State Development Minister and Champion for International Education Kate Jones has today approved a $1.5 million rescue package to save struggling education businesses from collapse during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Some of Australia’s vocational training institutions, especially private colleges and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) have emailed their students currently stranded overseas to deposit their fees or else their Certificate of Enrollment (CoE) may be cancelled
The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has said he wanted to see students returning under “very controlled” processes agreed between states and providers but made it clear states with border restrictions still in place would not be allowed to take part in the pilot programs commencing July.
The international education sector in Australia is concerned that our education export market has been harmed by the government during this crisis due to the Prime Minister’s comments telling international students to just “go home” inflicting enormous gratuitous damage on Australia’s reputation.