COVID-19 Help Hub for international students

#InThisTogether

Study NSW and the Australian international education sector are working to support the health, wellbeing, and academic success of international students.

A message from Study NSW

This is a challenging time for everyone. We know that some international students are struggling to meet their living expenses. Given the global impact of COVID-19 many families and funding sources from students' home countries have also been impacted.

We also know that some students may wish to return home but at the moment this may not be possible due to restricted flight access or borders closing in other countries.

Study NSW and the Australian international education sector are working hard to support the health, wellbeing, and academic success of international students. A key priority is to ensure that international students have information about the support services that are available to them in Australia – locally and nationally.

Students’ first point of call should be their institution, but there are other service providers that can help as well. These include local and national non-government organisations and community services. Students should also contact their Embassy or local Consular Office to see if help is available there.

Australia’s international education study destination agencies are serving a vital role in supporting international students who are facing hardship at this time. Study destination agencies across Australia are mobilising support, in partnership with Australia’s education provided and other key stakeholders. Immediate support responses have included referring international students to appropriate agencies including welfare, mental health, and emergency relief.

In these past few weeks we have also heard many inspiring stories about international students and their contribution to the communities in which they live, study, and work. During these unprecedented times, we must always remember that we are #InThisTogether.

Our message to students is that they are not alone and the Australian community is here to support them. The safety of all students and the public is the Government’s number one priority.


Australian Government advice

For all official COVID-19 advice and information from the Australian Government:

NSW Government advice

For all official COVID-19 advice and information from the NSW Government:


Financial support from the Australian Government

International students may be eligible for support from the Australian Government including:

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment - New South Wales

The Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment is for people living in New South Wales who can't earn an income because they must self-isolate, quarantine or care for someone who has COVID-19. You must be directed to self-isolate or quarantine by NSW Health.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

A support payment for workers adversely affected by a state public health order. This is a lump sum payment to help workers unable to earn income due to a COVID-19 lockdown, hotspot or period of restricted movement.


Get your COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia regardless of Medicare or visa status.

Check if you are eligible now. Then book your vaccination appointment at your nearest NSW Health vaccination site or GP.

If you are not eligible, you'll be able to register for notifications when the vaccine is available to you.

Check eligibility and book vaccine

Vaccine


Support for international students in NSW

Share your #InThisTogether message

Study NSW wants to let our students and education providers know they are not alone. We are all in this together and Study NSW is here to support you. To assist us in spreading the word, get on board and share a video or picture of support for impacted international students, in Australia and abroad, on social media using the hashtag – #InThisTogether.

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