VIC Government: International Student Emergency Relief Fund

Applications are open

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund. The fund will support international students in Victoria who are facing financial hardship  through lost wages and work as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund is being delivered in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary education providers.

How to apply

The International Student Emergency Relief Fund will be delivered in two streams.  Please click on the tile below that applies to your current situation.

Stream 1: University and TAFE Students

To be eligible to apply to the International Student Emergency Relief Fund (Stream One), you must meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  1. You are an international student enrolled in a public university or TAFE in Victoria, and you were enrolled at 16 March 2020.
  2. You are an international student who has a current student visa that expires after 30 June 2020.
  3. You are an international student who currently resides in Victoria, Australia and is presently physically located in Victoria.
  4. You were employed in Victoria in March 2020, and have experienced exceptional circumstances of financial hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and those circumstances of hardship arise from:

    How much money can I apply for under the International Student Emergency Relief Fund (Stream One)?

    Universities and institutions will have different arrangements and limits in place. We are working with the sector to ensure that payments have a meaningful impact on successful applicants’ needs.

    For TAFE students, a payment of up to $1100 will be made to eligible students.

    If you are enrolled in a public university or TAFE, you can apply through your institution. Information for each university and TAFE is listed below.

    Name of institutionContactPhone
    Australian Catholic University (ACU) Email
    1300 275 228
    SMS: 0427 522 268
    Central Queensland University (CQU)Email9616 0555
    Charles Sturt University (CSU)Email 
    Deakin University (Deakin) 9244 6333
    Federation University AustraliaEmail5327 9446
    La Trobe University (La Trobe) 9479 1199 
    Monash University (Monash)Chat 
    RMIT University Chat9925 5005
    Southern Cross University (SCU)Email02 6620 3876 
    Swinburne University of TechnologyEmail9214 8444 
    The University of Melbourne (UniMelb)Chat13MELB (13 6352) 
    University of Divinity Email9131 4922 
    Victoria University (VU) Email9919 6100
    Bendigo Kangan InstituteEmail9279 2631
    Box Hill InstituteEmail9286 9445 
    9286 9891 
    Chisholm InstituteEmail9212 5014
    9212 5049  
    Gordon Institute of TAFEEmail5225 0920
    Holmesglen InstituteEmail9564 1703
    Melbourne PolytechnicEmail9269 1666
    Sunraysia Institute of TAFEEmail5022 3733
    William Angliss Institute of TAFEEmail9606 2169

    Stream 2: Private Education Provider Students

    International students enrolled with a private education provider or college in Victoria can apply for Stream Two of the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

    Stream Two education providers include private vocational education and training providers, private higher education providers, and private English language colleges.

    First, please check that your education provider is on the list of eligible private education providers and colleges in Victoria.

    Prepare your supporting documentation and evidence

    You need to provide the following documentation (as attachments) in a commonly used file format (i.e. PDF, JPEG, PNG) to support your application:

    Attachment 1: Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) form (screenshot or PDF)

    Attachment 2Valid Student Visa documentation Part 1 – must be an uploaded screenshot of your visa details from the Department of Home Affairs, Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website.

    This screenshot must:

    • be clearly time stamped AND show that this time stamp was generated within five days of your application
    • show your name (same name as passport)
    • your current location (onshore)
    • visa grant number

    Refer to example in the Application Guide (Stream Two).

    Attachment 3Valid Student Visa documentation Part 2 – must be an uploaded PDF of your Visa Details Check from the Department of Home Affairs, Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website. This PDF must:

    • show length of stay or expiry date (must be after 30 June 2020)
    • applicant’s name (same name as passport)

    Refer to example in the Application Guide (Stream Two).

    Attachment 4: Passport (scan)

    Attachment 5: Evidence of employment

    Attachment 6: Evidence of reduction of hours or loss of employment

    Application Guide (Stream Two)

    Further support for international students in Victoria

    In addition to the hardship funds, pastoral care and student support services available through Victorian education providers, the Victorian Government is providing the following support to international students: