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Published: 19 Mar 2020

COVID-19 update

Statement from TIA's Interim Director about the measures being taken in response to COVID-19.

I would like to update you about a range of measures that the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is implementing in response to COVID-19. The safety of our students, staff and community stakeholders continues to be our first priority.

TIA is taking the following necessary precautionary measures:

  • All international travel and all non-essential domestic travel has been suspended.
  • Meetings are being conducted using video conferencing.
  • Face-to-face engagement with external stakeholders in group settings has been suspended, this includes events such as field days, discussion groups and workshops.
  • Academic staff, Higher Degree Research students and Post-Doctoral Fellows who are not engaged in essential field-based or lab-based research have commenced working from home arrangements.
  • Teaching activities are transitioning to an online delivery model.
  • Professional staff have commenced working from home arrangements, with a two-week rotating split-team model.
  • Heightened cleaning regimes have been implemented across our campuses.
  • Any stakeholders who are exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms or have recently travelled interstate or overseas are kindly asked not to attend TIA offices.

We understand these measures may result in delays to some of our research, development and extension activities, relative to the project original milestones and timeframes. We are working closely with funders, researchers and students to ensure that the impact of these changes is minimised while keeping everyone safe.

These changes are being made to reduce the risk of transmission in our community. By working together, we can make a strong contribution to the management of this virus.

The situation is changing rapidly. For up-to-date information about COVID-19 please follow health and government advisories.

For further information about TIA’s operations, please email tia.adminsouth@utas.edu.au or phone 03 6226 6255.

Kind regards

Professor Mike Rose, TIA Interim Director