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The Department of Home Affairs has released its temporary visa statistics for the March quarter of 2019, which
reveals that the number of temporary students visas on issue hit an all-time high 613,000, up 77,000 over the year
and 280,000 higher than March 2013:
International student visa numbers skyrocket   +
By Unconventional Economist (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/author/leith/) in Australian
Economy (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/category/australian-economy/), Featured Article
(https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/category/featured-article/) at 12:10 am on May 30, 2019 | 68 comments
The data is broadly matched by the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) short-term student arrivals data, which hit a
record high 610,000 in March 2019, up from 367,000 in March 2014:
The data is interesting because earlier this month, The Australian reported (https://www.theaustralian.com.au/highereducation/end-of-china-boom-roils-universities/news-story/938e53cf1ba3c511a82963102036fedb) that “the highly
lucrative six-year boom in Chinese students is over” based on the testimony of a senior Department of Home Affairs
official who had briefed Australian universities informing them that visa applications from Chinese students were flat.
This testimony is broadly confirmed by the ABS’ short-term arrivals data, which shows that arrivals from China (albeit
from all sources, not just students) have fallen for nine consecutive months and are now at mid-2017 levels:
As revealed in this month’s Four Corners expose (https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/cash-cows/11064092) on
Australia’s international student trade, China is by far Australia’s largest source of international students, followed by
India and Nepal (see below graphics).
Therefore, in light of the stagnation in arrivals from China, this suggests that Australia’s universities have pivoted to
sourcing students from these nations.
This is potentially problematic. Research from Dr Bob Birrell (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2018/11/australianunis-dumbed-down-by-foreign-students/) from the Australian Population Research Institute shows that Chinese
students tend to pay higher fees and study at higher quality Group of Eight (GoE) Universities. By contrast, students
sourced from India tend to study at cheaper institutions, often for the primary purpose of gaining employment and
future permanent residency in Australia.
This month’s Four Corners report (https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/cash-cows/11064092) was especially critical of
the the quality of students coming from the Indian sub-continent, reporting widespread instances of plagiarism,
academic misconduct, and students failing their courses.
For example, Dr Duncan Farrow, a maths lecturer and academic misconduct investigator, told Four Corners:
“I have just reviewed the results for students from the Punjab region in BSC100 Building Blocks for Science
Students and it is depressing. Of the 52 students in this category, 12 have passed the unit outright — a pass
rate of less than 25 per cent”.
Murdoch University’s Professor Benjamin Reilly noted similar:
“In semester one 2018 we experienced a surge in new international students into some postgraduate
courses. This surge increased sharply in semester two 2018, with several hundred new students, mostly
from the Punjab region of India, enrolling in a small number of postgraduate courses.
“While some were OK, many do not have the language skills to study at a postgraduate level and have thus
been unable to participate in class or complete assessments for the units legitimately.
“Hence we now have a much larger number of academic misconduct issues, supplementary assessments
and outright failures than we have previously experienced in the units in which this cohort has enrolled”…
Inside Story’s economics correspondent, Tim Colebatch, similarly raised the alarm
(http://insidestory.org.au/australias-student-visa-blowout/) on the large numbers of lower quality Nepalese students
flocking to Australia’s universities:
Deregulation has allowed universities to selectively lower their standards to bring in more fee-paying foreign
students, even when they fail to meet the thresholds for English language skills or academic achievement…
This is not the first time immigration from Nepal has surged. A decade ago, we saw a scam with training
visas, in which “students” from India and Nepal came for training courses in Australia, then quickly vanished
into the workforce. The scam saw net immigration set record levels in 2008–09, before then immigration
minister Chris Evans shut it down. But most of those who came stayed on here.
The surge in international students into Australian universities has already unambiguously lowered education
standards, as revealed in this month’s Four Corners report (and elsewhere).
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And with the pivot towards Indian and Nepalese students – where plagiarism, academic misconduct, and students
failing their courses are more common – Australian university standards will be lowered even further in a desperate
bid to keep the fees rolling.
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worked at the Australian Treasury, Victorian Treasury and Goldman Sachs.
May 30, 2019 at 1:14 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3358968)
70% of which not uni students but rather fake students working 60h per week
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May 30, 2019 at 9:25 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359088)
you bit me to it.
haroldus MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 9:58 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359117)
May 30, 2019 at 2:06 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3358969)
The fake Greens want to do away with the English exam altogether!
13 May 2019
https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2019/05/09/ielts-money-making-business-greens-pushreview-english-test-migrants (https://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/punjabi/en/article/2019/05/09/ielts-moneymaking-business-greens-push-review-english-test-migrants)
Absolute morons. What they should be calling for is an end to group assignments so that foreign “students” do not ride on
the coattails of Aussie students.
