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The Australian Government has announced it would invest more than $17 million over two years to streamline enrolments for international students and Australian education providers. Said investment is part of the Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO).

This project will simplify the collection of international student information across over 1,200 education providers. Under the Government’s Deregulation Agenda, this key initiative will save the sector up to $10 million each year in regulatory compliance costs.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ben Morton said the technology would reduce the unnecessary regulatory burden on the education sector.

“One of the key principles of the Morrison Government’s Deregulation Agenda is that you should only need to ‘tell us once’ – and currently education providers are manually entering 1.5 million enrolment records per year into two separate systems,” Minister Morton said.

According to Minister Morton, the new technology means education providers will only need to input enrolment data once, and it will automatically connect to the central system that drives Australia’s international education sector.

“Not only are we making it easier to collect data, but we’ll see the education sector save an approximate $10 million each year in compliance costs,” Minister Morton said.

Enrolment details of every student who studies in Australia on an overseas visa will be entered into the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS). It will connect directly to the country’s visa grant and cancellation processes.

The development of a new Application Programming Interface (API) will directly link education enrolment systems with PRISMS.

“The international education sector is vital to Australia’s economic growth. As we open up, it’s important that we streamline regulatory processes to boost enrolments and economic growth,” Minister Morton said.

 Morton added that the investment is important because it is a win-win for providers, international students, and all Australians.

For further information, visit the Deregulation Agenda website.


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