What is the Queensland Student Arrivals Plan?
The Queensland Student Arrivals Plan is a program to safely and gradually return international students to Queensland.
Study Queensland is working closely with Queensland Government agencies including Queensland Health and the Queensland Chief Health Officer, the Australian Government and the international education and training sector, to finalise the details of the plan. The Queensland Student Arrivals Plan will operate under the same robust quarantine and public health standards as Queensland’s existing government-managed quarantine program.
The Queensland Student Arrivals Plan will operate on a cost recovery basis, with participating education providers and students funding the cost of their quarantine arrangements.
Why is the Queensland Student Arrivals Plan important?
International students make an important social and economic contribution to the state. They enrich our community and provide global perspectives in our classrooms, benefiting all students. In 2019, there were over 144,000 international student enrolments in Queensland, representing more than 150 different nationalities.
International students don’t just reside in Brisbane, more than 30% of our international students have chosen to study in the regions. These students live, work and study across Queensland including the Gold Coast, Cairns, Townsville, Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast.
Many students have continued their studies online and need to return to campus to fulfill their study requirements. These students have made a financial commitment to Queensland, choosing to study in our state prior to COVID-19. Enabling these students to return fulfills our commitment to their student experience and career outcomes.
As Queensland continues to respond to COVID-19, a strong international education and training sector is critical to the state's economic and social recovery. Prior to COVID-19, international education and training was Queensland’s second largest services export, contributing $5.8 billion to our state economy in 2019.
The Queensland Government will work with the international education and training sector, the Australian Government, and other Queensland Government agencies to finalise the details of the Queensland Student Arrivals Plan.
Further information about the Queensland Student Arrivals Plan, including timing and eligibility guidelines, will be published when available.
For information on Australia's immigration and border arrangements, please regularly monitor the Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs.
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Last updated 1/10/2021