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The University yesterday announced that students affected by the current Federal Government’s travel ban, implemented in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19), will be eligible to seek compensation for our of pocket expenses of up to $7 500.

UMSU welcomes any initiative that will assist affected students in managing the impact of the travel ban. The University has also provided information to affected students about how issues relating to the payment of course fees will be managed.

UMSU will continue to provide support to affected students, including assistance in how to navigate the compensation scheme, and in the resolution of any disputes that arise as a result of the implantation of this scheme. Get support from UMSU Advocacy here.

While UMSU has expressed its support for this scheme to the University we have also identified a number of issues and concerns that we think need to be addressed.

In particular UMSU is concerned that students who have agreements in place for University operated accommodation may incur costs that exceed the $7 500 limit. While the University is now allowing affected students to terminate accommodation agreements, any costs associated with this will be automatically deducted from the student’s entitlement to compensation. This creates a situation where the University could potentially be in the position of cutting a student off from available compensation as a direct result of costs imposed on that student by the University.

UMSU continues to stand in support of students affected by the travel ban and we will keep you updated on the progress of our discussions with the University.

If you have any further enquiries about coronavirus (Covid-19), check the University’s website for more information here. You can also contact Stop1 for any questions not answered by the UoM statement or FAQs. 

Hannah Buchan
UMSU President
president@union.unimelb.edu.au