The Queensland and ACT governments have both announced new strategies and incentives this week, to help entice more international students to their tertiary education institutions.
In Canberra, the ACT Government will introduce free, automatic, streamlined nomination of skilled migrant visa applications for PhD graduates from Canberra institutions, as part of its first international education strategy, Canberra: Australia’s Education Capital.
This means that subject to meeting Commonwealth requirements, any international student awarded a PhD by a Canberra university will automatically be nominated to live and work in Canberra. International education is Canberra’s largest export, with one in nine residents either working or studying at one of Canberra’s tertiary education institutions.
In Queensland, Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad officially opened the Brisbane International Student Hub in the State Library of Queensland. The hub, which is a pilot program, will provide International Students with a range of information, from advice and referrals on healthcare, to budget management, accommodation and employment and will be a place for students to meet and connect.
If the pilot program is successful, the government will roll it out as part of its $25.5 million international education and training strategy.