Call for welfare packages for international students

The Council of International Students Australia, the peak body representing international students in Australia, has called for welfare packages with financial support for international students in the country, writes Abhas Parajuli for SBS Nepali.

Its Education Officer Domi Dana Johnson says international students are among the highest contributors to Australia’s economy and as such, their contributions should be used in providing support to them. She also says the education cost should be lowered as the courses have moved to an online model. The organisation has urged the stakeholders to strongly consider welfare packages for international students, stating the “unprecedented circumstances” are causing a lot of distress.

The call followed an announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg of an AU$130 billion (US$78 billion) economic package that did not mention taxpaying temporary residents who make up a sizeable portion of the Australian workforce.
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