The Australian Government has announced a $53.6 million package of support for international education providers most affected by COVID-19 border closures.
Support for international students
- $26.1 million for an extra 5,000 short course places in 2021-22, so non-university higher education providers can attract more Australian students.
- $9.4 million to start an innovation fund that will offer grants of up to $150,000 for private English language and higher education providers to grow offshore and online delivery.
- $17.7 million to further extend the pause on fees and charges from CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students), TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency), and ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) until 31 December 2021.
- Further FEE-HELP loan fee exemptions for about 30,000 existing and prospective students until 31 December 2021.
As well, $7.1 million in administrative savings will be generated for the sector, with private providers no longer required to report the receipt of fees each month.
The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) helps international students choose where and what to study in Australia. It includes information on courses as well as universities.
- Explore courses offered to people on student visas
- Learn about universities across Australia
- Compare costs across similar courses
Legislation to protect international students
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislation makes sure courses for international students meet quality standards.
- Get to know the ESOS legislation
- See penalties for breaches of ESOS legislation
- Find out about Tuition Protection Service
Welfare arrangements for international students under 18 years
Student visa holders under 18 years must have approved welfare arrangements in place when studying in Australia.
Find frequently asked questions to help students and education providers.
Explore options for welfare arrangements.
Read guidance for providers on how to reflect the new arrangements on your systems.
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