Hundreds of vaccinated international students will return to Australia by the end of the year after announcing an industry-funded pilot plan on Friday.
In the first phase of the pilot, 500 international students will return to the state by charter flight by December and the students themselves will pay.
Students will quarantine a dedicated building in Redfern, Sydney, provided by accommodation provider Scape, at staggered times. The facility can accommodate up to 650 people.
According to the plan, all returning international students will be required to receive a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Agency (TGA), including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Modana and AstraZeneca.
This means that most students admitted through the program come from Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and the United States. Meanwhile, people in other major markets such as China and Nepal who are vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm may be excluded.
Government sources said Sydney Morning Herald The Indian market is one of the state’s top priorities, and it is time for the two countries to enter into important trade agreements.
The university will contact international students if they are interested in participating in the pilot program.
Dominique Perotet, a New South Wales treasurer, told Herald Sun earlier this year that students studying medicine and health-related courses and those seeking a degree will be given priority back.
Deputy Premier of New South Wales, John Barilaro, said pilots would slowly expand and evolve as vaccination rates continue to rise state-wide and internationally.
“The international education sector supports thousands of jobs across New South Wales, and we are proud that New South Wales is leading the way for international students to return to our coast,” said Barillaro. I am. statement..
He added that pilots would not come at the expense of Australian citizens and residents returning home.
This announcement was praised and welcomed by the Higher Education sector.
“After more than 18 months of planning, we are pleased that both the Australian Government and the Government of New South Wales are supporting a pilot plant for the gradual reopening of the border to international students,” New South Wales said. Professor Barney Glover, Deputy Governor of Wales, said. Committee.
Universities involved in the pilot include Macquarie University, University of Sydney, New South Wales University, Sydney Institute of Technology, Western Sydney University, Australian Catholic University, Newcastle University, Warongon University, and International College of Management Sydney, Kaplan, Navitas, RedHill, And Study Group.
According to Western Sydney Minister Stuart Ayers, New South Wales currently has more than 57,000 international students seeking to enter the state. The state usually has more than 250,000 international students each year, but if Australia continues to close its borders, future students will be able to choose alternative destinations such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
In 2019, the international education sector donated $ 14.6 billion to the state and $ 37.6 billion to the country. The shortage of international students due to the COVID-19 pandemic is estimated to cost approximately $ 11 billion (US $ 8 billion) in New South Wales by late 2022.
A similar plan to welcome international students in June was left behind by the outbreak of delta variants of the CCP virus throughout the state.