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YTD September 2021 data released

30 Nov 2021

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) has released year to date (YTD) September 2021 international student data. There were 557,836 international students for YTD September 2021, down 17 per cent compared to 2020. Compared to YTD September 2020, key results include:

  • Total enrolments decreased by 18.1 per cent, while commencements decreased by 28.6 per cent
  • Enrolments and commencements declined in all sectors
  • Enrolments declined in the top 25 markets
  • China, India and Nepal accounted for half (54.2 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.