Amid an eight-week election campaign followed by more than a week of counting and doubt over which party would form a government, Australian industry leaders say they are confident international education will remain buoyed by its recent upward trajectory.
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.