Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Financial Assistance for International Students
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council the financial irregularities affecting vulnerable international students of private education providers.

International students have had a great cultural and economic impact on Victoria. Some private education service providers have been taking advantage of international students who find themselves in vulnerable financial circumstances due to the COVID-19 crisis. Given the economic dimension of the COVID-19 crisis, greater flexibility on the payment of fees would allow students to improve their financial situation and, by extension, help the State economy. The legality of an international student’s visa depends on enrolment into an educational institution. Some private education providers have actively made the enrolment process more difficult.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to stop the abuse of vulnerable international students, investigate irregularities in practices of private education providers, enforce the standards set by the Government on educational services and negotiate, on behalf of international students, with these private education providers for financial and related assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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