Coronavirus Special Assistance Scheme - TAFE

Special assistance for students impacted by coronavirus.

Federation University will provide financial assistance to support eligible domestic and international TAFE students currently enrolled at a Federation campus, impacted by a reduced income due to reduction in or loss of employment as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.

Your eligibility for support will be assessed on your individual needs and circumstances and the following criteria:

  • you are experiencing financial hardship due to the need to self-isolate
  • you have had your hours of employment reduced as a result of the pandemic
  • you are unable to work due to required self-isolation and have limited or no provision of personal or annual leave
  • you do not have access to technology to study remotely and require funds to purchase items, such as a computer or home internet connection

Assistance may include:

Financial Assistance:

  • Up to assistance of $300 each week for two weeks for:
    • Students who are experiencing financial hardship due to need to self-isolate, or whose hours of employment have been reduced as a result of the impacts of COVID-19; and/or
    • students who have limited or no provision of personal or annual leave who are unable to work due to self-isolation
  • Student Tuition Fee due date extension to 30 June 2020 for students studying in tuition fee-paying certificate level programs.
  • An extension to the census date to 1 July 2020 for Diploma and Advanced Diploma students.
  • A one-off payment of up to $100 for enhancing internet access/data limits for rural areas that have limited internet access/services.

Access to computer technology

  • Federation University will increase the number of computer devices available for students to borrow from its Ballarat and Wimmera library locations to assist students without adequate access to computers at home for study online. The new computers are being acquired and will be available in the next few weeks. Students will be notified when they become available for borrowing.
  • Provision of COVID-19 compliant learning spaces at SMB and Wimmera library locations where students can book time on computer technology for study purposes.

The Federal Government has announced increases to Austudy and Youth allowance payments and JobSeeker and JobKeeper payments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students should seek clarity from Services Australia or Centrelink regarding their eligibility for increased payment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to apply

Start your application. Log in using your Federation University student ID and password.

We have a team of staff reviewing applications, and will respond as quickly as possible.

If you require assistance completing the form, or have any general enquiries, please contact us on telephone 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864)