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23 May 2022

The Deakin community is united in support of our Sri Lankan students and staff

Our Sri Lankan students and staff are a very important part of the Deakin community. We offer our full support in recognition of the devastating economic crisis that is currently unfolding in Sri Lanka. 

Sri Lanka is now facing fuel shortages and soaring food prices, with some Sri Lankans being forced to skip meals. This is a heartbreaking outcome for the entire Sri Lankan community. 

Our thoughts and concerns are with our students located both in Australia and in Sri Lanka, as well as their families. If you need any support during this extremely challenging time, we encourage you to reach out by accessing the following services and resources. 

Enrolment support 

You can access a range of enrolment support, including course and unit advice, full-time and part-time study options, and intermission and visa compliance advice. Contact Student Central to discuss any concerns with your enrolment. 

Academic and study support 

If you need an assignment extension or want to discuss special consideration, you can contact the relevant academic teaching team in your unit site or access the existing special consideration process, in which you can include details of your difficulties.  

We want to support you to achieve your study outcomes and goals and we offer range of academic study support through our Study Support resources and programs.  

Financial support 

A range of financial assistance options are available, including international students assistance grants for students located in Victoria, interest free loans and more – see the financial assistance webpage for more information. If you think you need significant support, please contact Student Central for advice.

Health and wellbeing support 

During such a difficult time, it is essential you look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing. Students can access the following services: 

Specialist international student support 

The International Student Support (ISS) team can help you with: 

If you think you need this kind of support, please contact Student Central, who can assess your situation and refer you to an International Student Support Officer (ISSO). 

Additional support and advice is also available through Study Melbourne

DUSA support 

Deakin’s student union can help you in a range of ways, including through:  

Deakin is extremely proud of our multicultural and vibrant student community – diversity is one of our core values and biggest strengths. Our Sri Lankan community is a much-valued part of that family and the support of the entire University community is with everyone impacted.

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