Crisis Accommodation Support

Date —

16 Jun 2020

Industry Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

International students in New South Wales will be able to apply for temporary crisis accommodation, funded by the NSW Government in partnership with quality student accommodation and homestay providers. 

Key Issues —

In an announcement welcomed by New South Wales members of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the New South Wales Government will provide additional accommodation support for international students affected by the Covid19 crisis.

International students in New South Wales, who are stranded in Australia due to the Covid-19 pandemic, can now apply for temporary crisis accommodation, funded by the NSW Government in partnership with quality student accommodation and homestay providers. 

The $20 million package for international students includes:  

  • A temporary accommodation scheme delivered through quality student accommodation and homestay providers; 
  • Increased support via the International Legal Service NSW and making available 50,000 free subscriptions to the multilingual My Legal Mate student app; 
  • A dedicated 24/7 international student support hotline (13 77 88) offering free advice and information about medical, mental health, legal, emergency and other support. 
 

The crisis accommodation is limited to student visa holders in genuine need, who have been evicted or facing imminent eviction from their home, have been laid off employment and have less than $1,500 in savings with no other avenues of support. 

To support international student in New South Wales to apply for the crisis accommodation, please direct them to the following website:

Crisis Accommodation Further Information ꟷ

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

ITECA has continued to liaise closely with the New South Wales Government and Study NSW 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 New South Wales State Committee.

Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to nsw@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.


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