The State Liberals will introduce a suite of new initiatives to increase the number of international students studying in South Australia, as another vital plank to create more jobs.
“To make Adelaide a first-choice destination for international students a Marshall Liberal Government will provide a $2.5 million annual funding allocation to StudyAdelaide to attract thousands more students to live and spend their money in Adelaide,” said Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment Tim Whetstone.
“We know that every four additional international students creates one new full-time job in South Australia across a wide range of sectors.
“Unfortunately South Australia had just 4.8 per cent of the national market share in international student enrolments, the lowest of any mainland state in Australia.
“Given our state’s reputable universities, affordable accommodation and enviable lifestyle, South Australia should be attracting a much greater share of the number of international students coming to Australia.
“Increasing funding to StudyAdelaide provides ongoing certainty for the state’s peak international student attraction body.”
The $2.5 million annual investment will see a Marshall Liberal Government work with StudyAdelaide to progress a number of initiatives to grow the number of international students in South Australia, like:
- Doubling the international student ambassador campaign;
- Undertaking an expanded agent engagement campaign to strengthen connections and interactions with overseas education agents;
- Establishing a program to fund activities that support the wellbeing and enhance the experiences of international students studying in South Australia;
- Undertaking a business case to establish a new International Student Hub in the CBD to deliver a comprehensive range of services and information to international students;
- Investigating ways to grow homestay and accommodation options for the school student market;
- Establishing a unique international student internship business engagement program;
- Hosting an International Education and Training Summit;
- Working with South Australia’s accredited Visitor Information Centres to look at ways to offer volunteering opportunities for international students; and
- Working with Study Adelaide to further develop co-ordinated marketing plans for countries outside of current core markets.
“By way of contrast the Weatherill Labor Government will cease almost $1 million annually in funding for Study Adelaide from 30 June 2019, just as they proposed cuts to StudyAdelaide prior to the 2014 election,” said Mr Whetstone.
“International education is South Australia’s largest service export totaling more than $1 billion and we believe there is much room to grow this crucial economic sector.
“With other Australian states investing heavily in the competitive international student attraction market, South Australia has been left behind and our national market share is in decline.
“That’s why the State Liberals will prioritise and invest to grow international education in South Australia and create jobs, ensuring funding certainty for StudyAdelaide.
“It’s time for South Australia to stop playing catch up with the rest of the nation and hold our own in the international education sector.”