“As one of the world’s top providers of international education, Australia is so much better off for the social, cultural and economic contribution overseas students make,” Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said.
“Before the pandemic, international education contributed just over $40 billion to the Australian economy and supported 250,000 jobs.
“But international education is about so much more. It has played a central role in cementing Australia’s soft power in our region, and will continue to reinforce our place as a responsible and sincere partner.
“The re-opening of borders this time last year represented a huge milestone for international education after a considerable period of uncertainty for overseas students, academics and universities.
“Universities have welcomed many students back to campus this year, and now it’s time to build on this momentum and accelerate the recovery.
“The government has made good progress in 2022 with extensions to post-study work rights for students with degrees in areas of critical need, and prioritisation to address visa processing delays.
“There is more work to be done to ensure Australia has a strong international education sector, and I look forward to contributing to the important job ahead alongside fellow appointed members to the Council.”