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Growth in international student visa applications has begun to slow for the first time in over a year.

Overseas student boom shows signs of slowing

There are very early indications that the seemingly unstoppable growth in international students might be tapering off.

  • Julie Hare

This Month

Australian Unity, MaxCap join to create $1b student digs portfolio

Their push into student accommodation comes as part of a broader push by institutional investors into residential-for-rent as an asset class.

  • Nick Lenaghan

GPT to run $1b student digs portfolio as rents rise

GPT’s move into rental housing in the form of student digs comes amid increasing institutional interest in that sector.

  • Nick Lenaghan

The problem with the boom in international students

Contrary to pandemic-era claims, international students are back in a big way. The Albanese government wants to clamp down on visa rorts and shonky agents, but that’s only part of the challenge.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Jason Clare.

Commissions banned, students monitored under visa fraud crackdown

The government says the “roots and loopholes” plaguing the visa system will be over after a raft of reforms and changes this week.

  • Julie Hare


The scammers use technology to create fake documentation including arrest warrants.

Chinese students terrified as scammers reap millions

All scams are horrible, but what is going on here is particularly horrible, says the ACCC’s Catriona Lowe, as international students scammed of $8 million.

  • Julie Hare
One in every 40 people in Australia is on a student or graduate visa, but the rush has prompted a crackdown on non-genuine students.

International student numbers hit a record, proving unis wrong

One in every 40 people in Australia is on a student or graduate visa. That’s helping with skill shortages but not with the rental crisis.

  • Julie Hare


Immigration minister has cancelled a visa that has been at the centre of widespread rorting.

O’Neil cancels COVID visa to stamp out rorting

Immigration minister Clare O’Neil has put an end to the 408 visa that has been abused by migration agents and students as a backdoor to the jobs market.

  • Julie Hare
International students face more scrutiny in a crackdown on visa rorts.

Crackdown looms on rogue students, colleges

The federal government has stepped in to ward off growing cases of rorting and corruption in the student visa system.

  • Julie Hare
The University of Sydney’s Joanne Wright says a levy on international student fee income would be “a distraction” from the lack of proper research funding.

‘Envy tax’ on universities dismissed as ‘abhorrent’

Imposing a levy on revenue raised from international students has been rejected as ‘sending the wrong message’ that could cause those considering Australia to look elsewhere.

  • Euan Black
Visas to study at Australian universities are easier to get than some other visas.

The data that signals ‘students’ are coming for work, not uni

Universities are bleeding money as thousands of international students enrol in dodgy colleges as a means of accessing paid work.

  • Julie Hare
Some colleges are unscrupulously recruiting students away from the school they have enrolled in to get a visa.

Poaching of overseas students rife, regulator warns

The higher education regulator is investigating several providers over “risks to compliance” and has warned all universities and colleges to abide by their registration conditions.

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  • Julie Hare


Around one in six international students are thought to have jumped from their study visa to a 408 – or COVID visa – over the past year.

More than 105,300 people use loophole to work via this free visa

A visa designed to help people stranded in Australia during the pandemic is being exploited and undermining the integrity of the international student system.

  • Julie Hare
A push to double the number of undergraduates will transform universities as we know them.

The sting in the tail of Jason Clare’s vision for universities

The interim report into the university sector holds some big ambitions but the process will require major trade-offs.

  • Julie Hare
Universities might find they have to trade off autonomy for funding certainty.

Universities ‘sleepwalking’ towards more government control

The interim report into higher education has been lauded by vice-chancellors, but it contains a sting in the tail.

  • Julie Hare
International students have returned in record numbers, but a softening economy has sparked warning of “visa limbos” and blowback for the uni sector.

Life is about to get tougher for the record 1m foreign students here

International students have returned in record numbers, but a softening economy has sparked warning of “visa limbos” and blowback for the uni sector.

  • Julie Hare
International students who stayed in Victoria queued for food vouchers when the pandemic hit.

Australia’s reputation as a great educational destination is at risk

Everyone has their two cents worth to contribute to the federal review of higher education. But some ideas are more dangerous – and destructive – than others.

  • Phil Honeywood


The Help Australia Thrive campaign includes Patti (right) who set up hip-hop dance classes to help students with mental health issues.

Ad campaign to show human face of $40b export sector

A new social media campaign hopes to redress some misconceptions about international students.

  • Julie Hare
Phillip Cenere and Ann Brewer are hoping to shake up higher education on the NSW Central Coast.

Australia’s first ‘lifestyle’ university eyes off Central Coast

A plan to establish Australia’s “first and only lifestyle university” on the NSW Central Coast is in need of investors to develop the private institution.

  • Julie Hare

How this company grew from school tutoring to help 70 unis worldwide

Studiosity focused entirely on the Australian market until 2017. It has since moved into the UK, Canada, New Zealand and now Dubai.

  • Julie Hare