May 30, 2019 at 7:33 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359007)
Aussie students? Where are they?
May 30, 2019 at 8:42 pm (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359624)
Careful what you wish for Jacob. If the universities don’t need local students to help international students
complete group assignments anymore, they might just drop the povo locals altogether so they can cram
more full-fee-paying foreign students in….
reusachtige MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 5:59 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3358980)
Excellent. Good news for house prices. Anyone who can’t see the new boom coming has mental retardation issues
without doubt.
May 30, 2019 at 6:14 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3358982)
I just can’t take you seriously anymore Reusa.
Not without your stately Gravatar
May 30, 2019 at 9:26 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359090)
morgs MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 7:13 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3358994)
Agree with EP. Set up a new email address and fix teh thing. We hear from the baptists all the time, but to
get the good oil straight from the the bootlegger!
May 30, 2019 at 7:22 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3358998)
There’s always a boom. The only question is whether it’s a huge boom or a massive boom. The lefty leaners
on this site would own their houses outright if they’d only bought the day this site launched instead of waiting
for some magical unicorn of a cheap house on a big block close to the CBD with water views and a butler.
Ronin8317 MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 7:45 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359016)
With the re-election of the Coalition party, it show those against immigration can be fooled into voting for
more immigration every time.
morgs MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 7:50 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359019)
Huh? The LNP was at least talking about it, Labor policy was total open borders. This is
probably an artefact of the reduced numbers – bridging visas are the last resort visas.
May 30, 2019 at 8:39 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359050)
Looks like one of your aspiring relations is in the news, Reusa:
“Aspiring PhD student and 7-Eleven worker sues for more than $3million because he ‘lost his s3x drive
when he was rejected by top Australian university over alleged plagiarism’
“There is no stimulation in my organs. I have never had this problem before. I don’t feel any blood down
there.’ Mr Kuldeep Singh told The Courier Mail”
May 30, 2019 at 8:48 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359062)
>”7-Eleven worker”
genuine student detected…..
May 30, 2019 at 9:44 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359105)
When you look like that, everyone around you loses their sex drive. His sex drive isn’t the
May 30, 2019 at 10:33 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359159)
Non Paywall Version – nothing on his lack of sex drive mentioned, unfortunately.
52-year-old Kuldeep Mann says he was falsely accused of plagiarism and that he was more
interested in work than studies at the James Cook University after he was awarded a fail grade
in two subjects of his PhD in Social Sciences.
In his application submitted in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Mr Mann claims that the
university provided “inadequate” supervision for his research. He also claims that the university
offered him a compensation deal to make him go away.
“I was offered $52,576 in compensation after the appeals panel of the university ruled that the
matter should be resolved in my best interest,” Mr Mann told SBS Punjabi.
haroldus MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 10:51 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359176)
52-year-old student fvck me (or not in this case) fcken
May 30, 2019 at 11:11 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359187)
Twitter is not being kind to him.

Sanchez MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 6:10 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3358981)
I will just leave this here
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/30/homelessness-becoming-concentrated-in-sydney-andmelbourne-study-finds (https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/may/30/homelessness-becoming-concentratedin-sydney-and-melbourne-study-finds)
morgs MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 7:19 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3358996)
The virtue signallers are going full volume on the horrors of homelessness due to recent tragic events, but
no discussion on how the extreme growth policies they support contribute to it.
When a gambling company wants more pokies and justify it by saying they will put practices in place in the
future to mitigate harm then the left go nuts. When the neolibs do the same with extreme growth and justify it
the same way… silence?
fitzroy MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 12:07 pm (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359259)
May 30, 2019 at 7:24 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3358999)
I find the Guardian newspaper to be most absorbant between my cheeks.
haroldus MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 10:01 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359119)
I’m not borrowing your iPad.
blindjustice MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 8:16 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359027)
WkxGkDhwuJW (https://www.indy100.com/article/the-majority-of-homeless-people-in-london-are-foreignnationals–WkxGkDhwuJW)
Love to see the corresponding figures for Australia, funny how all these same issues are popping up at the
same time all over the ‘Western World’
May 30, 2019 at 9:51 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359113)
that’s dirty, Sanchez
Joxer Daly
May 30, 2019 at 6:49 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3358983)
rsf=syn:news:nca:news:spa:fin (https://www.realestate.com.au/news/sydney-property-market-already-bottomed-out-andbouncing-back-say-experts/?rsf=syn:news:nca:news:spa:fin)
Property to the moon…
May 30, 2019 at 7:25 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359003)
Well. Yes. What do you think the average price of a house will be in 20 years. The young will all moan about
how cheap prices were in 2019 and how buyers back then had it so easy. We all know it.
zaxxon MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 8:28 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359036)
Are you implying that in 20 years time the ratio of average house prices to average wage
would be substantially above 10-12?
