More than 80,000 Chinese students are being encouraged to return to Australia ahead of the upcoming academic year after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced fully vaccinated eligible visa holders will be able to enter from December 1.
It comes as the federal government looks to bolster enrolments and fill labour shortages.
As the borders re-open, universities have signalled they’ll focus on “wooing back” the nation’s largest international student market to avoid a drop-off in numbers.
Students from China and India account for almost half of Australia’s 408,000 international student visas.
Around 65 per cent of Chinese students who were formerly enrolled here before the pandemic are now stranded overseas.
The government expects 200,000 people will fly in for summer.