A message from Austrade to our international education partners (28 April 2020)

28 Apr 2020

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” - Aristotle

While light is finally appearing at the end of the COVID-19 crisis tunnel, the Australian Government is working closer than ever before with states and territory governments, education providers and community organisations, to deliver support measures for our international student community.

  • This week, the Australian Government released a snapshot of health and wellbeing support, financial assistance and information sources available to international students. An infographic is available for download on the Study Australia resource hub and can be shared with your respective communities and stakeholders.
  • International education study destination agencies in each state and territory are playing a vital role in supporting international students and referring them to welfare services, mental health support and emergency relief.
  • Education institutions are also supporting international students, with all of Australia’s 43 universities delivering a range of initiatives totalling more than $145 million. The latest list of commitments is available on the Study Australia website.

Australia prides itself on being a safe, welcoming and multicultural country – and as a community, we have always supported one another in times of need. The Australian Government, state and territory governments, our educational institutions and community organisations are here to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of our international students. They are our friends, our classmates, our colleagues and important members of our community.

We must also remember that international education extends beyond the time that students are here with us in Australia. They are our future ambassadors and their experience helps shape our standing as a study destination.

We recognise every organisation who is #InThisTogether and here to help our international students. Over the coming weeks you will hear more from the Australian Government about how we are aligning our efforts and making it easier for international students to navigate the help they need.