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Updated: 30 March 2020
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has continued to evolve around the world, MIT has been actively assessing the risk and impact on a daily basis and monitoring guidance from public health and regulatory authorities. Our primary concerns are the health and safety of our students and staff.
Much like any other education institution and business, MIT is exploring all available options to do our part in managing and mitigating the fallout from COVID-19.
MIT is concerned for the safety and wellbeing of our students and the MIT community. Our actions to this unprecedented situation have been focussed, and carefully aligned with the continuing advice from the relevant government authorities. As such, we are constantly reviewing our response and plans to ensure that we are appropriately prepared, in this rapidly changing environment.
We will continue to update this page on a regular basis.
MIT has transitioned all MIT and Federation University courses through digital learning platforms and alternative non-face-to-face teaching for Trimester 1, 2020. We anticipate for this to continue for the remainder of the Trimester, subject to advice from MITs regulator, TEQSA, government and relevant agencies.
Student Support Services
Our support services will continue to be made available on campus, and over the phone. Our Libraries, Centre of Learning, Student Counselling and Advocacy, Student Services and 1:1 consultations with Academics will remain available to students who are able and safe to attend the campus. We have also introduced more flexible methods of support via online forums, live chats and support calls. We feel this is important to provide our students with the support they need during this time of change.
We take seriously the current advice from the Australian Prime Minister, that “Universities and other higher education centres “should continue at this time”. However, increased social distancing and good hygiene are a central part of MIT’s plan in our effort to limit the spread of the virus for the welfare and safety of our students.
As we change our mode of delivery as part of a carefully considered strategy, our main priority is to ensure minimal disruption to students, and to protect the best interest of our students. We will continue to deliver our academic programs in formats that maximise the opportunities for all students to study effectively, and progress through their studies on time.
Dr Shesh Ghale
On 15 March 2020, the Australian Government announced that all travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days
The MIT Community is urged not to enter the campus if:
For information on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), call the Australian Government's National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080 or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222.
Keeping MIT informed
Contact our Student Counsellor & Advocacy Officers:
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Refer to https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
The Australian Government announced on March 18 2020 it has raised the advice for all overseas travel to the highest level – Level 4. Regardless of destination, age or health, all Australians are advised to not travel overseas.
The Australian Government has also advised that all Australians overseas should, if they choose to, return home as soon as possible.
For further information on this travel advice please go to
We are aware that some staff and students may need to take an approved leave of absence, or deferral of studies due to travel restrictions, self-isolation or ill-heath. Students should contact the Student Counsellor & Advocacy Officers on their campus for further details:
Staff should contact the relevant Campus Director:
We are aware that some staff may need to take care of children who are unable to attend school due to advice from the Department of Health. You may be eligible for carer's leave.
If staff or students feel stressed or anxious about the situation, the following external services can assist. Students can also contact a Student Counsellor and Advocacy Officer at their campus:
Student Counsellor & Advocacy Officers:
24-hour telephone counselling service. Phone: 13 11 14
A dedicated service for men with relationship and family concerns. Phone: 1300 78 99 78
beyondblue Support Service - Support. Advice. Action
Information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety-related matters. Phone: 1300 22 46 36
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.
PANDA - National Perinatal Depression Helpline
PANDA’s National Perinatal Depression Helpline, funded by the Australian and Victorian Governments, provides vital support, information, referral and counselling to thousands of Australian parents and their families. Callers do not need to have a diagnosis of antenatal or postnatal depression to make contact with the Helpline, PANDA is keen to support any new parent struggling during pregnancy or after the birth of their baby, as well as their partner, family and friends. Phone: 1300 726 306 from Mon – Fri, 9am – 7.30pm (AEST/AEDT).
Parent Line is a telephone service for parents and carers of children 0-18 in New South Wales. Phone: 1300 1300 52
ReachOut.com is Australia’s leading online youth mental health service. ReachOut.com is an initiative of the Inspire Foundation, an Australian non-profit with a mission to help young people lead happier lives.
SANE Australia is a national charity helping all Australians affected by mental illness lead a better life – through campaigning, education and research. SANE conducts innovative programs and campaigns to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their family and friends. It also operates a busy Helpline and website, which have thousands of contacts each year from around Australia. Phone: 1800 187 263
If you are experiencing symptoms, please stay home and call the Department of Health and Human Services dedicated novel coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398, and wear a surgical mask to avoid the potential spread of any illness.
MIT provides free confidential counselling support for any MIT student. If you need support at any time, please call 03 8600 6700 .
In an emergency, call 000
For anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath after arriving on campus:
Allocated First Aid Spaces
|Melbourne Campus||Sydney Campus|
|Level 2M – Reception||Level 3 – Library|
|Level 6 – Academic Reception||Level 7 –Main Reception|
If a student or staff member present with flu-like symptoms, shortness of breath and says they are feeling unwell;
Allocated First Aid Spaces
|Melbourne Campus||Sydney Campus|
|Level 2M - First Aid Room||Level 3 - First Aid Room|
|Level 6 Student Consultation Room 624||Level 7 – Empty student meeting room|
Sydney Campus First Aid Staff
|Mr Ali Noori||Level email@example.com||(02) 8267 1410|
|Ms Roslyn Mohammed Khan||Level firstname.lastname@example.org||(02) 8267 1400|
|Ms Kim Churton-Vu||Level email@example.com||(02) 8267 1464|
|Ms Lyndall Benton||Level firstname.lastname@example.org||0422 003 563|
Melbourne Campus First Aid Staff
|Tim Ganderton||Level 2Memail@example.com||(03) 8600 6742|
|Brittany Schembri||Level firstname.lastname@example.org||(03) 8600 6791|
|Cristina Nocos||Level 2Memail@example.com||(03) 8600 6721|
|Dilini Wanninayaka||Level 2Mfirstname.lastname@example.org||(03) 8600 6757|
|Bi Low||Level 2Memail@example.com||(03) 8600 6784|
|Madeleine Aldridge||Level 2Mfirstname.lastname@example.org||(03) 8600 6762|
|Kurt Zhang||Level email@example.com||(03) 8600 6702|
|Hiral Intwala||Level firstname.lastname@example.org||(03) 8600 6719|
|Burak Tirli||Level email@example.com||(03) 8600 6753|
|Ashish Naik||Level 2Mfirstname.lastname@example.org||(03) 8600 6729|
We encourage students to access the Study in Australia website where there is a suite of resources and latest information, including in relation to travel and visa information, and wellbeing support.
The Australian Government Department of Health is working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of COVID-19.
For the latest information see the Department of Health - Novel Coronavirus