VIC International Student Support

Date —

20 May 2020

Industry Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

International students in Victoria will be able to access additional support for rent, finding work, community support, food relief and legal advice in addition to support already provided by the Victorian Government.  

Key Issues —

In an announcement welcomed by Victorian members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the Victorian Government will provide additional support for international students affected by the Covid-19 crisis.  

The International Student Emergency Relief Fund will deliver $45 million in support to international students in Victoria who face financial hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This support is being delivered in partnerships with tertiary education providers

ITECA Victoria members have been advocating for direct support measures of this kind that deliver essential services support and provision to international students at the most critical of times. Many international students are feeling significant pressures related to employment, accommodation, health, legal and other issues due to the Covid-19 response and are experiencing difficulty continuing to fully support themselves.  

Key information about the application process for students at independent provides is available from the Study Melbourne website:

This announcement comes on top of other support measures already announced for international students in Victoria.

ITECA’s ability to effectively represent independent providers in the higher education sector is made possible thanks to the members that make a substantial investment in time and money to support ITECA’s work.

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 Victoria 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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