Supporting Australia’s International Education Sector

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The Australian Government has announced a $53.6 million package of support for international education providers most affected by COVID-19 border closures.

  • $26.1 million for an extra 5,000 short course places in 2021-22, so non-university higher education providers can attract more Australian students.
  • $9.4 million to start an innovation fund that will offer grants of up to $150,000 for private English language and higher education providers to grow offshore and online delivery.
  • $17.7 million to further extend the pause on fees and charges from CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students), TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency), and ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) until 31 December 2021.
  • Further FEE-HELP loan fee exemptions for about 30,000 existing and prospective students until 31 December 2021.

As well, $7.1 million in administrative savings will be generated for the sector, with private providers no longer required to report the receipt of fees each month.

For more information on these measures, please view the following fact sheets: