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A message from Austrade to our international education partners (12 May 2020)

12 May 2020

Many of you have now seen the Australian Government’s three-step plan to relax restrictions and move towards a COVIDSafe Australia in July 2020. Step 3 will see a transition to COVID safe ways of living and working, with international student travel to be considered in this stage. Each step will also allow education institutions to increase face-to-face interactions and prioritise hands-on, skills-based learning. All steps are subject to expert health advice, with states and territories to decide timings and implement changes based on their local circumstances and conditions.

It is pleasing to see detailed planning undertaken by government to inform international students returning to Australia is recognising the multifaceted partnership between education providers, states and territories and the Australian Government.

Just as we are all doing our part to manage the spread of COVID-19 and move towards a COVID safe Australia, so too are our institutions with the support of community organisations and all levels of government. Visit the education provider list on the Study Australia website to see the range of welfare and financial commitments being offered by institutions to support students through COVID-19. If you would like your institution’s commitments to be included on the Study Australia website, please submit an overview of your initiative(s) to studyinaustralia@austrade.gov.au

Overall, the steps being taken by government, industry and community are a positive sign for Australia, our economy and our international education sector.

This week’s inspiring #InThisTogether student story features Prince from Hong Kong, who has lived in Queensland for more than six years and now works as a full-time case manager at Multicultural Australia in Toowoomba. Visit the Study Australia website to learn about Prince’s experiences during COVID-19, his perspectives about the resilience and adaptation of the international education sector and the community, and how we are working together to overcome this crisis. If you would like to nominate a student to be profiled in our #InThisTogether stories, we encourage you to share their story via the Study Australia website.