International Student Emergency Relief Fund

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Most recently, the Victorian Government has directed funds to the International Student Emergency Relief Fund for international students facing financial hardship.

Through the International Student Emergency Relief Fund and Study Melbourne, the Victorian Government is supporting international students who have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) and are most at need of financial support during this challenging time.

If you are an international student in Victoria experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for support.

For more information about the funding and where to find practical help and confidential support available at Study Melbourne, visit:

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Courses eligible

Available to all onshore international students currently enrolled at Swinburne.

Eligibility / selection criteria

If you have received ISERF funding already, you have received the maximum amount we are able to allocate to you, so please do not re-apply.

To be eligible for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund, the applicant must:

  1. Be an international student enrolled at Swinburne University of Technology and be enrolled on or before 31 March 2020.
  2. They are an international student who has a student visa or bridging visa (with a student visa application in processing).
  3. Be an international student who currently resides in Victoria, Australia and is presently physically located in Victoria. 
  4. They were engaged in legal work in Victoria any time from March to July 2020 in Victoria and have experienced exceptional circumstances of financial hardship* due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

*The circumstances of hardship arise from:

  •  a significant reduction in hours of employment


  • loss of employment due to a business shutdown;


  • are unable to supplement lost income from other sources of financial support.


One-off payment of up to $1,100.

How to apply

If you have received ISERF funding already, you have received the maximum amount we are able to allocate to you, so please do not re-apply.

Applicants must complete an online application form and submit with supporting documentation (detailed below) by the closing date.

Applications will close at 11:59pm on Sunday 20 September.

Before submitting your application, please prepare the following documentation which MUST be attached to your application:

  1. Evidence of reduced/terminated employment
    • Letter from employer OR a signed statutory declaration (if you are unable to provide a letter from your employer or you are self-employed) confirming the change in your employment. The letter/declaration must include:
      • your name
      • your employer/business name,
      • start date of employment,
      • date of reduced or terminated employment and
      • reasons for reduced or terminated employment.

        NOTE: payslips or rosters will not be accepted, unless they are provided in support of the employer letter/ statutory declaration.
  2. A copy of your passport photo page 
  3. Current visa details (including grant and expiry dates)
  4. Current Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for current course of study
  5. A personal statement of no more than 500 words outlining the details of the hardship you are experiencing
  6. Bank account statement detailing all transactions for the 30 days prior to the date of your application. A balance confirmation is not sufficient.


Scholarships and Orientation Team

For more information on the Victorian Government support for International Students: