External supports

Life raft

You my need more support during the COVID19 crisis. The following lists a number of external support including emergency crisis support, emergency food relief, legal help and emergency housing support.

For financial support explore our comprehensive financial support page

For free University Wellbeing support, explore our services

24hr crisis helplines


Mental Health/ Suicide Risk
Sexual Assault
Intimate Partner and Family Violence

La Trobe After-hours Counselling/Crisis Support

Crisis Line – Out of hours mental health and wellbeing support  
Call: 1300 146 307 or Text: 0488 884 100    
5pm - 9am weekdays, 24 hours weekends, and public holidays.

Psychiatric Triage (or crisis assessment and treatment teams)

Information, Assessment and Triage for direct and prompt response and assessment of individuals where there is a serious concern for welfare and safety of an individual available 24/7.

Contact numbers varies by region, find your specific region number here.

Some quick suburb links below:

Bundoora: Psychiatric Triage – North East 
1300 859 789

Bendigo: Psychiatric Triage – Loddon Campaspe/Southern Mallee 
1300 363 788

Shepparton: Psychiatric Triage – Goulburn & Southern  
1300 369 005

Albury/Wodonga: Psychiatric Triage – North/Eastern Hume 
1300 881 104

Mildura: Psychiatric Triage – Northern Mallee 
1300 366 375

Victoria Legal Aid

Urgent Legal Advice

Call 1300 792 387

General advice line

Call 9629 6300

General Information Line

Call 1300 558 181

Study Melbourne

International Students Support

Emergency housing support

Call 1800 825 955.

This number is the statewide phone number in VIC for ALL Homelessness access points. The call will divert to the local homelessness access point, pending wherever a person is calling from.

Assists with informing you of eligibility to what service.

Access point for people experiencing homelessness and housing related issues including housing information and advocacy, assessment of Housing and Support needs, referral to crisis accommodation and specialist support services, limited financial assistance to establish or maintain rental tenancies.

Bendigo: 5444 9099 Mildura: 5018 4200 Preston: 9479 0700 Geelong: 5246 8900

Available assistance includes access to secure, affordable and appropriate housing for older people. Appointments preferred.

Contact: 1300 765 178; Monday to Friday 10am-4pm

Help options available:

Call 13 72 58

Food: Free meals or low-cost food

Foodbank International Student Pop-Up Store

Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday's (excluding public holidays), Foodbank with their partners have been busy hitting the streets of Melbourne to bring FREE and culturally diverse food and pantry items to international students via their new International Student Pop-Up Store.


AskIzzy is a free website that connects you with emergency services including food. Type in your suburb and it will show you list of food support services in your area.

Two Birds One Scone at Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus

Located in the Agora 3pm - 6pm weekdays, Two Birds One Scone club are offering free frozen meals from SecondBite to La Trobe students in need.

Domestic students are be able to collect free meals by presenting their student card in conjunction with a health care card at their initial collection. International students can receive free meals for one week and can seek one of La Trobe’s support services to approve continual support.

A cooler bag is recommended upon collection.

T4A - Turbans 4 Australia

Turbans 4 Australia is running Covid Crisis relief for people in need in Melbourne, including International students. It is generously providing free grocery hampers, non perishable and fresh produce free of charge to students, Tuesday - Thursday and Saturdays including contact-less free delivery.

Fill out this form to register or contact turbans4australia@gmail.com for more information.

Bendigo Food Support by Victory Young Adults (VYA)

Bendigo VYA are offering ‘Food Help’, dry assorted food bags of a random assortment of dry packaged goods, for students in need. There are a limited number of food bags and are distributed on a case by case basis.

If you need a food bag or would like more information, please email vyainfo@victorycc.com.au or direct message their VYA Facebook or  VYA Instagram

Sikh volunteers Australia

Delivering free food to people in need during self-isolation in South Eastern suburbs.

Global Hindu Association

Provide providing food for international students in dire need.

Local Food Connect

A comprehnsive list of suburbs and organisations providing free meals in Melbourne's northern suburbs

St Vincent De Paul Welfare Line

Available assistance includes food parcels, food vouchers, Telstra vouchers, help sourcing furniture and household items, referral to other services such as No Interest Loans financial counselling and rent assistance

Call 1800 305 330, 10am–3pm.

Available assistance includes food vouchers, material aid and utility aid.

You must be Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander or must have Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children in your care.

Call 1800 993 783 for appointments.

City of Darebin

Ready made meals for International Students, refugees, asylum seekers and those experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 4.00pm – 4.30pm at Northern Community CareWorks, 81-91 High Street, commencing Thursday 25 June.

Need more information?: Call Northern Community CareWorks on 9484 4788

Indian Care

Indian care aims to promote the welfare and wellbeing of Victoria’s South Asian International Students from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. Contact Indian Care for more information and support services


Location in South Bank, Empower help with fresh, frozen and pantry staples

City of Melbourne Community Food Guide

The City of Melbourne have also developed an extensive Community Food Guide about community meals, including free and cheap meals.

Area specific supports and services

Heidelberg West and Surrounding Suburbs

Prioritising these postcodes 3079, 3081, 3084, 3085 for emergency food relief

Call 9459-5959, Mon-Fri 10am-3pm

City of Whittlesea 

Financial assistance to residents of Whittlesea in crisis re: bills, housing, food, transport, medical expenses.

Call 9401-6644 Monday to Friday

City of Darebin

Providing weekly grocery vouchers, food parcels and pre-made meals to households.

Call the DIVRS phone service on 9480 8200, Monday – Thursday between 9.30am -12.30pm. You may need to leave a message with your name and someone will return your call.

Ready made meals for International Students, refugees, asylum seekers and those experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays 4.00pm – 4.30pm at Northern Community CareWorks, 81-91 High Street, commencing Thursday 25 June.

Need more information?: Call Northern Community CareWorks on 9484 4788


City of Greater Bendigo

Their website lists a range of supports including financial, emergency housing support and wellbeing resources. Click here for a condensed quick list

Bendigo Family and Financial Services are providing emergency food parcels in Bendigo.


Salvation Army

International and domestic students in need can call them on 02 6024 2886 between 9am and 2pm, Wed to Fri. They can offer food parcels, supermarket vouchers, and case management.

Student Association and Union Support

La Trobe Student Association (LTSA) - all campuses (Albury/Wodonga, Bendigo, City, Melbourne (Bundoora), Mildura and Shepparton)

LTSA Food Relief - Non perishable food items to assist students

LTSA Legal Service - The service offers free and confidential advice from qualified and experienced lawyers on a number of issues.

LTSA Financial Support Service - free financial counselling for students


Your local Student Association Advocates can help with all kinds of issues including problems on placements, assessment failure, misconduct allegations, and more. They can help you work out what you need to get through life's challenges, whether that's at University or at home. They can also make referrals, talk to people on your behalf, link you in with local community support and just generally be there for you.

LTSA Advocacy

LTSU (La Trobe Student Union) - Melbourne (Bundoora) only

La Trobe Student Union Legal Service provides free legal advice and access to a qualified lawyer around all manner of legal issues, including issues around unfair dismissal at work and rental rights.

LTSU Emergency housing - emergency housing, referral service, clothing and food

Digital Support

Computer Support

WorkVentures provide access, digital support, digital skills and financial support to those who need access to anything digital.

Contact them to find out about eligibility.

If you know of any great resources we may have missed or would like to provide any feedback, let us know! Email Rose at r.wimbush@latrobe.edu.au