The Australian International Education Strategy 2021-2030 (AIES 2030) may foster stakeholder collaboration in order to foster a responsive, innovative, and forward-thinking international education sector. Diversification is a critical component of Australia’s international education industry’s long-term viability and development.
Australia’s National COVID-19 response will transition in four stages, according to a new plan. The Australian government is considering a home quarantine option for Australians returning home who are fully vaccinated. On July 9th, the National Cabinet decided to investigate the feasibility of this alternative.
International students choose Australia for a variety of reasons, including educational quality, lifestyle, part-time job opportunities, internship opportunities, stay back visas and graduate outcomes. In early 2022, the implementation of Australia’s National COVID-19 response may reach the “consolidation phase”, which facilitate the Australian independent education sector to return stronger in its ability to provide high-quality education onshore and offshore through Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL).
International Education Strategy 2021~2030
The Australian International Education Strategy 21-30 (AIES 2030) promote stakeholder collaboration to create a responsive, creative, and future-focused international education sector that serves the requirements of education and industry today and in the future. Exploration of academically rigorous digital delivery, blended learning models provided offshore and online to extend Australia’s reach in teaching new cohorts of students across the globe may be a significant component of the new emerging strategy.
The AIES 2030 promote six key areas of focus.
Diversification is a key priority for the long-term viability and development of Australia’s international education industry, as we seek to extend outside conventional markets, industries, and products in order to reduce our reliance on a small number of markets or goods. A diversified international education sector provides possibilities to multiply in the following areas:
More information on Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 is available at https://www.dese.gov.au/australian-strategy-international-education-2021-2030
National plan to transition Australia’s National COVID-19 response (National Plan for COVID Normal)
A four-stage strategy for returning to COVID normal and reducing Australian border restrictions was announced by the Australian federal government via the national cabinet on the 2nd of July, 21. The importance of positive messages from the National Cabinet, the Prime Minister, and the heads of state and territory cannot be overstated in terms of assisting the recovery process of the international education industry.
COVID-19 vaccinations are free for everyone in Australia, including international students – 24/06/2021
The Australian Government announced on 24th June’21 its commitment to ensuring that everyone in Australia, including international students studying in Australia, will have access to the vaccination when their turn comes. COVID-19 vaccinations are available to all people regardless of their Medicare or visa status.
Vaccination providers are not permitted to charge students for the COVID-19 vaccine or for vaccine appointments. If students do not have a Medicare card or are not Medicare eligible, they may receive a free vaccination at a Commonwealth Vaccination Clinic or a state or territory vaccination clinic.
Increased availability of Vaccine from 19th July’21
The Australian government was able to acquire extra quantities of COVID-19 vaccination from a number of different sources. From the 19th of July, the supply is anticipated to reach more than 1 million dozes per week starting on that day. The improved supply of vaccines, along with a strong vaccine delivery infrastructure backed by the Australian military, will allow for faster implementation of immunisation programmes for Australians.
There has been news about companies participating and promoting immunisation, like McDonald’s, which is providing their 1905 car parks for “mobile vaccination” services.
I would like to suggest that stage 2 of the planned national plan, referred to as the “Post Vaccination Phase,” be completed by November or December 2021, with vaccination being made available to all Australians and foreigners in the country.
Home quarantine for vaccinated Australians returning home
On the 9th of July, the National Cabinet decided to explore the feasibility of a home quarantine option for fully vaccinated Australians returning home. This action demonstrates the Australian government’s commitment to resolving the present roadblock that prevents Australians from returning home owing to a shortage of available hotel quarantine facilities, as shown before.
Phase 3 of the national plan “Consolidation Phase”
I would suggest, according to the actions proposed based on the national plan, Australia should be in the “Consolidation Phase” by the first quarter of 2022. This would allow foreign students to enter Australia with the bare minimum of limitations, such as students who are fully vaccinated may needed quarantine at home.
More information is available through https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-statement-7
In early 2022, with the implementation of the Australian International Education Strategy (AIES 2030) and the National Plan for COVID-19 response reaching the “consolidation phase” the Australian independent education sector will be able to emerge from the current crisis and become stronger in its ability to provide high-quality education onshore and promote flexibility through blended learning using Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL).
The increased capabilities in TEL infrastructure will allow for greater expansion of the independent education institutes to offer Australian education for students outside of Australia’s boundaries through transnational partnership globally.