Financial resources for international students, migrants, people with a disability

Being an international student, migrant or living with disability can affect your access to financial support services and resources. It can be frustrating and difficult to know where to go. And it can be confusing for community services referring service users. As part of the COVID19, Financial Capability and Intersectionality Project, WIRE collaborated with migrant women, women-led groups, international students, and women with disability from various ethnic backgrounds to design these resources that respond to their priorities.

The resources on this page include:

About the resources

NDIS Plan: You Choose It, You Control It

Preparing for your National Disability Insurance Plan and managing your plan can be a bit daunting. If English is not your main language or if you are new to the Australian disability services, it can be harder. This video aims to give women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds living in Australia with a disability some tips on how to make the NDIS work to support your needs and choices. Janet Curtain from Power in Culture & Ethnicity and Nimo Hersi collaborated with WIRE to create this video.

We have also created a Your NDIS Plan: You choose, You control it booklet (a resource for people abilities) where we answer five common questions from people with disability who are migrants, or from a non-English speaking background. Download the NDIS Plan booklet here.

e-Navigator to services for International Students

As an international student knowing your rights and the range of support and services that are available to you can help you settle in more easily. This booklet shares links to basic support that international students often need, including services and support that you are eligible for under a student visa. We hope this booklet can also support service providers with referrals to other services that can be useful for international students. Thank you to the international students who provided their feedback on this booklet. Download the e-Navigator here.

Family violence: What is it? Where can you get support? (booklet)

This booklet includes basic information about family violence and support services. It includes information on experiencing family violence while you are on a temporary partner visa. The also booklet links you to organisations which specialise in supporting migrants and culturally and linguistically diverse people, or have interpreting services available. This booklet was created by WIRE and Sakhi Saheli. Download the family violence booklet here.

Managing your money online: A resource for people of all abilities (booklet)

As a person with disability, you have the right to go online safely and access information that is provided in ways that you can understand. This booklet includes ways that you can be safe online, especially when using money. This booklet was created by WIRE and Power in Culture & Ethnicity. Download the managing your money booklet.

My finances: An e-guide for single mothers

Single parents are often great money managers but sometimes there just isn’t enough money coming in. This may be because of lack of access to work that pays well or the other parent not sharing the costs of raising a child, and many other reasons.  This booklet provides simple tips that may help you improve your financial independence and wellbeing, and information on services that can assist if you are experiencing financial stress. Download the my finances e-guide booklet.

For international students

e-Navigator to services

Family violence

What is it? Where can you get support?

Managing your money online

A resource for people of all abilities

Your NDIS plan: You choose, You control it

A resource for people of all abilities

My finances: An e-guide for single mothers

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