The State Government has launched a $13.8 million support package for international students living in South Australia and experiencing hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The International Student Support Package includes:
- $10 million fund for university students significantly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions at the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia to distribute to their pathway and international students.
- A $500 emergency cash grant for other international students (not studying at one of the public universities) who are currently enrolled in a course, living in South Australia and who meet the criteria.
- And a one-off $200 assistance payment per student living with South Australian families provided to homestay families.
The funding is designed to provide an economic boost to the international education sector which has suffered due to coronavirus restrictions.
The Minister for Trade and Investment, David Ridgway, says it is important to keep this sector strong as it underpins many thousands of South Australian jobs, which will be critical on the other side of the pandemic.
“International education plays an important role in South Australia’s economy as the state’s largest export sector and we know students are having a tough time at the moment as they don’t qualify for Commonwealth Government income support in response to the COVID-19 impacts,” he says.
“Every four international student enrolments create one new job and 2018-19 saw our international students contribute $1.92 billion to South Australia’s economy – with more than half of this usually spent in the community on living expenses.
“International students also play a role in contributing to the state’s skills needs and strengthening our global connections into the future. They are very much a part our community and we are keen to ensure they are supported at this difficult
and uncertain time.”
To register for updates on the application process and for more information, visit the StudyAdelaide website. You can also register your details here.