We have compiled a one stop information guide on key Covid-19 news & student support in Australia.

Check out this page for information updates!



Extreme Hardship Support Program - In Victoria

  • The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) has extended the Extreme Hardship Support Program to October 2021.

  • DFFH has funded Red Cross to deliver an Extreme Hardship Support Program to provide financial assistance, information and referrals to Victorians who are experiencing significant hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but who do not have access to Commonwealth income support (including JobSeeker and the Temporary COVID Disaster Payment).

  • The program provides support to the most vulnerable temporary and provisional visa holders and undocumented migrants who have zero or very limited income, savings or community support. 

  • All international students experiencing extreme financial hardship are eligible to apply, even if they had previously received assistance through the International Student Emergency Relief Fund.

  • To be eligible for the program people must

    • live in Victoria, and

    • not receive income from the Commonwealth (such as JobSeeker or the Temporary COVID Disaster Payment), and

    • have zero or very limited income, savings or community support, and

    • be a temporary or provisional visa holder, or an undocumented migrant.

  • Applicants apply through a portal on the Red Cross website or a dedicated phone line 1800 855 240.

  • Read the COVID-19 Extreme Hardship Support Program frequently asked questions for the Victorian community.



Rental Support - Laws In Victoria

  • New laws have been introduced to protect you as a tenant in a residential property from eviction if you are suffering financial hardship <Find out more>. 

  • If you need assistance to locate affordable accommodation in Melbourne, <Contact us for more info>.




Financial Support - Federation University Australia

  • FedUni provides financial support for their international students affected by Covid-19.

  • Depending on eligibility, students experiencing hardship may be eligible to receive the following supports:

  • Emergency Aid - Up to $200 per year toward the cost of living for students experiencing hardship.

  • Student Grants - Up to $500 per year toward the cost of bills that are due or overdue. Bills include water, Gas, Power, Registration Fees and Car Maintenance Costs.

  • View <FedUni Covid-19 Special Assistance Support>.

  • FedUni has affordable bachelor & master programs in Australia, popular for its IT, Business, Engineering & Education programs.

  • In latest Good Universities Guide's Ratings in Australia, Federation University has been ranked No1 in Victoria for:

    • Starting Salary for Graduates (AUD$62,600 average)

    • Graduate Full Time Employment

    • Teaching Quality & Student Support

  • <Contact us for more info> to study at Federation University.





Food Relief - In Victoria

  • Food relief is available during the pandemic for people who are experiencing financial hardship and are voluntarily isolating because of a health condition or age. 

  • For more information, read this factsheet: <Find out more>



Covid-19 Testing - In Victoria

  • Covid testing locations - go get tested if you are having flu like symptoms or been in a Covid hotspot.

  • Covid Testing is FREE. Covid Treatment is FREE too. 


Covid-19 Test Isolation Payment - In Victoria

Read about the Covid-19 Test Isolation $450 Payment eligibility requirements. 


Covid-19 Isolation & Quarantine - In Victoria


Covid- 19 Health Costs Waiver - In Victoria

  • Victorian hospitals will waive costs of treatment for overseas travellers, including international students, with symptoms of coronavirus who fall ill in Australia & do not have adequate insurance coverage. <Source - Study in Melbourne Website>


Health Insurance - In Australia

  • If you are an International Student, ensure you have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the full duration of your study in Australia. 

  • If you are a Visitor or on Temporary Graduate Visa, we recommend adequate health insurance coverage for your Stay in Australia.

  • If you need assistance to renew or purchase health insurance in Australia, we can assist you. <Contact us for more info>.


Working For Victoria - Info for Jobseekers

  • Working for Victoria is part of the Victorian Government's $1.7 billion Economic Survival Package. 

  • Types of Jobs include:

    • Care Giving, Operating Machinery, Preparing Food

    • Working in Agriculture & Food Production.

    • Roles to support Covid19 Response such as contact tracing and hotel quarentine support. 

  • You are eligible to participate if you are legally able to work in Australia, including those who have recently lost their jobs or casuals who no longer have shifts.

  • <Apply for Working for Victoria>