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External Financial Aid and Support

A number of state and federal government authorities, along with a wide range of community-based organisations, offer extensive financial assistance and support.

We’ve collated these below to make them easy for you to access. Please note, all external websites and services are subject to change.



  • The Office of the Training Advocate (OTA) provides South Australia's international students a free advisory service to support them with legal issues.
  • Baptist Care SA Community Food Hub is run in partnership with Foodbank SA and provides free bread, fruit and vegetables and essential items at a reduced cost.
  • Foodbank SA Food Hubs offer an affordable shopping experience, providing a wide range of food, groceries and personal care items at significantly reduced prices. KBS students experiencing financial hardship can register to receive a "customer pays" referral voucher.



  • Study Melbourne – can assist you to access services in the community, and provides free and confidential information, support and practical help.
  • Rent Relief Grant is for Victorians experiencing hardship due to COVID-19. (Applications open until 28 March 2021)
  • Working for Victoria Fund helps Victorians, including people who have lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), find new work opportunities.
  • Red Cross Emergency Relief Support offers financial relief to meet urgent needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Foodbank International Student Pop Up store – free Access to fresh and culturally diverse range of products. Open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10am – 2pm (excludes Public Holidays).


  • Study Perth provides the details for a range of support available and has established a Crisis Relief program to address the acute needs of international students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions.
  • There are many jobs available in Perth for international students while you study and after you graduate. Please visit the Job Board for opportunities.
  • St Patrick’s Community Support centre has emergency relief appointments providing food vouchers, clothing and transport vouchers, bills and advocacy.