WA Government moves to attract more international students to Western Australia High achieving graduates attending WA's universities will be targeted Attracting international students boosts the economy and helps creates jobs for Western Australians
An additional Graduate Skilled Migration List will be introduced to attract the best global talent with the advanced qualifications, skills and experience and help grow Western Australia’s share of the international education market.
The new Graduate Skilled Migration List for high-performing post-graduate students, making it easier for them to work and stay in WA after their studies.
Government will give high achieving education graduates – PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degree graduates – a pathway to skilled migration.
It is expected the changes will attract an increased number of high-quality international students to the State and help grow our share of the international education market.
The State Government’s existing Skilled Migration Occupation List will not be affected, with the policy of not including occupations such as bricklayers, electricians and mechanics remaining in place.
Priority consideration for skilled migration under the State Nominated Migration Program will be granted to the best and brightest international students graduating from WA universities.
These students are essential to maintaining the competitiveness of Western Australia’s universities in creating knowledge and building capacity for scientific and technological development, and strengthening the future workforce.
Information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s migration portal in coming months at http://www.migration.wa.gov.au
The Government has also committed $2 million to develop a detailed and comprehensive International Education Strategy, which is expected to be announced later this year.
“Attracting the best and brightest of international university students represents a major step to increase Western Australia’s share of the international education market.
“Encouraging international students to choose Western Australia as a destination for study and work will help boost our economy and create WA jobs.
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