Australia has a robust, world class education system with a large range of education options across the Vocational Education and Higher Education sectors. A significant majority of Australian Universities are ranked amongst the Top 400 Universities of the world (Times Higher Education Survey – http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/).
The Australian Vocational Education System is regarded as one of the best in the world, with a practical approach to education through competency based training and assessment that equip students with the skills to perform effectively in the workplace.
All University programs that are available to international students must comply with the requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act. This ensures that established standards are met and services are provided to all international students. Furthermore, all education providers are subject to the requirements of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Further information can be found at www.teqsa.gov.au. These features provide peace of mind to prospective students knowing that they will obtain a high quality, internationally accepted qualification, while being supported through the process.
The recent introduction of the Streamlined Visa Processing (Knight) reforms has placed more responsibility on the University in determining their chosen students with little interference from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Furthermore, graduates will have the opportunity to apply for Post Study Work rights entitling them to work full time in Australia for up to two years post completion of their qualification. More details can be found at http://www.immi.gov.au/students/knight/faq-post-study-work-arrangements.htm . These reforms ensure prospective students will gain international work experience, maximize the value of their education qualification and obtain faster visa approvals.
A key feature of the Australian Education system is the ability of students to “Earn while they learn”. Australia is one of the few countries where overseas students are permitted to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during the academic year and full-time during vacations. Masters students and their dependant spouse have unlimited work rights for the duration of the course.