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Newsletter 07/2020

The John Dory from Dubai and Beyond | International Education & Victoria


Victorian Government Support for International Education Sector

Victorian Government is dedicated to supporting our international student community during this challenging time and continues to provide support to international students and the education providers through various grants and programs.

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s $45million - International Student Emergency Relief Fund. The fund will support international students in Victoria who are facing financial hardship through lost wages and work as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The fund is being delivered in partnership with Victoria’s tertiary education providers. This sits alongside the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund, which include a $350million fund to support universities with capital works, applied research and research partnerships; and $110million in payroll tax deferrals for institutions to help retain staff.

Rental relief grants of up to $2,000 are available to international students whose income has been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while in Australia. The grant is specifically for tenants and is paid directly to the tenant’s agent or landlord to contribute to the tenant’s rental payments, under their new rental agreement.

Study Melbourne Services

Study Melbourne is a Victorian Government initiative providing support and information to this community of international students, helping them have the best possible time while studying and living in Victoria.

Study Melbourne offers a year-round program of free events and confidential support services provided by the Study Melbourne Student Centre - the first centre of its kind in Australia. At the centre, students can access free support, information and contacts to help enjoy living and studying in Victoria.

There is a dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) online support hub on the Study Melbourne website ( to link international students with a wide range of support programs and services including a directory of community support and food relief.

The International Student Welfare Program

The International Student Welfare Program is one of the initiatives to fund projects that aim to enhance the experience of international students studying in Victoria. Over 100 projects have been funded since 2014. These include research projects, wellbeing activities (for instance, a mental health program tailored for international students), employability skills workshops as well as educational and support services including legal advice for work rights and accommodation.

The Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office (VGTI)

The Victorian Government Trade and Investment Office (VGTI) to the Middle East , Africa and Turkey is part of Global Victoria trade and development agency in partnership with Invest Victoria.

VGTI Dubai was established in Dubai more than 20 years ago. The office provides a range of services to help Victorian businesses and education institutions in the region, promote Victoria's business capabilities, offer advice and guidance on market opportunities and build the foundations for new trade and investment relationships.

Barış Satar is the Senior Education Services Manager in VGTI Dubai and provides market intelligence and regional education industry insights, promote and assist Victorian international education providers, training organizations and education technology firms to connect with education sector networks and international partnership opportunities. 

If you have questions, want to follow up on the information in this update or would like to get in touch with VGTI Dubai, please contact:

Kassem Younes
General Manager – Middle East, Africa and Turkey

Barış Satar
Senior Education Services Manager


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