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Senator the Hon. Kay Patterson

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs




Total student visa grants for the 1998/99 program year were 110 894*, an increase of 2% when compared with the previous program year, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, Senator Kay Patterson, announced today.


“Offshore visa grants for the program year performed particularly strongly and were 6 per cent higher than for the 1997/98 program year,” Senator Patterson said.


“Strongest growth was reflected in the vocational education, university undergraduate and postgraduate sectors with respective rises of 21 per cent, 11 per cent and 16 per cent.


“This is an extremely good outcome given that many of Australia’s overseas source countries had experienced economic difficulties in recent times.


“Indonesia topped the list of student source countries with 9,112 student visa grants, an increase of 15% over last program year. The second largest component of the program was filled by students from Japan with 4,915 student visas granted, followed by the US with 4,891, Malaysia with 4,771, India with 4,518, Singapore with 4,006 and China with 3,563.


“Growth in this important export industry will continue to be balanced with the need to ensure the integrity of both Australia’s Migration Program and the international education industry.


“I look forward to continuing to work with the education industry to ensure growth in the number of genuine overseas » « students .



* This figure does not include new student visas granted to students since 1 December 1998 to enable them to work in Australia while studying or to change providers.


4 August 1999


Media contact: Louise A hern on 03 9544 7411 or 0409 034 403



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