Applications closed on 31 December 2020.
The Fund supported over 33,000 international students in Victoria who faced financial hardship through lost wages and work as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund provided a one-off payment of up to $1100 and was delivered in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary education providers.
International students in Victoria who are experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for emergency financial assistance through the Victorian Government’s Extreme Hardship Support Program.
The program is for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants who are unable to access Commonwealth income support, and have zero or very little income, savings or community support.
If you received an International Student Emergency Relief Fund payment and still require assistance to pay for basics like rent, food and bills, you can apply for an emergency payment from the Extreme Hardship Support Program.
Please visit www.redcross.org.au/vicrelief to apply.
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Further support for international students in Victoria
If you can’t access the International Student Emergency Relief Fund, you may be able to access financial help through the Extreme Hardship Support Program.
In addition to the hardship funds, pastoral care and student support services available through Victorian education providers, the Victorian Government is providing the following support to international students:
- free groceries at the Foodbank International Student Pop-Up Store in central Melbourne
- one-off rent relief grants for people in rental hardship due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, to help keep renters in safe and stable accommodation
- utility relief grants to help pay overdue bills
- financial support through the Extreme Hardship Support Program for temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants, delivered by the Red Cross
- help to find work opportunities through Working for Victoria
- a dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) online support hub on the Study Melbourne website to link you with a wide range of support programs and services including a directory of community support and food relief
- access to free legal advice on accommodation and employment matters
- dedicated support through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including free and confidential support and practical help. This includes access to mental health services and referral to other services.