Stressed? Struggling to find housing or pay for textbooks? The Welfare Officers can help!
The Australian Federal Government has launched one of the worst attacks on students that this country has ever seen. It is becoming harder and harder for students to afford basic food and housing, and Youth Allowance simply is not enough to cover the cost of living in Sydney. It is even more difficult for young people receiving the Disability Support Pension, as the Government is reviewing their payments in an attempt to squeeze as much out of the young and vulnerable as it can.
Sydney University is one of Australia’s leading education institutions, but it lacks equitable and accessible student services. That’s why the SRC exists – to provide the services that the University does not. If you are struggling with money, health, housing, the welfare system or the legal system, please contact the SRC.
We can help you with:
- Seeing a FREE SRC Caseworker & Legal Service
- Applying for an emergency short term loan or bursary
- Locating affordable, safe and easily accessible health care
- Accessing emergency housing, both short-term and long-term
- Accessing mental health services on campus
- Finding a suitable migration lawyer or support with visa issues
- Accessing loans of study resources such as lab coats and calculators
As the Welfare Officers, we also run campaigns to protect the safety nets currently in place, and lobby the University and the Government for more support for students. Activism is the best way to engage students in the fight for their rights.
We intend to continue this fight on issues such as:
The university currently provides a small number of free counselling sessions. This is inadequate for dealing with mental health issues—the recovery process often requires follow-up evaluations and long-term care. The University must expand its services and work with outside providers to improve mental health care for students.
Financial Support and Housing
Current Centrelink payments such as AusStudy and Youth Allowance are not enough to afford adequate housing in Sydney, and most student housing is overpriced when matched to realistic student budgets. Study should be considered a full time job, which is why the University must prioritise affordability, instead of profit, in its housing developments.
International students do not have access to the same privileges as domestic students (for example, travel concessions). They also face the further challenge of studying in what is often their second or third language, while trying to afford food, housing and study resources. The University must expand services to support international students, and allow them to claim travel concessions.