect.

Where can I direct students if they are anxious or distressed?

RMIT’s counselling support services are available for any students who have been impacted by the fires.

  • RMIT student support: 9925 5000 (follow the prompts, including after hours)

RMIT has a range of resources designed to provide clear and helpful directions to any teaching staff and academics who may find themselves dealing with students in distress.

The Supporting Students: Action guide for RMIT Staff provides staff with clear protocols for assisting students in different levels of distress.

If you or others are at immediate risk of harm, always call:

  • Emergency Services on 000
  • RMIT Urgent Security on 9925 3333

When urgent student support is needed:

  • The RMIT staff line is available if staff members hold serious concerns about a student’s welfare or wellbeing and require timely assistance. Call 9925 1111 or email
  • The query will be followed up by trained support staff who will assess the situation and provide practical support and advice on how to manage it.

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