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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

International education supported by a multi-million dollar grant aimed at the return of international students

International educational institutions hard hit by COVID-19 will gain access to $ 37 million ($ 26.6 million) federal government support in an effort to bring students back next year.

The new measures will pay almost $ 28 million ($ 20 million) in regulatory fee reductions, and over $ 9 million ($ 6.4 million) in grants will go to institutions offering intensive English courses for international students. …

The new conditions will also expand measures to protect the rights of foreign students to work after graduation and will extend the temporary graduation visa from two to three years for masters graduates of coursework.

“This will help ensure the rapid return of international students,” said Education and Youth Minister Alan Taj. “This provides clear incentives for institutions and students and ensures that students are not prevented from coming to Australia earlier.”

It is believed to be part of the federal government’s $ 10 billion ($ 7.6 billion) national student market plan that collapsed after the nationwide border closed in response to the pandemic.

Australian universities lost at least 17,300 jobs in 2020 and lost approximately $ 1.8 billion ($ 1.3 billion) in international student income over the previous year, according to figures released Feb. 3 by Universities Australia, the country’s largest authority. in this sector. …

The funding increase comes three days after the government announced that visa holders, including international students and skilled workers, will be able to travel to Australia without exception from December 1st.

An estimated 162,000 student visas will be issued and some 140,000 overseas international students will be invited to return to Australian campuses next year.

Only fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter the border, and Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory does not require quarantine for foreign visitors.

However, those who can prove they have not been medically vaccinated and children under 12 can travel to Australia under the new rules.

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Business Council Australia executive director Jennifer Westacott said companies will not be able to find workers and keep their doors open unless borders are lifted.

“You can’t hire hundreds of Australians to do construction work if you don’t have a surveyor and you can’t build an infrastructure pipeline without engineers. Our education and training system is generating a strong flow of talent for Australia, but it cannot provide highly skilled overnight stays, ”said Westacott.

Meanwhile, Innes Willocks, executive director of the Australian Industry Group, said the return of qualified visa holders and students “will expose ongoing inconsistencies with our state borders and quarantine regulations.”

“Most other countries opened up to the world faster than we did, and we are competing with one hand tied behind our back,” he said.

As Australia’s economic recovery continues, the Morrison government is also making it easier for highly skilled migrants to remain in Australia to continue working in critical sectors.

This includes improved access to permanent residence for existing temporary skill shortages (subclass 482) in the short-term flow and temporary temporary work visa holders (subclass 457) who no longer meet age requirements.

“This is a special concession in favor of those highly skilled migrant workers who chose to stay in Australia during the pandemic while continuing to address Australia’s severe food shortages. This allows them to stay here with the opportunity to obtain Australian citizenship, ”said Minister of Immigration, Citizenship, Migration Services and Multicultural Community Alex Hawke.

Currently, about 20,000 people can benefit from these arrangements.

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Nina Nguyen is a Sydney-based Vietnamese reporter specializing in Australian news. Contact her at [email protected].com.au.

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