VIC International Student Grants

Date —

10 Jun 2020

Industry Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

The Victorian Government is encouraging international students studying with independent tertiary education providers in Victoria and affected by the Covid-19 crisis, to continue to apply for support through Study Melbourne. 

Key Issues —

This year has been a particular challenge for international students and the Victorian Government has renewed the call for international students with independent tertiary education providers, who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, to apply for the support available.

The International Student Emergency Relief Fund, which opened for applications on 19 May 2020, supports international students in Victoria facing hardship through the loss of employment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Fund is delivered through Study Melbourne on behalf of the Victorian Government, in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary education providers. 

To assist independent tertiary education providers support their students with the applications, please refer to the Study Melbourne website. Students are asked to take particular care when submitting information regarding eligibility criteria, and also to ensure applications are complete. Students who have submitted incomplete applications are encouraged to reapply.  A helpline is available to students and providers who are experiencing difficulties with the application process. 

For full eligibility criteria, documentation requirements, advice with applications, and the application form for students from independent tertiary education providers, please consult the following website:

Study Melbourne —


In addition to support via the International Student Emergency Relief fund, the Victorian Government has made available the following support:

Additional International Student Support ꟷ

  • One-off rent relief grants for people in rental hardship due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic;   
  • Help to find work opportunities through Working for Victoria;
  • A dedicated coronavirus (Covid-19) online support hub on the Study Melbourne website to link students with a wide range of support programs and services including a directory of community support and food relief; 
  • Access to free legal advice on accommodation and employment matters; 
  • Dedicated support through the Study Melbourne Student Centre including access to free and confidential counselling and practical help, access to mental health services and referral to other services. 

ITECA has continued to liaise closely with the Victorian Government and Study Melbourne to ensure ITECA members are in the best position to continue supporting their international students. 

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 Victorian 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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