Page last updated 23 Nov 2020
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.
Safely reopening Victoria
The coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap for reopening provides steps on easing restrictions, dependent on how many active coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are in the community and public health advice.
From 11:59pm on 22 November, changes are being made to restrictions across Victoria.
Find out more about Victoria's current restriction levels.
Free meals and groceries for international students in Victoria
International students who are struggling to pay for their food and groceries can access free and healthy food at Foodbank’s International Student Pop-Up Store. The Victorian Government has provided $1 million in funding to SecondBite, Foodbank Victoria and OzHarvest to provide free food and meals to international students in Victoria who are doing it tough. Keep an eye on our social media or visit the websites listed below for updates on other pop-up stores.
Find out how these organisations can help you:
Extreme Hardship Support Program
You may be able to access financial help through the Extreme Hardship Support Program if you can’t access the International Student Emergency Relief Fund. The Victorian Government has recently doubled this payment. Find more information about financial relief on our Employment and Finances page.
Getting tested for coronavirus (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.
Pandemic Leave Support
If you can't earn an income because you must self-isolate at home, or are caring for someone with coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for support from the Australian Government. To be eligible, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services must have contacted you to tell you to self-isolate or quarantine. Visit the Services Australia website for more details. Apply by calling 180 22 66, 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
Advice on face mask/covering
Face masks must be worn indoors (for example, in the supermarket or on public transport). A mask is not required outdoors if you can keep 1.5 metres distance from others. Face masks must be worn by all Victorians when they leave home, unless they have a lawful reason not to wear one or are outside and can keep 1.5 metres distance.
For more information on restrictions and face coverings, visit the DHHS website.
Coronavirus - helpful tips and advice
How to network during coronavirus (COVID-19)
How do you network when there are no in-person events or meetings? Study Melbourne Ambassador Saaniya Kadam shares her tips.
Study Melbourne Student Ambassadors helping to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Study Melbourne Student Ambassadors came together with other community representatives to help film coronavirus community health messages in over 20 languages.
Getting through coronavirus: insights from students
Study Melbourne Ambassadors Alex Gutierrez from Colombia and Josh Cook from Australia share a glimpse into their life during coronavirus.
Looking after your mental health during coronavirus
Tips and techniques students can use to safeguard their mental wellbeing during coronavirus (COVID-19).
How to keep building your career readiness during coronavirus
Advice and information to help you stay career ready during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dealing with isolation during coronavirus
To help you combat feelings of isolation, we reached out to our Student Ambassadors to find out how they’re coping with an increased amount of alone time.
How video games can keep you connected
Ambassador Karex Huang explains how the virtual world of online gaming can keep us connected when we can’t see friends in person.
Adjusting to studying online
Advice to help you get the most out of studying online and keep healthy during this time.
We are all #inthistogether
We want you to know that you are not alone, we are thinking of you, and we are sending you support and friendship from the Study Melbourne community.
Tips for maintaining your mental health during social isolation
Advice, information and simple tips to improve your mental health and maintain a sense of normalcy during social isolation.