Asylum seeker and refugee support
Swinburne University of Technology offers a range of support services to asylum seeker and refugee students.
We understand that you might find adjusting to university life difficult, but you are not alone. The diversity of our students is a source of pride for Swinburne and whether you are looking for work, a home, need help with studying or are feeling lonely, we are here to help you.
Scholarships, awards and grants
If money is tight, scholarships and grants can be a good source of financial assistance. Check if you are eligible to apply for one of the scholarships below, or explore the range of grants available:
Asylum seeker and refugee students are entitled to use Swinburne's full range of Student Services. Here are a few highlights:
- Register to find a mentor to guide you through student life
- Join a club and meet people who share your interests
- Get spiritual guidance at the multi faith facility, whatever your religion
- Find paid work and careers advice
- Health problem? Check out our health and wellbeing services
- Counselling can help you through challenging situations
- Improve your learning and academic skills, including English
- Computer software, some of which you can use at home
- Need help with your studies? Talk to an academic development adviser
If you're not quite sure what the issue is and just want to chat to someone, get in touch with our Refugee and Asylum Seeker Project Coordinator.
A number of organisations are dedicated to supporting refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. They are not linked to Swinburne, but here are some useful bodies:
- The Refugee Council of Australia is an umbrella body for refugee-focussed organisations. They have a useful directory of services for refugees.
- The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre provides support for asylum seekers
- Public Transport Victoria (PTV) offers a 50 per cent discount to asylum seekers travelling on their services with a valid concession card.
- The Refugee Legal Network provides legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers
- The Australian government offers a free document translation service
- Foundation House provides services to refugees who have experienced traumatic events.
- The Fair Work Commission has published your employment rights in 30 languages. One of them might be yours...