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Covid-19 & International Students – What You Need To Know

Recently the Australian Minister for Education issued a message for International students.

We know the impacts of this virus are affecting our international students here in Australia.

The Government has announced that international students who have been here longer than 12 months and who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation.

International students are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight.

International students working in aged care and as nurses have had these hours extended to support these critical sectors.

Our Government continues to work with universities and the international education sector to minimise the impact of COVID-19, and that includes finding innovative ways to support our international students.

I also encourage our international students to use the mental health support offered by their education provider.

My message to our international students is: you are our friends, our classmates, our colleagues and members of our community.

Australian Universities and colleges are making measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, which means international students are being asked to stay at home. Universities across the country are taking careful steps to safeguard students, staff and their communities.

Here’s what to know if you’re an international student in Australia

Be prepared to study at home

restricting face-to-face teaching, working to ensure as many lectures and tutorials are available online. If your university has not announced any closures yet, make sure you have a good Internet connection and a working laptop to facilitate online learning when it comes into effect.

Do not make any travel plans

Some international students in Australia may be tempted to go home, fearing a lockdown or quarantine where they won’t be able to get home for some time. Please do not make any travel plans for the time being and wait for official
instructions from your university

Some International Students can work additional hours

“That is some 20,000 international student nurses who are in Australia, they have been in Australia for some time, we’re not importing nurses into Australia” – Prime Minister Scott Morrison

For the latest government announcements you can visit the online Australian Government hub for Coronavirus.

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