As a designated ‘regional’ city, Perth offers new opportunities and attractions for international students

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StudyPerth
Oct 26, 2019

StudyPerth welcomes today’s announcement by the Federal Government that Perth is to be re-classified as a ‘region’ for international students.

The policy change, initiated by the WA Government, emphasises the importance of international students to the culture, diversity and economy of the state and identifies international education as a government priority.

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 and the appetite to grow and we would welcome more international students, who are seeking a world-class education in a world-class city.

This announcement is great news for students from around the globe who are looking to learn, live and launch their careers in Western Australia. As a result of the new measures set to be introduced by the Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs on 16 November 2019, Perth, as a newly designated ‘regional’ city, will offer additional opportunities and attractions for international students.

International students in Perth will have improved access to points-tested visas, which will remove the advantage currently enjoyed by regional cities such as Adelaide, Darwin or Hobart.

International education creates influential, long term diplomatic ties and provide a global perspective for our domestic students. International students generate cultural linkages, knowledge exchange and relationships that build our social capital and contribute to future international research and business relationships. The benefits brought by international students and their visiting friends and families are well recognised by StudyPerth, our membership, our community and our government.

Quotes attributable to Phil Payne, Executive Director, StudyPerth:

‘We believe Perth provides the ideal environment for international students to live and learn. Saturday’s announcement means that Perth now offers additional attractions to international students and additional opportunities for them to prosper after they complete their studies.’

‘Perth has the capacity and the appetite to grow and we would welcome more international students, who are seeking a world-class education in a world-class city.’

‘Saturday’s announcement is great news for students from around the globe who are looking to learn, live and launch their careers in our wonderful city.’

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