May 30, 2019 at 9:20 pm (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359643)
Nope. I said what do you think the average price will be. Steve buys an “overpriced” million
dollar house with an 800k mortgage on a 30 year term. It’s 15km from Melbourne. How much
do you believe that house will be worth in 20 years time. Should Steve have waited 20 years
until the 2.5 million dollar house was only 5 times average household income.
May 30, 2019 at 7:19 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3358995)
charge them, fail them, send them home.
May 30, 2019 at 7:41 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359013)
*rob them first.
May 30, 2019 at 8:13 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359025)
that’s for the immigration agent to do.
they are not getting the education they are paying for so I think this approach is a bit more
May 30, 2019 at 7:27 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359005)
Its just so sad that Labor and the Greens are making that Aussie legend Scotty Morrison let in all these students. Why do
they keep making him do these things? Just like all those temp/bridging visa holders, how can Labor hurt poor Scotty this
morgs MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 7:40 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359012)
By ‘making’ you mean cheering and clapping this policy? Yes?
morgs MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 7:46 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359017)
The reason people are so incensed at Labor, is because they are meant to be the institutional voice of
dissent on this crap, not the cheerleaders. If they were criticising this rubbish, the headline would be: “Labor
calls time on Uni migration rorts”.
May 30, 2019 at 8:00 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359020)
Institutional voice of dissent? No, they are a political party, just like the Liberals….and guess
what? It is the Liberals who are in government. It is Scotty’s responsibility.
If you are angry about current policy, then direct your anger at the party in control of the policy.
It’s been over 6 years now, and if anything our borders have become more porous, not less,
under the LNP.
If you went into that ballot box and voted for Scotty, you voted for this. Stop whining and accept
responsibility for your actions.
You are an adult not a child.
May 30, 2019 at 8:14 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359026)
Nathan, but why is Labor not calling this out for what it is?
Answer because the progressives are likely too busy saying it’s probably just racist.
morgs MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 9:05 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359075)
You keep missing the point N. It doesn’t matter who people vote for, this is bipartisan policy,
arguably worse under Labor. Telling someone who disagrees with you to grow up? Really?
May 30, 2019 at 9:22 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359086)
Both the same, but Labor worse, is nonsensical.
This is the thought processes of a child.
morgs MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 9:50 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359111)
And right there is how labor dies. Labor’s open border policies were worse than the LNP and if
anyone dares question the city left they are just children who don’t understand how really
virtuous they are. Of course being virtuous doesn’t mean actually being virtuous – you can still
trash the family for a bit of tail, or take s few lobbyist bucks, it just means confirming to the
virtuous left normative values of identification and belonging. The biggest children here are the
petulant left with their sneering self belief and embarrassing obsession with belonging.
May 30, 2019 at 11:23 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359196)
may18 2019 ring a bell for you Nathan? the election? the platforms that where proffered?
the alp had the opportunity and the responsibility to address this sh1t in the campaign. and all
those cvnts did was tacitly approve the current arrangements.
Hanno Son of Bomilcar
May 30, 2019 at 7:42 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359014)
why are there so many ppl from nepal in aus
May 30, 2019 at 8:20 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359029)
Same. I wonder if many are Indians coming here via Nepal?
zaxxon MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 8:33 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359039)
I’ve bumped into a few Nepalese young ladies in the last couple of years and I must say they have been
rather pleasing to the eyes. The men not so much.
May 30, 2019 at 9:06 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359077)
Indians, Nepalese students overwhelmingly male, sorry bud:
https://melbourne-cshe.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/2894718/GenderEnrolment-Trends-F-Larkins-Sep-2018.pdf (https://melbournecshe.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/2894718/Gender-Enrolment-Trends-FLarkins-Sep-2018.pdf)
If we required at least 50% of all students to be female, there wouldn’t be such a problem.
hareeba MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359479)
You need your eyes checked. Nuh.
May 30, 2019 at 8:35 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359040)
I read that 1 in 1500 Nepalese lives here. I wonder if they had a potato famine?
May 30, 2019 at 10:10 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359130)
That isn’t correct – according to the chart above, 1 in 1000 enrolled to study here in 2018 (or in
60 of the people in Nepal aged 20-24 or equivalent in numbers to 1 in 12 of the people born in
Nepal that year).
According to the ABS, there are 95k Nepalese born people living here, or roughly one in 300,
after a 22k increase in 2018. Not really sustainable for a small country with below replacement
Dominic MEMBER
May 30, 2019 at 8:40 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visa-numbersskyrocket/#comment-3359054)
Everest is getting too crowded?
May 30, 2019 at 9:01 am (https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2019/05/international-student-visanumbers-skyrocket/#comment-3359073)
Not everyone is made to be a Sherpa!

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