430. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:
I refer to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international students and other temporary visa holders.
(1) Is the McGowan government providing any funding to support international students and temporary visa holders impacted by the COVID-19 crisis?
(2) If yes to (1), how much?
(3) If no to (1), why not?
(4) Is the McGowan government providing any new support services or programs specifically to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international students and other temporary visa holders?
(5) If yes to (4), please provide information about the services or programs.
(6) If no to (4), why not?
Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. This was redirected to the Premier.
(2) Funding is on an as-needs basis and therefore there is no set amount. This means that support is most effectively provided to students who are most in need.
(3) Not applicable.
(5) The state government has a range of services and programs to support the Western Australian community to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. International students and other temporary visa holders are able to access a range of state government-funded services. Services available to international students include the state emergency welfare program, which provides welfare services for people affected by COVID-19, including emergency accommodation, food, clothing, personal support services, and financial assistance; and the Lotterywest COVID-19 relief fund, which provides funding to not-for-profit and community organisations to help people experiencing hardship by providing assistance with food, clothing, accommodation and other critical needs. With the support of the state government, consulates, Asian business councils and ethnic community groups in Western Australia are providing a range of welfare services for international students, including financial aid, food, emergency accommodation, and mental health and wellbeing support services. StudyPerth’s crisis relief program provides aid, including food, accommodation, health and mental health services to international students who are at imminent risk.
(6) Not applicable.