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COVID-19 Support Resources

COVID-19 Support Resources 

We know this is an uncertain and challenging time, the following support resources may be able to help you, depending on your current situation.

• Financial Hardship
• International Students
• Academic Options 
• Loan Laptop Program 
• Wellbeing
• Further contact

Financial Hardship 

We recommend that your prioritise your available funds towards the essential items: food, phone and rent.

Basic Food Supplies
The Guild is operating an emergency food relief program for students experiencing extreme financial hardship due to COVID-19. For eligible students unable to leave their homes, the Guild has put together emergency basic food parcels which can be delivered directly to students. Parcels contain items such as rice, pasta, pasta sauce, crackers, spreads and canned items (soups, beans, fruit, tuna, vegetables, etc.). 
Apply here

Curtin's Financial and Housing Support Bursary
Finance Bursary
For International and Domestic students unable to access Centrelink you may be eligible for Curtin's Financial Bursary.

Applications are now closed, may reopen in Semester Two.
Apply here for one or both Bursaries.
We recommend that you answer ALL questions fully and submit ALL supporting documents requested to get a quick response.

Learn more about the Bursaries here.

Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme
Learn more about the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme - up to $2,000.

StudyPerth Crisis Relief
StudyPerth will put you in touch with your Consulate and other support organisations
Reach out to StudyPerth here

If you have not been successfull in getting the Financial Support Bursary then you may be eligible for the SPCR Grant.
Apply here


Other Community Support Services

Assistance with Utility Bills, Phone Bills and Food.
Learn more

Alhidayah Centre Community

One fresh cooked meal fortnightly.
Apply here

Bengali Association of Western Australia
Support for international students - food, groceries, rent, etc.
Apply here

Lifestreams Community Services
Corona Care initative to assist international students
Learn more

Indian Society of WA
Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA), in an unprecented measure, has been joined by forty five (45) of its members associations in a joint appeal to support Indian origin people in the current COVID-19 situation.
Read more

There is some assistance available for students through this link.
Learn more

South Care
Southcare can assist with bill payments for students who live near Curtin Campus.
Contact Duncan Edgar,
Tel: (08) 9450 6233
Email: duncan.e@southcare.org.au
Learn more

WAConnect is a directory of emergency relief service providers managed by the DropIN team at the Western Australian Council of Social Service.
Learn more about Migrant & Refugee services
Learn more about overdue bills assistance

Riverview Church
1 Thorogood St, Burswood WA. (08) 9416 0000.
Rent assistance (up to $150) and food hampers. 

Australian Red Cross

Emergency relief and casework support for people who are on temporary visas.
Learn more

International Students 

Fees, Scholarships, Bursary, Employment – What’s going on in Semester 2 2020?

2020 has been a very interesting journey for the whole world. The Pandemic has turned our lives up side down and none more so than for international students.  Now that Semester 1 is over, many of you are looking forward at Semester 2.  What will it look like financially?  Will there be jobs or fee reductions or financial assistance? 
Here are some things to consider from the Guild’s Financial Counsellor.
The tough decision
Use this time during semester break to seriously consider your financial position. The impact of COVID-19 will be felt for at least the rest of the year if not longer.

  • Are you able to survive financially if your difficult circumstances continue for the next few months?
  • If you are dependent on your family back home for financial support and they also struggling, are they in the position to support you for the rest of the year?
  • With the increase in unemployment, will you be able to pay for your outstanding bills with no income?

At the time of publishing, the terms of your student visa still apply. 
For many students COVID-19 has changed their personal financial situation and if this is the case then students need to consider if they can continue with Semester 2 with the same financial limitations as Semester 1.
We have compiled information and resources below.  Please read through carefully.  Due to the large number of students we are unable to meet with individual students however we will endeavour to answer your questions in our FAQ section.
Financial Support from Curtin
The Financial and Housing Support Bursary - COVID-19 is now closed.  It may reopen in Semester 2.  At this time, there is no information on when it will open and how much will be available for each student.  We expect that if the bursary is offered it will be similar to Semester 1. Please check the Scholarships website for updates.
Reminders for fee payment will start in 2nd week of semester (from 9 August).

What we understand is: 

  • There is no reduction in fees for Semester 2. Full fees will be charged.
  • Payments Plans will be available in limited circumstances. Student will still need to provide evidence that they have access to funds.
  • No extensions will be granted for payment of fees. All fees must be paid before final exams or your COE will be cancelled.  NB:  COE cancellation also cancels your Student VISA.
  • There is no financial support for fee payment. There are no loans or any external organisations that assist with fee payment.

Underloading – Studying less than 100 credits
International students were allowed to underload in semester 1. Find out if this is possible for semester 2.
Please contact Curtin Connect for more information.
Leave of Absence
The maximum period that students can be granted a leave of absence is six months. There are strict eligibility criteria.
Please contact Curtin Connect for more information.
Online – Offshore student
For some students, there is the option to go home and study online for Semester 2. Please check if this option is available for your course.
Please contact Curtin Connect for more information.
COVID-19 has changed the job landscape for International Students.  Due to the high unemployment rate, keep in mind that there will be limited casual/ part time employment for the rest of 2020.
Australian Government/Other Support
The Australian Government has teamed with Community organisations to support International students.  They are listed on our COVID-19 support page.  Please note that these are one time Emergency Relief funds and not a long term solution.
As you are aware, there are limited financial assistance available to International students. Assistance available are usually a one-time payment of very limited amount that does not cover fee payment. Please understand the statement above - if you are not able to pay your student fees or support yourself for the rest of the year you need to consider returning to your home country.
Assisted Voluntary Return to your home country
If you do not have the funds to return to your home country you may be eligible for Assisted Voluntary Return. Please read the terms and conditions carefully as once you have accepted their help and return home, your student visa will be cancelled.
Department of Home Affairs – Immigration
We understand that some students who cannot study will have their COE cancelled this also cancels their student visa.  The Department of Home Affairs is aware that students will have no visa and no ability to return home.  In this case the Department can issue a tourist or bridging visa.  It is very important to get in contact with the Department of Home Affairs to discuss your options.
Your Embassy
Contact your Embassy or Consulate to see what assistance is being provided by your Government.

More information
Please refer to our COVID-19 Support Resources page on our website.

If you have further questions, please email student.assist@guild.curtin.edu.au and we will share the responses.

Academic Options 

Studying from Home Tips
Advice from your Student Representatives on being productive while studying at home.

Withdrawing from Units

If you choose to go home then you can withdraw from your units without penalty.
You can do this from OASIS.

Refund and Remission
If you have paid your fees then you can apply for a Refund and Remission of Fees.

Reduced Study Load
Complete this form to apply for a reduced study load.

Domestic Leave of Absence
International Leave of Absence
Complete this form, this holds your place at Curtin University.

Contact your Faculty
Curtin Business School - business@cbs.curtin.edu.au
Health Sciences - currentstudents@health.curtin.edu.au
Humanities - humanities@curtin.edu.au
Science and Engineering - ssse@curtin.edu.au

Loan Laptop Program 

Loan Laptop Program

Student Assist’s Loan Laptop Program is here to support students who may find themselves without access to a laptop or home computer due to unexpected circumstances.
Apply here


You are not alone and the Australian community is here to support you.
The safety of all students and the public is the Government’s number one priority.

We also understand that this extends to ensuring students have the mental well-being support they need.
If you need mental well-being support, domestic and international students in Australia can access:

Further contact 

Curtin Connect: 
(08) 9266 5888 or 1300 222 888

Student Assist: 
(08) 9266 2900

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