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International Students

As at December 2014 there were 149,785 international student enrolments in VET programs in Australia. This represented an 11.7% growth in the international enrolments over the prior 12 months (since December 2013).

International student enrolments in the VET Sector were highest in NSW at 63,329 followed by Victoria at 44,339 and then Queensland at 23,308 (see Table below).

Table 1: 2014 Australia VET Sector – International Student Enrolments by State and Territory 

State

2011

2012

2013

2014

% Change

2013-2014

NSW

67,856

58,405

54,447

62,329

14.5%

VIC

55,284

45,271

40,981

44,339

8.2%

QLD

25,549

22,244

20,363

23,308

14.5%

WA

12,222

11,423

11,432

13,222

15.7%

SA

7,339

5,765

5,357

4,968

-7.3%

ACT

861

743

834

894

7.2%

NT

264

230

220

277

25.9%

NAT

2

12

271

254

-6.3%

TAS

227

168

155

194

25.2%

Grand Total

169,604

144,261

134,060

149,785

11.7%

Data source: Queensland VET Sector Report, International Student Data, December 2014

For more data and research on international students studying VET courses in Australia, or students studying Australian VET courses offshore, see the Australian Department of Education's website. Click here