Strategic review of the student visa program 2011

23 Sep 2011

The final report of the Knight Review into student visas has been released with many of its recommendations accepted by the government.

The international education sector is one of Australia's largest export industries and is important to Australia in supporting bilateral ties with key partner countries, supporting employment in a broad range of occupations throughout the Australian economy, as well as delivering high-value skills to the economy.

In December 2010, the government appointed the Hon Michael Knight AO to conduct the first strategic review of the student visa program to help enhance the quality, integrity and competitiveness of the student visa program.

On 7 March 2011, Mr Knight released a discussion paper and encouraged interested parties to make a written submission to the review.

See: Student Visa Program Review Discussion Paper (32) (212KB PDF file)

There were 200 submissions received and they are available on the department's website.
See: Submissions Received by the Review Team (31)

Report released

Mr Knight reported to the government on 30 June 2011 with 41 recommendations. On 22 September 2011, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, released Mr Knight's report, Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011.
See: Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011 (78) (1.7MB PDF file)

A list of Mr Knight's 41 recommendations is available on the department's website.
See: Strategic Review of the Student Visa Program 2011 – Recommendations (29) ( 51KB PDF file)

Government's response

The government supports in principle all of Mr Knight's recommendations, however some recommendations will be modified in places to enhance the performance of the Australian education sector and to better safeguard the integrity of the visa system. The majority of the recommendations are expected to be implemented between October 2011 and mid 2012, with some other changes expected to commence in early 2013.
Boost to International Education Sector in Response to Knight Review (18) - Media release
Fact Sheet (0) ( 89KB PDF file)


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