NSW Government shows leadership with planned return of international students

Thursday 10 June 2021

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has welcomed the NSW Government’s pilot plan to allow the safe return of international students as a positive step in our economic rebound.

“International education contributed more than $40 billion to the Australian economy in 2019, so the absence of students over the past year or so has been felt significantly across a number of industries,” ARA CEO Paul Zahra said.

“The NSW Government’s pilot plan would allow 250 students to arrive each fortnight and quarantine in purpose-built accommodation. This would be scaled up to 500 students a fortnight by the end of the year, pending final approval from the Commonwealth.

“We believe this is a sensible first step to gradually allow the safe return of international students, and we thank the NSW Government for its leadership in driving this outcome.

“International students have been a missing piece in our economic rebound – they fill a number of roles in the retail industry and we look forward to welcoming them back,” Mr Zahra said.

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