Better health outcomes may allow students to arrive in the country from July, 1, 2021, the forecast report said.
International students may start returning to Australia in the later part of 2021, the country’s budgetary forecast has said.
Australia released its treasury forecast on October 6 and it termed the COVID-19 pandemic as a once-in-a-century occurrence. It forecasted that foreign students may arrive in the country as early as July 1, 2021, as long as the COVID-19 pandemic is kept under check and the vaccine is rolled out, simultaneously.
In the hindsight, the increasing number of COVID positive cases and the reimposition of containment measures may delay the arrival of international students in the country.
“A gradual return of international students and permanent migrants is assumed through the latter part of 2021, with small, phased pilot programmes beginning to return international students from late 2020,” the treasury predictions and assumptions from the 2020 federal budget said.
As a part of its pilot programme, Charles Darwin University along with Australia’s Northern Territory Government has made an agreement to fly 70 students to the country from Singapore next month.
Report suggests that South Australia and Northern Territory will become the first to allow international students to arrive in the country.
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