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.

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.

Support information

Coronavirus - helpful tips and advice