Australia has announced visa rebates for international students arriving in the country over the next eight weeks, in addition to removing limits on how long student visa holders are permitted to work.
Australia's policies for international students during the Covid-19 pandemic have created a "hierarchy" of (international) student mobility, according to stakeholders who suggest more needs to be done to plan for an equitable recovery for all students.
Much like 2020, this year has been hard on international students. We saw a continuation of the chaos and confusion caused by the pandemic, with those who wished to study abroad having to navigate an ever-changing picture of travel restrictions and vaccine and quarantine requirements.
Thought leaders, practitioners, and key stakeholders in the international education sector in Australia and New Zealand, deep dived into ideas for reset and recovery of the sector, during the recently concluded 32nd ISANA Conference.
The Australian government has confirmed that borders will reopen for students days before they will be allowed to enter the country on December 15, while India has announced an arrangement with Australia aiming to restart commercial passenger flights between the countries.