Australia is an attractive place to study for international students


Morrison-McCormack Government has a plan to attract international students to Coffs Harbour.

Federal Member for Cowper Pat Conaghan said tertiary education providers in Coffs Harbour had been provided $1,303,500 to offer a total of 26
scholarships to international and domestic students at Southern Cross University and TAFE.

“These scholarships will see 26 students come to Coffs Harbour to study rather than go to capital cities, which is great for our area,” he said.

“Attracting more students here supports jobs at the vocational and tertiary training providers, plus it delivers more money into the tills of our local businesses.

“That’s why I have worked with local providers and the Education Minister to secure these scholarships for our electorate.

“Students can apply now to be ready to start in Semester 1 next year.”

Providing regional scholarships is part of the Government’s $93.7 million Destination Australia program, which aims to attract more students to
study in regional Australia in order to grow regional economies and the tertiary training sector. It is part of the Planning for Australia’s Future
Population strategy.

In Coffs Harbour there will be:

  1. Eight international scholarships and eight domestic scholarships offered at Southern Cross University through an allocation of $1,056,000 from the Government.
  2. Four international scholarships and six domestic scholarships offered at TAFE through an allocation of $247,500 from the Government.

Each student receives $15,000 in scholarship money each year for the duration of their course.

Last year a total of 690,000 international students came to Australia, yet just three per cent were enrolled with providers in regional Australia. The Destination Australia program will help to reverse this trend.

Successful tertiary education providers can be found at