- COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation. Please ensure you are up to date with the latest advice from the links below.
Support for graduate students during COVID-19
What will happen with my course?
Schools and faculties are still releasing information on courses, placements and research. Ensure that you are in contact with your relevant coordinators and supervisors for updated information and how your course will be affected.
- Read about GSA’s recent advocacy actions here: Blog: COVID-19 advocacy strategy
- If you have concerns that you would like your grad representatives to voice and discuss at University Committee meetings, please get in touch with our Representation Team at email@example.com.
If you have been affected by sudden job loss, or unexpected costs due to COVID-19.
- University of Melbourne Financial Aid can offer a range of support for grad students in the forms of COVID-19 Student Support Grants and a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund (applications open Monday 6 April).
- GSA has also collaborated with Campus Community to support graduate students in need by providing vouchers for groceries. These vouchers are distributed according to the assessments of Student Connect consultations.
- The Careers and Employability Service helps students to develop skills and experience while they study. The job notice board provides information exclusive to current UoM students.
- Centrelink has information and services to help you if you’re affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) or are looking for more details.
- The National Debt Hotline offer free, confidential financial counselling including advice for if you are having trouble paying energy, internet and phone bills, rent, and house or car loans. They can be contacted on 1800 007 007.
- If you require Urgent Money Assistance a number of charity and community organisations have relief services to help with food vouchers and parcels, transport vouchers, chemist vouchers, part-payment of utility bills and more. There is a full list of emergency relief services on the Department of Social Services Grants service Directory.
- The Victorian Government is offering a range of job opportunities for those who have lost work due to COVID-19.
Where can I get advice on housing during this time?
Common issues and advice for International students and renting in the during COVID-19 disruptions.
All students can seek advice from the below services for various housing difficulties.
- UMSU Legal can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
- UMSU Advocacy can be reached through their online contact form
- University Housing offers information on university housing and assistance with private rentals.
- Tenants Victoria: email advice will be answered Monday–Friday.
- City Of Melbourne Housing Call 1800 825 955 to speak with a housing and support worker.
- Crisis Support Short term housing managed by non-for-profit organisations.
How can I look after my mental and emotional health?
The University’s Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has a range of resources on managing mental health and wellbeing as well as ways to cope with the added stress of COVID-19 and referrals to further support. You can book an appointment online or call +61 3 8344 6927.
Other resources that are available include (but are not limited to):
- Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Family Drug Support Australia 1300 368 186 (for information and support)
- Gambling Help Online 1800 858 858 (for information and support)
- Switchboard Support for LGBTIAQ+ friends, families and allies. Online chat and phone support 1800 184 527 3pm to midnight every day.
- Counselling Online free online counselling service for those affected by drugs and alcohol
I have a family of my own. What support is available?
There is a range of information on the Australian Government Services Australia page regarding family payments and child support if you are affected by COVID-19.
The Red Cross released a tip sheet to help families during isolation. If you have further ideas, GSA would love to hear them and share them with our community.
Red Cross also provides advice when talking to children and young people about COVID-19.
What if I am in danger while self-isolating?
Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. There are several services available.
- National domestic violence Hotline: 1800 799 7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 or chat online 24/7
- 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
- Relationships Australia: 1300 364 277
- MensLine Australia: Phone or online counselling for those having relationship or family problems
Are GSA elections affected by COVID-19 restrictions?
GSA elections are conducted online, so people can nominate and vote in complete safety. In other years we’ve held in-person information sessions for potential candidates, as well as events for students to meet candidates. Under the circumstances, such interactions will also be moved online. Consequently, there is no danger of the elections increasing the spread of COVID-19.
I’ve still got questions that you haven’t answered!
- Call our freecall hotline: 1800 GSA HELP (1800 472435).
This hotline is open 9am–5pm, Monday–Friday. Feel free to call us if you need advice on any graduate student concerns, whether related to COVID-19 or not.
- We’d also like to hear your experiences. Visit our feedback form here to tell us how COVID-19 is affecting you.
Other student resources
The below resources are not specific to COVID-19.
Health and Wellbeing Resources
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for new students
- Resources for student parents and expectant parents
- Resources for Research students
- Resources for Coursework students