The Queensland Government committed $15 million in additional funding for the state’s International Education and Training sector as part of a state-wide response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The package included:
- $10 million Queensland International Student Crisis Assistance Package – financial assistance to support up to 20,000 international students in hardship
- Doubling student support services via the Queensland Student Hub – providing online support, financial assistance, mental wellness support, crisis accommodation and professional development to students wherever they are in Queensland
- ‘Meals for Mates’- groceries and pre-prepared meals for students in collaboration with local councils and study clusters
- IET Partnership Fund – grants of $40,000 for quality VET and ELICOS providers to adapt their business models for digital and post-COVID education
- Promotion of Queensland’s IET sector – as Queensland moves to Unite & Recover, several initiatives, including a Global Marketing Campaign, will maintain the state’s profile as a world-class study destination which is ready to welcome international students once travel resumes.
Additionally, the Queensland Government is encouraging international students to enhance their own employability and contribute to the state’s economic recovery, through the Launch U and Launch U Trade Accelerator programs, respectively.
Study Queensland, which administers the State Government’s International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026, administered the initiatives.
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