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This is a challenging time for everyone. We know that some international students are struggling due to the loss of part-time or casual work, as well as the general disruption and uncertainty caused by the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. We also know that some of you may be struggling with self-isolation and feeling lonely and disengaged.

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 paramount to us. We encourage you to maintain connections and your support groups virtually while practicing social distancing.

We also encourage you to seek help if you are feeling uneasy or have concerns. Seeking help will not affect your enrolment or your visa.

Please visit these website for information and help:

Tasmanian Government | Coronavirus Information

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

Headspace | Free Support for 12 - 25 Year Olds

Beyond Blue | National Help Lines and Websites 

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 I MRC

Multicultural Council of Tasmania I MCOT

Department of Home Affairs I COVID-19 and the border

Australian Government information

The Australian Government has announced special working arrangements for international students who are currently employed by major supermarkets or working in Australia’s aged care sector. This is a great example of the contribution of international students and the tremendous impact they have in the communities in which they live, study, and work. More information on this is available at the following links:

https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/davidcoleman/Pages/more-help-aussie-shelves-stocked.aspx

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/senator-the-hon-richard-colbeck/media/international-students-ready-to-fill-critical-staff-shortages-in-aged-care

The Australian Government has announced that evictions from rental properties will be put on hold for six months. Tenants and landlords are encouraged to agree on rent relief or temporary amendments to the lease. More information on this is available at the following links:

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-statement (Commercial and residential tenancies section)

https://www.australia.gov.au/ (Essential Information section)

The Australian Government has launched a new Whatsapp information portal where students can access up to date and verified information relating to COVID-19. More information on this is available at the following link:

https://www.aus.gov.au/whatsapp

Information current as at 08 April 2020