December 7, 2008
December 7, 2008

Six times more Emiratis are studying in Australia now than in 2002, the Australian government has revealed.

A total of 1,262 Emiratis enrolled at universities, vocational training institutions, language schools and other institutions in Australia in the first six months of this year, compared with 204 six years ago.

Officials say Australia is seen as more welcoming to Muslims than some other countries in the post-September 11 world. It does not hurt that the country is famed for its sunny climate and scenic beaches.

The figures, released by Australian Education International, cover the vast majority of this year’s enrolments since the Australian academic year begins in January.

The most popular state for Emiratis is Victoria, which attracted 41 per cent of students, followed by Queensland, which has a 38 per cent share.

Gabrielle Troon, UAE education services manager for the state government of Victoria, said “increasing awareness” of Australia was helping the numbers to grow.

“As more students go, word spreads and there are recommendations from students who have been there.”

Mrs Troon said Emiratis felt “comfortable” in Australia because it was “a multicultural environment”. Also, she said the fact many Emiratis visited Australia on holiday encouraged students to apply to study there.

Australia’s leading research universities were “among the top universities in the world”, Mrs Troon said, and so graduates had good career prospects.

Fees are generally lower than in rival countries such as the US and the UK, although most Emiratis studying overseas travel on scholarships from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research or major employers.

The overall numbers of Emiratis travelling abroad to study has increased significantly in recent years. In 2001, there were 273 travelling overseas on Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research scholarships, a figure that reached 742 last year. However, Australia has increased its share among these students over the same period from 16.1 per cent to 36.5 per cent. The UK’s share has dropped from 11.7 per cent to 9.8 per cent, while the American share has fallen from 46.9 per cent to 33.2 per cent.

Jane Osborn, UAE education manager for the government of South Australia, said Emiratis were returning to the Emirates with “really strong qualifications that make them very employable”.

“Australians are welcoming. There’s an interest in people from abroad that may not be as much in other parts of the world,” she said, adding that an International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding had been set up at the University of South Australia in Adelaide.

Among the Emiratis to have studied in Australia is Waleed al Marzooqi, 23, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. He now works in the engineering contracts section at Dubai Municipality.

“It was a new experience for me, a new culture. I found Australia to be very respectful of all religions including Islam,” he said. Mr Marzooqi said some Emiratis suffered from culture shock when they arrived in Australia and some even abandoned their studies.

To aid such students, he helped to create the Emirates Student Club – Australia in 2004.

“Some of them are not prepared to study in a different culture. They didn’t do pre-departure work properly so when they went they were shocked by many things.”

However, he said students who completed their courses and returned to the UAE with Australian qualifications were often promoted rapidly. “If you graduate from overseas, especially from Australia, you have a better chance,” he said. “We can take ideas from the West to our country and we can implement these ideas.”

Essa Abdul Rahman, 25, studied telecommunications and electronic engineering at La Trobe University, Victoria, and said the environment in Australia was “really marvellous”. He works in Abu Dhabi as a telecommunications engineer.

“The people were very friendly and welcoming. They like foreigners coming from outside to their country. I never had any bad experiences,” he said.

However, he said it took several weeks to become accustomed to the “more open” culture in Australia. He added that there was still a lack of awareness in the UAE about the value of Australian qualifications.

“People don’t really know about the Australian background because not a lot of students have graduated,” he said. “It needs three or four years to be recognised in the region.”

Daniel Bardsley

Source: The National

December 7, 2008

RP professionals third largest 457-visa work force in Australia

About 10,000 Filipinos are staying in Australia under a scheme known as the 457 temporary work visa scheme, composing nine percent of the country’s 110,570 professional, highly-skilled foreign workers.

At nine percent ratio, Filipinos placed third to nationals of the United Kingdom and India —- which are both Commonwealth countries like Australia — in foreign employment under the 457-visa scheme.

This was highlighted in a recent report to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) by Philippine Ambassador to Australia Teresa Lazaro, based on information from the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

She said that Filipinos on the 457 work visa are mostly in the health care service such as nurses, accountants and teachers. She clarified that the visa scheme is available to all qualified countries.

Ambassador Lazaro presented the data amid reports of looming widespread unemployment Down Under, and assured that the labor market is wide open to qualified foreigners.

The 457 work visa enables Australian employers to hire skilled overseas workers for nominated job positions for a period of four months to four years, explained Lazaro.

The Australian government does not limit the quota for 457 visa holders and allows the number to be market-driven.

DIAC records show that workers from the United Kingdom compose close to one-fourth (25 percent) of the total, 14 percent are from India, nine percent from the Philippines, and six percent each from South Africa, China and the United States.

There has been an increase of 27 percent in the period 2007-2008 when compared to the previous year, according to DIAC data.

A high 81 percent of these foreign workers were employed for professional occupations and highly-skilled jobs. The top three occupations were computing professionals, registered nurses, and business and information professionals.

The average basic annual salary is Australian dollar 73,100 (USD 46,460).

The DFA said the Australian government “takes measures that the 457-visa program does not become a cheap labor scheme” and has used safeguards such as monitoring employers for compliance with requirements, penalizing employers for breaches of sponsorship obligations, and enforcing the rights of workers.

“The government is even updating the current measures to spot and punish exploitation and to improve the integrity of the 457-visa program,” the DFA said.

Australia is also studying the current minimum salary provisions, English language proficiency requirements, health and safety protection, training requirements, and the opportunities for labor agreements to play a greater role in the 457-visa program.

Last November, a Philippine team met in Australia with counterparts to present the Philippines’ long-term provision of skilled workers and professionals under the 457-visa program.

The visit followed up on the Second Philippines-Australia Ministerial Meeting (PAMM) held in Manila in October.

In that October PAMM, the two countries plotted the course for bilateral cooperation in such areas as trade-in-services and the movement of natural persons.

The Philippine delegation was composed of representatives from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

The team went to the state of South Australia, where it discussed with state officials a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on labor cooperation between the Australian state of South Australia and DOLE.

The draft MOU included the following issues: cooperation on recruitment procedures and practices in relation to the movement of natural persons; strengthening cooperation in educational and technical training, bridging courses.

Also included were institutional twinning arrangements between Philippine and Australian universities and training centers, and mutual recognition arrangements for priority skills and professions.

The delegation also held initial discussions in Sydney with the Nurses and Midwives Board and the College of Nursing of the University of Western Sydney on the matter of registered nurses.

The Filipinos, led by DOLE Undersecretary Rosalinda Baldoz, also met with representatives of Australian companies and recruitment agencies hiring skilled Filipino workers and professionals under the 457 work visa program in Sydney, Perth and Cairns. (PNA Features)

Source: ABS-CNN News

December 1, 2008

An important event all across India, the Diwali was recently celebrated at the La Trobe University International College by students and staff of all nationalities.

The event was a great success with an amazing turn-out of students, teachers and staff of the International College. The event started with the mythological play Ramayan, in which students of eight different nationalities took part, and was followed by a traditional Bhangra dance and folk song.

According to Zainal Khokhar who had the lead-role of Lord Ram in the play, “the event created awareness among all the students about the Diwali festival”. Foundation Studies and Diploma Programs student Eshan Arya, one of the directors of the play, said “the event brought all the students of different cultures together like a family”.  

