International education

The Western Australian Government is committed to supporting the international education sector in our state and increasing the number of students coming to study in Perth when it is safe to do so.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Australia welcomed more than 50,000 students from 147 countries who were living and learning in Perth, many of whom continue to do so.

International education is a key contributor to our economy. It is estimated that in 2019:

  • approximately $2.1 billion in export income was generated for WA
  • the sector supported approximately 12,000 full-time jobs, with one full-time job created in WA for every 5 international students.

The WA Government has established the WA International Education Advisory Group to provide strategic leadership for the sector with a current focus on recovery and renewal initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory group brings together a broad range a stakeholders from across the international education sector and supporting partners to collaboratively help shape and govern WA's strategy and recovery response.

The WA Government – through the advisory group – has developed and commenced implementation of an International Education Recovery and Renewal Plan, which is a key part of the WA Recovery Plan.

This plan outlines strategies to support the sector, while ensuring the positive welfare of students who are currently studying in Perth.

For more information, email

For students wanting to find out about studying in Perth, visit the StudyPerth website.

Opportunities for Western Australian VET providers in East Java report

The Opportunities for Western Australian VET providers in East Java report examines the opportunities for WA VET providers to capitalize on Indonesia’s market opportunities, initiate collaborations and develop new partnerships in WA’s Sister State, East Java.

Page reviewed 25 November 2021