Support for international students during COVID-19

There are a range of initiatives to support international students studying across the state during the pandemic.

Study NSW has partnered with Foodbank NSW & ACT to provide free food hampers* to international students in NSW who are facing food insecurity.

The hampers will be distributed at locations in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Armidale, Lismore, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

To access your hamper, follow these steps:

  1. Call Food Bank on (02) 9756 3099 or complete this Foodbank form for international students
  2. State that you are an international student and your suburb, then ask for the distribution point closest to you
  3. Have your student visa and student card with you when you collect the hamper

    *Limited numbers available

To find out where you can access a hamper close to you, fill out this form.

For more info see the International Student Welfare Services Hub.

City of Sydney and Oz Harvest Partnership

OzHarvest Hamper Hubs will provide a new emergency food relief service for vulnerable members of the community, especially International Students and Temporary Visa Holders. This initiative is available thanks to funding from the City of Sydney and NSW Government, nib Health Funds along with retail space provided by Mirvac.

Each week, OzHarvest will provide a limited number of Food Relief Hampers and frozen ready-to-eat meals available at a ‘pop up’ locations in Sydney. The delicious, quality meals provided are made weekly by OzHarvest chefs as well by hospitality partners.

If you are an international student or temporary visa holder in need of food relief, you can register for one of our Sydney locations.

The Hamper Hubs are open 12pm to 4pm on Thursdays.

Register here 

Emergency food assistance for international students in Sydney

City of Sydney Community Hotline

International students who are facing hardship and located within the City of Sydney Local Government Area are encouraged to call the City of Sydney COVID-19 Community Hotline. City staff are trained to provide information on accommodation, access to food, finance, isolation, personal wellbeing and community support. The Community Hotline is 02 9265 9333 and is open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. You can also register for their Community Check-in Service and receive a regular call.

Phone: 02 9265 9333

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment - NSW

International students who have been asked to isolate by NSW Health may also be eligible for Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment - New South Wales.
Visit the Service NSW website for more info on this payment.

If you need legal help, contact RLC's International Student Legal Service for free legal advice and referrals.

You can also request access to My Legal Mate, a free digital resource for international students studying in NSW.