Travel and off campus work
International travel, fieldwork and off campus activities
All University staff travel is governed by the following policies:
Requirements and Processes
Staff can refer to UniTravel for all bookings and further advice.
Refer to Insurance for information on travel cover.
The University defines a high risk destination based on Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advice levels. Currently the University determines this with the following advisories:
- Level 3 - Reconsider your need to travel (all regions)
- Level 4 - Do not travel (all regions)
- Other specific advice from DFAT or travel advice about study or academic activity provided to the University. The Travel Approval Alert provides further information to be considered by supervisors before approving international travel.
Other sources of travel advisories and alerts:
- Healix International Travel Oracle - Healix Travel Oracle FAQs on how to install the app on your mobile
- World Aware (previously Red24)
- Canadian travel advisory
- New Zealand travel advisory
- United Kingdom travel advisory
- USA travel advisory
The Travel to high risk destinations risk assessment form is needed when you are asking for approval to travel to a high risk international destination on University business.
The University will not approve or provide support for personal travel to high risk destinations.
- Travellers undertaking personal international travel are encouraged to review and take into account the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smartraveller advisories for each intended destination.
- Travellers are encouraged to review and consider:
- country and region advice; and
- their personal circumstances and attributes, including social media presence (including references to University of Melbourne, course, research or other academic pursuit) as relevant to the advisory.
- advice for all travellers: https://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/everyone/Pages/advice-for-all-travellers.aspx
- Travellers who are citizens or residents of other countries, including dual nationals, are encouraged to review and consider the travel advisories published by the government of the respective countries.
- Travellers must not take University of Melbourne assets, including mobile phones, tables and computers, when undertaking personal travel to international destinations.
- Travellers undertaking personal travel must not engage in any coursework or research activity associated with their University of Melbourne course and/employment.
- Travellers need to arrange travel insurance for any personal travel to high risk destinations which occurs before, after or within any period of authorised university travel.
- Off campus activities
- Field work
International travel advice and approval
- Advice specifically provided to the University community regarding study or academic activity:
- Specific advice from DFAT
- Travel Alert - Hong Kong
- Travel to high risk destinations risk assessment form
- Non UniTravel risk assessment form
- Medical questionnaire for off campus activities
- Field work plan
- Field work risk assessment form
Requirements and Processes
- Health & Safety: Travel and off-campus requirements
- Health & Safety - Undertake travel and off campus activities