Alert: COVID-19 Updates

MCN Current Operational Status

last update: 05.08.20 1:25pm

ATTENTION: Following escalation to Stage-4 Restrictions imposed by Vic Govt, 3rd Aug the MCN is transitioning to a PERMIT ONLY access scheme from 6th Aug until further notice. Existing users seeking FOB entry access to the facility must upload a copy of their signed work permit through the online portal — HERE.

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


General Access

By Permit

Access to MCN will  be restricted to permitted users from Aug 6th until further notice. Applications for access can be submitted here.

Staff Support


Staff presence is being 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


Standard fortnightly scheduling of new user inductions is suspended until further notice owing to Stage-4 restrictions. Inductions are still being offered on an ad-hoc basis for critical (permitted) work. See here for further details.

Fee for Service


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



By Permit

Access by trained users and staff

Non-cleanroom Labs

By Permit

Access by trained users and staff

ANFF-Victoria In-kind Capability Hubs

last update: 09.07.20 3:52pm

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