New student visa fees, visa processing priorities and timeframes

  New student visa fees, visa processing priorities and timeframes   The government has announced, without any prior notice or industry consultation, a steep hike in student visa fees from 1 July 2024 to a staggering AUD$1,600.    As per Minister’s statement: “This increase reflects the increasing value of education in Australia and reflects the [...]

2024-07-01T02:21:50+00:00July 1st, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

International education is entering a new phase

International education is entering a new phase   After recent changes to the immigration policy, many are predicting challenging times for Australia’s international student market. After being hit with the pandemic, the 408 visa disaster, and sudden visa refusals, the reputation of Australia’s international education sector has tarnished.   Effective from 1 July 2024, Australia [...]

2024-06-24T23:20:49+00:00June 24th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

International education in Australia – Update June 2024

International education in Australia - Update June 2024   Visa Grant Decline in 2024 The latest data release from the Australian government reveals a significant drop in study visa grants to offshore applicants. A total of 74,421 study visas were granted from January through April 2024, marking a nearly 30% decline from the 104,808 granted [...]

2024-06-19T23:21:04+00:00June 19th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

New restrictions for student visas in Australia

New restrictions for student visas in Australia Are these changes really useful? Secrecy and late-night announcements without any transition period seem to be the recent modus operandi in relation to the international education industry.    Any business operating within this sector requires periods for transition, notice to clients and regulators, and consideration of various compliance [...]

2024-06-13T05:53:41+00:00June 13th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

VETASSESS Assessment Times Reduced

VETASSESS Assessment Times Reduced VETASSESS announced recently that the advertised time for general and professional skills assessments has been reduced to 10-15 weeks, down from the previous 12-20 weeks. This improvement is thanks to doubling the assessment team to meet the surge in applications following the end of border closures.  Reopening of Applications for Specific [...]

2024-06-13T03:29:17+00:00June 13th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Migration Points Test Review: Another Disaster in the Making?

Migration Points Test Review: Another Disaster in the Making? Published in The Conversation on June 3, 2024, researchers from the Grattan Institute discussed the need for reforming Australia's points-tested visas for skilled migrants. The paper emphasised the crucial role skilled migrants play in Australia's prosperity by contributing to the economy, society, and productivity. While the [...]

2024-06-11T05:47:13+00:00June 11th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Are Yoga Teachers, Dog Handlers, and Fitness Instructors Really Needed in Australia Over Tradies?

Are Yoga Teachers, Dog Handlers, and Fitness Instructors Really Needed in Australia Over Tradies?   Let's talk about Mickey Mouse strategy for a minute. The Australian job market has experienced an unusual twist recently, however the Job and Skills Australia (JSA) proposed draft of Core Skills Occupations List (CSOL) that prioritises certain professions for temporary [...]

2024-06-11T00:06:06+00:00June 11th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

International student numbers fall amid looming sector caps

International student numbers fall amid looming sector caps   The Australian government has implemented numerous changes aimed at reducing net overseas migration by approximately 50% by 2024/25. In parallel, Canada has imposed a two-year cap on the number of study permits issued, reducing student numbers by a third, while the UK has raised the skilled [...]

2024-06-10T01:14:35+00:00June 10th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Ongoing debate about “Mickey Mouse” Courses

Ongoing debate about “Mickey Mouse” Courses The term "Mickey Mouse courses" resurfaces in the media every so often, typically sparked by political discourse. So where is the catch? Defining a "Mickey Mouse" Course According to the rhetoric, "Mickey Mouse" courses are those where the content lacks the expected rigor, and the degree itself may not [...]

2024-06-10T00:43:59+00:00June 10th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments

The truth about international students and rental crisis

The truth about international students and rental crisis https://www.propertycouncil.com.au/media-releases/international-students-not-to-blame-for-housing-crisis   International students, who account for a mere 4% of Australia's rental market, are not to blame for the country's persistent housing crisis, according to a groundbreaking study published by the Student Accommodation Council. The Property Council reported this clarification shortly after widespread concerns were voiced [...]

2024-06-06T23:11:19+00:00June 6th, 2024|Uncategorised|0 Comments