Notice to Sri Lankan Students In Australia

Dear Students,

Please note that the Department of Education, Skills and Employment of Australia has informed this Mission on Australia’s response and assistance provided to international students directly and indirectly by the Federal Government and Australian Education Providers during the current challenging situation caused by COVID-19 pandemic.

Further, you are kindly requested to contact the Sri Lanka High Commission/Consulate Office in Australia (which is closest to you) for any specific concerns/ needs you have with regard to your stay in Australia.

 

  • The Australian Government has increased flexibility of a number of regulations to make it easier for international students to continue their studies in Australia. The Government will be flexible in cases where Corona virus has prevented international students meeting their visa conditions (such as not being able attend classes).
  • International students are able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight. International students working in aged care and as nurses have had these hours extended to support these critical sectors. International students working in the major supermarkets have also had these hours extended to help get stock on shelves during the high demand. From 1 May, their hours will return to the maximum 40 hours a fortnight. Further information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website at or by calling their Global Service Centre on 131 881.
  • Students who have been here longer than 12 months who find themselves in financial hardship will be able to access their Australian superannuation.
  • Students who are in their first year are encouraged to rely on family support, part−time work where available and their own savings to sustain themselves in Australia. (As part of their visa application, international students have had to demonstrate that they can support themselves completely in their first year.)
  • The Government continues to work with universities and the international education sector to minimise the impact of and that includes finding practical ways to support international students.
  • Numerous institutions have put in place measures to assist international students who are facing hardship with crisis payments, fee assistance, other grants or changes to tuition requirements and critical dates. The majority of providers have moved to an online or remote learning model.International students  are recommended to contact their education provider for assistance and information regarding their studies.
  • In addition they may refer to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s website www.dese.gov.au for regularly updated factsheets or access the department’s dedicated email and hotline: international.students@dese.gov.au and 1300 621.
  • Students may also wish to visit Study Australia’s website www.studvinaustralia.gov.au for more information on support services available to them.
  • Updates on measures specifically supporting international student visa holders, will be available on the Department of Home Affairs website.

 

Please read the full communication here.

 

Sri Lanka High Commission, Canberra.

14 April 2020

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