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Australian International Education and ACPET

Australian International Education and ACPET

International Education and ACPET

Many of you are involved in the delivery of education and training to international students and have been badly affected by the downturn in the industry. Understandably many of you have questions about ACPET’s activities/advocacy on your
behalf for changes to current government policy settings.

Some of you will have seen in the media this week and in the media releases issued by ACPET that on Monday ACPET Chair Kay Ganley chaired the first meeting of the international Education Taskforce at Parliament House in Canberra. The Taskforce is led by ACPET and also comprises senior representatives of IEAA, EA, TDA, and the Independent Schools, as well as business representatives from a range of organisations including the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), the Business Council of Australia (BCA), the Transport & Tourism Forum, the Australian Tourism Export Council, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), and the Australia India Business Council…..

…..The specific policy proposals put forward by the International Education Taskforce include the following:

Proposition 1: Consultative mechanism

The sector seeks a constructive and consultative mechanism for engagement between government ministries and the international education industry, particularly over future policy changes that have the potential to significantly affect the industry, but also to develop an effective longer term international education strategy.

Proposition 2: Key refinements to Student Visa and skilled migration requirements

The sector seeks consideration of immediate actions to address some adverse impacts of recent changes to student visa and skilled migration requirements.

Proposition 3: Promotion and marketing of Australia’s education services

The sector seeks the establishment of a joint taskforce with Austrade to plan and begin to implement strategic, integrated marketing and communication campaigns to promote Australia as a preferred study destination.

Proposition 4: Immigration statistics

The sector requests that international students be removed from the net overseas migration statistics. For the duration of the student visa a student should be recorded as a student visitor. This classification should extend to their partner and child under the visa classification.

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