Welcome to our COVID-19 information page for international students.
StudyAdelaide will be updating the information provided on these pages on a regular basis to help you stay informed, safe, and supported throughout the global pandemic.
You can now add your COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate to the mySA GOV app. This app is a quick way to check in with COVID Safe Check-In and show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination whenever it’s required.
To find out how to add your COVID-19 digital certificate to the mySA Gov app, follow these instructions.
COVID-19 Vaccination for International Students
All South Australians aged 12 and over can now book a COVID-19 vaccination, including international students. COVID-19 vaccinations are free for everyone in Australia when dispensed from a state-run vaccine clinic.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is available for people aged 12 and over, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is available for people aged 12 and over at selected pharmacies and the AstraZeneca vaccine is available for people aged 18 and over.
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.
To find out where the state-run vaccination clinics are located, and to book your appointment, follow this link to SA Health.
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.
The Australian government has re-opened Australia’s borders to fully vaccinated international students and Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders.
If you are moving to Adelaide from interstate to continue your studies, learn more about interstate travel requirements.
As travel restriction advice is constantly changing, we suggest you keep up to date here.
The Australian Government has announced that international students (and its dependents) who arrive in Australia between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022 will be eligible for a refund of their visa application charge.
Who is eligible:
Information on entry requirements is updated regularly so it is important that travellers check the Department of Home Affairs website for the latest requirements.
How to apply:
For more information on the rebate scheme, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Please refer to the SA Health website for the current COVID-19 Direction, including the full list of restrictions on activities.
Mask Requirements in South Australia
Please click on the image below for the full details regarding the wearing of face masks.
Practising good hygiene is the first step in preventing the spread of infectious diseases:
Avoid close contact and crowded places wherever you can:
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
Diarrhea 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 are unwell or develop any of the symptoms listed above (even if mild), get tested immediately and go straight home to self-isolate.
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.
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.
If you have been directed to quarantine, you must remain in quarantine until the end of your designated quarantine period, even if you receive a negative test result.
Please visit SA Health website for more information.
Take a look at our videos to help understand what you can and can't do when isolating:
To understand the full requirements of isolation/quarantine, visit the SA Health website.
If you need support while in isolation or 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.
What if I test positive for COVID-19
SA Health has created a fact sheet with all you need to know about isolation and support available for you.
As the global pandemic continues to impact all of us in different ways, taking time for self-care is really important, especially when you are a student. Taking just a few minutes each day for yourself can help reduce anxiety, stress, loneliness and boost your wellbeing.
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, it happens to a lot of us at some point in our lives, and help is available.
Watch the journey stories of Taeyoung and Khushboo, where they share the challenges they faced as international students and the strategies they learned to cope with the circumstances.Get some support
If you have tried consistently to improve your mental health and still aren’t functioning at your best, then it's important to find out what's going on and how you can manage it. Sometimes just talking to someone can help you feel better.
As a first step, you may want to talk to someone in your university or school; your institution will offer you support or guide you in the right direction.
Your GP (General Practitioner) can also set you up with a self-care plan that will help you to access counselling or visit a psychologist. Remember that it’s okay to get the support you need.
A number of organisations in South Australia offer free and confidential 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.
ASK PEACE is a free virtual service for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and if you are not confident speaking English, they can get an interpreter on the line to help understand your issues and concerns.
Call 08 8245 8110
eHeadspace is a Headspace initiative offering free online and telephone support and counselling to young people aged 12 – 25 and their families and friends. If you’re going through a tough time, you can call them, join a group chat, or access helpful online resources.
Call 1800 063 267
Beyond Blue has trained counsellors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit their website, chat online or call them for advice and support based on your specific needs.
Call 1300 22 4636
Lifeline also provides advice and support around the clock. You can text or chat online with a counsellor or speak to someone in person.
Call 13 11 14
A Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment – South Australia is available for eligible people who have been instructed by a health official (SA Health) to isolate or quarantine at home because:
You must also meet all of the following:
To check your eligibility and to apply, visit the Services Australia website.
Food and Essential Items
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 has 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.
The International Student Support Network (ISSN) homestay program provides affordable options 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 placement by registering here.
As the industry recovers in South Australia, 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.
The Australian Government has temporarily removed the restrictions on working hours for international students across all sectors of the Australian economy to alleviate workforce shortages in Australia.
The relaxation of work restrictions is a temporary measure and will be reviewed in April 2022, when the government will decide whether to reinstate the 40-hour work cap or extend the relaxation of work restrictions.
What this means for you:
For more information, visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
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 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