11 May 2020

Government financial support for visa holders | COVID-19 Period

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Temporary Visa holders who have lost their income due to business shutdowns and job losses have not been able to access the Federal Government’s support JobKeeper and JobSeeker arrangements.

In recognition of the financial hardship some temporary visa holders are experiencing while being unable to safely return to their home country, many State Governments across Australia have announced various support schemes.

Support for Temporary Visa holders

Tens of thousands of Student Visa holders in Victoria can apply for a relief payment of up to $1,100 as part of an emergency support package.

In WA, international students can access support through StudyPerth.

In Tasmania, all Temporary Visa holders can apply for relief. Visa holders experiencing financial hardship may be eligible for a one-off $250 support payment, while families can apply for $1,000 in assistance.

In the ACT, cash relief packages are available for international students, asylum seekers and refugees and will be distributed by a committee.

In Victoria, international students can access assistance through StudyMelbourne.

The South Australian Government has committed $13.8 million in emergency cash grants for international students living in the state.

International students in the Northern Territory can also access assistance.

You may wish to contact your relevant State Government for more information to apply.

Push for other states to reciprocate

The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) Chief Executive, Mohammed Al-Khafaji, welcomed the decisions and encouraged all other State and Territory Governments to consider similar measures in their jurisdictions. At this stage, financial support is yet to be available for Temporary Visa holders in NSW.

Other provisions

Financial support from the Red Cross may also be available for some Temporary Visa holders who are in Australia. Government provisions such as early access to superannuation may also be available.

If you have any visa or migration concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our Registered Migration Agents in Perth.

We assist people across Australia and internationally and can assess your visa options to stay in Australia if you are unable to leave the country before your current visa is due to expire. Simply contact us at or +61 8 6263 4406.


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Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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