Accommodation and housing

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Study NSW has prepared the following resources to assist international students during the COVID-19 pandemic

NSW Government temporary crisis accommodation for international students.

The NSW Government is funding up to 20 weeks’ of free accommodation for vulnerable international students in NSW during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme will be delivered through approved student accommodation and homestay providers.

Service NSW is administering the application process and will allocate the accommodation to homestay or purpose-built student accommodation providers. Applicants will not be able to self-select their accommodation.

To be eligible you must:

  • hold an international student visa
  • have lost, or be at risk of losing, access to secure accommodation
  • have no other avenues of support.

The crisis accommodation will be limited to international student visa holders in genuine need,  who have lost, or be at risk of losing, access to secure accommodation.

To apply, visit Apply for international student COVID-19 crisis accommodation or call the NSW Government COVID-19 hotline on 13 77 88.

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NSW Government moratorium on rental evictions

Australian states and territories will put a six-month moratorium on evictions for both residential and commercial tenants during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tenants and landlords are encouraged to agree on rent relief or temporary amendments to the lease. More information on this is available at https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-statement (Commercial and residential tenancies section).

If you need help to understand your legal situation, contact International Student Legal Service NSW or the Tenants’ Union of New South Wales for free advice.


NSW Fair Trading - Information for tenants

NSW Fair Trading is working closely with stakeholders to monitor the effect COVID-19 is having on consumers and businesses, and will continue to offer as much support and guidance as possible.

The new resource library contains important information, advice and frequently asked questions specifically for international students.

The Tenants Advice and Advocacy Services provides assistance and advocacy to all tenants, including international students.

The NSW Government is introducing an interim 60-day stop on landlords seeking to evict tenants due to rental arrears as a result of COVID-19, together with longer six month restrictions on rental arrears evictions for those financially disadvantaged by COVID-19.

To find your nearest Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service, go to www.tenants.org.au or call +612 8117 3700.


International Student Support Network

The Australian Homestay Network has launched an Australia wide program called the International Student Support Network to provide short-term, heavily discounted homestay to eligible international students impacted by the global crisis.

Website: www.homestaynetwork.org/issn


Emergency accommodation for international students

Wayside Chapel

Wayside is open from 9.30-1pm 7 days per week for showers, practical support and takeaway breakfast and lunch. 2pm - 4pm phone outreach only 
2pm - 8pm - phone outreach, street reach and home out reach (front yard by referral from day staff)

Website: https://www.waysidechapel.org.au/

Phone: 9581 9100 (Kings Cross) or 9581 9190 (Bondi Beach)

AskIzzy

Ask Izzy is a search tool to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness find shelter, food, health and other critical support services.

Website: https://askizzy.org.au

Rough Edges

Rough Edges is a non-government organisation that aims to bring a greater sense of self to everyone who walks through their doors. Opening hours to be confirmed on a daily basis. Please call in advance for take away dinner (7:30pm-8:30pm), case management and counseling.

Website: https://www.roughedges.org/

Phone:  9360 6844


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