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Victorian restrictions and what that means for your studies – 22 March 2020

Hannah Buchan, UMSU President
22 March 2020

As many of you have heard by now, Victoria will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services over the next 48 hours in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

We are in contact with the University to get a better understanding of what the impact of this announcement will be for all of us.

The exclusion of Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy from increased rates of payment by the federal government will also place students who continue to study at greater risk. This exemption means that students have an incentive to drop to part time study in order to get these payments. Students should not be punished for trying to access higher education. Students are facing the same financial difficulties, and are losing their jobs. Students should never be forced to drop out of their education, and this stimulus needs to apply to recipients of Youth Allowance, Austudy, and Abstudy. If your studies are being directly impacted please remember that you can reach out to UMSU Advocacy for advice and assistance.

At this uncertain time, it’s important to stay connected, and take care of ourselves and each other.

It’s also ok if you are feeling a little overwhelmed right now. Support services such as Beyond Blue have helpful and practical resources to assist from the comfort of your lounge.

We will keep you updated as more information comes through.

Some useful links:

Department of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/

Victorian Health and Human Services: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

University of Melbourne’s COVID-19 updates: https://www.unimelb.edu.au/coronavirus

UMSU Advocacy: https://umsu.unimelb.edu.au/about/umsu/contact/