The Director of the International College Mr Martin Van Run addressed the students in a traditional Indian welcome and the Pri
ncipal of Foundation Studies and Diploma Program, Mrs Karen Demirtel, handed out certificates and awards to each student who participated in the play and dances.


source: La Trobe Times

November 18, 2008

IEA-A glad to announce that TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute is  offering international students an opportunity to undertake a two year  combined Diploma in Hospitality Management and Certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery customised program to be delivered through our Snowy Mountains based Cooma Campus and our coastal based Nowra Campus. As you know commercial cookery program is one of the Migration Occupation Demand List.


A key feature of the program will be four “guaranteed” paid seasonal employment placements in both Australia’s spectacular Snowy Mountains region for the 2009 and 2010 Australian winter ski seasons (June – October) and on the pristine New South Wales South Coast for the peak summer holiday period (December 2009 – January 2010 and December 2010 – January 2011).


During these 4 “guaranteed” paid seasonal employment placements (total guaranteed employment placement is 56 weeks), students can earn minimum 550 AUD up to  750 AUD per weeks.


It means during these 56 weeks student can earn 30800 AUD – 42000 AUD. In addition to that students still can work 20 hours per week while they are studying.


There are very limited number of places are available, so please make required announcement to your student base now to not miss this great opportunity.

International Education Agency-AUSTRALIA

November 15, 2008


Australia has traditionally been the home of inventors and scientists right from its early settlement. As a far colony, this was partly out of necessity because in our early days, Australians were a long way from the rest of the world and they had to rely on what could be produced locally. However, it is also true that Australian education system, and especially Australian universities, is responsible for developing a culture of innovation and discovery.



Australian culture of innovation aims to:

             make the best use of national and international information networks,

             encourage creativity in all forms of research,

             promote collaboration between university researchers and industry,

             disseminate the outcomes of research to the wider community.

Australian scientists and researchers have been responsible for many advances in business and industry, and have made significant contributions in medical science. Their investigations over the years have had a profound impact on the lives of ordinary people around the world.

Australian population is only 20 million but Australians have already won many prestigious international awards including eight Nobel Prizes which are:

             2005 – Medicine

             1996 – Medicine

             1975 – Chemistry

             1973 – Literature

             1963 – Medicine

             1960 – Medicine

             1945 – Medicine

15 – Physics

Australians are acknowledged as being dynamic and innovative. Australia has been a pioneer in solar energy research and Australian scientists are investigating other potential energy sources.

Australian advances in technology include the development of an internationally accepted aircraft landing system, the black box flight recorder, bionic ear implants, a heart pacemaker, the vaccine for cancer of the cervix, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) for sleep apnea treatment  and computer hardware and software.

Australia is also at the forefront of producing new technologies such as wave-piercing ocean catamarans, solar-powered cars and the revolutionary orbital engine.

Innovations in science and technology are strong drivers of economic growth. Australia is both

well-positioned and well-resourced to make a difference in the global innovation race.

Some other significant Australian inventions in recent years include:

             Penicillin – (Howard Walter Florey).

             Ultrasound scanners – (Sonography)

             Radio telescopes.

             Photovoltaic cells (Solar cells).

             The Boomerang.

             The Xerox photocopying process.

             The Electric Drill.

             Postage stamps.

             Regular “around the world” airline services.

             The inflatable aircraft escape slide.

             The automatic letter-sorting machine.

             The two stroke lawn mower.

             The rotary hoist washing line.

             Lithium as a treatment for manic depression.

             Latex gloves.

             Flexible wine casks – (Box wine).


International Education Agency-AUSTRALIA




November 12, 2008


AUSTRALIA remains the best country in the world 

For the third year in a row, Australia has been named the top country brand by the 2008 Country Brand Index (CBI).

The CBI is a comprehensive study of global travel patterns and is conducted by leading brand consultancy FutureBrand along with PR firm Weber Shandwick.

CBI was analysed with Australia, Canada and the US the most successful country brands.

Australia was ranked No.1 in the categories of best country to extend a business trip, best country  for resort and lodging options, the best country for outdoor activities and sports and the best country you would most like to live In.

The CBI named China, the United Arab Emirates and Croatia as the top three countries most likely to become favoured tourist destinations in the next five years.

It also noted that Africa, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East are experiencing higher growth rates than the average world demand.

CBI, now in its fourth year, is a study of approximately 2700 international business and leisure travellers from nine countries.


By David Coombs

November 11, 2008 12:00am


November 10, 2008

Changes relating to the provision of evidence of English language ability for the Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) visa are being introduced from 27 October 2008. People who have made an application for a Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) visa before 27 October 2008 will not be affected by the changes.

People lodging an application for a Skilled – Graduate (subclass 485) on or after 27 October 2008 must provide evidence at the time they lodge their application that they have met the relevant English language standard. 

The standard for professionals, para-professionals and managerial occupations is ‘competent’ English (a score of at least six (6) on each of the four (4) components of the International English Language Test Scheme (IELTS) test or equivalent standard in a specified test). 

For people who nominate an occupation in the Major Group IV in the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations, the standard is ‘vocational’ English (a score of at least five (5) on each of the four (4) components of the IELTS test).

IELTS test results must be no more than two (2) years old at the time of application.

This is a departure from the current regulations which allow an applicant to apply having only booked an English language test.  Please note that from 27 October 2008, applicants will need to provide evidence of English language ability when lodging their application.  Failure to do so may result in applicants being unable to satisfy the criteria for this visa, and this application may be refused.
Exception: Applicants who hold an eligible passport from one of the following specified countries are not required to submit evidence of their English language ability:

  • Canada
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • United Kingdom (UK)
  • United States of America (USA).

Original note form Australian Government, Department of Immigration.

Please write to [email protected] or contact us to check if you your application is affected.

November 9, 2008


AUSTRALIA needs places for an additional 10,000 university students a year — or an extra 200,000 by 2026 — to cope with the probable demand from record levels of fertility and immigration, the Group of Eight says.

In a finding that will put even greater pressure on efforts to address the looming academic shortage, the Go8 paper uses the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data to challenge the faltering growth scenarios on which recent policy-making is based.

The paper Demographic Impacts on Higher Education Enrolments was released as Australian National University vice-chancellor Ian Chubb told the National Press Club last week that Australia’s educational attainment was considerably below that of the world’s leading universities.

“Two-thirds of the Australian workforce over 25 have no post secondary qualifications; one-third have achieved less than upper secondary education; only 70 per cent of women and 68 per cent of men aged19 have completed Year 12 or equivalent,” Professor Chubb said.

He said to bring Australia up to the educated population equivalent of the world’s leaders would involve an additional one million people aged 25 to 44 getting a tertiary education.

“That’s a big ask, a big challenge, a big demand and we need the infrastructure and support to be able to do that,” he said in the televised address.

The Go8 paper is the second in recent weeks to challenge the steady-state outlook of the Bradley review, the discussion paper for which noted little sign of unmet demand among school-leavers.

As the Bradley review finalises its report to Education Minister Julia Gillard, due next month, a Go8 spokesman told the HES the group aimed to highlight the upwardly revised ABS population projections.

“Our analysis of the latest ABS population projections shows that Australia will face significant increases in demand for post-school education options as a result of predicted population growth in the key 15-29 age group,” the spokesman said. “We believe our estimates of demand for tertiary education are conservative as they are based on the bureau’s mid-range forecast and don’t take account of the anticipated increases as a result of the increased participation rate.”

ABS demography director Patrick Corr told the HES that the previously projected dip in the key 15 to 17-year-old age group almost disappeared under the latest projections.

