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Australia: SVP rollout for 22 private providers

Making good on campaign promises to prioritise international education, Australia's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison and Minister for Education Christopher Pyne have announced that the government will extend streamlined visa processing (SVP) to 22 undisclosed private education providers. Other measures are also being reviewed.

ACPET CEO queries extent of SVP rollout in Australia

While the Australian sector was pleased to hear new Minister Christopher Pyne speaking of the "tremendous zeal" for rebuilding the international education sector, the CEO of peak body ACPET has drawn attention to rumours that only 20 of 90 eligible providers beyond universities may benefit from Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP).

Australian election critical for international educators

In the final days of campaigning for Saturday's federal election, the two major political parties in Australia have released policy statements promising to increase outbound mobility and follow up on commitments made following the Chaney report released earlier this year. The election marks a crucial moment for the the industry that has seen declining numbers across all levels since 2009.

Australia: “Election could help private providers”

The Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) has said that the upcoming Australian election will benefit private international education operators, whichever side wins. However, CEO Claire Field told The PIE News that the Opposition Coalition was most likely to push through overdue reforms to the sector.

ACPET: Australia must act on non-tertiary visa reform

The chair of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training has written an open letter to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, urging her to extend student visa reform to non-university providers. Despite Australia’s ongoing international education downturn, Martin Cass said Gillard was seeking only to "reward large, homogenous public institutions”.

Australia: 19% fall in exports hits VET, ELICOS

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has called for student visa reforms to be extended beyond the university sector, after a damning report showed Australia’s $2billion education export industry fell sharply in the two years to FY2011-12—with the brunt borne by ELICOS and VET.

Malaysia opens VET to foreign providers

Foreign education providers will be allowed to expand into Malaysia's vocational education sector, the government has announced, as it aims to increase economic growth by 2020 and alleviate major skills shortages. However, international institutions will face challenges to recruit students in the country, given only around 10% of secondary schools age students go into vo­cational and technical streams.

Are Australian migrants “crowding out” domestic job seekers?

Australia's liberal approach to work rights and new generous rules on post-study work for graduates are the envy of other education destinations. Yet according to an independent report, access to Australia's labour market is being relaxed at a time when the employment boom is over. The result will mean marginalised Aussies unable to access the labour market. But sector stakeholders slam this position as too simplistic, observing migrants often do jobs shunned by locals. Sara Custer delves deeper.