COVID-19 has not stopped international education. As of August 24, 524,000 international students were living among us in Australian cities and communities. They represent 78% of all student visa holders, according to data the Department of Home Affairs provided to us.
Read more here: https://theconversation.com/4-out-of-5-international-students-are-still-in-australia-how-we-treat-them-will-have-consequences-145099
Smaller universities and private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers expect to be hardest hit because of their greater reliance on students from India and Nepal. Applications from Nepal dropped 61 per cent and those from India by 47 per cent last financial year, putting further pressure on Australia’s $40 billion a year international student sector amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/quite-serious-international-student-visa-applications-plummet-20200728-p55gbc.html
The number of overseas students hoping to study vocational education and training courses in the last financial year has more than halved.
Allegations previously made by the National Training Regulator, ASQA of organised crime using ghost colleges or fake vocational training programs to scam the Australia migration system have been ratified by Labor’s immigration spokesperson, Kristina Keneally in a recent speech where she criticized the governments handling of the surge in bridging visas and claims for asylum.
Read more here: https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2020/02/australian-visas-exploited-by-criminal-people-smuggling-syndicates/