Latest restriction advice

Coronavirus restrictions in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria change regularly. For more information on current restrictions visit the Victorian Government's coronavirus website.

If you are in Victoria and you think you may have coronavirus call the dedicated hotline – open 24 hours, 7 days – 1800 675 398.

Every test helps

Getting tested is safe and free for everyone. This includes international students.

Get tested if you have any symptoms of coronavirus, such as a cough, sore throat, runny nose, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell.

If you are worried about losing wages, you may be eligible for a $450 payment. If you test positive or are a close contact of someone who tests positive, a $1500 payment is available so you can stay home.

Find out where you can get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) near your home.

Health costs

If you are a student from overseas on a temporary student visa it is a condition of your visa to maintain adequate health insurance for the duration of your visa. This means you need to purchase Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and keep your policy up to date as long as you hold this visa.

For international students who do not have adequate insurance coverage, Victorian hospitals will waive the costs of treatment if you need to seek medical advice or treatment for symptoms of coronavirus. This includes waiving payment and debt recovery procedures for ambulance transfers of people suspected to have coronavirus, who are taken to Victorian hospitals for assessment.

These arrangements have been put in place to ensure payment issues are not a barrier for people from overseas with coronavirus symptoms seeking early medical advice. Seeking medical treatment will not affect your visa.

Visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au to find up-to-date and accurate advice.

Australian Government Coronavirus Australia app and Whatsapp Feature

  • The Australian Government has launched an official app with information about coronavirus (COVID-19). It will assist you to get accurate and timely information about what is being done by governments around the country to support you.
  • Search "Coronavirus Australia" in the Apple App Store and on Google Play to download or access the Government's WhatsApp channel.

Wellbeing and Mental Health

For more information regarding mental health and wellbeing please visit our Wellbeing and Mental Health page.

If you can’t find the information you need, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.