The Australian Government is aware that students are affected by COVID-19 and have offered the following assistance in regards to Visas.
Extending Student Visa - $0
Students can apply for a Fee Waiver if they need to extend their student Visa.
Follow the link and fill in the form before applying to extend your student visa.
COVID-19 Pandemic Event Visa
If you have finished your studies but cannot return to your home country because of COVID-19 restrictions you can apply for this visa at $0 cost.
Look for the ‘step by step guide’ on one of the tabs which will take you through what is needed. You apply through your ImmiAccount.
For the most current information on visas, immigration and border restrictions, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Returning home voluntarily
If you wish to voluntarily return to your home country, the Homeward’s Assisted Returns Program provides students with assistance to return home voluntarily, including assistance with travel forms, organising travel arrangements, and financial assistance with travel related expenses. Students who are interested can contact the team via their website here or call them on 1300 094 663.
If you would like an interpreter to assist you with communicating either in-person or over-the-phone, Translating and Interpreting Services (TIS) provides free interpreting services to people with limited English language proficient. TIS services can be used for medical appointments, casework and emergency services, real estate agencies, local government authorities and trade unions. Contact TIS on 131 450 or via their website here.
The Australian Government has given funds to the following organisations to help international students affected by COVID-19. They are very understanding and helpful so if you need assistance get in touch with them. We recommend starting with the Australian Red Cross.
Australian Red Cross
Emergency relief and casework support for people who are on temporary visas.
Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme
If you are staying at Unilodge or have a rental agreement in your name then you may be eligible for a grant up to $2,000.
Learn more about the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme - up to $2,000.
Assistance with Utility Bills, Phone Bills and Food.
StudyPerth Crisis Relief
StudyPerth will put you in touch with your Consulate and other support organisations
Reach out to StudyPerth here
If you have not been successful in getting the Financial Support Bursary then you may be eligible for the SPCR Grant. Apply here
Alhidayah Centre Community
One fresh cooked meal fortnightly.
Bengali Association of Western Australia
Support for international students - food, groceries, rent, etc.
Lifestreams Community Services
Corona Care initative to assist international students
Indian Society of WA
Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA), in an unprecented measure, has been joined by forty five (45) of its members associations in a joint appeal to support Indian origin people in the current COVID-19 situation.
There is some assistance available for students: Learn more
Indian Student Support
The Federation of Indian Associations of WA Inc. is inviting all Indian international students to join the below community group to ensure you’re supported during this time. If you are interested in joining, please visit the group page here.
African Student Support
The Organisation of African Communities in WA Inc. are currently stationing food banks in various locations around Perth. If you or someone you know will benefit from this please contact the ASIWA Student Coordinator via email@example.com or call them on 0413 121 842.
Pakistani Student Support
The Pakistan Association of WA INC in collaboration with AICI has been providing free groceries to Pakistani students, students from other nationalities are also welcome. If you, or anyone you know requires support please visit their website and complete a registration form or contact Ali Mardan Shah at 0410 000 552 or Hassan Jahangir at 0452 011 653.
Malaysian Student Support
All Malaysian Students in Australia and New Zealand are invited to register with the Education Malaysia Australia's online registration system on their website here. This enables the EMA team to keep you informed on any relevant updates and provide support if you are in need.
The Multicultural Services Centre
The Multicultural Services Centre (MSC) is running Happy Minds and Helping Hands workshops to raise awareness and prevention of self-harm and suicide and assisting in the creation of support groups and how to support, help or strengthen those who are going through a crisis. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops or want us to organise one for your community, please contact Nedzada Nadia Loncar, the Coordinator of Suicide Prevention and Intervention Project at firstname.lastname@example.org
MSC also have an informative webpage on the support available for international students and temporary visa holders.
COVID-19 Scam Watch
There are scams circulating so please take care online and check all links carefully before opening. Visit their website here to find more information.
Southcare can assist with bill payments for students who live near Curtin Campus.
Contact Duncan Edgar,
Tel: (08) 9450 6233
WAConnect is a directory of emergency relief service providers managed by the DropIN team at the Western Australian Council of Social Service.
Learn more about Migrant & Refugee services
Learn more about overdue bills assistance
1 Thorogood St, Burswood WA. (08) 9416 0000.
Rent assistance (up to $150) and food hampers.
Access to a wide-range of high-quality medical services on the Curtin Perth Campus.
View Health services
Visit StudyPerth: Learn more about community groups and how to best look after your safety and wellbeing.
Musalla is located in Building 510.
Find out more about Curtin's Faith and Religion services and facilities here.
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Location: Building 106F, Curtin University
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Students at the Kalgoorlie WASM campus are welcome to contact us.
Any queries regarding your visa requirements, enrolment and returning home, please speak with the team at Curtin International.
International Student Services
Building 102, main Perth Campus
Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm (AWST)
Telephone: 1300 222 888 (select options 2-2-1)
+61 8 9266 5888 (if calling from overseas)
GPO Box S1512
Perth WA 6845