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We understand that for students, talking about financial or emotional support with someone they don't know is difficult.

We know that international students have gone through a difficult time during COVID-19, and many of the international students are still struggling to settle in during this challenging time.

Here at Study Tasmania we want you to know that you are not alone in Tasmania. This is a challenging and difficult time for most people and we are all #InThisTogether.

Your health and wellbeing is important and we encourage you to maintain connections and to seek help if you are feeling uneasy or have concerns.

Seeking help will not affect your enrolment or your visa.

Here are some key websites with relevant information:

Tasmanian Government | Coronavirus Information

Australian Government | Coronavirus related updates, information and media releases

UTAS | Coronavirus

GETI | COVID-19 International Student Information

TasTAFE | Coronavirus Update

Lifeline | Mental Health and Well being

Red Cross | Looking After your Mental Wellbeing during COVID-19

Australian Government Department of Health | Head to Health

One Door Mental Health | Emotional Support in Mandarin and English

Beyond Blue | Mental Health during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Embrace Mental Health | Multicultural Mental Health Site (many languages available)

Ask Izzy | COVID-19 Support Resource

Migrant Resource Centre | MRC TAS

Multicultural Council of Tasmania | MCOT

Department of Home Affairs | COVID-19 and the border

International Student Assistance Network (ISSN) Homestay Program

If you are an international student in Australia experiencing financial hardship you may be eligible to participate in the International Student Support Network (ISSN) Homestay Program.

Students whose education providers identify them as being financially vulnerable as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and needing support can be referred to the ISSN to apply for a heavily discounted homestay placement.

ISSN homestays include a private room, meals, utilities, and support from one of our committed Australian Homestay Network (AHN) host families.

For more information see Homestay Program.

International Student Support Quick Response Grant

Study Tasmania, in partnership with the Hobart City Council, has launched the International Student Support Quick Response Grant. Funding of up to $2000 is available to support community organisations and groups to deliver activities, projects, programs and initiatives that assist international students with response and recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.

For more information see the Guidelines and Application Form.

Seasonal Works in Tasmania

Tasmania’s agriculture sector is currently facing a significant labour shortage due to ​COVID-19 so now is a great time to consider farm work if you are struggling to find a work. You could try anything including:

  • picking and packing produce
  • plant husbandry
  • tractor or forklift driving
  • working with livestock

Please click the link for more information.

Information current as at 24 September 2020