Welcome to our COVID-19 information page for international students.
StudyAdelaide will be updating the information provided in these pages on a regular basis to help you stay informed, safe and supported throughout the global pandemic.
Current SA Health Direction
Update 27 July 2021
Stay at Home orders will be rescinded at 12:01am, Wednesday 28 July 2021.
Level 3 Activity restrictions will be in place until further notice:
1 person per 4 square metres
No communal consumption facilities
Seated food and beverage consumption only
COVID-19 Management Plan required for events of more than 1,000 people and such events are allowable outdoors only
A complete ban on Shisha
Masks are required for high risk settings
Masks are required for personal care services
Masks are required for health care services
Masks are required for passenger transport services
Masks are required for indoor fitness facilities (except while exercising)
Restrictions on dancing and singing remain in place
Sports spectator restrictions remain in place
The following additional restrictions will also be in place:
Private activity cap: 10 (including residents of residential premises)
Private activity cap: 50 (only for Weddings and Funerals outside residential premises)
Masks are required for shared indoor public places
1 person per 8 square metres density applies to indoor fitness facilities
No team, club or competitive sport is allowed except for training
See the SA Health website for how current directions are applied.
COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
As the global pandemic continues to impact all of us in different ways, taking time for self-care is really important.
Simple measures like exercising daily, eating a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and spending time with others can help us maintain a healthy emotional state, but there are times when this is not enough, and we need extra support.
If you are feeling anxious, depressed or not quite yourself, know that you are not alone - help is available.
When to seek professional help
If you have tried consistently to improve your mental health and still aren’t functioning at your best, it may be time to seek the help of a professional. Sometimes just talking to someone can help you feel better.
A number of organisations in South Australia offer free mental health support services to international students regardless of your age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion.
Trained crisis supporters are ready to listen, support, and help you work through what’s on your mind. Services are confidential and all you need to access them is your student card.
Relationships Australia's ASKPEACE program supports people from different cultural backgrounds. Call a counsellor on 08 8245 8110 or visit Relationship Australia's website.
eHeadpace is a Headspace initiative offering free online and telephone support and counselling to young people aged 12 – 25 and their families and friends.
Beyond Blue has trained counsellors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit Beyond Blue's website or call 1300 22 4636 for advice and support based on your specific needs.
Lifeline also provide good advice and support around the clock. You can text or chat online to a counsellor, or to speak to someone in person call 13 11 14.
COVID-19 Health Advice
If you have any of the symptoms below, even if mild, you need to get tested for COVID-19 as soon as symptoms appear:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath
Loss of taste or smell
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency, such as difficulty breathing or chest pain.
What to do if you're feeling unwell
If you experience any of the symptoms listed above, 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 doctor's 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
How to Self-isolate / Self-quarantine
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.
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.
Update 23 July 2021
Anglicare SA have announced they will again provide international students in need with a voucher to spend at one of their two South Australian Food Hub locations. The voucher can be redeemed on fresh food and grocery items.
To apply for a voucher, visit the Magdalene Centre, 82 Gilbert Street, Adelaide, or call the Elizabeth Mission or Southern Hub to arrange collection.
Locations: Magdelene Centre (08) 8305 9434, Elizabeth Mission (Northern Adelaide) 1800 061 551, Outer Southern Hub 1800 748 149
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.
COVID-19 Vaccinations for International Students
COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge for everyone in Australia, including international students, regardless of Medicare or visa status.
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to you under the country’s five-phase national roll-out strategy. As of 28 June, if you are aged 40 years or more you are eligible for vaccination now.
If you don’t fall into this category, you can use the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility checker to find out when and where you can receive your vaccine.
Please note that a vaccination provider cannot charge you for the COVID-19 vaccine, or for the appointment to receive the vaccine.
If you don’t have a Medicare card, or are not eligible for Medicare, you can get your free vaccination at:
Getting vaccinated protects you against the serious effects of COVID-19 and means you are less likely to pass it on to others. While voluntary, vaccination is an important public health measure, helping to provide us with a path out of COVID-19. Everyone is encouraged to get vaccinated to help protect the community.
If you need more information, SA Health has translated information about COVID-19 vaccines into multiple languages. Find information in your language here, or call the COVID-19 vaccine helpline on 1800 020 080 or for translating and interpreting services call 13 14 50.
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.
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.
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