Australia: Coronavirus Latest Updates

Today’s world economy is at a downfall due to the massive outbreak caused by Corona Virus (Covid-19). This pandemic is spreading at a fleeting pace, affecting several countries in a row. Many sectors are bearing the brunt of this outbreak, educational institutions being one of them. International Students (current and prospective) are deeply concerned about this situation and are in need of tangible information. We offer to provide regular updates on the ongoing state of affairs, with an aim to keep you informed about current events related to the Corona Virus. This Latest Updates will give you the essential information, sourcing it to pertinent links corroborating the facts.


Latest Updates

31 July 2020 | 3:00 PM

Australia supports International Students with Five Major Visa Changes

As a welcome respite to international students, the Australian federal government has announced five major visa changes that will ease the border restrictions for students stranded out of the country. The five key changes in visas were announced by the Morrison government considering the contribution of international students to Australia’s economy.

The visa changes aims at limiting the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on international students by granting visas for students in all locations stranded outside Australia.

For more details on the visa changes announced, please read the article through the link given below.

13 July 2020

13 July 2020 | 7:44 PM

Safe Passage Program to bring back International Students Postponed

Given the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the University of Canberra and the Australian National University have decided to postpone the ‘Safe Passage’-International Students pilot program that was jointly ventured. Their plan to return 350 international students to Canberra campuses in late July is deferred until there is a clear picture in the COVID-19 trajectory.

For more details, please visit the below link.

14 May 2020

14 May 2020 | 7:44 PM

Australia government to allow entry of international students this July

As per the latest announcement by PM Scott Morrison, international students could be the first category of travellers to be excused from the travel ban. Starting this July, international students may be allowed to enter the country considering strict quarantine rules are followed. Although a final discussion is yet to be made, the government is currently working with institutes to work out a most pragmatic solution.

These measures are significant for the stability of the Australian economy since the international education contributes AU$40 billion to the country’s economy every year. According to the MP Julian Hill, Canada’s initiative to admit international students during this global crisis is what inspired the Australian government to consider the exclusion of international students from the travel ban.

For more information, please visit the below link.

14 April 2020

14 April 2020 | 7:44 PM

Australia not ready to lift the lockdown

Amidst the rumours about the Australian government lifting the lockdown, Scott Morrison states that the government cannot even think about easing the lockdown yet.

In the recent few days, there has been reportedly a high number of cruise bookings despite the outbreak. The government urges the people in Australia to be patient and follow social distancing.

Mr. Morrison also mentioned that the country would surely move into a phase of recovery in the future, but it is still weeks away from doing so. International students and other foreign nationals are requested to stay where they are to avoid the risk of spreading this infectious disease.

For more information, please visit the below link.

09 April 2020

09 April 2020 | 2:13 PM

Special working arrangements for students

The Australian government has given special privileges to students who are working at a supermarket or at aged care to extend their working hours if required, until May 1, 2020.

Visit the website below for detailed information.

09 April 2020 | 11:47 AM

International students living in Australia for more than a year to get financial relief

It comes as a great relief for international students who are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 epidemic that has brought life to a standstill. The Australian government has announced that students who have been living in Australia for over a year are eligible for superannuation. In a statement issued by the Australian immigration minister Alan Trudge, he has stated that international students who have been living in the country for over a year can avail this support in case of financial difficulty.

Stay home, Stay Safe!

Employing self-quarantine measures is the key. Stay indoors to avoid contact with this virus that is spreading at an alarming rate. Stay home and stay safe!