Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a major impact across the globe. Our thoughts are with everyone during this challenging time, including our international student community.
This is a rapidly changing situation, so we encourage you to stay up-to-date by regularly checking in with your education provider, or visiting the Study Melbourne website that has links to resources, advice and updates, from the Federal and Victorian governments. You can access their FAQ page here for answers to frequently asked questions. It is important to access information from credible sources, to ensure it is factual, reliable and up to date.
International students can access the ongoing services of the Study Melbourne Student Centre by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or if it is urgent call 1800 056 449.
Further FAQs are on the Department of Health and Humans Servces wesbite.
What can you do from 1 June?
Check the information and advice about restriction levels in place throughout Victoria from 11:59pm Sunday 31 May 2020 on the DHHS website
International Student Emergency Relief Fund
On 29 April 2020, the Victorian Government announced a $45 million fund to support international students in Victoria facing hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund is being delivered in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary education providers.The International Student Emergency Relief Fund will provide a payment of up to A$1,100 for vulnerable international students who have lost their job or had a significant reduction to their employment and are facing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The International Student Emergency Relief Fund will be delivered in two streams.
Stream One is for international students enrolled with a public university or TAFE in Victoria. Please visit International Student Emergency Relief Fund – information for University and TAFE students for more information.
Stream Two is for international students enrolled with a private education provider or college in Victoria. Please visit International Student Emergency Relief Fund – information for private training provider students for more information about how to apply.
Further Support for International Students
- hardship funds and student support services through education institutions
- Feed Me Geelong directory of food relief services
- one-off rent relief grants for people in rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
- help to find new work opportunities through Working for Victoria
- a dedicated international student coronavirus (COVID-19) support hub on the Study Melbourne website
- free and confidential support and practical help (including accommodation and employment legal adiuce) through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including access to mental health services and referral to other services - see above.