NSW to finance temporary accommodation for international students affected by COVID-19

May 19, 2020

By SBS en Español

In order to maintain New South Wales (NSW) as an important destination for international students, the state government announced that it will provide assistance to international students affected by the COVID-19 crisis to have temporary accommodation.

The aid is part of a $ 20 million package provided by this jurisdiction.

"International students are an integral part of our communities and our economy," NSW Minister of Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said, adding that "thousands of families across the state depend on the sector, whether through the direct employment, family homes or other services ”.


Highlights

  • The NSW government will finance temporary crisis accommodation for stranded international students.
  • The money is given to approved student housing or pension providers.
  • The NSW government created a COVID-19 hotline (13 77 88) for legal advice for international students, as well as for help with mental health and emergencies.

 The package includes a temporary accommodation plan, aimed at students who demonstrate a real need and delivered through approved student or pension accommodation providers.

"It also provides further support through the New South Wales International Legal Service, making 50,000 free subscriptions to the multilingual student application My Legal Mate available."

The NSW government will also make available a new support service for international students, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the COVID-19 hotline (13 77 88),

The service will offer free advice and information on other measures, such as a moratorium on evictions from rented housing and medical, mental health, legal and emergency support.

Lee highlighted the great contribution international students make to New South Wales.

"Many have lost their part-time jobs, cannot return to their home countries, and are not entitled to support programs from the Commonwealth Government," he said.

"The additional support announced today complements the efforts of our educational institutions, highlighted by a combined $ 180 million commitment from NSW universities to their international and national students."

The President of the Australian International Student Council (CISA), Ahmed Ademoglu, welcomed the announcement.

"We are pleased to see that the Government of New South Wales is focused on welcoming vulnerable international students in crisis situations, something that we as an association have been asking for," Ademoglu.

Call the hotline (13 77 88) for more information on available support for COVID-19 or visit Service NSW.

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