The Australian Government has declared that it will raise the duration of international students’ post-study work rights to fortify the skilled labor pipeline.
Australia’s unemployment rate reached a near 50-year low of 3.4 percent in July. Critical labor shortages have left many businesses incapable of finding staff.
Australia has increased its permanent immigration intake by more than a fifth to nearly 200,000 this year. This was due to an attempt to handle the issue and relieve the dependency on lower-paid temporary workers.
Post-study work rights for specific degrees in areas of verified skill shortages will be raised as the following:
- Select Bachelor’s degrees – from two years to four years
- Select Masters degrees – from three years to five years
- Select PhDs – from four years to six years
A working group will be appointed to advise the Ministers for Home Affairs and Education on developing this and other related issues.
The working group members will include representatives from the following bodies:
- The Council of International Education
- Universities Australia
- The Departments of Home Affairs and Education
- The National Tertiary Education Union
The Ministers will be reported by the group on 28 October 2022.
The Government’s $36.1 million investment in visa processing to help 500 surge staff over the upcoming nine months will also benefit International education.
Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil also proclaimed that work hours for international students would be limited again in June 2023, following stakeholder feedback.
The number of working hours will depend on consultation to strike a suitable balance between work and study.
The Minister for Education Jason Clare stated that only 16 per cent of international students currently stay after finishing their studies. He added that this implies that the students can remain longer and utilise the skills they’ve acquired in Australia to assist fill some of the long-standing skills shortages in the country.
Clare O’Neil, The Minister for Home Affairs stated that international education is an essential Australian industry that the pandemic heavily impacted.
The results from the Jobs and Skills Summit aim to assist international education and provide students who achieve degrees in Australia the opportunity to contribute to the productivity of Australia’s economy.
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