The Australian Government had decided to increase the duration of post study work rights of international students to enhance the pipeline of skilled labour in Australia.
Post study work rights for select degrees in areas of verified skill shortages will be increased from:
· Two years to four years for select Bachelor’s degrees
· Three years to five years for select Masters degrees
· Four years to six years for select PhDs.
The Ministers of Home Affairs and Education will receive advice from a working group on the advancement of this and other pertinent topics, with representatives from Universities Australia, the National Tertiary Education Union, the Council of International Education, and the Departments of Home Affairs and Education will be included on the working group.
Both ministers quoted on how critical international students are to the Australian working ecosystem.
“At the moment, only 16% of international students stay on after their studies end. This will mean they can stay on longer and use the skills they’ve gained in Australia to help fill some of the chronic skills shortages we have right now.”
– Minister of Education, Jason Clare
“International education is an important Australian industry that has been heavily impacted by the pandemic. The outcomes from the Jobs and Skills Summit are geared towards supporting international education and giving the students who earn degrees in Australia the chance to contribute to the productivity of our economy.”
– Minister of Home Affairs, Clare O’Neil
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