The bravery of emergency service workers is inspirational, as is the courage of people who live and work in the affected regions.

RMIT’s counselling support services are available for any students who have been impacted by the fires and we encourage you to reach out if you feel this would be helpful.

RMIT Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean said the RMIT community stands behind our fellow Australians touched by this tragedy.

“During this challenging time, our thoughts are with those affected by the fires and our University community is here to help,” he said.

“We have resources and support available to our staff and students, to help them get back on their feet – and a heartfelt commitment to be there with them every step of the way.

“The University is also pledging $100,000 of initial support, which will be used to assist our enrolled students and staff directly impacted by the bushfires, and to help impacted communities to recover and, in time, rebuild.”

Students can choose to help the disaster relief effort any way they can – the ABC has listed a few ways.

Support numbers are as follows:

  • RMIT Connect: 9925 5000 (follow the prompts, including after hours)
  • RM IT Student Crisis Line: 1300 305 737 or text 0488 884 162 (5pm - 9am Monday to Friday, 24 hours on weekends)
  • RMIT staff support: 1300 786 860 and 0431 119 909 (after hours)

If you are an international student, RMIT has a wide range of support services available for you. Click here for contact details and to find the services which suit your needs.

Health advice

Smoke from fires in east Gippsland and Tasmania are impacting Melbourne and could persist for the rest of the week.

Due to ongoing poor air quality in Melbourne, students with health concerns or who are sensitive to the air quality are recommended to seek medical advice, follow their treatment plan, and access alternative work arrangements.

Stay updated with the latest air quality notices and seek medical attention if required.