The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has announced that it will produce a Preferred List of education agents to work with its members, as it publishes a new Code of Practice for working with agents and education brokers.
The number of student visas cancelled by the Australian government has more than tripled in the last two years as instances of falsified test results and/or financial documents have soared, meanwhile the number of students "course hopping" to unaccredited colleges is also a concern.
After 10 years of negotiations, a bilateral trade agreement between China and Australia will extend the number of Australia's private HE institutions featured on the Chinese government’s JSJ (Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxi Wang) or "white list" of quasi-approved institutions.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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”.