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.

Support information

Coronavirus - helpful tips and advice