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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.

Australia: Milton College, Sydney in liquidation

One hundred international students are being placed into new institutions after Milton College in Sydney, Australia shut its doors last week due to financial difficulties. As a consequence, it is no longer able to continue to teach currently enrolled students; the majority of whom were thought to be on high school preparation programmes.

English Australia holds ELICOS awards

English Australia honoured outstanding contributors to the Australian English language sector at its annual conference in September. Awards covered areas such as contribution to professional practice, academic leadership and research in the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector.