Bushfire message from Study NSW
16 January 2020
Our thoughts and sympathies are with families and communities affected by the unprecedented bushfires in NSW, and our sincere thanks go to the emergency services who continue to battle the bushfires across the state.
Our number one priority is the safety and support of the approximately 280,000 international students who study in NSW.
The metropolitan areas of Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong are not currently threatened by fires but have experienced smoke haze on some days.
Due to the scale of the bushfires and rapidly changing conditions, individual Australian universities and institutions are best placed to advise students on how fires are impacting their operations.
While it is too early to quantify the impact of the bushfire crisis on Australia’s education sector, it is important to note that the majority of Australia’s education providers have not been directly impacted.
The Commonwealth Government, in partnership with state governments including Study NSW, are working together to provide a communications campaign across government channels to international students.
At this stage, we are expecting commencing and current international students to enrol with their education institution as planned at the start of the academic calendar.
It's heartwarming to see our student community has already played a key role in supporting affected regions including Mark Yeong, a student from the University of Sydney who has been volunteering with the NSW Rural Fire Service and fighting fires since September.
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Support for bushfire affected communities
We are very grateful for the outpouring of support for Australia and the Australian people including the many offers of assistance and donations being made from all around the world to support bushfire recovery and our wildlife that has been so badly impacted.
While acknowledging that generous donations are coming from a place of kindness, people are urged to pledge money instead of goods, clothing or perishable food.
Financial donations can be made directly to emergency service agencies or to various charities such as:
- Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery
- NSW Rural Fire Service
- The Salvation Army Disaster Appeal
- St Vincent de Paul Bushfire Appeal
- Wires (injured wildlife)
To Australia’s many friends and supporters throughout the world who are asking, ‘How can we help?’ we say: keep buying Australian, keep visiting Australia, keep investing in Australia.
- Our number one priority is the safety and support of the approximately 280,000 international students who study in NSW.
- We encourage all students coming to Australia to seek the most up to date information prior to departure and remain informed about changing conditions whilst on the ground.
- Many institutions will be utilising a range of channels to communicate with their students about how the fires may affect the student experience.
- Students preparing to come to Australia to study are being advised to contact their institution directly if they have any specific queries or concerns.
- Students currently in Australia are being advised to reach out to their institution support services if they feel distressed or anxious about the current bushfire situation.
- Stay safe, informed and up to date.
- Due to the scale of the bushfires and rapidly changing conditions, individual Australian universities and institutions are best placed to advise students on how fires are impacting their operations.
- We encourage NSW education institutions to directly provide up-to-date information to your commencing and continuing international students on the bushfire situation including safety, mental health and wellbeing services and resources.
- Federal, State and Territory governments’ study destination entities, through the Collaborative Marketing Framework (CMF), have reached agreement on consistent messaging regarding the Australian bushfires.
- The Commonwealth Government, in partnership with state governments including Study NSW, are working together to provide a communications campaign across government channels to international students.
- The Council for International Education will continue to play a leading role in supporting the international education sector through this period.
- The sector is working closely with Tourism Australia to ensure key messaging reaches those wanting to visit, live, work and study in Australia. Visit www.australia.com for an updated bushfire status map.