Mr Corr said he had extended the top end of the 2006 chart to plot the almost one million 15 to 17-year-olds now expected about 2026.

“If enrolments remain constant, then the number of anticipated new applicants (is) projected to remain relatively stable until 2020 and after 2020 will start to increase.”

The numbers of 15 to 29-year-olds are projected to increase from 4,290,993 in 2006 to 4,669,570 by 2011 and 4,841,818 by 2016. In the longer term, the paper says, an additional 460,000 places will be needed by 2041: nearly 170,000 in Queensland, more than 70,000 in Western Australia, about 100,000 in Victoria and 95,000 in NSW.

The paper notes warnings by University of Adelaide geographer Graeme Hugo that universities are likely to lose one-fifth to one-third of their staff in the next decade or so.

With the projected loss of 8500 to 14,000 academic staff, the Go8 said the development, renewal and expansion of the academic workforce would need careful strategic attention from universities and government.

Demand for university places in Australia to surge by 2026

Guy Healy | November 05, 2008 | The Australian



November 9, 2008

When the purpose of overseas study becomes immigration
by Feifei Guo

As an international student, it’s time for me to make a decision as to whether I should stay in Australia or go back to China. According to the immigration policy, international students who study full time for two years can apply for Skilled Migration, but I’m going to complete my master course within a year. If I don’t take another one, I will lose the chance to immigrate.

To be honest, Australia is such a natural wonder. Less pollution, the beautiful landscapes, and the cute koala all made me fall in love with this country. Although I enjoy my life here, however, I am still struggling because I miss my parents so much and I really want to go back.

Unlike me, many Chinese students made their decision to stay on the first day. And many of them see overseas study as an immigration ticket.

Last year, a study called What attracts mainland Chinese students to Australia higher education showed that the most important factors motivating Chinese students to study in Australia are future migration opportunities after graduation.

Lidia Nemitschenko, head of the International Student Support Unit (ISSU) of the University of Sydney, said, “Certainly I know that some students make a choice or subject because it’s going to help them to get permanent residency, but I don’t think that are majority students.”

However, the study has found that most of the Chinese students claimed that their program choice was based on the profession list of Skilled Migration, with around 87% of respondents currently studying an accounting program and 10% studying an information technology program.

According to the statistics released by the Australian Education International, China was the largest source of students in Australia in 2007 with 107,071 enrolments. The most popular field of study for Chinese students was Management and Commerce – including accounting, business and management and tourism.

In 2007, there were 40,975 enrolments for Management and Commerce with 10,569 enrolments in Accounting. Many Chinese students prefer to take business courses, because majors like Accounting have one of the highest vocational skills points as announced by the Department of Immigration.

“Of course I will apply for permanent residency once I graduate. I came here because the immigration policies are good for overseas students who want to apply for permanent residency,” said Weining Tao, a Chinese student who has now been studying accounting in Australia for a year and a half.

“Post-graduate level accounting classes in any university in Sydney are full of Chinese students. Those enrolled in Master of Professional Accounting, nine out of ten have plans to apply for Permanent Residency,” he said.

This is true. Australia’s skilled migration policy has a great impact on students’ choice of destination and program selection. A number of Chinese students spend huge money each year in Australia not only to improve English or to get a better university education. Future migration opportunity becomes one of the most significant reasons for Chinese students coming to Australia.

Danny Wang, a study-abroad adviser who works in Study Abroad Service Centre of Beijing Language and Culture University said, “Australia is one of the most popular destinations for Chinese students. Not only because the good quality of higher education attracts Chinese students, but also the immigration policies.”

“Almost every student who wants to study in Australia came to my office with their parents to ask questions about the relationship between their study choices and the immigration policy.”

“Some students don’t want to study in university and hope we can help them to find an easy and quick course to immigrate. In this situation, I suggest they take a course like cookery or hairdressing in TAFE. This is the quickest way to achieve the goal,” Danny said.

The question is raised here: Why are there many Chinese students planning to get Permanent Residency in Australia? After I talked to several Chinese students, I found three main reasons.

“You can’t deny that Australia has much a better living environment than China. Compared with Australia, the population in China is huge. Also Australia has a better social welfare system. Once you get permanent residency, life will become easier.”

“Even if you can’t find a job, the government will support you. Education loans, health care entitlement and the social security benefits all support your living. My parents are getting old; I want to organize them to come to Australia to enjoy their retirement. This country is just good for living,” Chinese student Weining Tao said.

Obviously, the environment and the social welfare system are the most important reason why Chinese students choose to stay. Almost every Chinese student is satisfied with the Australian lifestyle.

Secondly, the money exchange rate motivates Chinese students to stay. The tuition fees and living cost are expensive for international students, especially those are studying in big cities such as Sydney.

Some Chinese students see their overseas study as an investment. They need payback.

“I have already spent 300,000 RMB in Australia. My parents support me with all the costs in here. They worked very hard in China to support me. I don’t want to disappoint them,” said Bo Deng, a Chinese student who has been in Australia for two years, majoring in Accounting at the Holmes Institute Sydney. After he graduates, he will apply for temporary residency, then for permanent residency. He thinks it will be easier for him to get the education investment back if he works in Australia.

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November 8, 2008



Taking a Year Off after High School Graduation in Australia

Are you ready to take a break from learning while sitting indoors in rectangular classrooms for High School years? Are you wondering how you’re going to stay motivated for another four years of academics? Do you ever wish you could learn by doing, or by being in a very different culture or country? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, you may want to take a “gap year” between high school and University.

You take a gap year to get out of that stale classroom, explore your interests in a way that you want to, experience a different culture, learn by doing something real, let your well fill back up, and learn by giving to others. During a gap year, you get to determine where you go and what you do – and in the process you get a break from jumping through academic hoops.

Australian Universities and High Schools are looking more and more favorably on gap years, understanding that people who take time to explore their interests before college become better motivated and more effective students. It doesn’t make sense to make start your first year of university or college if you don’t have a clear reason for being there. And unfortunately, for many students their freshman year becomes a year off as they major in partying and procrastination.

The end of high school marks three major transitions: high school to college, family to independence, and adolescence into adulthood. A year between high school and college can be one of the freest times in a person’s life to explore the world while contemplating these three big life transitions, before college obligations and responsibilities begin to weigh on you.

So how do you put together a gap year? The great thing about a gap year is that it can take any form that you like. It’s your life, after all, and a gap year is a great time to remember that while coming out of the trance induced by sitting in school for many years.

Here are important elements to consider making part of your gap year:

As you are planning, consider these important questions:

  • Do I want to travel with a group or alone? Group travel is more expensive, but it’s a great way to start a year because it gives you the safety net of a group, adult leaders and formal orientation. Definitely plan some alone time into your year – you will learn a lot about yourself.
  • Do I want to the freedom to take initiative and find my own way, or do I need a firm outer structure?
  • How much money do I need to pay for this year? A gap year is a great way for your parents to take a financial breather since gap years generally cost significantly less than college.

If you don’t feel up to setting things up on your own, there are consultants that you can pay a fee to help you plan and set up all the logistics of a full and well-structured year. And now there are even college programs that incorporate all of the best elements of a gap year with college credit so that you can keep making progress toward your degree.

Remember that life isn’t a race. Those who take a gap year universally report that they have learned much more than they did in a year of school. Rest assured that your college of choice will still be there for you when you are done. A gap year is a great way to get a life before getting the rest of your education.

