Simplified student visa framework to benefit students and providers

English Australia has welcomed the announcement of a new simplified student visa framework (SSVF) that will make applying to study in Australia less complicated for students and will provide a level playing field for low risk education providers across all sectors. 

The new framework was announced by Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash. 

English Australia’s Executive Director, Sue Blundell, said the joint announcement was just one example of the new focus on a coordinated, cross-portfolio approach to ensuring the competitiveness of Australia’s international education industry, underpinned by the creation of a new Coordinating Council for International Education of which Ms Blundell is a member.

“Since the introduction of streamlined visa processing (SVP) in 2012, English Australia has continued to communicate our concerns regarding the negative impact on the English language sector and the fact that the SVP model was just not sustainable in the long term,” said Ms Blundell.  “We are delighted that the Department has listened to our concerns and that the government has accepted the recommendations to establish a new framework  which will make it easier for genuine students to apply for a visa to study with high quality, low risk education providers.”

The changes introduced by government will reduce the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two and introduce a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students.


“Whilst the broad outline of the framework is agreed, there is still work to be done on working out some of the detail,” said Ms Blundell, “I am delighted to be invited to be a member of the working group that will guide the implementation of the new framework.”