Australia's international education exports outstripped major goods exports in the latter part of 2023, adding $12.1 billion to the economy in the September quarter, as stakeholders urge government to weigh any new changes "carefully".
A criminal network operating in Australia allegedly employs migration and education agents to bring “non-genuine” students to the country, some of whom end up working in the sex industry, according to a leaked government review.
Australian higher education is looking to the Universities Accord and a planned migration strategy to fully understand the government's strategy on international education following a budget that focused heavily on cost-of-living relief and the economy.
Australia's educational institutions welcomed almost 620,000 international students in 2022, an 8% rise on the previous year, but still considerably down on pre-pandemic figures. Yet, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows promising news on student arrivals.