StudyPerth In The News

StudyPerth continually develops positive news stories to emphasise the benefits of international education to the WA community and economy. Here are some recent articles:

Industry News

  • Australia’s purpose-built student accommodation sector has been ranked as the most attractive for investors globally. According to agent Savills’ 2019 global living report, Australian PBSA ranks as the most superior on measures such as affordability, regulations, student numbers and university rankings and fees.
  • The latest figures from Tourism Research Australia’s International Visitor Survey and National Visitor Survey showed an overall increase in out-of-state (international and interstate) visitors to WA and an overall increase in out-of-state visitor expenditure into the WA economy. A record-breaking 2.76 million out-of-state visitors were recorded last financial year. Read Tourism Council WA's statement on the latest figures.
  • Construction has begun on phase one of the university's Greater Curtin master plan, 'Curtin Exchange'. The program will include more than 900 accommodation beds, a 60-room hotel, 38 serviced apartments and 15 retail tenancies.
  • The latest Committee for Perth FACTBase Bulletin (#67) has found that greater Perth has become a comparatively more affordable place to live since 2014.
  • The Savills 2019 Global Living Report has named Australia as the most desirable market for investment in student accommodation. Read more from the Australian Financial Review.
  • Immigration Minister David Coleman has confirmed the new regional visas which come with a pathway for permanent residency will need migrants to prove their stay in regional Australia. Minister Coleman said the policy to send migrants to regional areas would also include Australia's international students. Read more from SBS.
  • A new trial of direct flights between Shanghai and Perth flying China Eastern Airlines will commence 15 January 2020. China Eastern will operate three flights each week over five weeks on Airbus A330s, until Monday February 17 offering 3,480 seats from Shanghai to Perth.
  • Austrade has released an article about international students craving more than a world-class education when they come to study in Australia, and how important this connection between international education and Australian tourism really is.
  • Inner Perth is the most liveable metropolitan region in Australia, according to a recent report by Ipsos Australia. The Life in Australia 2018 report surveyed more than 9,500 Australian citizens about their top five characteristics that make a region a good place to live, and how the place they live performed against 16 liveability attributes.

StudyPerth has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government that Perth is to be re-classified as a ‘region’ for international students. International students in Perth will have improved access to points-tested visas. The new Federal scheme will also provide international higher education and post-graduate students in Perth access to an additional year of post-study work, as well as access to regional scholarships, which provide up to $15,000 per student per year to support study and living expenses.


  • Both Murdoch University and UWA are planning new campuses in Perth's CBD, with Murdoch University also set to launch a teaching and events space on St Georges Terrace in partnership with Spacecubed. Read more from Business News.
  • Education agents helped to secure 75 per cent of enrolments in Australia’s schools, vocational institutes, English-language training centres, and universities in 2018, according to a government report on the use of agents in the country’s education system. Read more from ICEF Monitor.
  • The number of students starting courses in Australian universities grew by 2.3 per cent last year compared with the previous year, the ­latest federal government data shows, but the growth is being supported by international ­students. Read more from The Australian.
  • The State Nomination Migration Program Graduate Stream will soon be more accessible for international students who study in WA. The Graduate Stream will be extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in WA at Certificate III level or above, excluding trade occupations (unless approved for delivery to international students). The first invitation round to include VET graduates will be issued in December 2019.
  • Just over half of Australians believe universities have struck the right balance between foreign and domestic students. But, according to findings from an Australian National University poll, 46.1 per cent of respondents believe there should be fewer international students and more domestic students. Just 1.1 per cent of respondents said there should be more international students.
  • The Federal Government has announced it will publish education agent data. Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the publishing of the data would give providers "visibility of enrolment and visa outcomes of students recruited by their agents, as well as benchmarking performance against other agents.” 
  • Jonathan Chew, principal at Nous Group, has described Australia's international education sector as being at an interesting juncture in an article for The Australian.
  • QS has released its Your Higher Education Spotlight on Asia report. This report examines data from 20 focus groups, over 50 individual interviews, and more than 300 survey responses across China, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
  • The 13th annual ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer elicited a record number of responses (2,065) from agencies in 119 countries. The survey revealed the popularity of Canada, growing interest in Germany, and a recovery over 2018 for the US and UK in terms of where agents are referring students.
  • StudyPerth's Destination Perth: Beyond Education campaign was awarded Bronze in the Destination Marketing category of the 2019 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards, held on 9 November 2019. StudyPerth was one of a number of first-time entrants to place within the 31 categories.
  • Congratulations to the following individuals who were appointed to the IEAA Board during the AIEC proceedings: Andrew Everett (Ordinary Board Member), Davina Potts (Ordinary Board Member, re-elected), Kelly Smith (Ordinary Board Member, re-elected). Trevor Goddard continues in his role as Treasurer, after being elected unopposed.
  • StudyPerth congratulates the winners of the 2019 IEAA Excellence Awards, who were announced at AIEC: Professor John Hudzik (Distinguished Contribution), Julian O’Shea (Tony Adams Rising Star), James Martin (Best Practice), Sonder (Innovation), and Dr Alexander Stütz (Research).
  • The Australian has published an article about post-work study rights, citing that the 485 visa is little understood by employers, with graduates struggling to find work in their field of study and many relegated to jobs in retail, hospitality and cleaning. The article is based on findings from a new report by Deakin University.
  • Applications are now open for the Asialink Leaders Program, run by Asialink Business. The program provides an exceptional opportunity for your professional growth, building critical Asia capabilities to meet the increasing demand for effective Asia engagement. Applications close 30 November 2019.