This page will help you apply for Stream Two of the Victorian Government's International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

International students enrolled with a private education provider or college in Victoria (Stream Two) can apply for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund through this website. This includes private vocational education and training providers, independent higher education providers, and private English language schools/colleges.

This page includes important information about how to prepare the documentation you’ll need to support your application, including examples of the key documents and how to find them. Take care to understand and provide the correct documentation or your application will not be successful. 

If you need more information or support to apply you and you can’t find the information you need, please call us on 1800 056 449.

If you are studying with a public university or TAFE in Victoria visit International Student Emergency Relief Fund – information for university and TAFE students.

Before you start your application

  1. Confirm you are eligible to apply before you start your application
    1. You can check the detailed eligibility criteria in the International Student Emergency Relief Fund Program Guidelines (Stream Two).
  2. Check your information is correct
    1. Your information must be correct.
    2. If you provide incomplete or incorrect information your application will not be successful.
  3. Read the application support information
    1. Read this information before you start your application.
      1. Frequently Asked Questions (Stream Two) – International Student Emergency Relief Fund
      2. Program Guidelines (Stream Two) – International Student Emergency Relief Fund
      3. Stream Two – List of private education providers in Victoria
  4. Prepare your supporting documents before you start your application
    1. You can learn more about Preparing your supporting documents for your application

About the application process

  1. You can apply for Stream Two online through the Study Melbourne website
  2. You will be asked to register with the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions DJPR (Business Victoria) Grants Portal to start your application.
  3. You can save your application and return to it later. You will receive an email notification from Economic Development Enquiries.
  4. We will email you with the outcome of your application.
  5. We will use the information you provide on the application form to check that you are eligible for the payment.
  6. You will also be asked to attach copies of your supporting documentation. See Preparing your supporting documentation and evidence.

About the assessment process

  1. We will check that you meet the eligibility criteria. The information you provide must be correct and complete or your application will not be accepted.
  2. You must meet all of the eligibility criteria for your application to proceed.
  3. We will ask you about your financial situation.
  4. We will assess your application and email you to let you know the result.
  5. If you are successful, we will email you and transfer the money into your bank account within about five business days.

Prepare your supporting documentation and evidence

You need to provide the following documentation (as attachments) in a commonly used file format (i.e. PDF, JPEG, PNG) to support your application:

Attachment 1: Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) form (screenshot or PDF)

Attachments 2 and 3: Valid Student Visa Documentation – You can provide up to two documents that provide information about your visa. These must be uploaded screenshots or PDFs of your visa details from the Department of Home Affairs, Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website. One or two documents can be provided, and together they must show the following eight points of information:

  1. A visible Australian Government crest or logo or URL address
  2. Must be clearly date stamped and show that this date stamp was generated within five days of submitting your application (to show your current location is onshore)
  3. Your full name
  4. Your current location (Onshore)
  5. Visa Grant Number
  6. Visa Class/subclass (Student)
  7. Visa Grant Date
  8. Visa Expiry Date - Length of Stay (must be after 30 June 2020)

Attachment 4: Passport (scan)

Attachment 5: Evidence of employment

Attachment 6: Evidence of reduction of hours or loss of employment

Find more information about how to prepare your documentation, including examples of the acceptable documents and how to find them, in our Application Guide (Stream Two).

Enrolment eligibility

  • You will need to provide a copy of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) form.
  • Ask your education provider if you do not have a copy.
  • This document should include your name as it is written in your visa or passport
  • This document should include the Confirmation of Enrolment number
  • This document should include the CRICOS provider number

In the application form (Question 1.2- 1.6) we will ask you for information from your Confirmation of Enrolment form.

Make sure you enter the correct information. Check the example below if you are not sure.

screenshot of CoE

Image: example of a Confirmation of Enrolment form.

Check the image above if you are not sure where to find information you need.

Question 1.2 - Find your Course Start Date in section B of your CoE form.

Question 1.3 - Find your Course End Date in section B of your CoE form.

Question 1.4 - Find your CoE number in the top right-hand corner of your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) form.

