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YTD August 2020 international student data available

21 Oct 2020

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has released international student data for the year-to-date (YTD) August 2020. Compared to YTD August 2019, key results include:

  • Total enrolments decreased by 3.5 per cent, while commencements decreased by 17.9 per cent
  • VET was the only sector that experienced growth in enrolments (up 13.5 per cent) and commencements (up 4.5 per cent)
  • Eight of the top 25 markets by enrolments experienced increases
  • China, India and Nepal accounted for half (51.2 per cent) of all enrolments.


The August 2020 data should be interpreted with caution. Under the current unprecedented conditions an enrolment does not confirm if a student was in Australia at the time of reporting.

MIP subscribers can view the latest data on the Student data dashboard, and a public monthly summary is also available.

Data enquiries can be directed to IEdata@austrade.gov.au