Great news for international students looking for world class education in a regional city in Australia. Perth will be a regional city from 16 November 2019. With all its universities and most colleges located in the city, the state government has to be re-classified as a ‘region’ for international students. This means students studying anywhere in Western Australia (WA) will be able to eligible for the benefits of this change. The announcement is great news for students from around the globe who are looking to learn, live and launch their careers in Perth, WA. The Federal Government has acknowledged that, in the congested cities of the Eastern states, the infrastructure and services have not kept pace with population growth, leading to housing shortages, heavy traffic and overcrowded public transport.
In contrast, Perth has the capacity to continue growing and welcome more international students, who are seeking a world-class education in a world-class city. As a result of new measures set to be introduced by the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs on 16 November 2019, as a newly designated ‘regional’ city, Perth will offer additional opportunities and attractions for international students:
· an additional 5 points on the points test (to meet the Department of Home Affairs’ minimum threshold for points tested visas) for studying in a regional area; and
· access to an additional year of post-study work for international higher education and post-graduate students. Students will have the ability to gain an addition year of work experience and eligibility for skills assessments required to apply for skilled visas (including State nominated visas); and
· opportunity to apply for scholarships, which provide up to $15,000 per student per year to support study and living expenses associated with studying a Certificate IV to Doctoral level qualification at a regional campus.
Perth provides the ideal environment for international students to live and learn. This announcement means that Perth now offers additional attractions to international students and additional opportunities for them to prosper after they complete their studies.