A handy guide to help you through Covid-19

RUSU Community Resources

RUSU Community Resources

 

RUSU Compass and the RUSU Student Rights Team have compiled a list of resources to help you out if you are struggling right now. Many of the resources listed below are accessible via telephone, web or email.

The following resources are divided into four main sections: Free Food Resources, Wellbeing Help, and RMIT Support Services. Click on the images below to jump to the list that meets your needs. Remember that our Compass and Student Rights services are still available to advise you. You can contact Compass at: compass@rmit.edu.au and you can contact RUSU Student Rights at: student.rights@rmit.edu.au  



Free Food


Wellbeing Help


RMIT Support


Employment & Legal




FREE FOOD RESOURCES

You do not have to go hungry. There are plenty of resources available to you throughout the community that give you access to free food. You may also have community gardens and other food initiatives within your local area that you can access free of charge.

 

Ask Izzy

Ask Izzy is a website that allows you to easily search for the support you need.

  • Step 1. Simply choose the kind of support you are looking for (e.g., food).
  • Step 2. Enter your post code.
  • Step 3. Find a service for you from the list provided.

Visit the Ask Izzy Website now: Ask Izzy Website.


Extra Food Relief Specifically For Students
 

Name of Service or Resource Location Description Get In Touch
Khalsa Aid Melbourne Wide Free food parcels for international students, specifically Indian Groceries for International students. Khalsa Facebook Page
Text or WhatsApp (Do not phone): 0456 545 460
Shree Swaminarayan Temple Melbourne Wide Shree Swaminarayan Temple is providing both cooked meals and groceries (food kits) to students across Melbourne. Please fill in the form on their website, and you will be contacted regarding your needs and available pick up points near you. Use the Contact Us and indicate that you are requesting some food assistance.
St Peter’s Eastern Hill Melbourne CBD St Peter's Eastern Hill offers freshly made frozen meals for collection, and is located at the corner of Albert and Gisborne Streets in East Melbourne (just next door to Parliament gardens). Meals can be collected from St Peter’s between 9:30am and 11am, Monday to Friday. There is no need to contact them before you go in. Email: alae.taulealo@rmit.edu.au
 
Sikh Volunteers Australia South East Melbourne: See 'Areas Serviced' for locations. Sikh Volunteers Australia are providing free, freshly cooked vegetarian food delivered to your door on SUNDAYS ONLY. Areas serviced: Cranbourne, Frankston, Seaford, Carrum Downs, Clyde, Skye, Tooradin, Hampton Park, Lyndhurst, Lynbrook, Junction Village, Devon Meadows, Narre Warren, Hallam, Berwick. Sikh Volunteers Website
Text or Phone:
  • (+61) 452 60 1734 (General Enquiries) 

  • (+61) 452 40 1734 (SMS/TEXT Only for Free Food Delivery) 




WELLBEING HELP

Your mental health and wellbeing is so important, and right now, many of us are feeling confused, anxious and stressed. Help is available if you need it.

 

