Australia’s popularity as a destination for international students has shown no signs of slowing down and currently, International Education is the third largest source of Australian income. It alone adds more than $28 billion annually to the Australian economy.
People naturally assume Melbourne and Sydney to be the two major destinations for International students. However, several Australian states outside of Victoria and New South Wales have put their hand up in recent times, eager to benefit from the influx of finances they bring in.
It wasn’t so long ago that the West Australian government removed a migration points advantage for students looking to remain in the state, in a bid to deter overseas students. Now, with international enrolments dropping as student’s head to other states for their education, the WA government has introduced a new graduate skilled migration list – designed to retain those who’ve earned PhDs, masters and honours with the promise of a pathway into skilled migration.
In response to the booming international student market, second largest export trailing only wine, plans are currently in motion to develop a 36-storey building to house students in the heart of Adelaide. The proposed skyscraper would tower over popular shopping strip Rundle Mall and would be the tallest of its kind in the City of Churches, with the ability to sleep more than 2,800 students.
In the rural city of Townsville, there has been a spike of 30 per cent in revenue over the last year as a result of international students flocking to the area. The lure of the Great Barrier Reef has been a contributing factor, with many students interested in science and environmental studies.