Additional financial support for eligible full-time domestic students

The Australian Government is offering additional financial assistance to eligible full-time domestic students in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you’re already receiving financial assistance through Centrelink, you may be eligible for additional payments during this time.

Coronavirus Supplement for Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY recipients

If you’re a full-time domestic student already receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY, you may be eligible to receive an additional $550 per fortnight from 27 April 2020 for the next six months.

These additional funds, known as the Coronavirus Supplement, will be paid on top of your existing income payment rate. You do not need to do anything; the additional payment will begin automatically if you are eligible.

Apply for Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY

If you’re not already receiving any Centrelink benefits, you can check your eligibility and apply for Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY through myGov using a Centrelink online account, or by calling Centrelink.

Please note, Centrelink is experiencing extreme levels of calls and people visiting their service centres. They are currently directing people to use the myGov website.

Increase your study load

If you are a domestic student currently studying part-time and are not receiving a payment from Centrelink, you might be eligible to receive financial assistance through Centrelink if you are in a position to increase your study load.

If you would like to increase your study load, please book an appointment with a Course Advice Specialist. We will work with you to see what’s possible and can adjust your study plan if needed.

Economic Support Payment for Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY recipients

If you’re a full-time domestic student already receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY, you may be eligible to receive a one-off Economic Support Payment of $750.

Relief for renters

On 29 March, the National Cabinet agreed to a moratorium (a freeze) on evictions over the next six months for commercial and residential tenancies in financial distress who are unable to meet their commitments due to the impact of coronavirus.

If you’re currently renting and worried about meeting your financial commitment, this announcement provides certainty around your tenancy agreement.

Early access to your super

You may be eligible for an early release of your superannuation to support you during this time. You can register your interest now via myGov, with applications opening in April.

Small loans for those experiencing domestic, family or sexual violence

In March 2020, the federal government announced an AU$20 million No-Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) for women affected by domestic violence. Following this announcement, a further $150 million has been provided to support Australians experiencing domestic, family and sexual violence due to COVID-19.

You can apply for a NILS loan of up to $2,000 with Swinburne’s partner, Good Shepherd Microfinance to help you during this time.

Your safety

Swinburne’s Safer Community team are also here to help. They offer advice, support, intervention, and risk management for those affected by inappropriate, concerning or threatening behaviour. Contact Safer Community for more information, or you can report an incident anonymously.

If you or someone you know is hurt or in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 000.

Swinburne support for financial hardship

If you are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, please send us an email with details of your situation.

Swinburne Student Emergency Fund

We have also established our own Swinburne Student Emergency Fund if you have been affected by an emergency, including COVID-19. You may be able to access a one-off grant of up to $1000. You can check your eligibility and submit an application online.