Name of Service or Resource Location Description Get In Touch
Immediate Crisis Support Helplines Statewide These numbers are 24/7, some of them may be busy at the moment. So, if you find yourself waiting for too long on hold, hang up and try again or hang up and try a different helpline. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please phone 000. Lifeline: 131 114
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
RMIT After Hours Urgent Mental Health Support All RMIT Students RMIT operates an after-hours mental health crisis support line for RMIT students. This service is only available from 5 pm until 9 am and on weekends. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please phone 000. Phone: 1300 305 737
Text: 0488 884 162
Urgent Support Website
Partners in Wellbeing Statewide The Partners in Wellbeing service provides support and information for mental health and wellbeing. Their team is available 9am – 10pm weekdays and 9am – 5pm weekends.  Phone: 1300 375 330
Partners In Wellbeing Website
RUSU & RMIT Calm Zone Resources Website Choose from a range of different wellbeing activities to help support you and reduce stress. RUSU Stress Less Website
Good Karma Networks Website With the purpose of being a safe place to ask for help from the community, and a model that removes judgement and negativity, the Good Karma Networks facilitate meaningful connections between neighbours. There are many networks across Melbourne. Find one near you. Good Karma Networks Website
Queer Community Mutual Aid Network Vic Facebook Group Queer Community Mutual Aid Network is a support network for the Queer community. Queer Mutual Aid Facebook Page
1800 My Options Website and Hotline Need information on sexual health? 1800 My Options is a free, confidential and pro-choice service for information about contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health, run by Women's Health Victoria. Open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays). 1800 My Options Website
Phone: 1800 696 784
NRS: 1800 555 660
Interpreter:13 14 50
Email: info@1800myoptions.org.au
Money Financial (local students only) Statewide Financial Information for local students. Money Financial support is available to help you manage the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) via Centrelink payments etc. MoneySmart Website
ARCVic (Anxiety Recovery Centre Victoria) Phone and online ARCVic offer a few different services including our Helpline for emotional support, information and referral, our Support Groups and our Cares4Me program. All of services are self-referral. Support for both local and international students, as long as the call is made from within Australia. Phone: 1300 269 438 or
03 9830 0533
Visit Website
Support Groups Information
Cares4Me Information



RMIT SUPPORT

RMIT has many services available to help RMIT students.

 

Name of Service or Resource Location Description Get In Touch
RMIT After Hours Urgent Mental Health Support All RMIT Students RMIT operates an after-hours mental health crisis support line for RMIT students. This service is only available from 5 pm until 9 am and on weekends. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis please phone 000. Phone: 1300 305 737
Text: 0488 884 162
Urgent Support Website
RMIT Medical Hub Remote Consultation Service RMIT Medical Hub is open for telehealth appointments. Book an appointment online via the website. Bulk billing for local students and Direct Billing is available for RMIT students with OSHC Insurance. Medical Hub Website
Phone: Ph: 9999 2778
Medical Hub Facebook Page
RMIT Financial Assistance Remote Consultation Service RMIT Financial Assistance offers a range of referrals and advice as well as Student Hardship Assistance Grants to both local and international students. If you are in financial crisis please book an appointment online via the RMIT Connect portal to discuss your options. RMIT Financial Assistance Website
RMIT Counselling Remote Consultation Service Do you need to talk to a professional about your mental stress or worry? RMIT Counselling is free for all currently enrolled students. There can be a wait for an appointment, so please book one ASAP. Book online via the RMIT Connect portal. RMIT Counselling Website
RMIT Study Support Remote Consultation Service Check out this site to read about how to apply for an extension and Special Consideration. If your study has been impacted by a compassionate or compelling situation help is at hand. RMIT Study Support Website
Email: special.consideration@rmit.edu.au
RUSU Compass Remote Consultation Service Compass is a service that supports RMIT students by offering advice, information and referrals regarding a wide range of issues that students experience during their time at university. Our Compass staff are trained social workers who can offer you support in areas such as mental health, financial stress, relationship issues, homelessness and many more. We are here help and listen. We are available Monday to Thursday, 10–4pm. RUSU Compass Website
Email: compass@rmit.edu.au
RUSU Student Rights Remote Consultation Service RUSU’s Student Rights service exists to help students understand the rules and processes that affect them at RMIT. We can assist students who might be in distress or experiencing disadvantage, with academic and other university process related issues. RUSU Student Rights Website
Email: student.rights@rmit.edu.au
RMIT Mates (RMIT Kirrip) RMIT Online Community Mates is a friendly community of students who you can make friends with, share a meal, get insider student tips, and join a Melbourne Experience. Mates is changing their name to Kirrip in 2022. RMIT Mates/Kirrip Website
RMIT Mates Facebook Page
RMIT Together Facebook Group The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, study and work. Now, more than ever, we need to look after our mental health and stay connected. To do this we’ve created a new space to bring #RMITtogether. RMIT Together Facebook Page
RMIT Chaplaincy Remote Consultation Service RMIT's Chaplains are trained multi-faith spiritual advisers representing Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic faiths and Integral Spirituality traditions. We provide support to students and staff of all faiths and none. RMIT Chaplaincy Website
Email: chaplaincy@rmit.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9925 2317 



EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION & LEGAL HELP

Navigate the uncertain times in the workforce with these helpful resources.

