YTD December 2021 international student data available

21 Feb 2022

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has released year to date (YTD) December 2021 international student data. There were 570,626 international students on student visas for YTD December 2021, down 16.9 per cent compared to 2020. Key results include:

  • Total enrolments decreased by 18.6 per cent, while commencements decreased by 28.3 per cent
  • All sectors experienced declines in commencements and enrolments
  • The 25 markets by enrolments all experienced declines
  • China, India and Nepal accounted for half (54 per cent) of all enrolments


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 here.

Data enquiries can be directed to the Austrade data team.