International students in Australia will be able to access an emergency payment as part of a temporary government scheme to support workers during lockdowns.
In a statement, the federal government announced that those workers who reside or work in a Commonwealth declared hotspot, such as the one in the Greater Melbourne Area, will be eligible for the fund.
Recipients will be given up to $500 per week for losing 20 hours or more of work, and $325 per week for losing under 20 hours. They must not have liquid assets of more than $10,000.
“This support is critical to help those in the community who are most in need and most vulnerable to an extended lockdown”
The support will be available for Australian citizens and permanent residents and eligible working visa holders, which includes international students.
The fact that international students are being included has been welcomed by members of Australia’s international education community.