Hi there, and welcome to our COVID-19 information page for international students!
StudyAdelaide has created this page as your one-stop resource for all things COVID-19 related. This information is updated on a regular basis, so let us help keep you safe, informed and supported.
We’ve also put together a range of virtual and face-to-face programs including employment skills and social activities to help enhance your employability and keep you connected. Visit our What’s Happening page and sign up to our student newsletter for upcoming activities and events.
Mental Health Support
As COVID-19 continues to affect us all in different ways, we hope that you're making time for some self-care. To get the most out of your studies, it is really important to stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Here are a few simple measures we can all take to help maintain a healthy emotional state.
What beats the stress-busting, mood-boosting power of quality time spent with another human? Nothing! Call a friend, grab a coffee or go for a walk together. If you don’t have anyone to turn to, there are easy ways to build new friendships and improve your support network. Why not join a social or special interest group, or come along to one of our events? Who knows, you might just meet your new BFF!
Regular exercise or activity has been proven to have a positive impact on stress levels, mood, memory, and sleep. Even modest amounts of physical activity can make a huge difference. Aim for a minimum of 30 minutes of movement a day, some fresh air and sunshine and you’ll soon reap the benefits.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet typically includes nutrient-dense foods from all major food groups, including lean proteins, whole grains, healthy fats, and a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating also means replacing foods that contain trans fats, added salt, and sugar with more nutritious options. Following a healthy diet has many health benefits, including preventing disease, protecting the heart, and boosting mood and memory.
If you’re leading a busy life, reducing the time you spend sleeping may seem like a smart move.
But when it comes to a healthy mind, getting enough sleep is a necessity. Denying yourself even a few hours of sleep a night can affect your mood, energy levels, mental sharpness, and ability to handle stress.
When to seek professional help
If you’ve tried consistently to improve your mental and emotional health and still aren’t functioning at your best, it may be time to seek the help of a professional. Please remember that it is ok to seek help if you are feeling anxious and not yourself, and sometimes just talking to someone can help you to feel better.
Below is a list of organisations in South Australia offering mental health services to international students. Services are free and confidential. All you need is your student ID card.
- Relationships Australia
- For free online support and counselling for 12-25 year olds, visit Headspace.
- Beyond Blue has information on managing your mental health during this difficult time. Visit Beyond Blue's website or call 1300 22 4636.
- Lifeline also has good advice and the ability to call, text or chat online for support. Visit Lifeline's website or call 13 11 14.
Vaccinations for International Students
The Australian Government has confirmed that international students in Australia will have access to a safe, free COVID-19 vaccine if they choose to be vaccinated.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to you under the country’s five-phase vaccination strategy.
For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Adelaide, including when and where you can receive a vaccine, please visit the Australian Government COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker.
SA Health has translated information about COVID-19 vaccines into multiple languages. Find information in your language here.
Do you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines? Visit the SA Health frequently asked questions (FAQs) section.
COVID-19 Health Advice
Everyone plays a role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. SA Health's Stop The Spread website shows the steps we all need to take.
What to do if you're feeling unwell:
If you experience flu-like symptoms which could include: fever, sore throat, a cough, nausea/vomiting and difficulty breathing, you are required to self-isolate and seek testing for COVID-19. Call your doctor to book a test.
A COVID-19 test is free of charge. If your doctor cannot administer the test, they will refer you to a testing clinic.
It is very important that you stay home and call the doctor before you visit the doctors practice, and be sure to describe your symptoms and travel history when you call.
Click here to view the SA Health chart to show exactly what to do if you feel unwell.
To find a doctor close to where you are living, visit the Find a health service tool by Health Direct.
Contact your OSHC provider to understand the level of cover provided by your policy in case you need medical services or treatment.
- Allianz Global Assistance (Peoplecare Health)
- BUPA Australia
- CBHS International Health
- Medibank Private
There are strict guidelines for self-isolation/self-quarantine and we know there are questions around what it means. Take a look at our videos to help understand what you can and can't do:
To understand the full requirements of self-isolation/self-quarantine see the SA Health Fact Sheet.
If you need support while in self-isolation/self-quarantine (for example, you are unable to get your own groceries or medications) please phone SA Health on +61 8 8425 9200 and select Option 3.
As COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease in Adelaide, there are more job opportunities emerging. We are always adding roles suited to international students to the list of employment opportunities in Adelaide. We encourage you to apply or complete expressions of interest if you have relevant skills or experience. We also encourage you to monitor job sites, employment pages on Facebook, and your own provider's career centre.
StudyAdelaide has created an Employment Toolkit that provides you with a free resume and cover letter template, sample interview questions, pre-interview tips, networking tips and more. Use these resources to your advantage and gain an edge over your competition.
Resources, including recorded employability webinars, are available on the website.
Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders
The Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach to student visa holders, including those working beyond their usual work limitations, but only in the sectors below.
You can work for more than 40 hours a fortnight if you are employed:
- By an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID, before 8 September 2020
- By a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider
- Enrolled in a health care related course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
- In the agriculture sector
- In the tourism and hospitality sector
More information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Financial and emergency assistance
Do you need assistance to buy food, pay your rent and bills, access a doctor or buy medication? Here is a list of organisations that can help if you’re in a crisis situation. All you need is your student ID card. Services are FREE or heavily subsidised, and confidential.
