On 21 April 2020, the South Australian Government announced a new $13.8 million International Student Support Package, designed to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship.
There are three components to the package, as outlined by StudyAdelaide:
- The South Australian Government, in partnership with the state’s three public universities, will match funding to alleviate student hardship as a result of COVID-19. The funding will be distributed between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia to distribute to their pathway and international students.
- A $500 emergency cash grant will be available to other international students not studying at one of the public universities, currently enrolled in a course, living in Adelaide, and who meet the criteria.
- For school students living with South Australian families, a one-off $200 COVID-19 assistance payment per student will be provided to homestay families, to help support accommodation for school students.
Eligible international students will be able to apply for support through the Department of Human Services. More information including eligibility criteria and application process can be found on the StudyAdelaide website.