International students studying in Australia may soon be eligible for a fee waiver. According to the Times of India, the Western Australian (WA) government is providing 41.2 million Australian dollars to strengthen the state’s international education sector. Scholarships and bursaries are available from the government to help students afford their education costs in Australia, either partially or entirely.
The multimillion-dollar financing is the most recent addition to the State Budget 2022-23, which intends to “create a pipeline of future onshore international education students.”
“Western Australia recognises the value of foreign education as a key contributor to the state’s economy,” said David Templeman, WA’s International Education Minister. To assure the continuation of this programme, he added that the McGowan Government is fully committed to assisting the industry as it reconnects with international partners.
The WA government has launched two new scholarship programmes. The Premier’s University Scholarships, worth A$2 million over four years, is among them. This will provide money for ten overseas students through one-year scholarships worth A$50,000 per year. Another kind of financial assistance will be granted to 50 offshore Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) graduates from WA’s worldwide premier schools in the form of a bursary. The bursary, which is scheduled to cost A$4 million from the State Budget over four years, will provide A$20,000 per year in support to each selected student.
There are also bursaries available for English language programmes. The Western Australian government has allocated A$6.8 million to continue the English-language courses (ELICOS) Bursary and the International Student Accommodation on Subsidy project. StudyPerth, the promotional organisation, will also receive A$4.5 million in additional funding to ensure international students feel welcomed and supported throughout their studies in Western Australia.
Western Australia has been the longest-running state in Australia to impose draconian lockdown rules that have impacted international students and visitors. Although it was planned to reopen on February 5, 2022, Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan revoked this decision. Because of the delay in reopening the state’s border, the Western government set aside A$2,000 for each overseas student to cover quarantine-related expenditures. On March 13, 2022, WA officially opened its doors to overseas students.
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