Financial support

Applying for International Student Support Package Grants

The International Student Support Package announced on 21 April 2020 is designed to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship. We understand this is a difficult time for you.

Applications for the $500 emergency cash grants as part of the SA Government's International Student Support Package (ISSP) are now open. Students who have registered for updates through StudyAdelaide will have received an email with a link to the application form. 


We encourage you to please monitor the progress of your application through the StudyAdelaide website.


Students who are yet to register for the ISSP can click here.


The ISSP is for the following tertiary international students currently studying in Adelaide and experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19:

  • Higher education students with one of South Australia’s private higher education institutions/private Universities

  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) student (excluding students on packaged programs with one of South Australia’s three public Universities*)

  • English language student (excluding students on packaged programs with one of South Australia’s three public Universities)

  • Pathway student (excluding students on packaged programs with one of South Australia’s three public Universities).


If you are on a package (English, VET or pathway) with one of South Australia’s three public Universities - Flinders University, The University of Adelaide, University of South Australia - do not apply for the ISSP, your provider or University will make contact with you as soon as possible to advise of the eligibility and process to seek support.


If you are a current enrolled student at one of South Australia’s three public Universities, please refer to previous communication from your University regarding the availability of support to which the South Australian government is contributing. Please do not apply for the ISSP.


For school students living with South Australian homestay families, a one-off $200 COVID-19 assistance payment per student will be provided to homestay families. International school students do not need to apply for the ISSP.

Contact Details for Public Universities:


Flinders University students, email:  


University of South Australia: Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)


University of Adelaide: COVID-19 International Student Information

Immediate food support

Anglicare SA (8305 9434) have the capacity to assist with food, core basics and possible financial assistance. 

To receive this support, you will need to present at 9:00 am Monday - Friday at Anglicare SA, 82 Gilbert Street, Adelaide with your student ID or visa to confirm student status.

Accommodation assistance


The South Australian Government has endorsed several initiatives aimed at helping landlords and tenants whose incomes have been affected due to the current pandemic. For more information, visit Consumer and Business Services.

The organisations below may be able to assist you with immediate assistance with crisis accommodation and information about your options.

   • Tenants' Information & Advisory Service (TIAS): 1800 060 462
   • Shelter SA: 8223 4007
   • Housing SA: 131 299

Translating services

If you require assistance with translation services, please call Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50 or Interpreting and Translating Centre (ITC) on 1800 280 203.

Health and wellbeing

If you require assistance in relation to your mental health or wellbeing the organisations below provide support services:

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