The Commonwealth government has given the green light to a trial programme that will see fully vaccinated international students return to NSW, with the first flight arriving by the end of this year.
The returning pupils will be housed for a 14-day quarantine at red phone, which has had its facility retrofitted to hold up to 650 students to Covid safe standards recognised by NSW health and NSW police.
The staggered return of students, according to Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional New South Wales Industry and Trade John Barilaro, is stage one of a pilot that will gradually expand and evolve as vaccination rates continue to rise in NSW and internationally. The international education sector employs 16,000 people in NSW, and I am proud that NSW is leading the way with the return of international students. Mr. Barilaro stated that the safety of the people of NSW is vital, and we will take no risks. All returning pupils will be required to be fully vaccinated with a TGA recognized Covid-19 vaccine, and tight quarantine protocols will be in place. The initiative, according to Treasurer Dominique Perrottet, is critical to the state’s economic recovery since it creates jobs and restores growth. As we implement a range of efforts to reboot our economy, rebuilding the sector, which was worth $14.9 billion to NSW in 2019-is a key part of our efforts, he said.
Educational partners, Macquarie University, an Australian Catholic University, University of New Castle, UNSW, UTS, University of Wollongong, and Western Sydney University, as well as oversea s providers as the International Management College Sydney, Kaplan, Navitas, Redhill and Study Group have accepted the proposal and industry-funded pilot proposal has been signed on by.
Stuart Ayres, Minister for Jobs, Investments, Tourism and Western Sydney, said NSW was Australia’s top destination for international students. There are currently 57000 students abroad who are eager to come back, start their studies, part-time jobs, connect with friends and experience living said, Mr. Ayres. The first phase of the pilot plan is to bring 500 students back to NSW by the end of the year on chartered flights.
Mr Darling added, “We at, TeamScapearehappy to partner with the NSW government and a world-class education industry to welcome our returning international students into our most modern and Covid safe student accommodation facility at Scape Redfern. The higher education sector applauded the news, with Professor Barney Glover AO, Governor of the NSW Vice-Chancellors Committee, congratulating the NSW.
Beli Lim, President of the Council of International Students Australia, said, “We all want international students back on campus, enjoying the unique learning, work, and life experience that only standing in Australia can provide. We support the cautious approach and look forward to seeing an increase in the number of international students returning to NSW in the future.
Participating educational providers will reach out to the students to present an expression of interest for the pilot plan.