Alert: COVID-19 Updates

MCN Current Operational Status

last update: 04.11.20 10:20am

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic is causing disruptions to our standard operations. Please watch this space for the latest information on access, staffing and services. Details on upcoming public holidays and/or planned disruptions to MCN lab access can be found here.

The broader ANFF network is also coordinating a response to COVID-19, see here for more details.


General Access


Due to easing of COVID-19 restrictions in metro-Melbourne, MCN user access will return to normal starting 9th November 2020. Work permits will no longer be required for site access and all existing (current) user FOBs will be reactivated. Please Note: ACLS users instrument licenses may have expired due to lengthy inactivity. If this is the case, please contact relevant process engineers to arrange for refresher training sessions.

Staff Support


Staff presence will continue to be rostered to cater to demand. Staff will be working from home where possible, attending on-site, as needed, to support user activity



User training within the cleanrooms is available from 15th June —approved risk assessment here. Non-cleanroom training is available from 22nd July —approved risk assessment here.

New User Induction


Space-limited new user inductions will resume from 16th November. See here for further details.

Fee for Service


Quotation based work is available at present but subject to available staff resource 




Access by all trained users and staff, from 9.11.20

Non-cleanroom Labs


Access by all trained users and staff, from 9.11.20

ANFF-Victoria In-kind Capability Hubs

last update: 21.10.20 10:58am

Joint venture partners of the Victorian node provide open access to select in-kind infrastructure within their home organisations. The operational status of these facilities is listed below:

In-kind Capability



Biointerface Engineering Hub

Swinburne University

unstaffed, closed for access

Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF)


unstaffed, access for maintenance and critical activity only (DVC approval)

Micro and Nano Devices Laboratory & BMTF


staffed, operational for critical research only, closed to visitors

Materials Characterisation and Fabrication Platform (MCFP)

Melbourne University

unstaffed, closed for access

Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM)

Deakin University

unstaffed, open for critical research activity only

Centre for Materials Surface Science (CMSS)

La Trobe University

limited staff access, closed for external access, critical research only