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International student information hub

The City of Whittlesea welcomes and values the many international students from all over the world who contribute so much to our community. We celebrate the vibrancy and diversity that comes with a thriving international student community, as well as acknowledging the benefits for our educational institutions as well as our local economy and culture. The below information has been collated to provide easy access to support and to provide current and relevant information for international students.

Information and links for international students

Regional Trending Industries:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Retail
  • Education and Training
  • Careers that Build
  • Transport, Postal and Warehousing
  • Manufacturing
  • Eat, Play and Stay
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical

Visit Employment Programs - NORTH Link

Volunteering for City of Whittlesea

Other local volunteering opportunities 

Placement or work ready programs

Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) - unites international students in Victoria and addresses their interests and needs.

Council for International Students Australia (CISA) - the national peak student representative body for international students studying at postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation levels.


Study Melbourne Student Centre

Connect with international students from different universities Victoria-wide.

Access resources: employment, mental health, legal advice, leadership program, start-up program, social activities.

General support, information and links

View a list of support and emergency relief services available in the City of Whittlesea.

Other support options include:

Infinity Church - Community Meals Kitchen - Food Hampers

Mill Park Baptist - The Shak - Free Meals

From Us 2 You - Food Hampers

Essential Indian Groceries - Sikh Community -Essential Indian Groceries for all

Vittle Feast Project - Free food boxes / groceries

Tenants Victoria

Tenants Victoria promotes and protects the rights of tenants in Victoria. It aims to both help individual renters and work for social change to improve conditions for all tenants.

Do you need some advice on:

  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Bonds
  • Notice to vacate
  • Breaking your lease
  • Compensation for renters

  • Email advice service
  • Tenant advice line
  • Community worker line
  • Office administration
  • Other helpful services


There are a number of ways to connect locally with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ*) communities.

Baseline Rainbow Youth

Council’s Youth Team, Baseline for Young People, runs support programs and events for LGBTIQ* Youth. We are proud to have attained Rainbow Tick Accreditation for our services.

In Community

Council celebrates the LGBTIQ* community with other Northern Councils at Midsumma events including Carnival and the Pride March in St Kilda.

Thorne Harbour Health

Thorne Harbour Health was formed in 1983 (initially as the Victorian AIDS Action Committee and later the Victorian AIDS Council) as a central part of the Victorian community response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Thorne Harbour Health continues to lead the response by providing a range of services which include prevention education, treatment and care of PLHIV and counselling services.

Phone: 9865 6700

Thorne Harbour Health - supporting LGBTI communities and people living with HIV | Thorne Harbour Health

Fair Work Ombudsman - receives complaints about work rights and breaches of workplace laws. Visit

Australian Human Rights Commission - promotes and protects human rights in Australia, including rights against sexual discrimination and harassment. Visit

Reporting racism
If you have experienced racism, Reduce racism with the community reporting tool. Visit our Building Respect and Anti-Racism Strategy

Whittlesea Community Connection Legal Services
Whittlesea Community Connections Community Legal Service provides free legal help to people who live, work or study in the City of Whittlesea and surrounding communities. 

Victoria Legal Aid
Assisting people with legal problems by focusing on protecting the rights of Victorians and representing those who need it the most.