Food and Emergency Needs
If you are struggling with basic necessities such as food, visit AUSA Reception to pick up a food parcel. All students are entitled to pick up three parcels a semester from Reception at AUSA House, 4 Alfred St. If you need help with necessities beyond food parcels, contact the Welfare Officer at email@example.com, as we may be able to help further. More information about where to turn can be found here.
If your situation is urgent, short-term, threatens your study at university, and cannot be alleviated by any of our other services, AUSA administers Hardship Grants of up to $250. If our criteria are met, Hardship Grants can be used for assistance with food, travel, accommodation or medical issues. For details about eligibility and to download our application form, visit here.
AUSA and UBS Textbook Grants
At the beginning of Semester One and Semester Two, AUSA in conjunction with UBS offers $2,500 worth of textbook grants to students who have persevered with study despite suffering financial or personal hardship. Applications are open for the week prior to semester and during the first week of semester. To apply, visit our application page.
AUSA and Campuspecs provide support for students in need of optometry assistance. If you are experiencing vision problems or are in need of new glasses, but are struggling to afford optometry services, you may be eligible for an Optometry Grant. Successful applicants will be entitled to an eye examination and a free pair of glasses, if required, from Campuspecs. Collect a form from AUSA Reception at 4 Alfred St or apply online here.
Students for Students
Each year AUSA helps hundreds of students who find themselves in emergency situations with food parcels and grants. We can only keep helping students with your support. Please visit here to make a donation to AUSA Welfare. $1 a week makes a huge difference to our services, and to the lives of students who deserve support.
Help with Financial Emergencies from Studylink
Help is also available from other organisations, such as Studylink. We know how difficult it can be to decipher how Studylink works, so visit this page for a quick guide about what Studylink might be able to do for you in an emergency situation.
Being a student is tough. Being careful with your budgeting can make it a little bit easier. For tips on budgeting and funds, see here.
Support for students experiencing family violence
If you’re affected by family violence by someone such as a partner, family member or flatmate, we can help. Contact the Student Advice Hub; the Welfare Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org; the Women’s Rights Officers at email@example.com; or the Queer Rights Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about your options.
Our University can also provide formal support, including compassionate consideration and campus personal safety planning, for anyone on our campuses experiencing family violence. Check out the University’s Family Violence Project page.
Have any questions? The AUSA Welfare Officer will be happy to help, or pop into AUSA House Reception with your questions.
G11 Old Choral Hall
09 923 7377