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International Student Enrolments


Statistical Officer
Australian Education International
Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)
GPO Box 9880 Canberra City, ACT 2601
Telephone (02) 6240 7610
Facsimile (02) 6240 7751
Website www.aei.dest.gov.au


Australian Education International's (AEI's) Enrolment data provides monthly and yearly data on the number of enrolments of students with student visas. Data includes commencements and cessations with progressive year to date totals. Overview statistics are available on the website and more detailed data by request.


Only enrolments that represent students who have actually started studying in Australia on a student visa are counted. Data does not represent the number of overseas students in Australia or the number of student visas issued. Instead data counts actual course enrolments. However, data at the 1st of the month represents a close approximation to the number of students enrolled on that day.

Data Items

commencements in month
finishes in month
total in month
year to date total
course level
field of study
government/non-government institution

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 DEST extracts this data monthly producing monthly and yearly figures.

Historical Data

In 2002 there were significant changes in the methodology used for International Enrolments Data causing a break in the time series. The changes are as follows:

    • onshore data is derived from the one source - PRISMS, providing more accurate and complete data
    • non-award student enrolments are recorded in a separate category
    • data is available monthly as well as yearly and includes commencements and cessations with progressive year to date totals.

Previously, the collection was known as the Overseas Student Statistics and was first published in 1993.
OSS initially focused primarily on international students who came to Australia on a student visa and later international students who utilised other forms of visas were also included.


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