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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ENROLMENTS
Data do not represent the number of overseas students in Australia or the number of student visas issued. Instead the data count actual course enrolments. A student attending two different courses in the same reference period (for example ELICOS and Bachelor Degree) will have both enrolments counted. Students will be counted as enrolled in Australia even if they have left Australia temporarily, for example, during end of year holidays. Students are not recorded as enrolled in Australia if, for example, they are moving between institutions at the date of reporting and their new course details have yet to be entered by institutions.
Month, and calendar year.
Frequency of Collection
Monthly summary of daily activity reporting.
Method of Collection
Enrolment data is derived from the Commonwealth Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) database. PRISMS data is being updated continuously, and DEEWR extracts these data monthly to produce monthly and yearly figures.
Data is initially uploaded into PRISMS by educational providers when an enrolment is offered to a prospective student before a visa is granted, and again when a student obtains and uses their visa to enter Australia and starts studying. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) updates PRISMS as students enter or leave Australia or change their visa or residence status. Providers also update PRISMS when students change courses or fail to comply with student visa requirements. PRISMS receives data electronically every night from DIAC as student visas are granted or cancelled and as students are recorded on DIAC systems as entering Australia. Only enrolments that represent students who have actually started studying in Australia are counted in AEI student enrolment data.
Monthly summary of daily activity reporting; monthly data released about six weeks after the end of the reference month.
Monthly table sets and graphs, available in Acrobat '.pdf' format and as Excel 'pivot tables', are released as free downloads each month via the AEI web site. More detailed data are available on subscription to registered users.
Australia, states, and territories.
Overview statistics and further information about more detailed data and access to AEI's Market Information Package are available on the AEI website.
Enrolments for month
Year to date enrolments
Completions in month
Commencements for month
Year to date commencements
Level of study
Field of study
State or territory
Government or non-government institution
Previously, the collection was known as the Overseas Student Statistics Collection (OSSC) and was first published in 1993. The OSSC initially focused primarily on international students who came to Australia on a student visa. Later, international students who used other forms of visas were also included. In 2002, there were significant changes in the methodology used for International Enrolments Data, causing a break in the time series. Data available from 2002 therefore is not strictly comparable with earlier data.
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