Page last updated 21 Mar 2022

Study Melbourne is dedicated to supporting our international student community during this challenging time.

We share current and accurate information and connect you to resources that can help.

Through the Study Melbourne Student Centre, we can provide free and confidential information, access to services, support and practical help.


International Student Arrivals

For information about travelling to Victoria and what you need to do when you arrive, visit our Student Arrivals Page.

Changes to vaccine eligibility – 12 years and over

From 13 September everyone aged 12 years and over will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine and the Moderna vaccine have been approved as safe for young people aged over 12 years old.

You can now book or change a vaccination appointment at a vaccination centre through the Victorian Government’s COVID-19 vaccine online booking system.

The vaccines are free. This includes for Australian citizens, permanent residents, refugees, people seeking asylum, temporary and provisional visa holders (including international students and temporary migrants).

You do not need a Medicare card to get a vaccine. If you do not have a Medicare card, you can apply for an Individual Health Identifier (IHI) number.

To do this, you will need to complete and submit a Request or update an Individual Healthcare Identifier form. You can also visit a Medicare office to get an IHI.

If you cannot get an appointment at your preferred location, you should continue to check back, as more appointments will become available over the coming weeks.

The best person to talk to if you have concerns about your health and being vaccinated against COVID-19 is your doctor.

COVID-19 rent relief grant

The Victorian Government is assisting Victorians, including international students, who are struggling to pay their rent.

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant program will help renters who are experiencing rental hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to $1500 will provide direct financial support to renters by making a contribution towards the cost of their rent directly to their landlord on their behalf.

The one-off payment is specifically for renters paying more than 30 per cent of their income in rent who are living in a primary residence to help them maintain safe, secure, and stable accommodation. Grants will be targeted at those who have lost an income of 20 per cent or more due to the pandemic.

For more information about the Rent Relief Grants, and to make an application visit the Housing Vic website.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

The Australian Government has announced a new COVID-19 Disaster Payment to help people affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

The new payment will help Victorian workers who are unable to earn income due to lockdown restrictions.

To be eligible you must be an Australian resident, permanent resident or eligible working visa holder.

For more information visit payments and services during coronavirus.

Current restrictions for Victoria

For more information on current restrictions visit the Victorian Government's coronavirus website.

Getting tested for COVID-19

If you have any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should seek advice and get tested. Testing is free.

Learn more about getting tested.

Coronavirus advice