Financial Support

IMPORTANT COVID-19 MESSAGE:
To keep us all safe, Student Wellbeing Services (Counselling, Disability and Welfare) are offering students the next available online appointment. If you require a face-to-face appointment, please discuss this with Wellbeing staff at the time of booking.

If you are in financial hardship and need assistance with essential living or study costs, the Student Welfare Service is here to support you. We can provide support to students in financial hardship due to; personal circumstances, an extraordinary event or COVID-19.

If you are struggling financially due to personal circumstances, COVID 19 or you have been impacted by an extraordinary event (e.g. crisis or natural disaster) please contact us via WesternNow or 1300 668 370 (option 4 then option 1).

Financial Support


Food Support

If you require financial assistance for food due to personal circumstances, COVID 19 or have been impacted by an extraordinary event (e.g. crisis or natural disaster), please contact us via WesternNow or 1300 668 370 (option 4 then option 1).

The Chaplaincy Team runs weekly Community Dinners during session. These provide a great opportunity to share a nutritious meal and get to know other students.

You can also enjoy a free breakfast on your campus every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 8:30-10:30am during session. Learn more by logging into WESTERNLife Events with your student details.

Textbook Support

Apply for up to $500 Textbook Support to purchase prescribed textbooks from:

Submit your application here. Applications open two weeks before the commencement of session, with applications closing on the relevant census dates.

If your application is approved you’ll receive a DiviPay virtual card via email.

External Services

Government Services & COVID 19 resources

Study NSW COVID19 Help Hub - Provides onshore international students impacted by COVID 19 with access to financial assistance, wellbeing services and more. Multilingual case workers are available.

Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment -  You may be eligible if you’re unable to work and earn income because you or someone you’re caring for has to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID 19.

Centrelink - Offers a range of on-going payments to eligible students. If you're receiving a student payment, you can also access the Fares Allowance to attend compulsory activities linked to your studies and the Student Start Up loan

Community Services

There are several services that can provide food and financial assistance:

Financial Counselling and other resources
Tax Help

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provides a free Tax Help program to assist those earning under $60,000 to lodge a tax return. Learn more