The government are currently offering financial support packages for people affected by COVID-19.

For a full list of government support payments, including International Student support, Jobseeker, the Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment, the COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment, Food relief and more, please visit here.


COVID-19 Disaster Payment: From June 7th 2021

This is a new payment for Victorian workers who are unable to earn income due to the current lockdown restrictions. The payment is $325 if you’ve lost less than 20 hours of work, and $500 if you’ve lost 20 hours or more of work. More info here.


COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment

Workers in Victoria who are self-isolating while waiting for a COVID-19 test result can apply for a $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment, which provides financial support if someone cannot earn an income while they self-isolate.


International Students

International Students can access support through Study Melbourne’s COVID-19 support hub, free food and meals, as well as confidential support and practical help through the Study Melbourne Student Centre.


UMSU Welfare

The Welfare department provides free and confidential Food Bank service, as well as assistance with household essentials and emergency accomodation.


UMSU Legal

You can also read more information about financial counselling from our Legal department here. If your request is urgent, please contact the UMSU Legal team at