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November 6, 2008
November 6, 2008

Demand for places in the Bachelor of Nursing (course code 4642) at the Parramatta campus has been very strong and all places for Parramatta have now been filled for 2009.

Places are still available at Campbelltown and Hawkesbury and we strongly encourage students to consider these campuses and act now to secure a place in one of Australia’s premier Nursing programs.

Here are some great things about studying at the Campbelltown campus!

  • students will belong to UWS’s leading medical and health science precinct
  • students will benefit from UWS’s first-class nursing education facilities which include state-of-the-art teaching centres that include advance mannequin simulators to reflect real-life patient scenarios.
  • the campus is also home to the new $52 million state-of-the-art School of Medicine teaching and research facility.

For students thinking about studying at the Hawkesbury campus here’s why they should…


  • students will be learning at one of Australia’s important educations sites for scientific and agricultural leaders of the future
  • it is home to multi-million dollar research facilities and with no more than 2, 300 students studying at the campus, students will benefit from close personal contact with academics and great access to support services. 
  • the campus is part of the Hawkesbury river valley region which is surrounded by world heritage listed National Parks and based at the bottom of the world famous tourist destination – the Blue Mountains. 

Places are also filling up fast for the Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) (course code 4643) program at the Hawkesbury campus and we anticipate that the UWS School of Nursing quota will be met well in advance of the January 2009 intake.   To avoid disappointment students should secure their place now by accepting their offer and paying the required commencement fees.    

IEA-A welcomes acceptances on conditional offers to assist your student to secure their place for the programs above.

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October 29, 2008

International Student Enrolments Up 19.9% in September 2008

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

The year-to-date (YTD) September 2008 AEI International Student Data show there were 494,507 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa. This is a 19.9% increase on YTD September 2007. Commencements in the same period grew by 23.9%.  



The main source of Australia’s international students is the Asian region. Four of every five (79.0%) international student enrolments at onshore educational institutions were from the Asian region.

Nine of the top ten countries recorded increases in enrolments between YTD September 2007 and YTD September 2008.  India recorded the largest increase with 28,838 more enrolments than the corresponding period in 2007, a 51.3% growth.  Other top ten markets that grew strongly were China (growth of 19.4%), Nepal (110.1%), Vietnam (63.5%) and Brazil (29.3%).

Outside the top ten, countries with strong growth include Saudi Arabia (113.5%), Colombia (44.3%), Mauritius (64.6%), Sri Lanka (23.6%), Pakistan (31.5%) and the Philippines (42.2%).

Enrolments from Japan and Hong Kong declined in all sectors, with overall declines of 15.3% and 5.1% respectively. The decline in enrolments from Japan has seen this market remain outside the top 10 enrolment markets as at YTD September 2008.  The decline in the Japan market has mainly been in the ELICOS sector with smaller declines in the vocational education and training (VET) and higher education sectors.

Other significant markets such as the United States of America (USA), Bangladesh and Taiwan continued to record falls in enrolments. 

International student enrolments by nationality (top 10 markets),
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Overall commencements grew by 23.9% between YTD September 2007 and YTD September 2008. India recorded the greatest growth with 16,247 more commencements than the corresponding period in 2007 (a growth of 50.8%). China recorded 13,327 more commencements (27.3% growth) in the same period. Should this pattern continue it is expected that commencements from India will exceed those from China within the next 12 months.

Commencements growth from India was primarily in the VET and ELICOS sectors (73.7% and 71.7% respectively), although there was 5.3% growth in higher education.  By comparison, most of the growth in Chinese commencements was distributed across the VET (44.5%), higher education (20.5%) and ELICOS (23.3%) sectors.

Other top ten markets showing double digit growth in commencements as at YTD September 2008 include Thailand (14.7%), Nepal (72.8%), Brazil (32.7%), Malaysia (13.0%) and Vietnam (79.9%).  Among the other top 10 nationalities, the Republic of Korea recorded just 4.4% growth, and the USA and Hong Kong recorded declines in commencements of 2.0% and 1.9% respectively. Outside the top 10, markets showing strong growth in commencements include Saudi Arabia (113.6%), Mauritius (104.0%), Colombia (36.0%) and Indonesia (16.9%).

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Higher Education

In YTD September 2008, the highest proportion of international student enrolments were in the higher education sector (36.4%).  Enrolments in this sector increased by 4.5% while commencements increased 11.4% compared with the corresponding period in 2007.

China, India and Malaysia were the three largest contributing nationalities in both enrolments and commencements. China recorded the largest increase in commencements with 3,768 more commencements than the corresponding period in 2007, equivalent to a growth rate of 20.5%.  Other markets contributing to the growth in commencements were Vietnam (59.6%), India (5.3%), Malaysia (9.2%), Saudi Arabia (78.8%), and the Republic of Korea (14.5%).

The majority of the commencements growth in this sector occurred in the ‘Management and Commerce’ broad field of education, which increased 14.6% on last year.  ‘Society and Culture’, ‘Information Technology’ and ‘Engineering and Related Technologies’ also grew strongly, with increases of 8.7%, 7.4% and 9.4% respectively.

 At the detailed level, much of the rise in the higher education sector occurred in ‘Management and Commerce’, ‘Business and Management’ and ‘Banking and Finance’ courses.

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Growth on YTD September 2007

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Vocational Education and Training (VET)

As at YTD September 2008, the proportion of international student enrolments in the VET sector was 31.5%, an increase from the 25.7% recorded in YTD September 2007.

The sector has experienced a sustained period of strong growth since 2005 and this is continuing in 2008.  YTD September 2008 figures show increases of 46.9% in both enrolments and commencements over the same period in 2007. VET commencements continue to exceed those for higher education.  The three largest markets in this sector, in bo
th enrolments and commencements, are India, China and Nepal.  Together they account for 71.2% and 67.2% of the increase in enrolments and commencements respectively.  Other markets to record significant growth in enrolments were Republic of Korea (23.1%), Thailand (25.1%), Vietnam (95.8%) and Mauritius (93.4%).

The top four broad fields of education in both enrolments and commencements were ‘Management and Commerce’, ‘Food, Hospitality and Personal Services’, ‘Society and Culture’ and ‘Engineering and Related Technologies’.  ‘Management and Commerce’ recorded the largest increase in commencements with 11,906 more commencements than the corresponding period in 2007, representing growth of 37.3%. The top detailed field of education was ‘Hospitality Management’, with 19,628 commencements and growth of 35.2%. Other detailed fields of education contributing to the overall growth in VET commencements include ‘Business Management’ (80.7% growth), ‘Hospitality’ (436.7%) and ‘Welfare Studies’ (158.1%).


Enrolments and commencements in the ELICOS sector grew 23.8% and 23.1% respectively between YTD September 2007 and YTD September 2008, continuing the strong growth seen in the sector since 2006.  Strong growth markets in enrolments include India (75.2%), China (26.5% growth), Vietnam (117.5%) and Saudi Arabia (118.4%). There were continuing declines from established markets in the sector such as Japan (-19.6%) and Taiwan (-12.1%).  The Republic of Korea and Bangladesh, both growing markets in YTD September 2007, showed declines of -6.2% and -49.2% respectively for YTD September 2008.


Enrolments and commencements in the schools sector grew by 9.1% and 9.6% respectively.  The growth in enrolments continues the upwards trend set through 2007.  Enrolments from China now make up 46.6% of all international student enrolments in this sector.  YTD September 2008 figures for China showed increases of 27.4% and 28.5% in enrolments and commencements respectively over the same period in 2007. 

