Information for international students

COVID-19 has impacted everyone in our community, but has been especially hard for international students who may not have social and family networks here and often cannot access available state and federal government financial support programs.

Below is a list of national, local and state-based support programs available to international students who live in Stonnington. Your education institution may also have details of support available.

Getting a COVID-19 test in Stonnington

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms you can get a free COVID-19 test at:

Visit the DHHS website for a list of other testing sites around Victoria.

Local support available

Uniting Prahran is a trusted local organisation with support for international students facing hardship due to the impacts of COVID-19.

Support available includes:

  • food relief and personal care items
  • material aid
  • a lunch programme
  • referral to other support available.

Call our COVID-19 customer service centre at 8290 1439 to be connected with Uniting Prahran. There are also a number of local Stonnington community organisations offering support during COVID-19.

Victorian Government support

The Victorian Government’s Extreme Hardship Support Program can provide financial assistance, information and referrals to people living in Victoria who are experiencing significant hardship due to COVID-19 and are unable to access other forms of Victorian and Australian government financial support.

The Study Melbourne website also has information and resources outlining the support available for international students.

Australian Government support

The Study in Australia website outlines support and information available from the Australian Government for international students during COVID-19.

Mental health support

Beyond Blue has a dedicated online mental health support hub for people struggling with the impacts of COVID-19, including an online forum and chat options.

Other support

Legal issues

Inner Melbourne Community Legal

St Kilda Legal Services 

Housing issues

Tenants Victoria

Launch Housing

Other additional support

Council of International Students of Australia

Contact us

You can also call our COVID-19 customer service team at 8290 1439 or email council@stonnington.vic.gov.au