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International students encouraged to live, study and work in the Northern Territory

The Country Liberals Government is taking a proactive approach to attracting overseas students to live, study and work in the Northern Territory.

Minister for Business Peter Styles said the government is joining forces with Charles Darwin University to take part in education expos in Vietnam and the Philippines this month.

“Between 2013 and 2014 international education contributed $61 million to the Northern Territory economy and employed 450 Territorians,” Mr Styles said.

“These countries have been among the top 10 for CDU international students and the Northern Territory government’s involvement in these types of expos in Asia is important to building on our reputation as a destination of choice for students.

“Over coming weeks representatives from the Department of Business will showcase the NT’s education and post-graduation employment opportunities alongside qualified staff from the International Office at CDU who will be working to recruit students for full time study.

“These joint promotional activities are part of the Territory Government/CDU Partnership Agreement and are designed to increase awareness of study opportunities at CDU, living in the NT as well as potential future employment. “ 

International students who graduate with a Bachelor degree, Masters degree or PhD after at least two years study at CDU are eligible to apply for post-study work visas in the Territory for between two to four years.

Currently approximately 1200 or 17% of Higher Education enrolments at CDU are international students studying full time on the Darwin campus.

“The Northern Territory is an expanding economy with a high demand for skilled and qualified workers in business, hospitality, health, education and the service sector,” Mr Styles said.

“International CDU graduates can make valuable contributions not only to the Northern Territory’s economy but also the local workforce by filling gaps where there are skills shortages.

“The Territory is an attractive location with international students eligible to work a maximum of 40 hours a fortnight during their enrolment at the University.”

The Department of Business provides continuous expert information and advice to international students and conducts annual labour market research and analysis to identify key areas of skills shortages, which informs its training and education activity. 

The Department also works with the Northern Territory’s multicultural communities to assist in identifying migration opportunities for family members who are looking for international opportunities.

Media Contact: Rebecca Barr: 0407 284 066