China has a strong influence on the schools sector. If China were excluded from the data, the sector would show an overall decline of 3.1% and 3.5% in enrolments and commencements respectively. 

Large schools markets in decline include the Republic of Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia.  These markets together currently account for 30.1% of schools sector enrolments.

About this data set

AEI enrolment data are extracted from the PRISMS database which is updated continually by education providers and by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.  Consequently, when AEI makes a new release it also updates its data for previous months in the current year to reflect these changes. Data on enrolments and commencements relate only to international students in Australia on a student visa. An enrolment is a count of any student enrolments in a discrete course of study and includes ongoing students. A commencement is a count of new student enrolments in a discrete course of study (and hence a component of the total count of all enrolments).

Note that AEI introduced the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) into the International Student Data series in the year-to-date (YTD) January 2008 data. The Classification defines ‘Field of Education’ as being the subject matter of an educational activity. The introduction of ASCED provides a finer level of detail about the course of study undertaken by international students than with the old ‘Broad field of study’ classification. The older classification will be phased out after the YTD December 2008 data release.

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October 24, 2008
October 24, 2008

The demand for skilled workers is outstripping supply, Canberra Institute of Technology head Colin Adrian says.

”Our enrolments this year at the institute will be over 30,000 student enrolments, but as many as we train, we need as many again,” he said at yesterday’s graduation ceremony.

More than 300 students received their diplomas and certificates at the ceremony.

October’s total graduates are expected to number 1500.

Dr Adrian said practical experience was the key to a resurgent interest in skills training.

”People have heard for a few years now about skills shortage issues, with the growth of the economy, including the Canberra economy,” he said. Read More

October 24, 2008
October 24, 2008

INTERNATIONAL students do just as well as Australian students at Australia’s elite universities, countering claims that international students are “soft-marked” and are dragging down academic standards, according to the author of a new study.

The research examining students at Australia’s leading eight research universities, a coalition known as Go8, also found that women did better than men and postgraduate coursework students did better than undergraduates.

The study by Hong Kong-based education consultant Alan Olsen counters the view that fee-paying international students are “soft-marked” to help them succeed through the education system because they are a lucrative source of income for cash-strapped universities.

Mr Olsen said his study showed that, on their merits, international students at the Go8 universities did just as well as Australian students.

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October 24, 2008
October 24, 2008

Minister plans ban on shaky visa deals

THE Immigration Minister, Chris Evans, wants tougher laws to combat the rise of shonky education agents promising Australian visas to overseas students when they can deliver no such thing.

Increasingly, unscrupulous dealers in Australia and overseas are selling dubious study packages offering tuition, work experience and an Australian visa, a Senate committee heard yesterday.

So worrying was the practice that Senator Evans said he had recently raised it with the Chinese ambassador.

“I have very severe concerns about education agents both in this country and abroad,” Senator Evans said.

“If someone gets induced and sold a package in their home country, there’s very little we can currently do about that. They arrive with expectations that can’t be delivered.”

Senator Evans said a lot of the promotion of such packages happened overseas. They purported to glean favourable visa outcomes for would-be students when in fact education agents could not provide immigration advice.

Senator Evans said he was working with the Education Minister, Julia Gillard, to increase the legislative powers available to Australia in tackling the problem.

He had also talked with representatives from Australian universities.

“Obviously they don’t want anything that undermines the reputation of Australia’s education services,” Senator Evans said.

The National Liaison Committee, Australia’s peak representative body for international students, said the exploitation began with the introduction of full-fee paying foreign students in 1986, and was worse now.

“It’s getting serious now with more private institutions being set up to recruit international students overseas,” the committee’s president, Eric Pang, said. “Many students are not aware of their rights as consumers. The recruitment agents are profit driven and obviously, looking for numbers. The students are looking for quality education.”

He said foreign students were pumped with misinformation which led to disappointment and culture shock when they arrived in Australia.

“The gap between perception and reality can be really big, depending on how pretty a picture is being painted by agents offshore. International students need accurate information,” Mr Pang said.

Tougher regulation of overseas recruitment agencies was required to stem the problem, many of which were tied to private education providers operating in Australia, Mr Pang said.

He could not say how many students had been drawn to Australia on false promises of a visa.

 Source : SMH

Yuko Narushima | October 22, 2008 | SMH

October 23, 2008
October 23, 2008

Understanding the above Visa and Immigration Glossary of Terms will help you in your migration to Australia.


Aged parent  A person who is old enough to be granted an Australian age pension.

Applicant(s)  The applicant is the person (or persons) applying to migrate to Australia.

Appropriate Regional Authority  A Department or authority of a State/Territory that is specified by Gazette Notice in relation to the grant of a Business Skills Visa.

ASPC  Adelaide Skilled Processing Centre.

Assurer  An assurer is a person usually living in Australia as an Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen who signs a legal undertaking (an Assurance of Support – AoS so that the applicant and dependants will not have to rely on certain social security payments that can be recovered by the Commonwealth of Australia under the AoS scheme. In the event an applicant or their dependants receive a recoverable benefit in the 2 year AoS period, the assurer is legally committed to repay them to the Commonwealth of Australia. The assurer and sponsor may be, but do not need to be, the same person. An assurance may be given by individuals acting alone or jointly, community groups or organisations.


‘A$’ or ‘AUD’ means the Australian Dollar equivalent value in the basis of the buying rate:

             In the local currency for Australian Dollars on the last day of the fiscal year in which the business reported;

             Published by any bank holding an Australian banking License; and

             Published on an approved currency conversion website.

Australian mission  An Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate or Consulate-Mission General or Australian Trade Commission.

Australian permanent resident A person who is the holder of a permanent visa and is usually resident in Australia.

Bridging visa  A type of temporary visa that provides the holder with status as lawful non-citizen. It can only be granted in Australia.

Centrelink  The agency that delivers social security payments and related services in Australia.

Certified copy  Copy of a document authorised, or stamped as being a true copy of the original, by a person or agency recognised by the law of the person’s home country. In Australia, this means a copy which is authorised as a true copy by a person before whom a Statutory Declaration may be made. Such authorised persons include the following: magistrate, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, Commissioner for Affidavits, solicitor, registered medical practitioner, bank manager, postal manager, an Australian Public Service Officer with 5 years or more service.

Close relative  Your spouse, children, parents and siblings and step relatives of the same degree.

Complete application  An application that provides all information necessary for processing, including evidence of your relationship, completed health and character checks (if applicable) and other necessary documents.

Date of completion  The definition of date of completion of an Australian qualification is the first date on which results were publicly notified or made available to you, for example by letter, on the internet, by publication in the newspaper or by bulletin board at the tertiary institution.

De facto  Not legally married, but in a spouse-like or spouse-equivalent relationship. Sometimes known as ‘common law’ spouse.

De jure  Legally married.

Department  Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

Departmental office  An office of DIAC.

Dependant  A person who is wholly or substantially reliant on a family member for financial support to meet their basic needs of food, shelter and clothing; or wholly or substantially reliant on their family member for financial support due to being incapacitated for work because of the total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions.

Dependent child  A natural, adopted, or step-child, who has not turned 18 years of age, or, if age 18 years or over, is dependant. A child must not have a spouse or be engaged to be married.

Designated investment  Investment in a security issued by an Australian State/Territory government authority which is specified by the Minister by Gazette Notice for the purposed of Investor and State/Territory Sponsored Investor Visa subclasses.

