Australia IELTS English Test Monopoly to End
Immigration and Citizenship Minister Chris Evans has given in-principle approval for rival tests to be officially recognised for checks of English proficiency when overseas students or workers seek visas. “We’re very hopeful. There’s really no objective reason why TOEFL [the US-based Test of English as a Foreign Language] could not be confidently used in the Australian [immigration] context,” said Eileen Tyson, a TOEFL representative in Australia this month for talks.
In April 2008, education broker IDP Australia Pty Ltd or Universities Australia paid $28.7 million to become sole owner of IELTS Australia Pty Ltd.
Not only has it been a monopoly but what has not been widely publicised is that:
IDP Education Pty Ltd is the largest placement service for international students enrolling in Australian educational institutions with 78 student offices in 29 countries. IDP Education is half-owned by Australian universities and half-owned by SEEK Ltd, Australia’s leading online employment and training company.