LA TROBE University has welcomed the state government's announcement to allow international students into Victoria without having to quarantine, provided they can demonstrate to the Commonwealth they meet vaccination conditions.
Minister for Trade Martin Pakula said the Commonwealth has been formally advised that the plan has been updated to reflect standard entry requirements for fully-vaccinated international travellers, including international students, in place since November 1.
"The amazing vaccination effort of Victorians means fully-vaccinated international arrivals, including students enrolled at our universities and colleges, will not have to serve a period of hotel quarantine," he said.
"International students add to the cultural richness and diversity of our state.
"They are valuable members of our community and we look forward to welcoming them back soon."
La Trobe's Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said staff and students were keen to get back on campus.
"Having missed our international students so much over these challenging 20 months, we are thrilled by the federal government's announcement that international students can return to Australia without needing to apply for a travel exemption," he said.
"This, combined with the dropping of the requirement to quarantine announced by the state government, will enable more international students to return to our campuses in Melbourne and across regional Victoria and will encourage new international students to study with us.
"I'm excited that our campuses will very soon be safely reopening for all of our students, and it's fantastic that our global communities from overseas will be among those who will benefit from the exceptional learning experience and vibrant campus life we offer. We will be doing everything we can to welcome and support them on their return."
International arrivals will need to demonstrate their vaccination status to the Commonwealth with a vaccine registered or recognised by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Arrivals must also comply with all relevant Commonwealth entry requirements, including visas and travel exemptions.
In order to enter Victoria without quarantine, international arrivals must comply with the state government's testing requirements, including testing negative to COVID-19 within 72 hours of their departure.
The International Student Arrivals Plan was endorsed by the Commonwealth Government last month, with the first group of international students planned to arrive in December.
Under the plan, priority has been given to students who need to return to Victoria to do practical work, including research, health and medical students.
The plan provides for the safe return to study in Victoria for international students, and a pipeline for continued arrivals through 2022.
Around 49,000 international students enrolled with Victorian education providers remain offshore due to border closures while about 70,000 are currently in Victoria.
International education is a critical services export and jobs provider for Victoria, contributing a peak of $13.7 billion to the state's economy and supporting around 79,000 Victorian jobs prior to the pandemic.
To remain connected to offshore students, the state government has established Study Melbourne Hubs in Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City, and virtually in India and Latin America.
The hubs provide offshore international students with support and study facilities and promote Victoria as a study destination.
More information about the plan is available at coronavirus.vic.gov.au/international-student-arrivals-plan
Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can access our trusted content: