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A message from Austrade to our international education partners (14 April 2020)

15 Apr 2020

This week, Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan announced a Higher Education Relief Package for tertiary and international education providers to confirm 2020 funding arrangements; receive regulatory fee relief so they can better support domestic and international students; and secure exemptions from loan fees under FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans. Another feature of the package is funding to mobilise delivery of micro-credentials and short courses that will incentivise students and universities to meet the skill demands for National Priority Areas – nursing, teaching, health, IT and science – and the new economy that will emerge from the pandemic. For more information see the Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s Higher education relief package - Frequently Asked Questions.

As we continue to monitor the global situation, it is reassuring to see how well Australia’s efforts to stop the spread are progressing. We are also tracking the efforts of Australia’s global research community and partners who are ramping up efforts to find a vaccine, including the great work led by CSIRO in pre-clinical trials.

As Study Australia partners, Austrade has been working closely with state and territory study clusters to continue to align our messaging and find innovative ways to drive student support and engagement. It has been great to see cities and regional centres also align support for international education and students, including the recent commitment from City of Sydney through their COVID-19 relief grants program.

This week’s collective efforts are showing that we are #InThisTogether to support the international education sector. We recognise the work undertaken by all of our partners to share important messages via established networks with international students and the wider community. For example, Study NSW rolled out a series of #InThisTogether social media posts in the past week to promote the many information sources which are available to international students. One of its posts on Facebook was shared 748 times and organically reached more than 284,000 users!

We encourage everyone to continue supporting the #InThisTogether social campaign, share the great work you are doing and help spread an important message of support and unity during these times. The simplest way to be involved is by using the #InThisTogether hashtag in your content – more details are available in this information pack for partners on the Study Australia website.