Updated: Jan 16, 2022
✦ By 2019, international education has contributed $40.3 billion to the Australian economy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted international education. Border closures have seen student enrolments fall by up to 70 per cent on pre-pandemic levels for some parts of the sector. The absence of international students has also been felt keenly in communities and on campuses around Australia. Substantial efforts to meet the full spectrum of student needs and expectations, both onshore and offshore are being strategised.
The Australian Government is temporarily easing the restrictions on working hours for International student visa holders working in critical industries - agriculture, hospitality and healthcare settings.
As COVID-19 (particularly the Omicron variant) continues to spread across Australia, thousands of workers have been plunged into isolation. As a result, many sectors are struggling with extreme labour shortages, prompting the government to relax the restrictions for an estimated 400,000 international students.
You can check the Department of Home Affairs web page for further updates on working hour exemptions for international students.
Brilliant-Online interviewed Thomson Ch'ng to reflect on International Education, Border reopening, challenges and opportunities for 2022, a perspective from an International Alumnus and Specialist Education Sector Advisor.
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