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.
- Local and International students who are experiencing hardship may be eligible for financial assistance through the Extreme Hardship Support Program.
- Students can access the Utility Relief Grant for support paying bills.
- If you are 16-21, you may be eligible for Youth Allowance.
- If you are 25 or older and studying, you may be eligible for Austudy payments.
- If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you may be eligible for Abstudy payments.
- If you are receiving a Centrelink payment, you may also have access to Rent Assistance or the Pensioner Education Supplement.
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 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.