SA Supports International Students

Date —

21 Apr 2020

Industry Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

International students studying at non-university providers in South Australia could be eligible to receive a one-off emergency cash grant of $500 to help alleviate the impacts brought about by the Covid-19 travel bans and lockdowns. Supporting international students has been a core priority of independent tertiary education providers. 

Key Issues —

The South Australian Government has demonstrated its commitment to the international education community by announcing a new $13.8 million international student support package, which is supported by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA). 

International education is South Australia’s biggest export and keeping the sector viable through the Covid-19 crisis is key to securing jobs for those employed at independent tertiary education providers across the state. Ensuring international students in South Australia are supported will also assist in maintaining South Australia’s strong reputation for international education.


The International Student Support Package will include —

  • $10 million fund for university students significantly impacted by Covid-19 restrictions at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia to distribute to their pathway and international students.
  • A $500 emergency cash grant to other international students significantly impacted by the restrictions, currently enrolled in a course, living in South Australia and who meet the criteria.
  • one-off $200 assistance payment per student living with South Australian families provided to homestay families.
Eligibility criteria will be formalised and available when the application process opens. For more information regarding the application process students should be directed to visit the StudyAdelaide website to register their interest.

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ITECA members play an important role in the state’s economy with every four international student enrolments creating a new job and contributing $1.92 billion to South Australia’s economy. ITECA, with support of its members, is taking the lead role to ensure that the South Australian Government provides timely assistance and support to support independent tertiary education providers impacted by the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus and the measures taken to contain its spread.  The shared experience of ITECA members is supporting advocacy to government and if you experience any issues be sure to email or telephone 1300 421 017.

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA South Australia State Committee.

Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at

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