Page last updated 16 Sep 2021

We share up-to-date information and advice about COVID-19 for our international education sector.

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant Program

The Victorian Government is assisting Victorians, including international students, who are struggling to pay their rent.

The COVID-19 Rent Relief Grant program will help renters who are experiencing rental hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. Grants of up to $1500 will provide direct financial support to renters by making a contribution towards the cost of their rent directly to their landlord on their behalf.

The one-off payment is specifically for renters paying more than 30 per cent of their income in rent who are living in a primary residence to help them maintain safe, secure, and stable accommodation. Grants will be targeted at those who have lost an income of 20 per cent or more due to the pandemic.

For more information about the Rent Relief Grants, and to make an application visit the Housing Vic website.

Victoria's current restriction levels

Victoria has moved to COVIDSafe Settings. For updates on current restrictions, please visit the Victorian Government’s coronavirus website.

Support for Victorian businesses

Government assistance is available for Victorian businesses impacted by COVID-19.

COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment

Workers in Victoria who are self-isolating while waiting for a COVID-19 test result can apply for a $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment, which provides financial support for those who cannot earn an income while they self-isolate.

Student arrivals

The Victorian Government is continuing to work with education providers and the Australian Government to facilitate the gradual and safe return of international students when conditions allow.

Visit www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/arrivals for information for returning students, including travel exemptions, support for offshore students, and frequently asked questions.

Support for your international students

Study Melbourne continues to provide help and support for our international student community through our dedicated COVID-19 support hub. Please share this resource with your students.