Australian Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan has lent his support to international students such as those attending the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS).
“All students who come to Australia are welcome. They have the right to live in a safe, supporting environment, just like everyone else. We are all dealing with COVID-19 together. My message to our international students is: you are our friends. #InThisTogether,” Tehan tweeted on 20 April.
His office had earlier issued a statement (8 April) where he outlined how international students who had in Australia longer than 12 months, and who find themselves in financial hardship, would be able to access their Australian superannuation, and would be able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight.
“Our Government continues to work with universities, colleges and other higher education institutions and the international education sector to minimise the impact of COVID-19, and that includes finding innovative ways to support our international students,” Tehan said.
“My message to our international students is: you are our friends, our classmates, our colleagues and members of our community.”
This sentiment is strongly supported by ICMS, a higher education institution located in Northern Beaches, Sydney, NSW, and in the city of Sydney.
Statements issued earlier this month by ICMS emphasised that international students within its student community were welcome to stay in Australia for the duration of their studies #virtuallytogether.
ICMS COO Rowan Courtney OConnor said ICMS students on a student visa were welcome to stay in Australia as long as they remained enrolled in their online classes in order to comply with visa requirements.
“We are the International College of Management, Sydney. Our institution was founded on international students and they have shaped who we are today,” Courtney OConnor said. “Australia is safe and you are welcome. Let’s get through this together.”
Aware that travel restrictions and work restrictions have negatively affected international students, Courtney OConnorsaid the higher education institute, was working on how best to support students in need over this challenging period.
“We understand that you have been affected but we are here for you. We are a community.”
ICMS transitioned to online learning last month (March) and will continue online learning until face-to-face academic classes can resume.
Please see our Temporary Financial Assistance webpage here https://www.icms.edu.au/financial-assistance-current-students
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For other international students updates please visit https://www.icms.edu.au/news/covid-19-advice-international-students