PM confirms international borders will reopen for Temporary visa holders from November
It is a great news that Australia has achieved 70% vaccination rate double dose and also Victoria just hit the 70% double dose target on 21 October. Australian PM Scott Morrison just announced today that temporary visa holders like student and temporary work visa holders to come back to Australia from November.
Mr Morrison later clarified overseas Australians would be the primary focus once the international border reopens without quarantine requirements. Parents of citizens and permanent residents will be the only addition, he told the Sunrise
Mr Morrison said on Thursday he expected Victoria to follow NSW's lead in opening its border up.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) this week has called for a significant expansion of the skilled migration program, allowing up to 200,000 overseas workers to fill the void of workers left during the pandemic.
To date, only small numbers of students have been able to apply for a travel exemption to enter the country. They include research students with Australian government funding and medical, dental, nursing or allied health students who will undertake work placements, and secondary school students in years 11 and 12.
The data from Department of Home Affairs shows that nearly 50% international students from Higher Education sector are now outside of Australia. The government is now focusing on letting international students and skilled migration to come back to Australia.