 

Name of Service or Resource Location Description Get In Touch
You, Me & Money Website You, Me & Money is a new website that aims to promote financial well being and resilience in young people. You, Me & Money was developed by young people for young people and guided by research conducted at RMIT University. You, Me & Money Website
IS Help International Student Legal Information IS Help is a free resource for international students living in Victoria. Life as an international student can be difficult at times. It’s OK to ask for help. IS Help offers real life information, from rental agreements to wage disputes, and directs you to the people and services that can help you best. IS Help Website
RMIT Skills and Jobs Centre Remote Consultation Service Book a free online appointment with RMIT Skills and Job hub to discuss work opportunities or get support with resumes and cover letters. RMIT Skills Website
Novoresume Guide Website Novoresume is an online resume builder. They have put together a useful guide to help people find jobs in Australia. View the Guide
Coact Website Despite COVID-19 leaving hundreds of thousands of Australians without stable work, there is hope for the unemployed as thousands of new jobs have been created as a result of new government policies and rising demands from workers and customers stuck at home. Here we’ve compiled a list of industries that are hiring right now. Coact Website
Study Melbourne Website Tips and advice with finding a job including financial information. Phone: 1800 056 449
Email: info@studymelbourne.vic.gov.au
Study Melbourne Website
Department of Education, Skills and Employment Website Find employers hiring now. Today’s labour market has changed quickly due to COVID-19. While some industries are reducing their workforce, others are looking for more workers. This list shows some of the organisations who are currently seeking employees. DESE Website
Job Jumpstart Website Job search troubleshooting: How can I improve my chance of getting a job? Job Jumpstart Website
Job Starter Website Easily find a funded course in their area with a study mode suitable to their needs. This is a valuable resource for people looking to join the workforce, change careers or skill up to progress their career but can not afford to pay full fees. Job Starter Website
Sidekicker Website Sidekicker hires casual staff for companies that are needing workers during COVID-19. Sidekicker Website
 


JOB BOARDS

Use the links below to help you find current employment opportunities.
 
 
Name Category Link
JobSearch General www.jobsearch.gov.au
Jobs Hub General www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub
SEEK General www.seek.com.au
Adzuna General www.adzuna.com.au
CareerOne General www.careerone.com.au
Indeed General au.indeed.com
All Jobs General www.alljobs.com.au
Job Access (for people with disability) General www.jobaccess.gov.au/people-with-disability/looking-advertised-jobs
CoAct Online platform (for people with disability) General www.coact.org.au
Aged Care Services Workforce Hub Industry Specific employment.agedservicesworkforce.com.au
Harvest Trail Jobs Board Industry Specific www.jobsearch.gov.au/harvest
Backpacker Jobs Board Industry Specific www.backpackerjobboard.com.au
Security (ASIAL) Industry Specific www.asial.com.au/careers/security-jobs
Healthcare Medical (MedHire) Industry Specific www.medhire.com.au
Sports People Industry Specific www.sportspeople.com.au
Jobs in Universities Industry Specific www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/en-au/listings/australia
Finance and Accountancy Industry Specific jobs.accaglobal.com/jobs/australia/
Grad Connection Graduate www.au.gradconnection.com
Careers Vic State Government www.careers.vic.gov.au
Defence Jobs Federal Goverment  www.defencejobs.gov.au
Australian Public Service (APS) Federal Goverment  www.apsjobs.gov.au/s
Facebook Social Media www.facebook.com/jobs
LinkedIn Social Media www.linkedin.com/jobs
Telstra Telecommunication www.careers.telstra.com/explore-jobs
Coles Supermarket www.colescareers.com.au/retail-stores/in-store/right4me 
Woolworths Supermarket www.wowcareers.com.au/page/Careers/Supermarkets
IGA Supermarket www.iga.com.au/careers

 


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