Western Australia is going to invest millions on foreign students

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International students flood back as Australia tries to get visa system ‘back on track’

Foreign Education Minister for Western Australia, David Templeman, stated that the WA government must “incentivize international student agents as well as students to encourage them to consider and ultimately make the appropriate choice to study in our state.”

The initiative comes as an effort to revitalise the state’s international education sector, the Western Australian (WA) government announced the start of three programmes totalling A$16.8 million ($11.3 million). $10 million would be invested in a programme to reward agents and “encourage potential overseas students to choose WA as their preferred study location. 

This will encourage the brokers a bonus of between A$500 and A$1,000 depending on whether a student enrols in a university or a vocational training facility. Similarly, for eligible full-time international students, the remaining A$6.8 million will be divided into two distinct subsidies: one for housing and the other for tuition. These one-time grants will each be worth A$1,500.

According to Templeman, the programmes supported the WA government’s commitment to international education and were a part of the additional A$41.2 million in initiatives for that sector listed in the 2022–23 state budget.

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