DIAC  Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Domiciled  The country in which you are domiciled is the country in which you permanently live.

Eligible investment  ‘Eligible investment’ in relation to a person means:

             Ownership interest in a

             A loan to a business;

             Cash on deposit;

             Stocks and bonds;

             Real estate; or

             Gold or silver bullion

that is owned by the person for the purpose of producing a return by way of income or capital gain and is not held for personal use.

Eligible New Zealand citizen For sponsorship purposes, an eligible New Zealand citizen is one who held a Special Category Visa (SCV) on 26 February 2001; or held a SCV for at least 1 year in the 2 years preceding that date; or has a certificate, issued under the Social Security Act 1991, that states that the New Zealand citizen was, for the purposes of that Act, residing in Australia on a particular date. The SCV holder would also have needed to meet certain health and character requirements on last entry to Australia.

Eligible overseas student  Refers to overseas students in Australia who are eligible to apply for the onshore students in Australia visa categories.

Employment Having worked in paid employment for at least 20 hours a week.

ENS List of Occupations  Positions nominated under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) must correspond to an occupation that is on the ENS list of occupations.

ETA  Electronic Travel Authority.

Family head  For migration purposes, the family head is generally the person who is most likely to meet the primary legal criteria for the grant of a Partner Visa.

Fiance(e) relationship  A relationship where a couple is engaged to be married or betrothed. In the context of the partner migration, the term fiancee is used to mean a man and a woman who intend to marry each other.

Fiscal year ‘Fiscal year’ in relation to a business or investment means:

             If there is applicable to the business or investment by law an accounting period of 12 months – that period; or

             In any other case – a period of 12 months accepted as applying to that business for taxation or reporting purposes by the authorities in the country in which the business operates and reports.

Immediate family  Your spouse and dependant children.

Interdependent partner  A partner who is mutually dependent on you. This is usually a same-sex partner.

Interdependent relationship A relationship in which a couple have a mutual commitment to a shared life to the exclusion of all others. The relationship between them is genuine and continuing and they live together or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis. This is usually a same-sex partnership.

IELTS  This refers to the International English Language Testing System, the test required to assess your English language ability for migration purposes.

Lawful non-citizen  A non-citizen who holds a valid visa.

Long-term independent relationship An independent relationship that has continued for 5 years or more.

Long-term spouse relationship  A spouse relationship that has continued for 5 years or more; or 2 years or more if you have children together.

Main business  Owned by the person for the purposes of producing by way of income or capital gain and is NOT held for personal use:

             The applicant has, or has had, an ownership interest in the business;

             The applicant maintains, or has maintained a direct and continuous involvement in the management of the business from day to day and in making decisions affecting the overall direction and performance of the business;

             The value of the applicants ownership interest, or the total value of the ownership interests of the applicant and the applicants spouse in the business is or was at least 10% of the total value of the business; and

             The business must be a qualifying business.

Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) The Migration Institute of Australia is the professional association for Australian migration service providers worldwide.

Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA)  The MARA is the migration industry’s regulatory body, ensuring consumers are protected in relation to cost, quality of service and professionalism.

Member of the family unit  A spouse or dependent child. Also includes single (unmarried, widowed or divorced) relatives who reside with, and are dependent on, the family head.

Net assets  The ‘net assets’ of a business is the amount attributable to the owners or shareholders of the business after deducting financial claims upon the business by third parties from total assets (ie. Net assets = total assets – liabilities).

OET  This refers to the Occupational English Test. In some professions, applicants are required to sit this test as part of the qualifications assessment.

interest In relation to a business means:

             A shareholder in a company that carries on a business;

             A partner in a partnership that carries on the business; or

             The sole proprietor of the business, including such an interest held directly through one or more interposed companies, partnerships or trusts (if a trust, there are strict requirements)

Partner Includes married and de facto spouses, fiancee and interdependent partners.

Partner visa  A Prospective Marriage, Spouse or Interdependency Visa.

Pass mark  This is the total number of points you must score to pass the Points Test. You must reach the pass mark applicable to your application at the time it is assessed (note: not at the time the application is lodged). If you pass, your application will be processed further.

Permanent visa  A visa permitting a person to remain indefinitely in Australia.

Points test  For many of the skilled categories, you must pass a Points Test. The pass mark changes from time to time.

Pool mark  If you do not achieve the pass mark, the pool mark is the total number of points you must score if your application is to be held in reserve for up to 2 years after it is assessed, in case a newer, lower pass mark is set. If your application scores sufficient points to meet the new pass mark, your application wil
l be withdrawn from the pool and processed further.

Prohibited degree of relationship  A relationship between a person and his or her ancestor/descendent (ie. between a parent and a child or a grandparent and a grandchild) or between a brother and a sister (full or half blood). This applies to natural and adoptive relationships.

Provisional visa  A temporary visa allowing a person to enter and remain in Australia until a decision is made on the permanent visa application.

Qualifying business  The enterprise:

             Is operated for the purpose of making a profit through the provision of goods, services, or goods and services (other than the provision of rental property) to the public; and

             Is not operated primarily or substantially for the purpose of speculative or passive investment.

Relative  A relative or a grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or step equivalent.

Regional Australia/low population growth metropolitan areas  Living in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area means that SIR Visa holders can live anywhere in Australia except in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, the NSW Central Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne or the ACT.

Second-stage processing  Usually 2 years after the application for a Partner Visa was made, applicants who are holders of a temporary Spouse or Interdependency Visa are assessed as to whether they continue to meet all the requirements for the grant of a permanent Spouse or Interdependency Visa.

Settled  To meet settled requirements, a person must have been lawfully resident in Australia usually for a period of 2 years.

Nominated Occupation If you are intending to apply under ANY one of the skilled categories, you must have a nominated occupation which is on the SOL at the time you apply. In order to be successful in your application, your qualifications (and work experience, in some cases) must be assessed by the Australian assessing authority responsible for your SOL nominated occupation.

Sponsor  For some categories you must have a sponsor. A sponsor is a relative aged 18 years or over who is living in Australia, is an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen and is prepared to sponsor your application and who undertakes to assist the application, to the extent necessary, financially and in relation to accommodation for a period of 2 years.

Spouse relationship  A married or de facto relationship between a couple where they have a mutual commitment to a shared life as husband and wife to the exclusion of all others, the relationship between them is genuine and continuing, and they live together, or do not live separately and apart on a permanent basis.

Statutory Declaration  This declaration must be made before a person authorised by the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 and Regulations, which include the following: magistrate, Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, Commissioner for Affidavits, solicitor, registered medical practitioner, bank manager, postal manager, an Australian Public Service Officer with 5 years or more service.

Substantial period  12 months or more.

TAFE  Technical and Further Education (Australian distance education network)

Temporary visa  A visa permitting a person to remain in Australia permanently.

Transitional arrangements  Overseas students who were studying towards a degree, diploma or trade qualification in Australia on or before 31 March 2003 and who apply for a General Skilled Migration or a Graduate Skilled Temporary visa before 1 April 2004 will need to meet only the pre-1 July 2003, ‘1 year of full-time study’ requirement (see below). Applicants in this transitional group may also be able to claim the points in the 1 July 2003 points test changes.

Visa  Permission to travel to, enter and remain in Australia for a period of time or indefinitely.

1 year of full-time study  To meet the 1 year of full time study requirement you must have successfully completed, in the 6 months immediately before the application is made, a degree, diploma or trade qualification that required at least 1 year of full time study at one Australian educational institution and all the instruction was conducted in English.

