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Published on August 16th, 2018 | by john.weir

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Western Australia aims to attract the best and brightest

The Western Australian government has announced plans to increase its intake of overseas students.

An additional Graduate Skilled Migration List will be introduced to attract the best global talent with the advanced qualifications, skills and experience and help grow Western Australia’s share of the international education market.

The McGowan Government will give high achieving education graduates – PhD, Masters, Honours and other higher degree graduates – a pathway to skilled migration. It is expected the changes will attract an increased number of high-quality international students to the State and help grow our share of the international education market.

The State Government’s existing Skilled Migration Occupation List will not be affected, with the policy of not including occupations such as bricklayers, electricians and mechanics remaining in place. Priority consideration for skilled migration under the State Nominated Migration Program will be granted to the best and brightest international students graduating from WA universities.

These students are essential to maintaining the competitiveness of Western Australia’s universities in creating knowledge and building capacity for scientific and technological development, and strengthening the future workforce.Information about eligibility and how to apply will be available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s migration portal in coming months at http://www.migration.wa.gov.au

The McGowan Government has also committed $2 million to develop a detailed and comprehensive International Education Strategy, which is expected to be announced later this year.

Premier Mark McGowan said “Attracting the best and brightest of international university students represents a major step in our commitment to increasing Western Australia’s share of the international education market.”

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