For those on this pathway, I suggest you look at moving your study courses to TAFE rather than private VET colleges.
It seems that we have a ten year cycle of boom and bust in encouraging and denying students who want to study in Australia and perhaps take up PR.
The repetition of allowing shonky colleges to operate is a worry, it shows a lack of organisational learning by Government departments like DEEWR. That is a failing of Government to apply proper legislation and to oversee the States that had delegated authorities to manage the colleges.
I was actually looking to find if and why the link between students and PR was ever encouraged by Govt, as at the moment the Govt is balaming migration and education agents for promoting the PR thing so heavily. They were of course, but Government wanted them to.
Here is the proof, in spades, starting in about 2001:
Source - http://www.immi.gov.au/media/publica...chapter4_2.pdf"Applications for Permanent Residence Overseas students who gain their qualifications in Australia are preferred by Australian employers over those with overseas qualifications. In recognition of this fact, applicants with Australian qualifications who apply for permanent residence within six months of completion of their studies are exempted from the skilled work experience requirement. From 1 July 2001, successful tertiary qualified overseas students are able to apply for and be granted general skilled migration visas onshore."
Have employers now changed their minds? Have DIAC policy planners changed their minds? Was this ever statistically proven or was it guesswork based on personal feelings held by the policy people?
The present Minister himself encourages students to find work and (tacitly encouraging them to obtain work visas or PR)
Source: http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/medi...on-program.pdf"It will encourage our education providers to ensure their students can make connections with employers in their nominated occupations and be work ready upon the completion of their course."
Here we see the Government wanting students to apply for PR and remain in the country:
Source http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committe...subs/sub47.pdf"One initiative introduced to attract migrants to regional Australia was the introduction (1 July 2003) of an additional 5 points under the GSM points test for overseas students who had studied and lived in regional Australia or a low population growth metropolitan area for at least 2 years. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage overseas students who have studied and lived in regional Australia to remain and contribute their skills to the benefit of these areas after they complete their studies."
And this from DIAC presentation to Parliament Joint Standing Committee On Migration Friday , 13 FEBRUARY 2004:
Source - Page M202 http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/joint/commttee/j7226.pdf" Further, to encourage more overseas students with higher-level Australian qualifications to apply for migration, the following adjustments were made to the Australian qualifications points in the general points test. The five points for an Australian qualification were retained. The number of points for an Australian masters or honours degree at upper second division level or above was increased from five points to 10 points. That is available only where the applicant completed their undergraduate degree in Australia."
Other testimony in Hansard shows that SA, NT, Qld and Victoria Govts all encourage students to stay by using work visas and encourage their permanent settlement - hard to do without PR visas!
Therefore: It is NOT the fault of migration agents who marketed these education schemes, it has been publicly encouraged by Government and apparently by industry too. Education and migration agents were responding to the Government's initiatives, as they were expected to by Govt.
In response to Govt's present anti study-links-to-PR attitude, I think we'll see more of the private VET colleges closing before they go broke. That will cause whole countries to be disaffected and flow on into Universities and TAFE, to some degree, but of course these won't shut up shop.
The student sector might go into melt down.