Question 1.5 - Find the name of your Victorian education provider under Section B of your CoE form. See the example we’ve provided to answer the question correctly.

Question 1.6 - Find the CRICOS provider number under Section B of your CoE form. See the example we’ve provided to answer this question correctly.

Visa eligibility

Attachments 2 and 3: Valid Student Visa Documentation – You can provide up to two documents that provide information about your visa. These must be uploaded screenshots or PDFs of your visa details from the Department of Home Affairs, Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) website. One or two documents can be provided, and together they must show the following eight points of information:

  1. A visible Australian Government crest or logo or URL address
  2. Must be clearly date stamped and show that this date stamp was generated within five days of submitting your application (to show your current location is onshore)
  3. Your full name
  4. Your current location (Onshore)
  5. Visa Grant Number
  6. Visa Class/subclass (Student)
  7. Visa Grant Date
  8. Visa Expiry Date - Length of Stay (must be after 30 June 2020)

For most students, this document is a VEVO record. You can request a copy of your VEVO record on the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website

Example 1 – acceptable visa document.

Example 2 – sample visa document

Example 3 – sample visa document

Passport information

We will also ask you for some information from your passport. This must be the passport you used to enter Australia.

We will ask you to provide a scanned copy of your passport (the page with your photo).

The name on your passport should match the name entered on your application.

We also need your passport number. You can find your passport number on the same page as your photograph. It can also be called a document number.

Here is an example of the passport scan we want you to provide, and where to find your passport number.

screenshot example passport

In the application form (section 2) we will ask information from your passport (Question 1.12 - 1.13). Check the image above if you are not sure where to find the information you need.

Section 2 – Enter your name as listed on your passport.

Section 2 – Enter your date of birth as listed on your passport.

Question 1.12 – Enter your nationality as listed on your passport.

Question 1.13 – You can find your passport number on the same page as your photograph. It can also be called a document number.

Evidence of employment and hardship

In the application form (Question 1.17) – Enter the name of your employer. If you have more than one job, or work as a contractor for more than one company, provide the name of the employer or company that is your main source of employment.

We will ask you to provide up to two documents that show evidence of employment in March 2020 and evidence of reduction in hours or loss of employment.  

Acceptable evidence must be in English and should include the information listed below.

You must ensure that the documents provided includes all the information specified. You can provide these as a scan or a photo.

Document

Minimum information

1

Payslips 

Document to include:

  • employer’s and employee’s name
  • employer’s Australian Business Number
  • pay period
  • date of payment
  • gross and net pay
  • if the employee is paid an hourly rate:
    • the ordinary hourly rate
    • the number of hours worked at that rate
    • the total dollar amount of pay at that rate

2

Letter of termination

  • On the letterhead of the business (if possible)
  • Include the contact details of the employer (phone and name)

3

Emails communicating a reduction in hours /shifts

  • Including the signature block of the business (if possible)
  • Include the contact details of the employer (phone and name)

4

Bank statements

  • On bank stationary
  • Includes your name

5

Bank transactions records

  • On bank stationary
  • Includes your name

6

A letter of support from an employment or tenancy lawyer or a community lawyer, or other professional advisor.

  • On the letterhead of the organisation (if possible)
  • Includes contact details of who wrote the letter (phone and name)

Location eligibility

Provide the following information from your visa document.

In the application form (Question 1.15) – Indicate your location as listed on your visa document (VEVO record) under ‘Location’.

Your privacy

Any personal information collected, held, managed, used, disclosed or transferred will be held in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and other applicable laws. 

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions, is committed to protecting the privacy of personal information. The Department’s Privacy Policy can be found online at https://djpr.vic.gov.au/.

Enquiries about access to information should be directed to the Department’s Privacy Unit by emailing privacy@ecodev.vic.gov.au.

Need more help?

Contact us on 1800 056 449 if you need support with your application and you can’t find the information you need.

When you have prepared your support documents you can

Start your application

You’ll need to register with Business Victoria to start your application.