Emergency aid for international students living in Victoria
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At Educonnecting, we want to keep you informed about all the updates about the coronavirus situation. That’s why we want to tell you this excellent news: The Victoria Government has offered emergency aid for international students living in this state who are in the midst of a financial crisis due to COVID-19. Students may receive a payment of up to $1,100 AUD.
"International students give so much to Victoria – it’s only fair we support them in their hour of need. ”
Minister of Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula
Many people have been harmed during these times of the coronavirus, including, of course, international students, as they have lost their jobs and are experiencing financial difficulties.
For that reason, what is sought is to guarantee students an emergency income to cover their basic needs. The Victorian Government will establish a $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund.
This fund will make a one-time payment to students who need it and at the same time expand the emergency provisions for those experiencing exceptional circumstances.
International students from Victoria's tertiary education providers, including universities, TAFEs, English colleges, and private providers of vocational education and training, are eligible to apply for this aid.
The payments, which will require co-contributions from university hardship funds, build on existing Victorian Government support provided to international students through the Study Melbourne Student Centre.
If you live in Victoria and want to access the International Student Emergency Aid Fund, click here.You will need to fill out a form, then Study Melbourne will contact you by email once more information about the eligibility criteria and the application process is available.
More than 150,000 international students currently living in Victoria are also eligible for the Victorian Government’s rent relief program, including subsidies of up to $2,000, and those legally allowed to work in Victoria are eligible for the Working for Victoria initiative, which helps people who have lost their jobs to find new employment.
For more information on these aid funds, here.
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