QUEENSLAND INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CRISIS ASSISTANCE PACKAGE

May 26, 2020

By Study Queensland 

The Queensland Government has more than tripled its support for students, boosting its state-wide international education assistance and recovery package to $15 million.  

As part of this package, an additional $10 million will now be made available to support international students experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. 

Study Queensland recognises that many international students have lost their income and are feeling a heightened sense of anxiety being away from family during the pandemic, with many unable to travel home. The new funding complements a range of relief programs already introduced by the Queensland Government, universities, education and training providers and local communities to support students during this difficult time.  

Currently, the Queensland Government is working on a process to distribute: 

  • Additional funding to Queensland-based universities and TAFE Queensland to top-up their bursaries and student support services.  
  • One-off payments to private VET and ELICOS students. 

The Queensland Government looks forward to announcing when the funding will be made available.  

We encourage you to follow Study Queensland’s social media channels to keep up to date with announcements. More details on the package can be found below.  

In the meantime, international students needing immediate crisis support should reach out to their education and training provider or the Queensland Student Hub network

University and TAFE Queensland students

The Queensland Government is distributing funding to large education and training providers, to top up their financial hardship funds.

If you are an international student based at one of the institutions listed below and are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, please contact your institution student support team. Your institution will undertake a process to assess your eligibility for financial support as well as other ways your student experience can be supported during this time.

  1. TAFE Queensland
  2. Australian Catholic University
  3. Bond University
  4. Central Queensland University
  5. Federation University
  6. Griffith University
  7. James Cook University
  8. Queensland University of Technology
  9. Southern Cross University
  10. Torrens University
  11. University of Queensland
  12. University of Southern Queensland
  13. University of the Sunshine Coast

International students at private education and training providers 

If you are an international student studying at a private education and training provider based in Queensland, you may be eligible for financial support. The eligibility criteria are found below.  If you are applying, the information you provide must be true and accurate.

If you are assessed as eligible you will receive a $500 payment to your Australian bank account. Please note, it could take up to two weeks to receive this money into your bank account.

The portal will be open soon. The portal will remain open until all allocated funding is exhausted. We encourage you to apply immediately if you need support.

An individual is eligible if they are:

  • Over 18.
  • Currently enrolled at a CRICOS registered education provider in Queensland that is:
    • Not a university based in or with a campus in Queensland.
    • Not TAFE Queensland.
    • Not a primary or secondary school. 
    • If you study at one of these institutions, please contact your institution for information about accessing hardship support.
  • Hold an international student visa to study at a Queensland education and training provider.
  • Currently living in Queensland.
  • Currently have $1500 or less in their bank account – with proof of transactions from 19 May 2020 onwards.
  • Must have an Australian bank account.

If you are deemed ineligible it is because you do not meet the requirements above, please contact a Queensland Student Hub to meet with a case worker and discuss your needs.

If you believe you will be eligible, please follow the Study Queensland Facebook page so you know when the portal is open.

Other international students

If you are an international student in Queensland but do not seem to meet the criteria above – there is still help available for you.

Please reach out to one of our qualified case workers at the Queensland Student Hub to discuss areas of support.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Am I eligible for a one-off $500 cash payment?

If you are an international student studying at a private education and training provider based in Queensland, you may be eligible for financial support. An individual is eligible if they meet the below:

  • Over 18 years of age.
  • Currently enrolled at a CRICOS registered education provider in Queensland that is:
    • not a university based in or with a campus in Queensland
    • not TAFE Queensland
    • not a primary or secondary school.
  • Hold an international student visa to study at a Queensland education and training provider.
  • Currently living in Queensland.
  • Currently have $1500 or less in their bank account – with proof of transactions from 19 May 2020 onwards.
  • Must have an Australian bank account.

 

How do I apply for the one-off $500 cash payment?

Details will be released soon. Please follow the Study Queensland Facebook page to be notified of when the portal is open.

 

Am I eligible to apply if I study at a university?

You are not eligible for the one-off $500 cash payment through the portal.

However, the Queensland Government is distributing funding to your university to top up their financial hardship funds.

If you are an international student based at one of the institutions listed below and are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, please contact your institution student support team.

Your institution will undertake a process to assess your eligibility for financial support as well as other ways your student experience can be supported during this time.

Contact your institution if you study at:

a.        Australian Catholic University  

b.        Bond University 

c.        Central Queensland University

d.        Griffith University

e.        James Cook University 

f.         Queensland University of Technology

g.        University of Queensland 

h.        University of Southern Queensland 

i.         University of the Sunshine Coast

j.         Southern Cross University

k.        Torrens University

l.         Federation University

 

Am I eligible to apply if I study at TAFE Queensland?

You are not eligible for the one-off $500 cash payment through the portal.

However, the Queensland Government is distributing funding to TAFE Queensland to top up their financial hardship funds.

If you are an international student at TAFE Queensland and are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, please contact TAFE Queensland’s student support team.

TAFE Queensland will undertake a process to assess your eligibility for financial support as well as other ways your student experience can be supported during this time.

 

Once I apply, how long until I can access the one-off payment?

We will process your application as quickly as possible. You will be notified if you are deemed eligible.

 

I am over 18 and study at high school in Queensland, can I apply?

Unfortunately, you are not eligible for the one-off payment. For international students enrolled at a primary or secondary school in Queensland, we encourage you to speak to your school about available support services.

 

How much is the one-off payment?

Eligible students will receive a one-off payment of $500.

 

How do I prove that I am experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19?

You will be eligible if you meet all eligibility criteria. This includes a series of question to understand your current situation and supplying documentation as evidence. You must have $1500 or less in your bank account at the time of your application and you must show all transactions since 19 May 2020.

 

My family can no longer financially support me, can I apply for the one-off payment?

Yes. You are encouraged to apply if you think you meet all eligibility criteria.

 

Can I apply for the one-off payment if I have moved back to my home country but have kept studying online?

No, the one-off payment is only available if you reside in Queensland and are currently onshore in Queensland.

 

My partner and I are both international students and live at the same address. Am I able to apply for the one-off payment?

Yes. You are encouraged to apply if you think you meet all eligibility criteria. You must both individually meet the eligibility criteria.

 

Can I apply if I am an international student with a dependent child?

Yes, you can apply as an international student as long as you meet the eligibility criteria. Your child would only be eligible for a one-off payment if they individually meet the eligibly criteria. International school students are not eligible for this package.

 

When do applications open and close?

The state government is developing a new system to enable international student one-off payments. The portal will be open soon. Please follow the Study Queensland Facebook page to stay up to date regarding the portal opening.

Once the portal opens you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. There is no closing date for applications, but the funding provided for the International Student Support Package is finite.

The funding is intended to support those most in need.

 

How long will it take to get the one-off payment?

Once you have submitted your application it will be processed as soon as possible. You will receive an email notification once your application has been assessed.

If you are in immediate need we encourage you to contact your institution or the Queensland Student Hub to be directed to other support services.

 

Can I apply more than once?

The is a limit of one payment per person.

 

Am I eligible for the one-off payment if I am on a temporary graduate (subclass) 485 visa?

Unfortunately, 485 visa holders are ineligible to apply. Please visit the Red Cross here – you may be eligible for financial support if you are in immediate need as a result of COVID-19.

 

I need help now – who can I contact? 

If you are in need of immediate support, please contact your institution or the Queensland Student Hub.

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