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Anger over “secret” student visa review

Australian Financial Review   |    5 March 2014

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The federal government has angered the $15 billion-a-year international education industry by secretly carrying out a review that endorsed current student visa rules while ignoring education providers who wanted to see some measures relaxed.

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Immigration and border Protection assistant minister Michaelia Cash has signed off on the review, which endorsed the requirement that international students be assessed as “genuine temporary entrants” before being awarded a visa.

However,  the eight bodies that represent the international education industry were not told about the review until January, after it was completed.  The groups have expressed “surprise and concern” that the review had been undertaken without seeking their views.

The review found that the genuine temporary entrant requirement (GTE) is effective and there are no are “no systemic problems in how GTE requirement decisions are being made.

But TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) has pointed to a number of examples of decisions which aren’t good enough” and which has resulted in students who would otherwise study in Australia being turned away.

These include an Indian student wanting to study a diploma of business in Australia who was denied a visa because a similar course was cheaper in India.  Obviously if that standard was applied across the board, there wouldn’t be an international education sector in Australia worth speaking of.

TDA’s Peter Holden says:

The VET sector is suffering.  We are seeing no growth at all. It looks to us that GTE  is having a significant impact on our ability to attract and recruit international students.

says that it seems that the GTE system is having a significant impact on the VET sector’s ability to attract and recruit international students.

International education is Australia’s largest service export, currently earning $14.9 billion and is only now emerging from a slump that began in 2009 (when income was around $18 billion).  However, the VET sector is struggling.

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