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 Australian conference highlights new thinking about international education

Australian conference highlights new thinking about international education

The 2021 Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) hosted more than 1,200 delegates last week and featured more than 70 sessions focused on the global international education marketplace and...

 Australia: Border reopening begins alongside expanded vaccine approvals

Australia: Border reopening begins alongside expanded vaccine approvals

Vaccination rates are going up in Australia, and as they do, the government is preparing to reopen the country’s borders more fully for its citizens and permanent residents,...

 Australia approves student return pilot for New South Wales

Australia approves student return pilot for New South Wales

The governments of Australia and New South Wales have approved a second major student return pilot that will see up to 250 foreign students per fortnight returning to...

 Australian border closures cost ELICOS sector AUS$1.2 billion in 2020

Australian border closures cost ELICOS sector AUS$1.2 billion in 2020

A newly released impact study commissioned by English Australia concludes that the continuing closures of Australia’s borders led to a direct loss of AUS$1.2 billion for the ELICOS...

 Australia: Building a roadmap for the return of international students

Australia: Building a roadmap for the return of international students

Australia’s borders have been effectively closed to international students for 18 months now, and the government has signalled that significant travel restrictions will remain in place into mid-2022....

One third of students with Australian study visas remain outside the country

In November 2020, a report from a Victoria University think tank projected that Australia could lose up to half of its foreign enrolment by mid-2021 if the country’s...

Safe arrival plan for international students approved for South Australia

A new “quarantine hub” in South Australia that will accommodate up to 160 international students has been recently approved by the Australian government and is expected to become...

“2022 will be ugly”: Australia announces budget cuts, says border closures will reach into next year

Australia’s national government has introduced a new budget with significant cuts to post-secondary spending in the coming years. The 11 May budget documents include an assumption that Australia...

Australia: Large-scale return of international students not expected until 2022

Editor’s note: Shortly after this item was originally published, the Australian government indicated there could be a further delay for the large-scale return of international students. In its...

EC closing locations in four countries, including all centres in Australia and New Zealand

Leading ELT chain EC English Language Centres announced today that it will close its schools in New Zealand and Australia along with selected centres in the UK and...

Latest data release measures pandemic’s impact on Australia’s ELICOS sector in 2020

English Australia recently released updated data for the country’s ELICOS sector (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students). The findings rely on the most recent student visa data...

Australia: Growing frustration at continued border closures for international students

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains committed to reserving his country’s COVID quarantine facilities for Australians returning home – and will not allocate space in such facilities for...

Australian government cautions on 2021 border opening as economic impact deepens

The new academic year in Australia begins in March, and this is normally an exciting, busy month as many thousands of international students flock to schools and campuses...

A closer look at the factors shaping Australia’s international enrolment this year

Earlier this week, Brendan Murphy, the Secretary of Australia’s Department of Health, said that he expected that the country’s current restrictions on international arrivals were likely to remain...

Australia announces borders will stay closed as study projects international enrolment could fall by half by mid-2021

Australia’s foreign enrolment is projected to drop to 50% of current numbers in 2021 if borders remain closed to international arrivals, according to a new report from the...