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:
- You are an international student enrolled in a public university or TAFE in Victoria, and you were enrolled at 16 March 2020.
- You are an international student who has a current student visa that expires after 30 June 2020.
- You are an international student who currently resides in Victoria, Australia and is presently physically located in Victoria.
- 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 institution||Contact||Phone|
|Australian Catholic University (ACU)||Email|
|1300 275 228|
SMS: 0427 522 268
|Central Queensland University (CQU)||9616 0555|
|Charles Sturt University (CSU)|
|Deakin University (Deakin)||9244 6333|
|Federation University Australia||5327 9446|
|La Trobe University (La Trobe)||9479 1199|
|Monash University (Monash)||Chat|
|RMIT University||Chat||9925 5005|
|Southern Cross University (SCU)||02 6620 3876|
|Swinburne University of Technology||9214 8444|
|The University of Melbourne (UniMelb)||Chat||13MELB (13 6352)|
|University of Divinity||9131 4922|
|Victoria University (VU)||9919 6100|
|Bendigo Kangan Institute||9279 2631|
|Box Hill Institute||9286 9445 |
|Chisholm Institute||9212 5014|
|Gordon Institute of TAFE||5225 0920|
|Holmesglen Institute||9564 1703|
|Melbourne Polytechnic||9269 1666|
|Sunraysia Institute of TAFE||5022 3733|
|William Angliss Institute of TAFE||9606 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 2: Valid 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
Attachment 3: Valid 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
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:
- one-off rent relief grants for people in rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, to help keep renters in safe and stable accommodation
- help to find work opportunities through Working for Victoria
- a dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) online support hub on the Study Melbourne website to link you with a wide range of support programs and services including a directory of community support and food relief
- access to free accommodation and employment legal advice
- dedicated support through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including free and confidential support and practical help. This includes access to mental health services and referral to other services