The University is committed to supporting our students who have been affected by the current bushfire crisis underway in many areas of Australia.

We appreciate this is an ongoing situation and preparing for your 2020 studies may not be a priority for some of you at this time. The University will endeavour to assist those of you in need in any way we can.

Seeking assistance

The University will be able to provide support to students adversely affected by bushfires where a valid need is demonstrated. If you are facing difficult circumstances or have bushfire support obligations such as firefighting, you can request support from a range of services such as:

If you're not sure where to start or which service to approach, contact Stop 1 for advice or referral.

Once the academic year gets fully underway, appropriate consideration will be given to students whose academic progress is adversely affected by the impact of the bushfires on their family and personal circumstances.

Supporting communities and volunteers

This is a distressing time for anyone who has been watching the devastating effects the bushfires are having on our communities, environment, livestock and wildlife. The Emergency Victoria website offers practical ways to donate and provide support, and a range of resources and advice for individuals affected personally or financially.

Many of you, and your family and friends, have contributed to fighting these fires and to emergency response efforts. On behalf of the University, thank you for this extraordinary courage and service to the community.

Beyond the safety and wellbeing of our own community, the University has a significant role to play in relief and recovery efforts and we are committed to applying our resources, facilities and services to support the wider community through the course of this disaster.

Staying safe

Please ensure you stay safe and avoid unnecessary travel to bushfire affected areas. Check for emergency updates regularly: