NSW Government will support international students during the COVID-19 pandemic
The NSW Government will support international students through financing that will provide temporary accommodations for those who are homeless, as part of a 20 million AUD package that seeks to protect the most vulnerable and be consistent with the status as a world-leading study destination.
This accommodation will be limited to holders of international student visas with primary needs, who must meet the following criteria:
- Have been evicted or have faced imminent eviction.
- Have evidence of being fired from employment.
- Have less than $1500 AUD in savings and no other means of support
"International students are an integral part of our communities and our economy” NSW Minister of Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee
These are other aids that the Government has prepared:
My Legal Mate free download
Legal support will be provided to students through the My Legal Mate app, by making 50,000 free subscriptions available, which you can find in multi-language.
The app addresses four legal areas identified by students and service providers as most in need: employment, housing, disputes with education providers, and sexual assault. You will find the information provided in a friendly and accessible format.
New South Wales Government Hotline
A new 24/7 international student assistance service will be provided through the NSW Government Hotline. There you can receive free advice and information on other measures, including the moratorium on evictions for rent, legal, medical, mental health and emergency assistance.
For free help in your language, you can call Translation and Interpretation Services at 13 14 50 and ask them to contact the NSW Service at line 13 77 88.
Free legal advice for international students.
International students at NSW will also be able to access free legal advice through the NSW International Student Legal Service at the Redfern Legal Center. The Government of New South Wales has allocated additional funds to this service to help people facing legal problems under public health laws by COVID-19. International students are also eligible to use these services.
Mental well-being support during COVID-19
International students can access NSW government mental health support through NSW mental health services. The hotline works 24/7. You can call 1800 011 511 to speak to a mental health professional.
Emergency aid packages
The Government of New South Wales has partnered with Foodbank and the Rapid Aid Team to deliver emergency aid packages and food boxes to people in need who have gone into isolation on their own or who have to be quarantined due to vulnerability. If you find yourself in this situation, you can call 13 77 88.
Virtual participation programs for international students.
Study NSW offers virtual participation programs for international students at NSW during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here you can find webinars constantly. To receive all updates, you can follow their Facebook page..
Many of the international students are going through a crisis due to the coronavirus, as they have lost their jobs and cannot return to their home countries. In addition, some may also not qualify for Commonwealth Government support programs.
Therefore, this aid provided by the NSW Government is a complement to the efforts made by educational institutions.
Se espera que las solicitudes de alojamiento se abran en las próximas semanas.
If you urgently need help, you can contact the NSW Service Hotline (13 77 88) or subscribe to receive more updates about this package.
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