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Australia plans for limits on international student enrolment

Australia’s government has announced new legislation that will allow the Minister for Education to set limits on international student enrolments, as well as other changes including the power to pause applications of new providers and courses, prevent schools from owning agencies and prohibit commission on transfers in Australia. 

Australia’s international student cap.

If implemented, Australia will become the second major study destination to limit international students this year, following a cap on post-secondary study permits below master’s level announced by Canada in January.

Minister for Skills and Training, Brendan O’Connor, said the government was focused on ensuring the vocational VET sector is “safe, welcoming and supportive for international students”.

“Most providers do the right thing and are in education and training for the right reasons. They will benefit from a high-quality and sustainable international education sector, and the Government’s efforts to crack down on non-genuine and unscrupulous actors who undermine integrity and trust in the sector,” he said.

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