Published: 05th October 2021
Australia to prioritise international students now, won't welcome international tourists until 2022
Fears include the fact that students would enrol in other countries unless Australia loosens its restrictions and starts allowing international students to enter
The pandemic has had a disastrous effect on Australian universities that rely heavily on fees paid by international students. The education sector fears that students will enrol in other countries unless Australia opens its border to them soon. Australian immigration has been at its lowest since World War II because of pandemic restrictions.
The Prime Minister has made some important decisions in this regard. “The next priorities are skilled migrants that are very important for the country and who are double vaccinated, as well as students who are coming and returning to Australia for their studies,” PM Morrison told Seven Network television. “We will get to international visitors as well, I believe next year,” Morrison added.
The Australian Tourism Export Council, which represents a sector that made 45 billion Australian dollars ($33 billion) a year from international tourists before the pandemic, wants international visitors to return by March. Australia is racing to inoculate its population as an outbreak of the more contagious delta variant that began in Sydney in June continues to spread.