The recent bushfires have not affected the operation of Victorian universities, TAFEs and schools enrolling international students. These universities and education providers remain safe, open and continue to welcome returning and commencing international students.
While Melbourne has experienced intermittent smoke haze as a result of the fires, the city is located hundreds of kilometres from the most heavily impacted areas. Depending on wind strength and direction, smoke from these fires may affect the areas of Melbourne, Geelong, and East Victoria. Click here to find out the actions you can take to avoid or reduce potential health effects.
Your wellbeing is important to us
Incidents such as the recent Australian bushfires may trigger different emotional, physical and psychological reactions in people impacted by these events. We encourage all international students to reach out to the student counselling or wellbeing service at your education provider if you require assistance.
The Victorian Government is continuing to support the wellbeing needs of international students through the Study Melbourne Student Centre which offers information, referrals and practical support. Our multi lingual staff offer wellbeing support, information and help with accommodation, health, employment and legal problems.
For free and confidential support, visit the Study Melbourne Student Centre at 17 Hardware Lane, Melbourne between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday or call 1800 056 449 to access the 24-hour helpline.
Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by bushfires.
How can you help?
Many students have asked us how they can help local communities who have been impacted by the bushfires. The Victorian Government has set up a community appeal that provides practical support for people in Victoria.
Staying safe this summer
The warmer summer months offer many opportunities to get out and explore Victoria, but the weather also brings risks including extreme heat, bushfires and risks in the water. Study Melbourne encourages all international students to make sure they aware of how to stay safe this summer.