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The Western Australian Government is committed to supporting the development of international education in Western Australia and increasing the number of students coming to study in Perth.

Western Australia currently has more than 50,000 students from 147 countries living and learning in Perth and they are a key contributor to the Western Australian economy.  In 2017, the sector generated approximately $1.9 billion in export income for the State.

International education forms a key part of the State Government’s plan to grow and diversify the State’s economy.  It is estimated that currently:

  • the sector supports approximately 10,000 full-time jobs
  • one full-time job is created in Western Australia for every four international students
  • each international student attracts 1.5 visiting friends and relatives from overseas

However, the benefits of international education go well beyond the purely economic.  International students bring diversity and a cultural richness to our community helping to build the State’s links and relationships with other countries including our Asian neighbours.

The Western Australian Government is working on a range of actions to put Perth on the map as an education destination and increase the number of students coming to study in Perth, while creating new jobs in our economy.

Action Plan 2019 - 2025

On Friday 8 February 2019, StudyPerth launched its Action Plan: 2019 – 2025, in response to the WA Government strategy entitled: Where bright futures begin: International Education in Perth, Western Australia 2018-2025. The Action Plan is available to download from the StudyPerth website.

International Education Strategy for Western Australia 2018 - 2025

On Tuesday 23 October 2018, the Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery, launched the State’s plan to attract thousands more international students to Western Australia – Where bright futures begin: International Education in Perth, Western Australia 2018 - 2025.

The strategy, developed in partnership with StudyPerth, will guide future government and industry action focused on growing the number of students from around the world coming to study in Perth, Western Australia.

Click International Education - Strategy to download a copy of the Strategy.

Skilled Migration for International Graduates

The best and brightest international graduates from Western Australian universities can now apply for skilled migration under the State Government’s new Graduate Occupation List.

The Graduate Occupation List has been established as part of the State Nominated Migration Program.  International graduates from the State’s higher education providers and vocational education and training (VET) institutions can now apply for Western Australian State nomination under the State Nomination Migration Program via the new Graduate Occupation List.

Detailed information about the Graduate Occupation List is available on the Western Australian migration portal:


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