Page last updated 31 Oct 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 assist you to access services in the community, and provide free and confidential information, support and practical help.
Latest restriction advice
Victoria is in the Third Step towards COVID Normal.
- Metropolitan Melbourne is in Third Step. See the metropolitan Melbourne roadmap summary.
- Regional Victoria continues in Third Step with further easing of restrictions. See the regional Victoria roadmap summary.
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
People who are living in Victoria on temporary or provisional visas or as undocumented migrants, and struggling with basic living costs like food, housing and bills, can apply for a support payment.
The Victorian Government has recently doubled this payment to provide extra support to Victorians during the pandemic.
If you have received a $400 payment before 1 October 2020 and are still experiencing financial hardship, you can apply for an additional payment of $400 now. You may also be eligible for an additional payment of $800 if you are still experiencing financial hardship after two months.
If you apply for support after 1 October 2020 and are deemed eligible you will receive a payment of $800. You will also be eligible for an additional payment of $800 if you are still experiencing financial hardship after two months. You can apply on the Red Cross website.
Advice on face mask/covering
Everyone in Victoria must wear a fitted face mask that covers their nose and mouth when leaving home, unless you have a lawful reason for not doing so. A face shield, scarf or bandana on its own is not enough.
For more information on restrictions and face coverings, visit the DHHS website.
Coronavirus - helpful tips and advice
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.
If you need help understanding the law, talk to us at the Study Melbourne Student Centre or the legal advisers at your university, college or school.