WA to attract best and brightest international students

The Premier Mr Mark McGowan today announced that the WA Government will give high achieving education graduates of Western Australia's universities – those with PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degrees – a pathway to skilled migration. This is expected to attract an increased number of high-quality international students to the State and help grow our share of the international education market, boosting the economy and helping to create jobs.

This initiative, a key part of the government's Plan for Jobs, includes an investment of $2 million to develop an International Education Strategy to grow and diversify the knowledge economy. The strategy is expected to be announced later this year.

"Attracting the best and brightest of international university students represents a major step in our commitment to increasing Western Australia's share of the international education market." the Premier said. "We need to send a message to the world that we welcome international students, and their friends and families. Perth is an attractive, supportive destination to live, study and work. "

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 our share of the international education market. The State Government's existing Skilled migration occupation list (the WASMOL) 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's 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 at migration.wa.gov.au in coming months.

Speaking about the new initiative, Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "Encouraging international students to choose Western Australia as a destination for study and work will help boost our economy and create WA jobs. We have excellent universities and our weather and lifestyle is second-to-none. We're confident that investment in international education and our International Education Strategy will see growth in the sector."

Page last updated January 13, 2020