I can visualise TAFE providers (and some Private Institutions) feeling so relieved. However, just hold on… The list of providers is to be decided later this year but would assume that all those who are currently included under SVP for their few degrees can almost be certain to be included for their diplomas. Before you read the text of the media release, a few pointers:
WATCH OUT for students dropping from the packaged programs to the new Advanced Diplomas in 2015. Movement will be from SVP to SVP.
WATCH OUT for an increase in student numbers from one region and the associated issues.
CONSIDER doing away with the system of packaging altogether now…This is a good thing.
MUST CONSIDER introducing PSW (Post Study Work) for job-ready Advanced Diploma graduating students too.
Joint media release with the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, Leader of the House.
Streamlined visa processing arrangements will be extended to students enrolled in advanced diploma level courses at low immigration risk providers, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison and Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne said today.
Minister Morrison said the streamlining of the visa application process for advanced diploma courses will benefit eligible students through simpler and faster visa processing, and is in addition to existing arrangements for eligible higher education sector students.
‘This will enable eligible education providers in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and higher education sector to directly access SVP. This will make study in Australia even more attractive to overseas students, while at the same time ensuring that immigration risk is appropriately managed,’ Minister Morrison said.
Minister Pyne said that these changes will substantially benefit Australia’s high-quality VET and higher education sectors, supporting the sustainable growth of Australia’s international education industry while providing a vital boost to the economy.
‘The number of international students seeking to study in Australia continues to rebound positively, with an increase of over 27 per cent in the number of visas granted to offshore applicants in the 2013-14 programme year,’ Minister Pyne said.
‘Extending SVP arrangements will help capitalise on these trends, reducing red tape and helping to attract further students from overseas.’
Invitations to participate will be sent to eligible providers in the second half of 2014. Subject to relevant legislative change, under the stewardship of the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash, the government proposes to implement this extension by early 2015.