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International student support

Published: 15th December 2020

We hope you are having a good start to the end-of-year break. Congratulations on persisting with your studies in what has been an exceptionally challenging year for many.


With COVID-19 travel restrictions still in place, we wish to remind you that although temporary visa holders in Australia can depart Australia at any time, there are very limited circumstances under which you will be permitted to return to Australia, as outlined on the Department of Home Affair’s website.

Support and advice

If you are currently located in Perth, we understand the end-of-year break can be a difficult time, especially if you are separated from family and friends in your home country.

Murdoch support services are open throughout the semester break, except for the Limited Service Period 19 December - 4 January.

If you need support before or after the Limited Service Period, we encourage you to contact myMurdoch AdviceCounselling or Guild Student Assist for support.

If you need advice during the Limited Service Period, you can access out-of-hours support from a range of external providers, including Sonder if you are with Allianz Global Assistance OHSC.

Staying connected
It is important to stay connected during this time. StudyPerth are hosting a range of social events and activities over the break, from yoga sessions to trivia nights and a Christmas Day lunch. You can also join the StudyPerth International Student Facebook Group.

If you’re living at Murdoch Village, you can explore their events calendar over the break.

We also encourage you to stay connected with your family and friends overseas. We’ve compiled a list of ways to stay socially connected with family and friends virtually.

We wish you all the best for a safe and restful holiday period on behalf of the entire Murdoch community.