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Mon, Sep 19, 2022 9:34 AM

Post-study work rights for international students to boost skills

The Australian government will elongate the post-graduation employment period for international students to strengthen the pipeline of skilled workers.

Post-graduation employment rights for selected degrees in areas of proven skills deficit increase as follows:

• 2 to 4 years for selected bachelor's degrees

• For selected master's degrees she

• 4 to 6 years for selected PhDs.

A working group will be set up to advise the Home and Education Ministers on the development of this and other related issues.

Working Group members include representatives from the International Education Council, the National Higher Education Federation, Australian Universities, and the Department of Home Affairs and Education.

The group will report to the Minister by 28 October 2022.

International Education will also benefit from her $36.1 million government investment in visa processing to support her 500 Surge employees over the next nine months. Minister O'Neill announced today that, following feedback from stakeholders, working hours for international students will be limited again next June.

Hours are agreed to ensure a proper balance between work and study.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare

Currently, only 16% of international students remain in school after completing their studies.

This means they can stay longer and use the skills they learned in Australia to address some of the current chronic talent shortages.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil

International education is a major Australian industry hard hit by the pandemic.

The output of the Jobs and Skills Summit aims to support international education and enable students graduating in Australia to contribute to the productivity of the economy.

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