Breaking News! International Students can Return to South Australia in a Short Time!
Some eagerly anticipated news from South Australia is coming for International Students! The South Australia Health Department has approved the plan to allow international students to return to Australia. The federal government is now considering the plan.
The Australian international students have been facing difficulties since the closure of the Australian International Border. Everyday that has passed,they have been wondering when they can enter Australia and start their school life normally.
Looking at the updated information, the international students should not have to wait for a long time anymore, as the gate will open soon.
South Australia Plan to bring back the International Students
According to a report by ABC News, the government spokesperson stated the chief public health officer of South Australia had approved the plan to bring back international students. In addition, the plan has also met all the protocols and requirements of the federal government.
According to the plan, 160 international students at a time will be brought back to South Australia. The international students should spend two weeks in quarantine at Parafield Airport.
StudyAdelaide welcomed the announcement as promising news as the plan has full support from the Chief Health Officer and South Australia Police which possibly will be positively received by the Federal Government. Chief Executive of StudyAdelaide also stated their hope to bring back the international students in the second half of 2021.
The plan itself is only for the international students who are studying in South Australia. But, looking at South Australia’s progress, hopefully, the other Australian States and Territories will take their first step soon.
International Students’ Role Affects South Australia Economically
International students play a significant part in South Australia’s economy. In 2019, international students underpinned almost 20,000 jobs and contributed over $2 billion, a massive number for South Australia. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed South Australia’s international education sector was valued at AUD 2.2 billion in 2019.
According to official data, up to March 2021, the number of international student commencements dropped by 31%, while the number of enrolments dropped by 17%. This year, Australia had a total of 207,773 fewer international enrolments across all sectors.
International Students’ Mental Health during the International Border Closure
The delay of the Australian International Border has also affected the international students’ mental health. According to the recent report by the Council of International Students Australia, around 93% of the international students stranded overseas experienced significant mental health issues.
In addition, around 91% of the report’s respondents asked for additional mental health support and resources for stranded students. Meanwhile, about 64% of respondents showed that they are unsatisfied with the online learning quality and experience.
What does it mean for you?
If you are one of the international students of South Australia, then this is good news for you! Your chance to go back to South Australia and start your new journey as an international student is coming closer to becoming a reality!
Looking at the fact that the plan is supported fully by the SA Chief Public Health Officer, the plan might be accepted by the Federal Government. In addition, the plan has also followed the protocols and requirements provided by the Federal Government.
Once the Federal Government accepts the plan, the South Australia Government can put their plan to bring back the international students into action.
So, are you ready to enter South Australia and start your new journey?
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