As an essential service, Chisholm Institute is still operational and has been working closely with the State Government and Health Department to support our students during the current Coronavirus pandemic. To date, we have still had no reported or confirmed cases of the virus.

While we are currently planning the transition of our courses to online and remote learning, we're also supporting our students and providing financial solutions and assistance during this time.

We understand the challenges for international students are unique, and therefore the following support is being offered to assist you:

How can I get support with my fees?

We’re pleased to offer a deferral of your fee payments for the next three months if you are experiencing financial hardship. This includes amounts due under a current payment plan, if applicable. We will continue to accept full or part fee payments during this period if you don’t require this financial assistance.

We hope that this offer will provide the financial relief required for you to continue your studies with us during the next few months.

If you would like to accept this offer and defer your fee payment, please contact 03 9212 5040 or email fees@chisholm.edu.au.

What support and information is available for international students?

We encourage international students to get the most up-to-date information by:

The Department of Health and Human Services website provides information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in many languages.

International Student Emergency Relief Fund

The Victorian Government has announced a $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund for international students facing financial hardship.

If you are an international student in Victoria experiencing financial hardship, you may be eligible for support. For information about how to apply for support as a Chisholm student, contact Chisholm International Student Support.

For more information about where to find practical help and confidential support: 

visit our International Students Emergency Relief Fund page.

Loan laptop

You may be eligible to borrow a laptop computer from Chisholm to continue your studies, as we move to remote and online learning. If you would like information on how you can borrow a laptop, please contact our Student Wellbeing Officer on 03 9212 5269 or email financesupport@chisholm.edu.au for further details. We also have computers available on Dandenong, Frankston, Berwick and Cranbourne campuses for you to use.

How do I use Zoom?

Chisholm has updated its security for all Zoom meetings and this means some things have changed to the way you use it.

If you have any questions, or need any help to optimise their Zoom settings, they can contact the ITS Service Desk on 9212 5444, servicedesk@chisholm.edu.au or the Service Now Self-Service Portal, where you’ll find more ‘how-to’ guides to connect you with Zoom and other remote learning technologies.

Where can I find food and supplies urgently?

International students that are in crisis and need immediate assistance for food or other assistance can contact Student Services on 03 9212 5269 or email financesupport@chisholm.edu.au. We can provide you with short term relief while we connect you with external agencies.

Additional support is also available from these services:

  • Study Melbourne, Tel: 1800 056 449 or email info@studymelbourne.vic.gov.au or Study Melbourne website to access to one-off emergency relief
  • Community Information & Support Victoria (CISVic), Tel: 03 9672 2000, or visit CISVic website to find support centres near you:
  • MiCare ,Tel: 1800 642 273 or visit the MiCare website. MiCare offers support to international students in the City of Monash region and can direct students to organisations which provide emergency food and supplies relief.

Contact Student Services on 03 9212 5269 or email studentservices@chisholm.edu.au for a full list of resources available to those in the south-east regions of Greater Dandenong, Casey Cardinia, Frankston and Mornington Peninsula.

I am worried and anxious. Is there someone I can talk to?

The Coronavirus has changed the way we work, study and live our lives. Wellbeing experts encourage everyone to find support if you need it. If you would like to talk to someone for some support, please contact the International Welfare Officer on 03 9212 5040.

Student Support is also available for one on one appointments over the phone or via video conference using Zoom. To make an appointment with a personal counsellor, email studentservices@chisholm.edu.au, or phone 9212 5269.

Support is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at:

I have lost my job, where can I find work?

We know that some of you have lost your jobs and now you are under a lot of stress. Chisholm’s Skills and Jobs Centre has many connections with local industry and have offered to notify these businesses of students in need of work. If you are looking to find work, please provide us with some information as listed below on skillsandjobs@chisholm.edu.au.

  1. List the top three industries you would like to find work in that suits your skills and past experience.
  2. Do you have a car and valid driving license?
  3. What suburb do you live in?
  4. How far you can you go to travel for work.

The Chisholm Skills and Jobs Centre is not able to guarantee you a job, but we will try to advocate for you with employers based on your work preferences and skills.