International students return to Australia

South Australia is the first state to have its international students' arrival plan supported by the Federal Government.


The first batch of international students is expected to arrive in South Australia after a proposed quarantine facility at Flight Training Adelaide was approved by the federal government, making it the first jurisdiction in the country to get this nod.

The Flight Training Adelaide site at Parafield has been approved for its ability to meet infection control as determined by SA Health, with the facility able to house 160 students who will complete their 14 days quarantine and undertake daily COVID-19 testing.


Last year’s plan to bring international students back to the state was scrapped amid concerns from Australian citizens and a spike in COVID cases. However, international education is a key economic driver of the South Australian economy. Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show South Australia’s international education sector worths $2.2 billion dollars (2019). This time around, the Federal Government believes that proper measurement is in place to make this a successful project. It is also important to note that no returning Australian will be impacted by the plan, as it will be done outside the current caps.


  • The first batch of students will quarantine for 14 days who will be tested for COVID-19 every day.

  • According to current data, international student numbers in total are down only 13% for the universities.

  • International students make up about 25% of overall university revenue.

  • The institutions and students will bear the costs of flights and quarantine.

  • One of the Commonwealth’s pre-conditions for when students arrive is that the state border must be open for domestic travel

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