Students with financial Difficulties
More support for international students living in Victoria in need - Updated 23-July-2021
The Victorian Government is making sure international students are not left behind, providing a dedicated boost to hardship payments and emergency food relief for our state’s most vulnerable.
More support will be delivered to help international students access the food and groceries they need for free with a $4.5 million boost to expand food relief. With support from Study Melbourne, FoodBank will continue to provide food aid through the International Student Pop-Up Supermarket and other channels until the end of December 2021.
The Victorian Government has also extended the Red Cross Extreme Hardship Support Program to the end of October 2021. Students who are experiencing hardship may be eligible for financial assistance through this program, which is available to international students in Victoria, including those who have previously received a payment from the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.
Study Melbourne continues to provide help and support through our dedicated COVID-19 support hub. We encourage you to share this resource with your students.
International students in Victoria can access other support, including:
- utility relief grants to help pay overdue bills
- help to find work through the Jobs Victoria online hub
- a directory of community support and food relief
- access to free legal advice on accommodation and employment matters
- confidential support and practical help through the Study Melbourne Student Centre
How do I get myself checked
COVID-19 vaccinations, testing and treatment in Australia
Free COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone in Australia, including to all Australian visa holders living in the community.
This will include:
- all permanent and temporary visa holders
- asylum seekers
- temporary protection visa holders, and
- bridging visa holders.
- People living in detention facilities will also be eligible.
- bridging visa holders.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine program, see the Department of Health website: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/health-and-vaccine
How do I get myself checked
How to protect myself and others?
- Good hygiene including:
- covering your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
- disposing of tissues properly
- washing your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
- using alcohol-based hand sanitisers
- cleaning and disinfecting surfaces
- if you are sick, avoiding contact with others and staying more than 1.5 metres away from people
- cleaning and sanitising frequently used objects such as mobiles, keys and wallets
- Social distancing:
- Practice good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene
- Avoid handshaking and other physical greetings
- Regularly clean shared high-touch surfaces, such as tables, kitchen benches and doorknobs
- Increase the amount of fresh air by opening windows or adjusting air conditioning
- Buy more goods and services online so you limit visits to the shop
- Consider what travel and outings are necessary, both individual and family, and go to open places such as parks
- Social distancing in the workplace
- Stay at home if you are sick
- Consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled
- Stop handshaking and other physical greetings
- Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call
- Reconsider non-essential business travel
- Defer large face-to-face meetings
- Hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible
- Promote good hand and cough/sneeze hygiene and provide hand sanitisers for all staff and workers
- Take lunch outside rather than in the lunch room
- Clean and disinfect shared high-touch surfaces regularly
- Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more fresh air
- Limit food handling and shared food in the workplace
- Promote strictest hygiene among food preparation (canteen) staff and their close contacts
Is it still okay for me to come to campus?
- Academia has transitioned to online to minimise the need for students to come to campus during the pandemic. However, you are still welcome on campus, except in the following circumstances:
- You are subject to any of the travel or quarantine restrictions imposed by the Australian Government, as outlined here.
- You have come in close contact with a confirmed case of the COVID-19 virus within the last 14 days.
- You are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
Can I still study online, if I return to my home country?
Can I complete my study without placement?
- Academia will provide the mandatory hours of placement arrangement next in the future, we will place you as soon as we can.
- This may be reduced contact hours due to limitation at the time of availability. We will update and discuss with you at that stage.
- If it affects your study duration you may need to extend it. The Australian Government is considering waving visa extension fees. We will inform our students if and when this takes place.
If my course has a practical component how will I complete this?
- Academia’s academic services team has contacted every student with their revised timetable deferring your practical class.
- The majority of students who were to study practical classes will be scheduled to attend theory studies brought forward from a later component of your course.
- Once Government allows us to return to practical studies you will be contacted with your new training schedule now encompassing your practical units of study.
- Contact AcademicServices@academia21.com if you require further information
How long will classes be delivered online?
- Online delivery will continue as well as facilitated through live and interactive lectures and tutorials
- Academia International will follow the advice from the relevant authorities (e.g. Department of Health) in when to return to class room studies.
Who do I contact for technical support regarding online delivery?
- Academia International cannot support your internet connection, please contact your internet service provider for that support
- For Learning Management System (LMS) support, please call 03 9671 4755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For device support (e.g. Academia laptops), please call 03 9671 4755 or email email@example.com
Can I extend my student visa while I’m deferred?
- Yes, you can apply your student visa extension as normal case, as long as you have active enrolment and COE(s).
I can no longer start and want to withdraw, what can I do?
- If you want to withdraw please complete this form
International students, please leave Australia within 28 days from the withdrawal date.
Can I still enrol if I am already in Australia?
Can I still enrol if I am currently outside of Australia?
Can I commence studies online if I am currently outside of Australia?
How can I make myself more employable?
What Industries are currently hiring and who do I contact?
Are International students still restricted to working only 40 hours for every 2 weeks during school term?
- Yes, student visa holder still restricted to working 40 hours fortnight except meet the following 2 special arrangements:
- Australia’s major supermarkets will temporarily be able to offer more hours to international student employees to help keep shelves stocked.
- International students ready to fill critical staff shortages in aged care.
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