by: Choose Brisbane
This page provides information and links that might assist international students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Australian and Queensland Governments have announced a series of restrictions on social gatherings. Study Brisbane encourages you to follow the governments’ social distancing guidelines.
Key Links for International Students on Coronavirus
If you have been studying in Australia for more than 12 months and are in financial hardship, you will be able to access your Australian superannuation. Register at https://my.gov.au
If you're employed by a major supermarket or working in aged care, the Australian Government has announced special working arrangements to extend your working hours until May 1, 2020. Please contact your employer for more information. More details here.
Australian Government – Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Australia
Study in Australia | Latest Information for Students on Health, Visas, Travel and Education
Department of Education Skills and Employment | FAQs for International Students
Queensland Premier | Handy Links for Queensland Job Opportunities
Fair Work Ombudsman | Information on your work rights
JobWatch | COVID–19: Employment Rights Q&A
Jobs Finder by Queensland Government | For students who have lived in Queensland for six months and hold a valid visa which allows you to work
Queensland Police | When can I leave my house?
Insider Guides | COVID-19 Resource Hub
1800 QSTUDY | Advice on available support services for Queensland students
SBS News | Coronavirus updates in 63 Languages
Australian Government | Download official “Coronavirus Australia”: Apple App Store or Google Play, or join the WhatsApp channel on iOS or Android for updates
Residential Tenancies Association (RTA) | Latest information regarding leases and paying rent in Queensland
CISB | Stay connected with fellow international students
Answer questions about your symptoms to see if you need to seek medical help or get tested.
If you are showing symptoms of COVID19 you should phone the 24/7 National Coronavirus Helpline on 131 450 or 1800 020 080
24/7 Health Hotlines
- Ambulance hotline for non-emergencies – call 13 12 33
- Queensland health advice - call 13HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
- Queensland public mental health service - call 1300 MH CALL (1300 642255)
Queensland Health has developed a handy resource for key messages for COVID-19 into multiple languages for international student providers.
Find out if there is a GP respiratory clinic near you and how to register for an online appointment here.
OSHC assists international students to meet costs of medical/hospital care while in Australia. Check with your provider to see what you are covered for:
Student Information and Support
The Brisbane Student Hub (BSH)
The BSH provides crisis response, information, advice and referrals on healthcare, employment, budget management, accommodation and legal services specifically for international students. BSH now delivers consultation online and by phone.
Your education institution
For questions relating to your studies, please contact your institution directly. They may also be able to provide assistance and advice regarding welfare, health and accommodation.
1800 QSTUDY (1800 778 839)
24/7 hotline for international students across Queensland
- accommodation advice
- public transport and travel advice employment advice
- health and wellbeing referrals
- legal referrals
- complaint referrals
Australian Government International Student Hotline
The Australian Government has provided a special email and hotline for international students.
A non-profit organisation you can turn to for help regarding depression, suicide, anxiety and other mental issues.
Provides services to anyone experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour support & suicide prevention support.
eheadspace provides free online support/counselling to young people 12 – 25, their families and friends. If you’re based in Australia and going through a tough time, eheadspace can help.
Headspace has free sources on their website and app called ‘Weathering the Storm’ with access to meditation, sleep, and movement exercises. See more here.
A website that connects people who are in crisis with the services they need right now and nearby, including access to emergency housing and food.
Emergency fund for international students on temporary visas who have no way to support themselves and who have urgent needs.
A one-stop shop for information about renting during COVID-19. Information hotline 1800497161 – Monday to Friday (8am to 8pm) and from 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday and texting (SMS) "Hi" to 0480 000 782.
Tenants Queensland has also developed factsheets, including one specifically for international students who were unable to enter Queensland or may have left and whose tenancies are affected by COVID-19. Tenants Queensland free statewide advice service for tenants. Their advice line is 1300 744 263. Advice Hours 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Extended hours to 7pm Tuesday & Wednesday.
A free independent advice and referral service for all Queensland renters, especially in relation to early terminations or evictions.
The RTA is a state government organisation that provides a range of resources to assist tenants and property owners/managers. They have published a suite of new forms for customers to document any agreements made when negotiating temporary changes to their rental arrangements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Service providing short-term discounted home stay to students needing emergency accommodation.
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