CHARTS: Australia’s population is shifting

At around 1.5%, Australia’s current population growth rate is above the world rate of about 1.2%, and among the highest in the OECD. Net international migration comprised about 55% of Australia’s population growth in 2015-16. Natural increase – that’s births minus deaths – makes up the rest.

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http://vimeo.com/180994132 Alessa came to Australia from Germany on a student exchange to Seaview High school Adelaide. Throughout her year in Australia she has joined a tennis team, met a koala and climbed Mt Lofty. Watch her story now! Read more about Student Visas >

Educate them and they will come

by Paul Bidmeade Each international student (including their friends and family who visit) contributes an average of $28,921 in value to the Australian economy. According to a report by Access Economics titled ‘The Australian education sector and the economic contribution of international students,’ the study revealed that for every two formal international students, one friend …

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Changes to student visa framework

Following an international student gold rush in Australia, Federal Education Minister the Hon Christopher Pyne MP  and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash have declared there will be changes to the student visa system in mid-2016, to be known as the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF). In June the …

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Australia’s over-stayers

Last year the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) released information that showed that over 62,000 non-citizens were living unlawfully in Australia as of June 30, 2014. A breakdown of the numbers revealed that there was 62,100 people who had stayed in Australia after their visas expired. There were 44, 840 of those who …

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The underbelly of Australia’s International Education Industry

Protecting the Rights of International Students by Mark Glazbrook Australia’s international education market is about a $15 Billion a year Industry in Australia, yet it is affected with rampant breaches, rorts and illegal activity. Under Australian law, anyone who uses knowledge of Australian migration procedures to offer immigration assistance to a person wishing to obtain …

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International student gold rush

by Paul Bidmeade A higher education global report has revealed that Australia is the third most popular student destination in the world. There are 257,637 international students studying in Australian universities. Locally, University of South Australia ranked seventh in Australia with 12,072 international students enrolled at the university. This made up 34 per cent of …

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International Students urged to apply for Skills Assessments

International students are being urged to lodge applications to their relevant skills assessment bodies as soon as possible, with many set to close over the Christmas period. Bodies such as the Australian Computer Society have already announced their closure dates, which will last for a period of approximately three weeks. Applicants are reminded that failure …

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English language colleges benefit from return of International Students

English-language colleges are enjoying a bumper year as Australia’s international education sector continues it’s resurgence off the back of four years of decline.  In an article that appeared in The Australian newspaper, peak administrative body English Australia say that college enrolments have skyrocketed over the past 18 months, with up to a 28 per cent increase over the first half of the year, following …

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Internship positions slashed for international medical students

Opportunities for international medical students studying in South Australia have been slashed following the release of the 2014/15 Federal Budget, which reduced the number of positions available by 23 places compared to last year. The reductions mean that many international medical students that have invested around $400,000 in university fees alone to study in Adelaide …

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Student visa gets simplified

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has implemented it’s simplification of the Student Visa Assessment Level Framework (ALF) in accordance with the findings of an internal review conducted late last year. The changes have resulted in Assessment Level 4 and 5 being removed from the framework, meaning former AL4/5 countries will be reclassified to Assessment …

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DIBP uses social media to warn students against ‘course-hopping’

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has launched a social media campaign warning overseas students that are intentionally downgrading courses that they are risking their stay in Australia. Assistant Immigration Minister Michaelia Cash said in a recent press release that the practice of downgrading or changing courses from streamlined visa processing (SVP) eligible degree providers …

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GTE requirements hurting both international students and the economy

There’s no two ways about it; Ministerial Direction 53 – the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement – is costing the Australia’s national economy, and the education sector in particular, huge dollars. Peaking at just under $17 billion in 2009, and falling to $14.5 billion in 2012, Australia’s international education sector has been in significant decline over the …

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