Dane Luo and Caitlyn Chu

Statement on the Attack towards a Chinese Student

CW: violence. The Vice Presidents strongly condemn the attack on a Chinese student on 8 August 2019 towards a Chinese international postgraduate student. The attacker was seen to be spitting and yelling at people of Asian appearance meaning this was a racially motivated violent attack. We call on the University to take all steps to ensure the safety of students on their own campus. We demand zero tolerance towards racism, intimidation or abuse on this campus. We will work with the University and other student organisations including SUPRA to improve campus safety.

Textbook Subsidy Program

The Textbook Subsidy Program is still going and it’s not too late to apply for a $100 subsidy towards textbooks and learning materials this semester! You can apply by filling out an online form at http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/srctextbooksubsidy. You will then need to attend an interview with a professional, confidential caseworker. For more information, please visit www.srcusyd.net.au/textbooksubsidy.

Welfare Week

Welfare Week took place last week between Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 August 2019 alongside USU Market Day. We had so many organisations, student support services, NGOs and unions out on Eastern Avenue and it was a fantastic opportunity for students to hear and see what they do. We hope that students who came by learnt something about the services and organisations out there to support them. We hope that this event will continue in the future.

Know Your Student Rights – Health Care Card

If you are on Youth Allowance, Austudy or Newstart, you are eligible to get a Health Care Card. Otherwise, you may be eligible if your average income (over an 8 week period) is less than $561 per week for a single person without children, or $969 per week for a single person with a dependent child, or a couple.

A Health Care Card gives you access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme drugs for $6.50, free ambulance cover, free dental care, free prescription lenses and frames, and discounts to some GPs. For more information, contact our professional caseworkers at help@src.usyd.edu.au.