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On this page, you'll find a range of online help resources for international students, and details of the free International Student Hampers program run by Study NSW and Foodbank NSW/ACT with instructions on how to sign up.

This pandemic has led to enormous challenges for students, and even more so for international students, studying both here and overseas. We hope you'll make use of these resources and any others available to you. As always, don't hesitate to contact UNSA if you need additional support of any kind.

International Student Hampers


UNSA understands that, even when they're not in the midst of a global pandemic, international students face a range of financial hardships and challenges, including food insecurity. To help address these, we've partnered with Study NSW and Foodbank NSW/ACT to provide free food hampers for international students in need.

These hampers include a selection of non-perishable pantry staples (such as milk, pasta, cereals and canned vegetables) that can be used to make simple, healthy meals.

Due to current COVID-19 health and safety regulations, Foodbank will deliver your hamper directly to your door. Bear in mind, though, that once restrictions ease, UNSA will act as a distribution centre: all food hampers will be delivered to our Callaghan office, and those who've ordered them can come in to collect theirs.

 

Eligibility:

  • This service is specifically for international students in need. If you currently have food security (that is, if you can comfortably afford all of your groceries for the week), than we'd be grateful if you could leave these hampers for students who need them more.

  • This service is just for international students, not domestic. You will need to prove your international status using your visa number.

  • The current wait time for hampers is approximately three weeks. There are quite a few students that are using this service, so it can some time for your hamper to reach you. Please don't submit multiple forms.


 

How to apply:

  1. Register for an International Student Hamper on the Foodbank website.

  2. Fill out UNSA's International Student Food Hampers form (so we can match your details with your hamper).

  3. Wait for your hamper! Hampers can take several weeks to arrive, but will be delivered straight to your door.



 

     

Other Online Resources


The following online help resources and services are all free for international students.
 
If you are an international student, there are also specific kinds of financial support available to you through Centrelink:

 
  • Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment (available for anyone whose income is affected because they have been directed to self-isolate by the government)
     
  • COVID Disaster Payment (available for anyone whose income is adversely affected by COVID eg. because they are in a lockdown or hotspot)
     
  • Extreme Hardship Support Payment (financial relief for temporary or provisional visa holders in Greater Sydney to meet urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic)
 
Study NSW has also set up a COVID-19 Help Hub, with information on all of the help and resources available to international students studying in NSW.