2 years study in Australia To meet the 2 years study in Australia requirement:

             You must have studied in Australia at an Australian educational institution for at least 2 years full time;

             You must have completed during the 6 months immediately before lodging the application, an Australian degree, diploma or trade qualification, and all tuition for this study was conducted in English;

             Any qualification awarded during this 2 year period is appropriate to the nominated occupation; and

             If this study was undertaken at more than 1 Australian educational institution, the primary applicant was awarded an Australian degree, diploma or trade qualification before commencing study at another Australian educational institution.


Important Note: Glossary of terms relating to immigration to Australia given ABOVE are reference only and may change so you should seek required legal advice before USING THEM ANY PURPOSE.

October 23, 2008
October 23, 2008


Britain no longer dominates Anglophone education. Students want more, and the old empire is happy to give it to them.

The welcome begins with a courtesy car at the airport. To follow: a week of activities, from a talk with the vice chancellor to an introduction to British folk dancing. For the foreign student arriving at Manchester University, the hospitality can’t be too generous.

Of course, it’s tinged with self-interest. A good name and a British campus are no longer enough to pull in high-paying overseas recruits. The competition within the world of English-language higher education is growing increasingly intense. Today’s international students don’t automatically head to the United States or the United Kingdom; they consider a slew of factors, from cost to climate, before making their pick. Already, Britain is starting to suffer as it finds itself in a fierce three-way contest for market share.

Australia shows that the secret to success often has as much to do with government policy as with academic philosophy. Lavish grants can offset the Brits’ and the Americans’ edge in prestige. Foreign students at state-run schools in Singapore now get an 80 percent discount. According to the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, an engineering degree that costs about $30,000 a year at Harvard runs just $2,000 at the University of Malaya, thanks to heavy subsidies. Currency fluctuations also make a difference, especially in Britain, with its strong pound.

On the one hand, U.S. colleges are recovering fast from their post-9/11 drop in overseas recruitment. On the other, a batch of common-wealth countries is coming on strong and eating into Britain’s market share.

The biggest factor today seems to be the prospect of employment. A degree from an Australian u
niversity now puts graduates on the fast track to permanent residency. And London offers an automatic 12-month work permit to most overseas recruits. But Britain can’t do anything about its location. Why go all the way to the United Kingdom—or to the United States—when there’s now a good English-language college just a few hours’ flight from Shanghai or Mumbai? “For a Chinese student, this is like a home away from home,” says Magdalene Lee of the Singapore Tourism Board. “Mandarin is widely spoken, and you can find Chinese cuisine on every corner.”

But few countries can match Australia’s main selling point. Surveys suggest that its sunny outdoors image works strongly to its advantage among international students. “Why go to Singapore,” asks Veronica Lasanowski of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, “when you can get the whole package—surfing and going to the beach—in Australia?”

Why indeed? Yet no country can afford to throw in the towel. Cuts in government spending have forced colleges to look elsewhere for money. Overseas recruits have thus become an increasingly critical source of cash: in Britain the average university now looks to foreign students to provide at least 10 percent of its income.

Other trends could soon make things even more desperate. Today China is one of the biggest sources of traveling students. But for how much longer? The country is now busy developing its own elite institutions and ordinary colleges. If this trend continues, the developed world is going to lose its largest client. The scramble for business in the Anglo world is already ferocious, while the market is expanding. Just wait till it starts to contract.


By William Underhill | NEWSWEEK Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue





October 23, 2008

Central Queensland University is providing top students with the opportunity to apply for the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for undergraduate study at the University’s Sydney campus.

This academic-based scholarship is only available for 2008 enrolments. Each scholarship provides exceptional students with a 20% reduction in tuition fees for the duration of their studies.*

This represents a saving of over AUD$8000 for a business degree and over AUD$9000 for an IT degree.**

Note: Tuition fees are based on 8 subjects from the appropriate area.

*Please note some terms and conditions apply.

**This is based on a 3 year degree program.


Scholarship selection Criteria

The CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is open to all students applying for a CQUniversity bachelor degree and commencing in the 2008 November term at CQUniversity Sydney.

Entry to the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship is based on the applicant’s previous academic results. To be awarded a scholarship the applicant must meet the minimum selection criteria. Please Contact to IEA-A Sydney Office or IEA-A Office in your Country  for further details.

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October 3, 2008

From 26 April 2008, all student visas will be granted with work rights attached. This will remove the need for the majority of international students to make a separate application for a student visa with permission to work in Australia. This will reduce red-tape for student visa holders by streamlining the visa application process.

While student visa holders will have work rights automatically included in their visa grant, the work conditions themselves will not change. Students and their dependents will still be restricted from undertaking work until the student has commenced their course in Australia. Students will remain subject to a 20 hours per week work limitation while their course is in

session (excluding work undertaken as a registered component of the course). Their dependents will also remain subject to a 20 hours per week work limitation, except for dependents of students who have commenced a Masters or Doctorate course who will be able to work unlimited hours.

To accommodate the new arrangements, the Student Visa Application Charge will increase by AUD$20 to AUD$450 from 26 April 2008. This represents a saving of $40 for the majority of student visa holders who were previously required to pay $430 on initial application and a further $60 in Australia for permission to work.

Visa Label-Free initiative:

The Department is expanding visa label-free arrangements to further groups of students from 26 April 2008. The Department has traditionally placed visa labels in the passports of student visa holders as evidence of their permission to enter Australia and conditions of stay. This has become unnecessary as all visa information is stored and can be accessed electronically through the Department’s Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) service. Clients can access VEVO at any time to check information such as their visa subclass, visa conditions and period of stay. Further, with the permission of the visa holder, employers, education providers, government agencies and other organisations can access VEVO to check visa entitlements such as restrictions on work and study.

Label-free travel is already open to all Assessment Level 1 students applying through eVisa. It will now be extended to students from India, Indonesia and Thailand participating in the Assessment Level 2-4 eVisa trial. For the time being, students from the People’s Republic of China will still need a visa label to facilitate their travel to Australia.

Source: DIMIA

September 29, 2008
September 29, 2008

Melbourne has not only overtaken Sydney on the list of the world’s top 20 most liveable cities, but leap-frogged Paris into the top 10 in the quality-of-life stakes.

Compiled by the uber chic design and lifestyle magazine, Monocle, the rankings will be published on June 19, crowning Copenhagen as the world’s number one city. Munich, the winner last year, dropped down to number two while London – financial and cultural behemoth of Europe, did not even squeak it into the best 20 list.

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September 29, 2008
September 29, 2008

THE push to lure skilled workers to Australia and the increase in foreign students have raised migration into the country to a record high.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal that net overseas migration to Australia boosted the population by almost 200,000 in the year to March, outstripping births in contributing to population growth.

And with the Federal Government adding to the migration intake in this year’s budget, demographers predict the numbers will swell.

The population of Australia reached 21.3 million at the end of March, and 59% of that growth was due to net overseas migration – that is, the difference between overseas arrivals and departures.

Peter McDonald, head of demographics at the Australian National University, said much of the rise was due to long-term temporary migration. This mainly comprises foreign students, temporary skilled workers who are here on 457 visas, and people on working holidays.

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September 22, 2008
September 22, 2008


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Many countries around the world now have quality assured, comprehensive study programs providing all levels of education for international students. So, why study in Australia?

