Australian Immigration Policies and the Implication for the International Education Sector
International education market has been growing rapidly for last few decades globally. Most of the developed nations have been advocating liberalisation of the education sectors as part of the trade negotiation within the WTO forum. This is especially the case for the higher education sector. In Australia, universities and higher education institutions are increasingly relying on international students to supplement the ever decreasing public funding from the federal government. The perceived quality of education in a particular country, the reputation of the institution, and the attractiveness of the courses themselves are important factors of students' consideration for where and what to study. However, government immigration policies also have a direct bearing on students' choice of country, institution and course(s). It has almost become an indispensable element of the whole cost-benefit-analysis for most of the international students, especially those from developing countries. This paper looks at how immigration policies regarding temporary student entrants, permanent residents have changed over the years; and how those changes have directly or indirectly affected the international education sector in Australia. The students' changing expectations and choices regarding the institutions and courses in turn impact government immigration policies.
Keywords: Immigration, Public Policy, Internationalisation of Higher Education, Education and Learning
Mr Ruobing Yang
Admission and Enrolment Team Member, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney