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Student Visa Reforms an Outstanding Success

Changes to the Australian Government’s Student Visa program since 2001 have been an outstanding success, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Amanda Vanstone, said today.

‘Approval rates have continued to rise while non-compliance levels have generally fallen,’ the Minister said.

‘As a result, the Student Visa Assessment Levels for a number of countries and education sectors will be reduced from 1 November 2005, providing for more streamlined visa processing.’

The assessment levels affect countries including: Bahrain, Britain, Chile, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kuwait, Mauritius, Peru, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovenia, Trinidad & Tobago, United Arab Emirates and the USA.

‘The English language and financial test for student visa applications from these countries and education sectors will be lower as a result of some of the changes,’ the Minister said.

‘This is a positive result for the International Education Industry as it will encourage further diversification in the industry to new regions and it will help the industry grow.

‘Overseas education is one of Australia’s largest export industries, estimated to provide revenue in the vicinity of $7.5 billion.

‘The Australian Government recognises that new markets must be opened so that the Australian overseas education industry can continue to grow - however, students must actually study in Australia and abide by their conditions,’ she said.

Further details of the Assessment Level changes can be found on the Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs website

31 October 2005