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2005 International Student Enrolments

Growth in Australia’s international student enrolments continues. The latest AEI full year data for 2005 shows continuing steady growth in Australia’s international education market overall. During 2005 there were a total of 344,815 enrolments by full-fee overseas students in Australia. This represents an increase of 7.0% from 2004 and shows slightly stronger growth than the 5.9% recorded between 2003 and 2004.

Sectors

The strongest enrolment growth in 2005 was in the vocational education and higher education sectors (13.9% and 8.3% respectively).

The ELICOS sector grew by 6.3%, however, the schools sector performed poorly against the other sectors with negative growth at -8.2%.

Countries

Strong growth in the market continues from India (33.5%), China (17.8%), and South Korea (10.9%). In particular, the growth from India and China continues the strong growth shown in the previous two years. The growth in those markets was slightly offset by falls in enrolments from other markets such as Indonesia (-11.1%), Singapore (-8.7%), and Hong Kong (-7.6%). Some of these countries in Australia’s traditional markets have shown successive years of negative growth.

Countries which recorded strong enrolment growth in 2005 but were outside the top 10 countries include Brazil (49.8%), Vietnam (15.3%) and Germany (12.5%).

From a regional perspective, some regions grew significantly. North Africa and the Middle East recorded growth of 23.7% and The Americas, 12.5%. However, enrolments from Oceania and Antarctica, and Southern and Eastern Europe fell by 8.0% and 3.0% respectively.

States and Territories

New South Wales and Victoria continue to attract most overseas enrolments with two in three (66.5%) enrolments recorded in those states. The two states have also shown good growth in enrolments with 8.1% for New South Wales and 6.3% for Victoria. Other states are also showing signs of good growth. South Australia and Tasmania recorded enrolment growth of 16.9% and 11.1% respectively, and Queensland, 5.1%. All other states recorded some positive growth on 2004 enrolments.

For more detailed state-specific information, refer to the State Summary Sheets section below.

Level of Study

The three levels of study which attracted the highest student enrolments in 2005 accounted for more than two-thirds of all student enrolments. They were Bachelor Degree (27.8% of all enrolments), Non-award (24.7%) and Masters Coursework (15.8%). Good growth was also experienced with student enrolments rising by 5.2%, 5.8% and 14.1% respectively for each level of study.

Although relatively smaller segments of the market, very strong growth in enrolments were recorded for Masters Preliminary (47.7%) and Advanced Diploma (40.1%) levels of study.

Broad Field of Study

One in four (26.9%) enrolments is in the field of Business Administration, Management and the field with the next highest level of enrolments is ELICOS with 18.8%. Both fields experienced good enrolment growth over 2004, with 12.0% and 6.3% respectively.

Other fields that experienced strong growth in 2005 are Services, Hospitality, Transport (42.6%) and Nursing (42.3%).

(Source: Australian Education International)

Monthly Time Series of Student Enrolments for 2005 – Summaries by Sector

The following tables give a month by month analysis of international student data by sector including information on enrolments, commencements, finishes and year to date totals. More detailed data are contained in the '2005 Detailed Monthly Tables' section below.

Please click on the images below to view the tables individually or a full set of the tables 1 to 6 (pdf 75KB) are available to download.

Table 1: All Sectors
Table 1: All Sectors

Table 2: ELICOS
Table 2: ELICOS

Table 3: Higher Education
Table 3: Higher Education

Table 4: VET
Table 4: VET

Table 5: Schools
Table 5: Schools

Table 6: Other
Table 6: Other

(Source: Australian Education International)

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2005 Annual Pivot Table

Note: Items marked with Only available to organisations that have access to the Market Information Package (MIP) are available only to organisations that have access to Austrade's Market Information Package (MIP).

The pivot tables are compatible with Excel 2003 or later.

2005 Basic Annual Pivot Table
(zip 389KB)

Includes the variables Sector, Nationality, State and Territory and Region for year-to-date enrolments and commencements for the years 2002 to 2005.

Please contact mip@austrade.gov.au if you experience any technical difficulties.

(Source: Australian Education International)

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2005 Annual Tables

Detailed tables are available individually below, or as a complete set (pdf 96KB).


Table A: International Student Enrolments in Australia from Top 10 Source Countries, 2002 to 2005
(pdf 22KB)
Table B: Time Series of International Student Enrolments in Australia by Country, 2002 to 2005
(pdf 33KB)
Table C: Time Series of International Student Enrolments in Australia by State/Territory, 2002 to 2005
(pdf 22KB)
Table D: International Student Enrolments in Australia by Country and State/Territory, 2004 to 2005
(pdf 32KB)
Table E: Time Series of International Student Enrolments in Australia by Major Sector, 2002 to 2005
(pdf 22KB)
Table F: International Student Enrolments in Australia by Country and Major Sector, 2004 to 2005
(pdf 37KB)
Table G: International Student Enrolments in Australia by State/Territory and Major Sector, 2002 to 2005
(pdf 19KB)

The pivot table used to produce Tables A to G is included above. It contains the variables Sector, Nationality and Year, and refers to enrolments and commencements year-to-date December data.

