UPDATE-International Student Emergency Relief Fund
MON 18 JAN
Throughout 2020 the Victorian Government has responded to all the adverse challenges more generously than any other state government in Australia to support student welfare during the pandemic.
And they continue to do the same in 2021. Please read the below mentioned information thoroughly to know about the existing support still available for international students in Victoria.
Emergency financial relief
International students in Victoria who are still experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for emergency financial assistance through the “Extreme Hardship Support Program”, even if they have previously received support from the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.
Who can apply for “Extreme Hardship Support Program” ?
- Open to temporary & provisional visa holders + undocumented migrants.
- Who are unable to access Commonwealth income support and have zero or very little income, savings or community support.
- For more information please visit www.redcross.org.au/vicrelief.
Free groceries & meals for international students in Victoria
The Victorian Government has provided $1 million to support international students through the City of Melbourne’s Our Shout food voucher program, and $1 million in funding to SecondBite, Foodbank Victoria and OzHarvest to provide free food and meals to international students in Victoria who are doing it tough.
- International students who are struggling to pay for their food and groceries can access free and healthy food at Foodbank’s International Student Pop-Up Store.
- You can find more information about community support and food relief for international students on the Study Melbourne website.
Further support for international students in Victoria
In addition to the above the Victorian Government is providing the following support to international students:
- A dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) online support hub on the Study Melbourne website to link you with a wide range of official information and support programs and services
- A directory of community support and food relief including free groceries at the Foodbank International Student Pop-Up Store in central Melbourne
- Rent relief grants for people in rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, to help keep renters in safe and stable accommodation
- Help to find work opportunities through Working for Victoria
- Access to free legal advice on accommodation and employment matters
- Dedicated support through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including free and confidential support and practical help. This includes access to mental health services and referral to other services.
As your well wishers we advise you to please seek support if you need to. Please contact the Student Support Team at OIC for any help or guidance that you might need. #weareinthistogether
Orange International College