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7 October 2020

Return of international students

  • The Australian Government is committed to the return of international students to Australia when it is safe to do so, and careful consideration is being given to how and when that can happen.

  • Australian states and territories are working with education providers to develop small-scale pilot programs to welcome international students back onshore, in accordance with Australian public health advice.

  • The Northern Territory has become the first jurisdiction in Australia to start a pilot program.

  • If you hold a student visa and you are currently offshore, we encourage you to continue studying online, as restrictions on travel to Australia are still in place.

  • Please note that the Australian Government has recommenced granting student visas. If you don’t yet have a student visa, we encourage you to apply for a visa and commence your studies online, so that when borders re-open you can travel to Australia to continue your studies here.

  • Remember that if you hold a student visa, online study done outside Australia due to COVID-19 can count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.

  • We recognise this is a challenging time for international students, particularly for those students and families who have made significant sacrifices to embark upon a world-class education in Australia.

  • Australia prides itself on being a safe, welcoming and multicultural country and we will continue to provide updates on Australia’s plans to welcome you back.

  • We encourage you to stay in contact with your education provider and seek support as needed.

  • We look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is safe to do so.

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