(Source: Australian Education International)

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2005 State Summaries

2005 State Summary Sheet – New South Wales (pdf 38KB)

2005 State Summary Sheet – Victoria (pdf 39KB)

2005 State Summary Sheet – Queensland (pdf 39KB)

2005 State Summary Sheet – South Australia (pdf 39KB)

2005 State Summary Sheet – Western Australia (pdf 39KB)

2005 State Summary Sheet – Tasmania (pdf 39KB)

2005 State Summary Sheet – Northern Territory (pdf 39KB)

2005 State Summary Sheet – Australian Capitol Territory (pdf 39KB)


(Source: Australian Education International)

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2005 Detailed Monthly Tables

The detailed monthly tables expand on the information provided in tables one to six. These tables include information on monthly enrolments, commencements and year to date data. Monthly data adds new enrolments for the month to the number at the start of month.

Tables 7 to 12 contain information about each Sector by top 10 Nationalities and State and Territory. They count the year-to-date activity up to and including the reference month.

The data in the following tables is updated throughout the year resulting in some revision to previously published data.

Note: Items marked with Only available to organisations that have access to the Market Information Package (MIP) are available only to organisations that have access to Austrade's Market Information Package (MIP).

2005 Tables 7 to 12 (PDF) 2005 Tables 13 to 26 (PDF) Only available to organisations that have access to the Market Information Package (MIP) 2005 Tables
7 to 26 (Excel) Only available to organisations that have access to the Market Information Package (MIP)
January 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
January 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 584KB)
January 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.80MB
February 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
February 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 633KB)
February 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.82MB
March 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
March 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 631KB)
March 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.82MB
April 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
April 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 621KB)
April 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.82MB
May 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
May 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 621KB)
May 2005– Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.82MB
June 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
June 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 624KB)
June 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.82MB
July 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
July 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 643KB)
July 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.83MB
August 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
August 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 632KB)
August 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.83MB
September 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
September 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 629KB)
September 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.83MB
October 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
October 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 632KB)
October 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.84MB
November 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
November 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 627KB)
November 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.84MB
December 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-12
(pdf 49KB)
December 2005 – Monthly Tables 13-26
(pdf 619KB)
December 2005 – Monthly Tables 7-26_xls
2.83MB

(Source: Australian Education International)

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International Student Enrolments in Australia – 1994 to 2005

Introduction

International student enrolment annual statistics for 2002 to 2005 are summarised below. They continue AEI's Overseas Student Statistics series – with some important changes that cause a break in the series. The following chart shows sector level data for 1994 to 2005.

International Student Enrolments in Australia 1994 – 2005

Table and data in pdf format (pdf 24KB)

Table: International Student Enrolments in Australia, 1994 - 2005
International Student Enrolment Graph Australia – 1994-2005


Note: There is a break in series between 2001 and 2002, there have been significant changes in methodology between 2001 and 2002.

From 2002

  • Onshore student data is derived only from the Commonwealth Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) rather than being compiled from multiple sources;
  • Rather than distributing non-award student enrolments across the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) sectors, they are now recorded in a separate category;
  • The data drawn from PRISMS is significantly more accurate and complete than the previous method of obtaining data from Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMA);
  • Data is available monthly as well as yearly and now includes commencements and cessations with progressive year to date (YTD) totals; and
  • For the first time, all sector, course, and nationality data is compiled from the same source using the same methodology making country level analysis more reliable.

These statistics are drawn from AEI’s new student enrolment database for the years 2002 to 2005. These statistics are derived from PRISMS. Previously data was compiled from mixed sources such as visa data from DIMA and data from the Higher Education Statistical Collection.

The data shows enrolments for all students holding a student visa – it does not cover students on other visas, which in the case of ELICOS, involves a large number of students on tourist visas and, to a lesser extent, working holiday maker visas. As a general 'rule of thumb', for each ELICOS student on a student visa there is another on a non-student visa.

The data does not cover offshore activity where Australian providers supply education services to foreign students overseas or by distance education where the student remains offshore. Data on offshore activity by Australian higher education institutions is available from the Higher Education Statistical Collection.

(Source: Australian Education International)

Explanatory Notes

Explanatory notes for Enrolment Data

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