As part of the national pilot program, the Government is testing the possibility of having International students return to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pilot aims to bring 300 students to a university in Adelaide in September to revive the higher education sector in Australia. The students are expected to fly from Singapore and will have to undergo a mandatory quarantine on arrival.Senator Birmingham said, “It's being done with the utmost safety requirements in place… We have successfully demonstrated, particularly states like South Australia, that they can return Australians from all corners of the world, safely quarantining them, and provide no exposure to the South Australian community in that process,so the same cautious and careful approach is being brought to bear when it comes
to international students.”
Previously, Australian Capital Territory (ACT) postponed the initiation of its pilot program to offer International students a safe passage into the country ‘until there is a clearer picture around the COVID-19 trajectory’ in light of the outbreak in Victoria.