Australian bushfire update #2 - keeping international students safe and informed

This weekend saw much-welcomed rain come to several bushfire affected areas and thankfully many parts of Australia remain unaffected and continue to welcome visitors. If you are a new international student coming to Australia or a current international student already here, it is important that you stay informed and up-to-date.

21 Jan 2020

This weekend saw much-needed rain come to several bushfire affected areas and thankfully many parts of Australia remain unaffected and continue to welcome visitors.

The number one priority continues to be the emergency response to the bushfires and the safety of communities and tourists in affected areas.

If you are a new international student coming to Australia or a current international student already here, it is important that you stay informed and up-to-date.

Please read the information below and refer to the important web links:

I'm a new international student coming to Australia over the coming months, what should I do?

The industry is working together to ensure the safety and support of current and incoming international students.

We encourage you to seek the most up-to-date information before you arrive in Australia.

Visit the Tourism Australia interactive map for up to date regional information on impacted areas.

As you see there are very few international education providers directly impacted in these regions.

The Department of Education have created dedicated information for university students affected by 2019-2020 Australian bushfires and a number of universities have also initiated support measures for students. Go to this LINK for more details.

As with any part of your pre-departure process preparing to come to Australia, please reach out to your usual contacts at your institution or agent.

The Australian Government works closely with all study destinations to support international students and promote international education. As a new student we suggest you bookmark the Study Australia site and social media channels for the latest updates, along with your state/destinations channels below.

Study Sydney
Study Melbourne
Study Canberra
Study Adelaide
Study Queensland
Study Brisbane
Study Gold Coast
Study Northern Territory
Study Perth
Study Tasmania

I’m a current student. How do I know if I am at risk?

If you feel distressed or anxious about the current bushfire situation, please reach out to your institution support services. You can also check up-to-date news by phoning the Bushfire Information Hotline on 1300 362 361.

For university specific information go to the Department of Education, Regional Universities Network (RUN) or contact your institution for guidance.

Is it safe to visit Australia during and after the bushfires?

Australia will continue to be a world-leading and safe tourism destination, whether in unaffected regions or those that will recover from these bushfires in the months and years to come. There are many regions within Australia that remain unaffected and will continue to offer tourists the incredible tourism experiences our country is known for.

Visit the Tourism Australia interactive map for up to date regional information on impacted areas.

Visit the Tourism Australia site for up to date bushfire information.

The Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology provides overall weather updates for all parts of Australia, including the latest fire warnings: www.bom.gov.au.

I want to help. What can I do?

One of the best ways you can help affected communities is by continuing to visit, study and do business with Australia. Across our vast country, there are still many wonderful experiences to be had in areas not directly affected by the fires and once it is safe and appropriate to do so, we will welcome visitors back into recovered communities.

If you wish to contribute financially, see the Study in Australia post for a list of reputable donation providers that you can support.