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International Students Provide An Exceptional Skillset To The Australian Industry: Experts

International students coming to Australia can play a significant role as skilled workers in the country. The CEO of Tourism and Transport Forum, Margy Osmond, told Sky News that Australia needs to bring back international students “as soon as possible” to help Australian universities while also providing skilled workers for the tourism industry.

“To be perfectly frank, the other part of this is international students; we have to get those international students back as soon as possible, not just for the sake of the universities but for our industry, which is so desperate for the skills those students provide in their downtime from their education,” Osmond said. “It’s a pivotal part of the tourism industry being able to go forward”.

The tourism industry used to have over one million Australians employed in the sector. Due to the pandemic, they lost 6,00,000. “A whole generation of skills has taken their career aspirations elsewhere,” Osmond

The tourism industry used to have over one million Australians employed in the sector. Due to the pandemic, they lost 6,00,000. “A whole generation of skills has taken their career aspirations elsewhere,” Osmond said.

According to a Deloitte Access Economics report titled “The Value of International Education to Australia,” Australia’s current stock of international students will contribute to the economy. Independently, international students could help fill Australia’s skilled worker shortage.

In the flexible new study visa options, the country is reportedly considering doubling the migration points for professional year programs and extending post-study work rights for offshore studies. After graduation, 130,000 skilled migrants will enter the country’s labour force.

According to a Deloitte Access Economics report titled “The Value of International Education to Australia,” Australia’s current stock of international students will contribute to the economy. Independently, international students could help fill Australia’s skilled worker shortage.

In the flexible new study visa options, the country is reportedly considering doubling the migration points for professional year programs and extending post-study work rights for offshore studies. After graduation, 1,30,000 skilled migrants will enter the country’s labour force.

According to the report, this represents a 3% increase in the proportion of Australia’s working population with tertiary education. According to International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) CEO Phil Honeywood, the proposals would grant post-study work rights to offshore students.

As per the reports, government ministers are “genuinely open” to visa reforms, and it is anticipated that modification will be implemented before the beginning of the new academic year. Other proposals include increasing the number of migration points for completing a professional year program in Australia from five to ten. This all contributes to Australia’s skilled migration push.

According to industry experts, the pandemic has exacerbated Australia’s skilled worker shortage. The report suggests that there is no quick fix for the skills shortage by 2023 because qualified engineers, geologists, scientists, and architects require several years of university training. As a result of the shortage, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has called for an increase in skilled migration once the international border is opened.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Karen Andrews, stated yesterday that the country expects to welcome fully vaccinated skilled workers and international students well before the end of the year. More than 18 months after closing its international borders, fully vaccinated citizens will no longer need to obtain an exempt status to leave the country, according to a joint statement from the health and home affairs ministries. It arrives as the country’s adult double-dose vaccination rate approaches the target of 80%.

While Sydney has abolished hotel quarantine for returning visitors, other Australian states with lower vaccination rates continue to have mandatory and costly 14-day hotel quarantine requirements.

Abhishek Shah

Abhishek Shah

I'm a final-year management student at NMIMS, Mumbai.

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