The Andrews Government have just announced a $45 million fund for international students in Victoria facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. These payments are being delivered in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary sector, working on top of the existing range of relief programs offered by the State’s universities and education providers.
What can I expect to receive from the fund?
- International students will receive a one-off payment of up to $1,100 as part of the Victorian Government emergency support package.
Who is eligible?
- International students who have lost wages or work as a result of the coronavirus pandemic 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 hardship payment.
How to apply?
- Students can apply by visiting the Study Melbourne website and filling out the registration form here.
Victorian international students are also eligible for the Victorian Government’s rent relief program, which includes subsidies of up to $2,000. Moreover, those who have working rights in the state are also eligible for the Working for Victoria Initiative, which aims to provide support through helping those who have lost work find new employment.
For the media release announcing the International Student Emergency Relief Fund click here.