Australian universities demand easier migration paths for international students

“There are a few steps in this visa process that might make it a little easier so that a few more students can stay in Australia and have a career here,” Ms Jackson said.

“These are extremely bright and promising people who have already made a considerable investment in Australia. We just think it would be a good idea for the visa process to be a little smoother, a little easier, so that some of these students can consider employment here.

Barriers to development

Graduates in skills shortage areas such as health, education and IT should be targeted first, she added.

Increasing the number of internships for students is another option being considered by UA, and Ms Jackson said companies should step up efforts to find the additional 500,000 places needed each year.

While the proposal to extend income-contingent loans to short-term courses and micro-degrees had not been costed by UA, out-of-pocket expenses and the inability to deduct education-related costs unless that they were not directly related to a current job were barriers for people who were adding to their careers. credentials, Ms. Jackson said.

“We have this wonderful thing in this country called income contingent loans and if the government were to extend that to people who are retraining or upskilling, that would be a really constructive thing to do,” she said.

“It’s a very economical and useful way for the government to finance [upskilling] and it is refunded through the tax system later.

Universities Australia will also present proposals to the summit aimed at boosting research collaborations between universities and industry beyond the current R&D tax relief and increase the amount of funding for the research sector.

UA also says there are simple and practical ways to reduce barriers to the supply of skilled workers in health, education and technology, such as increasing the number of work placements and the creation of acceleration programs for final-year computer science students.