Questions over plan’s impact on international students

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the new four-phase plan to re-open the country has thrown into doubt the state’s longer-term plans for returning international students, write Lisa Visentin, Adam Carey and Michael Fowler for The Sydney Morning Herald.

The plan agreed to by national cabinet on 2 July is not expected to derail proposed pilot schemes, with phase one expressly permitting “commercial trials for limited entry of student and economic visa holders”. Universities have called for more clarity on how the new arrivals caps will impact pilot programmes to return international students. But it is unclear how the state will move to ramp up its intake of students in line with the halving of international arrivals from 14 July, and the cap on student visa holders proposed in the later stages of the re-opening roadmap.

Berejiklian said on Saturday 3 July there was a “huge question mark” over what impact the new measures – as well as Sydney’s COVID-19 outbreak – would have on the state’s ability to return international students to New South Wales campuses as planned.
Full report on The Sydney Morning Herald site