There are thousands of courses to study in Australia, with qualifications available at Vocational Education and Training (VET), undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Studying in Australia can lead to a wide range of career paths.

The Australian Government has announced a plan to introduce new post-study work visas for international students who complete university degrees in Australia.

The new visas will enable international graduates to gain practical work experience in Australia after they graduate and enhance their overall international study experience.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, said that international students are “increasingly looking to augment their studies with graduate work experience and this further post-study work visa option will offer university students a more complete study experience in Australia”.

 

About the new post-study work visa:

It is proposed that graduates of bachelor and masters by coursework degrees will be able to apply for a two-year work visa at the completion of their degree, while masters by research and PhD graduates will be able to apply for a four-year work visa.

As a minimum, applicants need to have completed a bachelor degree at an Australian university six months before applying for the visa.

Students who complete their degree at a non-university institute (such as a private higher education provider or a TAFE institute) will not be eligible.

The visa has been introduced in response to the Knight Review, which delivered 41 recommendations to the federal government on how to enhance Australia’s student visa program.

The program is expected to be introduced in 2013.