To ensure Victoria’s international students can get through to the the crisis, the Victorian Government will establish a $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund.
- Up to 40,000 international students enrolled at Victorian universities, TAFEs, private vocational education and training providers and English language colleges who have lost wages and work due to the coronavirus pandemic could benefit from the relief payment, which covers demonstrated lost income up to $1,100.
- The fund will provide a one-off payment to students in need while expanding emergency provisions for those experiencing exceptional circumstances.
- In addition, international students currently living in Victoria are also eligible for the Victorian Government’s rent relief program, including subsidies of up to $2,000, and those legally allowed to work in Victoria are eligible for the Working for Victoria initiative, which helps people who have lost their jobs to find new employment.
For more information about the relief fund and other dedicated support, go to studymelbourne.vic.gov.au