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International student arrivals - Australia - March 2020
The outbreak of COVID-19 which started in China in December 2019, has continued to disrupt the movement of international students this month, due to the introduction of travel restrictions from February 2020. In 2019, China was the largest source country nationally. Educational exports are an important contributor to the Australian economy.
Of all arrivals to Australia travelling on an international student visa in March 2020, there was a decrease of 11,790 students (-16%) compared to the same month in the previous year.
The only numeric increase was for:
The highest numeric decreases were for:
12.1 All visitor arrivals(a), Aust. - International Students - Original estimates
(a) Includes short-term (less than 1 year) and long-term (1 year or more) visitor arrivals.
(b) English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students.
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