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In this together! Coronavirus (COVID-19) support for International students in Victoria, Australia

The past few weeks were hard for all of us, especially for International Students.

We are all alone here without family; Lots of us have lost our jobs and finical incomes; Study online is a huge challenge too, not alone the tuition burden and the fear of the virus.

But you know what? We are not alone here in Victoria!

The Victorian Government has 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.

Our international students make a vital contribution to our education system, our economy – and our state. The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that our international student community feels safe and supported during this difficult period.

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 fund complements the range of relief programs offered by Victorian universities, education providers and existing government support.

International students from Victoria’s tertiary education providers including universities, TAFEs, private Vocational Education and Training providers and English language colleges are eligible to apply for the fund. More information can


Check here for other supports too:

Rental support: New laws have been introduced to help protect you as a tenant in a residential property from eviction and help if you’re suffering financial hardship. For information visit our Housing and Accommodation information.

Scams: Know how to spot a COVID-19 scam and how to protect yourself. Visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website for more information.

Working for Victoria program: If you’re legally allowed to work in Australia, you can apply for the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria program.

COVID-19 health costs waiver: Victorian hospitals will waive the costs of treatment for overseas travellers, including international students, with symptoms of coronavirus who fall ill in Australia and do not have adequate insurance coverage.


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