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Education in Australia

 

About Australia

Australia is the largest island and the smallest continent in the world. It lies between the Indian Ocean and the South Pacific Ocean. It is about 11,000 kilometers southwest of North America and 3,200 kilometers southeast of mainland Asia.

 

The population of Australia is about twenty million. More than four-fifths of the people live in cities and towns that are generally in coastal areas near the mouth of a river and as close as possible to a good ocean harbour. The main cities are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra and are all State Capital cities. Most Australians enjoy an excellent standard of living, good educational opportunities and a relaxed lifestyle made possible by the outstanding natural and economic features of the country.

 

Australia boasts a fantastic temperate climate. It is a land of bright sunshine, surf beaches, tropical rivers, rainforests, mountain ranges, red deserts and rich green coastal plains.

The flora and fauna are interesting and unique, with kangaroos, koalas and wombats included in the array of wildlife.

The Ancient Egyptians wrote about a vast great land located in the south. Others might have sighted the southern continent, but the official first recording of Australia was made in 1606 by the Dutch who described the continent as a wild land.

When Britain lost territories from the American War of Independence, they set their sights on Australia. British jails were flooded and they looked to Australia in 1788 as a perfect island continent to host their penal colony.

When Britain lost territories from the American War of Independence, they set their sights on Australia. British jails were flooded and they looked to Australia in 1788 as a perfect island continent to host their penal colony.

From starting as a penal colony, Australia has emerged into a modern English speaking nation. Australia is now a multi-cultural society with a beautiful diverse landscape.

After World War II in 1945 immigration has had a huge impact on Australia with an estimated 4.2 million people migrating from around 120 countries around the world. Most of the immigrants following the war were Europeans with Mediterranean descent. These Europeans came to Australia looking for new opportunities and brought with them new foods, sports, and values which all have had an impact on today Australian culture.

Asia has been Australia main focus in recent years. Asia (Australia neighbor) is the fastest growing economic region in the world and Australia has been attracting immigrants from Asia since 1970. Now you will notice a lot of Australians that are of an Asian descent. Asia and Australia are teammates and work together in business, education, and travel.

Australia beautiful land hosts some of the most exotic animals from around the world. Some of the animals you might have seen on the Animal Planet TV show or Wildlife Magazine are included below:

  • Koalas
  • Kangaroos
  • Alligators
  • Wombats
  • Kookaburras
  • Cockatoos

Australia is a landscape that is made up of natural beauty and includes breathtaking features such as the following:

  • Red desert sands
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Tropical rain forest
  • Golden sandy beaches
  • Snow filled mountains
  • Clear sea and sky
  • Exotic animals
  • Golden coastlines

 

Why study in Australia

In Australia, you have the freedom to choose a path that suits your particular goals. There are thousands of courses on offer.

Whichever course you choose, you’ll experience a unique kind of education. Studying in Australia promotes innovative, creative and independent thinking. You’ll learn to work as part of a team, to communicate effectively with others and to develop the practical skills and intellectual abilities you need for global success.

Most importantly, you’ll learn how to use your initiative. Your teachers will encourage you to think of original, practical solutions to real-world problems. Upon graduation, your qualification will make you highly sought after by Australian and international employers.

The Australian education system has a strong international reputation and is known for its effective structure and innovative policy developments. Many other countries, eager to improve their own education systems, turn to Australia for advice.

Australia is also one of the best places to live. It is a young, vibrant and friendly country in which students can live, learn and grow. So if you want a quality education and a good lifestyle, Australia’s the place to be.

The relationship of education to migration policy

You should undertake study in a field in which you intend to work once you graduate. You are strongly advised not to undertake studies in Australia with the sole purpose of obtaining a migration outcome. The student visa process is an entirely separate process to skilled migration and there is no guarantee that you will be eligible for skilled migration purely on the basis of having undertaken a course related to an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL).

The SOL is a list of skilled occupations that are in need in Australia comprising of four major groups: managers and administrators; professionals; associate professionals; and tradespersons and related workers.

The SOL can, and does, change in light of labour market needs in Australia. There is no guarantee that an occupation listed on the SOL at the time you begin your studies will still be on the SOL when you graduate.

The Australian Government wants a targeted, high-value, demand-driven, skilled migration program that is responsive to the needs of the Australian labour market. As these needs change rapidly, the skilled migration program will be adjusted accordingly.

Australian Education System

Each state government manages the school system within their state. This means that they provide funds and regulation for their schools. Both public schools and private schools exist in each state. The curriculum taught in each state or school may vary but the learning areas are the same in all.

Each state has a Vocational Education and Training (VET) or Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system. VET prepares people for work in a career that does not need a university degree. Each state manages their system and meets at a national level to coordinate their effort. VET is transferable between all states. Study done in one state gains the same status in another state. Typically, a VET/TAFE course takes two years of study.

The national government provides the funding for universities in all the states. Each is independent in its governance. They set their courses and course content. A professional body must endorse a course for it to run. Typically, a university course takes three or four years of study.

In the work place employers use agreed courses and outcomes to set standards of training for employment. Many parts of industry and business provide ongoing work place training for their employees. Some of this training can count towards a qualification.

People who are educated overseas can gain recognition of their training. This may help them to get employment.

 

Work after Study

 Studying in Australia gives you a competitive edge.

One of the great advantages of gaining an Australian qualification is the opportunities it will provide you when it comes time to find employment. No matter where you want to start your career, your qualification will be recognised as a mark of a quality education.

Employers in Australia and around the world hold Australian graduates in high esteem. Thousands of graduates are recruited every year in all career fields. From traditional fields, such as business, finance, law and medicine, to emerging industries, such as environmental sustainability, digital media, biotechnology, nanotechnology and e-commerce, your Australian qualification will provide you with an excellent platform from which to further your career.

Employment assistance

Many Australian universities and higher education institutions offer returning home seminars for international students. These seminars will prepare you to re-enter your home country and provide advice on finding a job.

There are a number of recruitment companies in Australia and around the world that offer careers counseling and link graduates with prospective employers. Many large corporations run their own graduate recruitment service, and value graduates with international experience such as an Australian qualification.

The Australian Government has also been very active in developing Memoranda of Understanding and qualifications recognition between Australia and other countries. They can also advise you where to find information about employment and further study opportunities in Australia and in your country.

Skilled Migration Program

The Australian Government skilled migration program targets young people who have skills, an education and outstanding abilities that will contribute to the Australian economy. International students with Australian qualifications account for about half the people assessed under the skilled migrant program. 

 

Required Tests

For any course that belongs to higher education category (post secondary),  a student must score at least six out of nine in IELTS - International English Language Testing System conducted by British Council or IDP. Some Universities and Colleges may require a higher band score. Although TOELF is acceptable, Indian and other subcontinent students have difficulty in getting admission in good universities and also Australian visa office may deny study visa. 

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