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Australia cautiously optimistic about 21% YTD growth

Australia is experiencing its strongest ever start to the year, bar its peak year of 2009, and has seen 21% growth across all international education sectors, latest AEI statistics have revealed. Yet growth is namely across higher education and Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) providers, meaning it is not as balanced as it seems.

English Australia offers MOOEC teacher training

Australia's peak body for English language colleges, English Australia, has created a series of professional development courses focussed on online learning in collaboration with International Education Services in a bid to increase the number of Massive Open Online English Courses (MOOEC) offered by its members.

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.

English Australia backs $4 million tourism campaign

After a surge in overseas interest at the end of 2012, English schools in Australia could get a further boost thanks to a major campaign to promote tourism in the country. The AUS$4 million "Best Job in the World" campaign from Tourism Australia will communicate the attractions of working in Australia via the working holiday visa – also a popular route for language students.

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.