Important Notice Regarding Australian Education
Previously, international students in Australia were expected to pay 630 Australian dollars to have their student visa processed. Effective July 1, 2022, students can expect to pay or renew their Australian student visa at a new rate of AU$650, or an AU$20 fee hike from the previous amount.
Good news for international students in Australia: the government has hiked its minimum wage. From July 1, 2022, the National Minimum Wage has increased by AU$40 per week, which amounts to an increase of 5.2%. The new National Minimum Wage is AU$812.60 per week or AU$21.38 per hour. Many casual positions pay above the minimum wage.
Good news for international students in Australia: according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics release, there are 480,100 job vacancies in Australia, a 111.1% increase since February 2020. The sectors with the biggest absolute number of job vacancies are healthcare and social assistance (68,900), accommodation and food services (51,900), construction rates (39,900) and professional scientific and technical services (42,900).
The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) told SBS News that they have begun redirecting resources and brought in more staff to tackle the growing visa backlog problem. These plans were announced a week after the Australian government scrapped the need for Australia-bound travellers to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated visa holders can also enter the country without any restriction.
A survey of more than 700 education agents by education services company Navitas suggests that international students are once again yearning for Australia. 73% of agents reported rising interest in Australia over the previous two months, up significantly from only 28% last October. Australia has substantially closed the gap with Canada and the UK on this measure.