First of all Australia is the second best country to live in the world, behind the Norway according to United Nation Development Program (UNDP) that ranks 182 countries based on such criteria as life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment, gross domestic product per capita (GDP), etc. The United States ranks 13th and the UK ranks 21st.

Second, according to latest THES World University Rankings, 8 Australian Universities has been listed in top 100 Universities of the world. 22 of the 42 Australian Universities have been ranked in top 400 Universities of the world.

Third, if you consider tuition fee and living expensive, Australia provide same or better quality higher education with UK and USA but with a half or one third of the overall cost when compared to UK and USA.

Fourth, Australia one of the few countries in the world that climate is very convenient to enjoy life and very rich with natural wonders.  And so on. If you want to get full picture why Australia chosen by hundred of thousands of international students every year

Excellence in Education Standards
Australia offers internationally recognised education and training programs, and quality-assured qualifications and rank amongst the highest in the world. These qualifications, plus the life experience that students gain by living in Australia, are both seen as highly valuable ‘resume builders’ to prospective any international employers. .
A large numbersof networks of support exist to help students in all aspects of their stay in Australia




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Research shows that Australia continues to be one of the most affordable overseas study destinations, with costs of living andcourse fees significantly lower than the USA and UK. Reports thatAustralia will significantly increase tuition fees and other costs arenot correct. In spite of its small population, Australia has the thirdlargest number of international students of English speaking nations.

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Australia is a politically very stable democracy with a very friendly people. Australia is also genuinely cosmopolitan, meaning that regardless of which corner of the globe youcome from, you will be welcome. Sydney and Melbourne are continuouslyselected as two of the top 10 cities in the world in terms of safety,social cohesion, human rights, living cost and environmental issues. Australia is one of the top country seen by international students as a safe place to live and study. These conditions enable students to focus on their studies while they are making many friends from all over the world and experience the Australian way of life.


Australia is also genuinely Multicultural, meaning that regardless of which corner of the globe youcome from, you will be welcome. Almost a quarter of the population living in  Sydney and Melbourne are oversea born.
Particularly since the tragic events of September 11 in 2001, Australia isseen by international students as a safe place to live and study. These conditions enable students to focus on their studies while they are making many friends from all over the world and experience the Australian way of life.
September 11, 2008
September 11, 2008

Australia Education Glossary

ACAAE:    Australian Council on Awards in Advanced Education

ACACA:    Australasian Curriculum and Certification Authorities

ACE:         Adult and Community Education

ACT:         Australian Capital Territory

ACTA:       Australian Council on Tertiary Awards

AEI:          Australian Education International

AEI-NOOSR:             Australian Education International – National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition

ANTA:      Australian National Training Authority

AQF:         Australian Qualifications Framework

AQFAB:  Australian Qualifications Framework Advisory Board

AQTF:      Australian Quality Training Framework

AST:          Australian Scaling Test, Australian Capital Territory

AUQA:      Australian Universities Quality Agency

Australian Government:  the central government of the Commonwealth of Australia

AVCC:      Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee

BSSS:        Board of Senior Secondary Studies, Australian Capital Territory

CAEs:        Colleges of Advanced Education

COAG:      Council of Australian Governments

Commonwealth:  official title of the Australian nation, i.e. Commonwealth of Australia; may also refer to the Australian Government of Australia, i.e. Commonwealth Government, in contrast to the Australian state and territory governments

CRICOS:        Commonwealth [Australian] Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students

DEEWR: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

DEST:       Department of Education, Science and Training

ELICOS:   English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students

ENTER:    Equivalent National Tertiary Entrance Rank in Victoria, used to determine admission to university

ESOS:       Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000

FEE-HELP: loan scheme for students studying in a domestic fee-paying place

GAT:         General Achievement Test, Victoria

HECS:       Higher Education Contribution Scheme

HELP:       Higher Education Loan Programme

HESA:       Higher Education Support Act 2003

HEES:       Higher Education Entrance Score in South Australia, used to determine admission to university; now replaced by the Tertiary Entrance Rank (TER)

HSC:         Higher School Certificate, awarded on completion of secondary schooling in New South Wales

IB:                   International Baccalaureat

IEA-A:       Internatio
nal Education Agency – Australia

LOTE:       Languages Other Than English

MCEETYA:  Ministerial Council on Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs

New Apprentice:  an individual, known as a New Apprentice, who is involved in a training agreement with an employer under the New Apprenticeships which combine practical work with structured training

NSW:         New South Wales

NT:                 Northern Territory

NTBOS:    Northern Territory Board of Studies

NTBS:       Northern Territory Board of Studies

NTCE:      Northern Territory Certificate of Education, awarded on completion of secondary schooling

NTF:         National Training Framework

NTIS:        National Training Information Service, run by the Australian National Training Authority

overseas qualifications:  qualifications gained outside Australia

NTQC:      National Training Quality Council

overseas students:  students from outside Australia studying at Australian institutions located within Australia. Also refers to those studying off-shore, i.e. at an Australian institution which is located outside Australia

private providers:  private institutions and training providers of Vocational Education and Training

preparatory year:  the year before Year 1 in Australian schools, which is known by different names depending on the state or territory

preschool:  the term used for the educational programme two years before Year 1 in Australian schools. This year was previously known by different names depending on the state or territory

professional qualifications:  degree level awards qualifying the holder to practice in a profession such as architecture, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, social work and veterinary science; may include other occupationally-oriented or vocational fields such as business, management, design, hospitality and tourism

QLD:         Queensland

QCE:         Queensland Certificate of Education

QSA:         Queensland Studies Authority

OS-HELP: cash loan to assist students undertake some of their course of study overseas

QTAC:      Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre

RATE:       Register of Australian Tertiary Education

RCC:         Recognition of Current Competency

RPL:          Recognition of Prior Learning

RTO:         Registered Training Organisation

RTS:                Research Training Scheme

SA:                  South Australia

SACE:       South Australian Certificate of Education

SATAC:    South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre

school leavers:  students who have completed [senior] secondary school, ie. Year 12, and have been awarded a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education; may often be used to refer to those who have met the requirements for entry to higher education through school education in contrast to mature age entrants

self-accrediting institution:  an institution offering higher education programmes which has authority by or under relevant legislation to certify the quality and standards of its own academic programmes

SSABSA:        Senior Secondary Assessment Board of South Australia

TAFE:       Technical and Further Education, usually used in connection with a public college or institute offering Vocational Education and Training. Previously used in the context of technical and vocational education, ie. TAFE education or at TAFE.

TAS:          Tasmania

TQA:         Tasmanian Qualifications Authority

TCE:  Tasmanian Certificate of Education

TEE:         Tertiary Entrance Examination subjects, Western Australia

TER:         Tertiary Entrance Rank, used to determine admission to university in some states and territories

TES:          Tertiary Entrance Score, used to determine admission to university in some states and territories

TISC:         Tertiary Institutions Service Centre, Western Australia

TRA:         Trades Recognition Australia

UAC:         Universities Admission Centre, for New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory

UAI:          Universities Admission Index, used determine admission to university in some states and territories

VCAA:      Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

VCAL:       Victorian Certificate of Applied LearningVCE:         Victorian Certificate of Education

vocational:  refers to studies or training oriented towards a specific occupation or type of employment; the studies or training can be at secondary, postsecondary or higher education level

VET:          Vocational education and training (VET)

VIC:          Victoria

VQA:         Victorian Qualifications Authority

VTAC:       Victoria Tertiary Admissions Centre

WA:                 Western Australia

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