The Territory Labor Government is once again leading the nation on the COVID-19 rebound by being the first jurisdiction to welcome back international students.
Sixty three international students from Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong will today arrive in Darwin to recommence their studies at Charles Darwin University.
International education and training is a significant economic contributor to the Territory and this pilot program will help inform a wider re-entry of international students back to Australia.
The students will undergo the mandatory 14 days quarantine at the Howard Springs Quarantine Facility before returning to campus.
To support the students through the quarantine government has also invested in a number of initiatives including awarding 31 International Student Wellbeing grants for events and activities for students to get involved in cultural festivals, employability skills training, social networking events, wellbeing workshops and employer meet and greet programs.
The Northern Territory Government have commenced working with the international education sector for more international students to return to the Territory and study next year.
As stated by Nicole Manison – Minister for International Education
“We were the first Government in Australia to bring back seasonal workers and now we are the first Government to bring back International Students. We are well on our way to becoming the comeback capital.”
“International students are a massive contributor to the Territory economy, with each student contributing an average of $40,693 each year.”
“By facilitating a pathway for international students to return to the Territory and to Australia we are helping to diversify the economy, grow our population and support local jobs.”