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Peak education bodies warn against government cap on international student numbers

Australia’s university sector has warned against the federal government’s plan to cap international student numbers, as ministers and the International Education Council met Monday morning.  

The Commonwealth announced its plans to ensure the “integrity and sustainability” of the international education sector and set a cap on the number of student enrolments, to help with sustainable sector growth and ease national housing demand.

The cap would also mean educators are required to build purpose-built accommodations if they want to exceed limits to the caps. Last year 787,000 international students studied in Australia, exceeding pre-pandemic levels. 

Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Education Minister Jason Clare, who released a draft of the framework for the legislation over the weekend, will be at the meeting on Monday morning, where education bodies will raise their concerns. 

Phil Honeywood, the CEO of the International Education Association of Australia, which includes universities, told the ABC many people overseas who had planned to come to Australia needed clarity on the changes. 

“We’re worried that we’re going to have policy overreach where too much, too quick is going to damage Australia’s reputation as a welcoming, safe, world-class study destination,” Mr Honeywood said. 

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