Page last updated 08 Apr 2021

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.


Returning to Victoria

The Victorian Government is working closely with the Australian Government and education providers to welcome international students back to Victoria when it is safe to do so.

The plan will follow all protocols and preconditions set by the Australian Government and adhere to the public health advice and directions set by the Victorian Chief Health Officer.

Refer to for information about international arrivals and quarantine requirements.

International students make a significant contribution to our state’s rich, multicultural society and are valued members of the Victorian community.

We understand that it has been a challenging time for you and your family.

We thank you for your patience during this difficult time and encourage you to keep in touch with your education institution.

Make sure you check this website regularly and subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest information for international students.

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 6 December, 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.

Study Melbourne is working with Ozharvest to deliver free pantry essentials and fresh produce to international students in Melbourne and Victoria. To find a location near you click here.

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

  • You must always carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave the home, unless you have a lawful reason not to.
  • Face masks must be worn:
    • on public transport, in commercial passenger vehicles such as taxis and ride share vehicles, and in tour vehicles
    • by visitors to a hospital
    • by visitors at a care facility (while indoors)
    • on flights to and from Victoria
    • at airports
    • if you are a diagnosed person, or a close contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as to seek medical care or to get tested
    • while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test when leaving your home or accommodation for a permitted reason, such as to seek medical care (except as part of a surveillance or other asymptomatic testing program)
    • while experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • It is recommended that you wear a face mask when at a private gathering or when you cannot maintain 1.5 metres distance from other people (such as at outdoor markets, outdoor concerts, street markets, at a busy bus stop or train station platform).
  • There are a number of lawful reasons to not wear a face mask.

For more information on restrictions and face coverings, visit the DHHS website.

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