Western Australia reveals ambitious plans $27.5 million US dollars (A$41.2 million) funding programme for international education initiatives in a bid to become a top destination for students.

The strategy includes a $670,000 funding for international education familiarisation programme to showcase the State as a preferred study destination. Western Australia’s international education providers can apply to receive up to US$33,450 (A$55,000) in grant funding per familiarisation programme. The initiative targets international education providers and experience Western Australia (WA) as a study destination.

The programme, launched by Western Australia’s Premier Mark McGowan, will allow key overseas stakeholders to experience WA firsthand so they can promote the State to prospective international students, and raise awareness of international education offerings through training, networking, site visits, and tourism experiences.

StudyPerth initiative support

Two categories of familiarisations will be supported by the programme: the Education Trade Familiarisations – hosted by the McGowan Government’s Education Business Development Managers – and the Collaborative Familiarisation Fund, accessible to the WA international education sector.

In addition to the International Education Familiarisation Program, McGowan’s Government has announced it will continue funding for two complementary StudyPerth initiatives.

StudyPerth will receive US$283,000 (A$423,000) from the WA Government to provide the international education sector with access to activities to enhance their familiarisation programmes.

Recognising that providing a warm welcome to visitors is a key aspect in promoting the State as an attractive study destination, the McGowan Government has also committed $130,500 to StudyPerth to continue the international student welcome service at Perth Airport through Semester 1, 2023.

For more information visit: International Education Familiarisation Program.

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