Navigating New Horizons
As you’ve likely heard, there are some ‘proposed changes’ coming for international students. In this blog, we will delve into the significant proposed changes to Australia’s migration strategy and their implications for international students and graduates.
The Importance of Australian Education
The Global Impact of Australian Education
Our education sector is not just a contributor to the Australian economy but a beacon for international students, highlighting Australia’s role in global education. Currently, the international education industry is worth $30 billion and, based on this, is a key industry for Australia.
The Need for Reform
Why Immigration is Making Changes
The Australian government says the proposed reforms are designed to sustain growth and maintain the quality of education, ensuring Australia remains a top destination for international students.
Enhancing Educational Standards
Improving Educational Integrity
A key focus of these proposed changes is enhancing the quality of education, particularly in the VET sector, to ensure the best experiences for students.
Proposed Language Requirement Changes
Elevating English Proficiency Standards
The government is proposing to increase English language requirements for various visas, aiming to better prepare students for their academic and professional journey in Australia.
|Current IELTS Requirement
|Proposed New IELTS Requirement
|Temporary Graduate Visa
|Student Visa (ELICOS Pathway)
|University Foundation/Pathway Programs
|5.5 (No Change Proposed)
Not all students need English in order to apply for a student visa and these proposed changes are likely only to apply for those higher assessment level countries that require English as part of their current student visa application.
For example, Colombian and Mexican students (and other countries that don’t currently need English) won’t need English to apply to apply for a student visa
Workplace Rights for International Students
Strengthening Student Protections in the Workplace
The proposed changes in Australia’s migration strategy include a significant focus on strengthening the workplace rights of international students. Recognizing the vulnerability of international students in the workforce, these reforms aim to create a more equitable and supportive work environment. Here’s a detailed look at what these enhancements might entail:
Enhanced Protections Against Exploitation
- Preventing Underpayment and Unfair Practices: The strategy proposes measures to combat the underpayment of international students and protect them from unfair work practices.
- Regulatory Oversight: Increased oversight and enforcement by regulatory bodies are proposed to ensure that employers adhere to fair labour standards.
Proposed Changes to Graduate Visa Durations and Age Limits
Adjusting Temporary Graduate Visa Terms and Age Eligibility
The current Post study work and Graduate Work stream will be merged into a new stream / name = Temporary Graduate Visas (TGV). Here are the proposed changes to the duration and age eligibility of Temporary Graduate Visas:
|Current TGV Duration
|Proposed New TGV Duration
|Proposed Age Limit
|Masters by Coursework
|Masters by Research
|Additional for Regional Study
|+ 1–2 years based on location
|No change proposed
|Extension of Post-Study Work Rights
|+ 2 years for eligible study in skills need area
|No extension proposed
There is no information on changes to the length of the current graduate work visa (which will be part of the Temporary Graduate Visa) and we anticipate that it will stay at 18 months.
These changes, including the proposed age limit reduction to 35 years and the removal of the extension of post-study work rights, could significantly affect post-graduation plans if they are implemented. At this stage, we have no further information other than what’s been announced and we will be updating clients through blogs as soon as we know more.
The government has said these changes may happen in mid-2024.
Your Partner in This Journey
Navigating changes together
At Education and Migration Services Australia, we’re committed to guiding you through these potential changes. We’re here to support you in making informed decisions about your educational and professional opportunities in Australia. For more information, please reach out to our team.
CEO, Education and Migration Services Australia