Bringing in $40 billion dollars annually and supporting a further 250,000 jobs, it is no surprise that International students contribute massively to Australia’s economy and community. Due to its unquestionable influence the Australian federal government has been making various plans and easing some regulations in order to resuscitate the market after the COVID-19 border closure.
The Morrison government previously relaxed work restrictions for international students working in the health, aged and disability care sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been flexible in cases where international students haven’t been able to meet their visa conditions like not being able to attend classes in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Along with the existing measures Australia has made these following changes to assist and to remain a highly desired destination for international students.
Australia’s acting immigration minister, Alan Tudge said “These measures back the international education sector – our fourth largest export sector – and will assist its recovery”, further highlighting the importance of it.
While it is clearly in their immediate interest to reinvigorate its international student sector, it is highly encouraging to see Australia trying to help out aspiring international students who have been in limbo due to COVID-19 and the increasing number of its variants.