Information for International Students Following a Disaster

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Information for international students on what to do after a disaster in your home country.

Try to maintain a sense of perspective

When confronted with concerns about friends and family at home, there are people that are here to support you through this difficult time. It is normal to feel sad, stressed and overwhelmed. Sharing how you are feeling with someone you feel comfortable with can be helpful.

Ways you may want to support people in your home country

Think about ways you can support those in your home country. Discuss these with your teacher/parent/homestay/family/carer.

Ways to help you keep lines of communication open with those at home

Communicating with those at home where possible, through emails, phone calls and letters can help you to stay connected to people who are important to you. It also lets your friends and family know you are thinking of them.

Ask for help

Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance or support if you need it. There are people to support you at home and at your school. Speak to your International Student Coordinator or School Principal if you require support.

If you are unable to make contact

If you are unable to contact family and friends in your home country in the event of a major disaster, you are advised to contact your International Student Coordinator. 

Another source of information in the event of a major disaster is the hotline established by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). These are established by DFAT to provide information on the wellbeing of next of kin of foreign nationals from the country(ies) effected by the disaster, as this becomes available.

In the event of a disaster, the contact numbers, website addresses and other communication vehicles through which the DFAT hotline can be accessed are widely advertised.