International students will be able to return to NSW under a state government pilot plan involving a quarantine period in purpose-built accommodation.
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said on Thursday that 250 international students would be able to come to Sydney each fortnight from mid-year. They will spend their quarantine period in purpose-built student accommodation.
The arrival of these students will be in addition to the returning Australians arriving at Sydney Airport each week amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
International students will be able to return to NSW under a state government pilot plan involving a quarantine period in purpose-built accommodation
The plan, which has been endorsed by NSW Health and NSW Police, has been submitted to the federal government for review.
Mr Perrottet said the NSW education sector was worth $14.6 billion in 2019 and directly supported more than 95,000 local jobs.
More than 250,000 international students typically study in NSW each year.
‘If we don’t act fast, students will turn to other overseas destinations and it could take the sector decades to recover,’ Mr Perrottet said in a statement.
Students would return on chartered flights paid for by the universities and undergo quarantine at designated facilities under a proposal being discussed by the NSW government. Pictured is University of Sydney
Mr Perrottet said the students would be subject to exactly the same quarantine standards as returning Australians held in hotels.
Under the plan, NSW Health will triage arriving students and direct them to quarantine at approved student accommodation sites.
One such site has already been chosen, with more to come.
Mr Perrottet said the overall impact of closed international borders for NSW is as high as $1.5 billion per month, slowing economic growth.