Anglicare SA can provide support through the provision of food, groceries, clothing, pharmacy vouchers, no interest loans and financial counselling.
Food Hubs (small supermarkets with subsidized prices on fresh food and grocery items) are located at their Elizabeth and Christies Beach locations. Please check the Anglicare website or call for opening times and to book an appointment for services. Appointments are essential.
Baptist Care services can be accessed via a number of locations across Adelaide. They offer food and emergency relief (including temporary accommodation), and health and wellbeing services.
The Community Food Hub provides free bread, fruit and vegetables with any purchase, and food and essential items at a reduced cost. The Food Hub is open Monday to Thursday 10am – 3pm and is located at 216 Wright Street, Adelaide
There are 14 Uniting Care Emergency Relief centres in South Australia providing emergency assistance including food, clothing, essential items to people in need.
Follow this link or call (08) 8245 7139 to find a Uniting Care Emergency Relief Centre near you.
Uniting Communities Emergency Assistance is currently being provided via phone assessment, Monday to Friday for people living in the Adelaide area and Adelaide Hills.
Uniting Communities provide food, clothing, pharmacy vouchers, assistance with bills and expenses and can connect you to other services that can help.
Call (08) 8202 5846 between 9am – 1pm to book a same day appointment.
Are you struggling to pay your credit card? Is your electricity bill overdue? Or are you having trouble making ends meet? The Salvos can help you get your money under control.
The Salvation Army have professional financial counsellors who can provide personalised advice on how to get through your money problems and avoid trouble in the future. Importantly, the service is free and confidential. Or if you are after a personal loan, you may be eligible to participate in their No Interest Loan Scheme.
Call 1800 722 363 or follow this link to find a financial counsellor near you.
Financial support for Accommodation
The South Australian Government has endorsed initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected. The measures apply to residential tenancies, rooming houses and residential parks.
These initiatives can be expected to be in place until 1 September 2021, or 28 days after all relevant declarations relating to COVID-19 have ceased - whichever comes first.
The measures aim to:
- Institute a short-term moratorium on eviction for non-payment of rent due to severe rental distress as a result of COVID-19
- Prevent landlords from increasing rent, where the tenant is suffering financial hardship due to COVID-19
- Extend the tenant’s ability to arrange to have repairs carried out by agreement with the landlord
- Provide a general protection for tenants who breach their agreement as a result of complying with a direction under law relating to COVID-19.
Visit the Consumer and Business Services (CBS) website or call 131 882 for more information.
The International Student Support Network (ISSN) homestay program might be another option for accommodation.
ISSN homestay was designed to be a short-term accommodation option for international students to have some comfort and support while making it through the COVID-19 crisis. The standard homestay period is 4 weeks, although in special circumstances a shorter length of stay may be requested by your education provider. The good news is you and your host have the option of extending by mutual agreement.
The arrangement includes a private room, three meals a day, the use of a shared laundry and bathroom, internet access and support from your host family.
Your education provider will need to confirm your eligibility. Once you have contacted them and they have referred you to ISSN, you can apply for a placement by registering here.
Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment
A Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – South Australia of up to $1,500 is available for eligible people who have been instructed by a health official (SA Health) to self-isolate or self-quarantine at home because:
- you have coronavirus (COVID-19)
- you’ve been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19
- you care for a child, 16 years or under, who has COVID-19 or who’s been in close contact with a person who has COVID-19.
- You may also be eligible if you're caring for someone who has COVID-19.
You must also meet all of the following:
- you’re at least 17 years old and live in South Australia
- you’re an Australian resident or hold a visa that gives you the right to work in Australia
- you're unable to go to work and earn an income
- you have no appropriate leave entitlements, including pandemic sick leave, personal leave or leave to care for another person.
To check your eligibility and to apply, visit the Services Australia website.
Travel and visas
Overseas travel restrictions remain in place. The Australian Government's Department of Home Affairs provides the latest information about travel restrictions and visas.
For further information and updates on international student visas please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.
Getting to Adelaide from interstate
If you are moving to Adelaide from interstate to continue your studies, learn more about the requirements to relocate.
All travellers coming to South Australia must complete the Cross Border Travel Registration form on the SA Police website at least 14 days before you leave, regardless of where your travel begins.
Due to the unfolding COVID-19 situation in Victoria, South Australia Police has re-established border checkpoint stations at Yamba, Pinnaroo, Wolseley, Laurie Park, Penola, Myora, Glenburnie and Donovans/Nelson. More information is available here.
As travel restriction advice is constantly changing, we suggest you keep up to date here .
Please contact StudyAdelaide or your institution if you require advice.
We recommend you keep up-to-date with the latest information through your institution and the studyinaustralia.gov.au website.
We also recommend that you download the South Australian Government's free mySA GOV app which enables you to use the COVID Safe Check-In feature.
If someone in South Australia tests positive to COVID-19, the COVID Safe Check-In enables SA Health to quickly contact others who may have been exposed to the virus and stop the spread of COVID-19.View all News