Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

​Novel coronavirus (also called 2019-nCoV) is a new strain of coronavirus affecting humans. The Australian Government Department of Health is working across agencies and with states and territories to implement measures to manage the risk of novel coronavirus.
 
The Australian Government has announced that existing travel restrictions will be extended, based on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC).   
 
You can read the statement from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee on travel restrictions and COVID-19 here.
 
For health advice please visit the Department of Health website.
 
For information on travel restrictions please visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
 
 
 
The Department of Health has developed factsheets for schools and early childhood education and care services, parents, students and universities:
 
 
Further information can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health​ website. 
 
The Department of Education, Skills and Employment has also developed a fact sheet providing advice for international students travelling to Australia:
 


Global Reputation Taskforce

 
On 21 January 2020, the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, announced the formation of the Global Reputation Taskforce (Taskforce), under the leadership of the Council for International Education. The Taskforce was formed to shape Australia’s response in times of reputational damage or significant external risk to the sector, and to accelerate efforts to build a strong cohesive national brand for international education.

 
The taskforce held its first meeting on Monday 3 February 2020 and the Communique from the meeting can be found here​.
 

Data

 
Number of student visa holders from China (exc SARS) who may be affected by the coronavirus travel restrictions and home isolation requirements
 
The table below provides a current estimate of the number of student visa holders who may be affected by the travel restrictions or home isolation requirements due to the Novel Coronavirus. 
Student visa holders with valid visa at 1 February 2020 23:59:59 where the country of residence is CHINA, PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF (EXCL SARS)
 
 
Sector
In Australia
Outside Australia
Total
% Outside
Sector % of Total
Higher Education Sector
58,797
97,968
156,765
62%
83%
Independent ELICOS Sector
360
94
454
21%
0%
Non-Award Sector
223
125
348
36%
0%
Postgraduate Research Sector
3,230
1,777
5,007
35%
3%
Schools Sector
8,669
4,047
12,716
32%
7%
Vocational Education and Training Sector
10,935
2,669
13,604
20%
7%
Totals
82,214
106,680
188,894
56%
100%
 
 
Source: Department of Home Affairs, 2020 (RFI 23821.01)
 
 
 
Caveats
 
 
 
 
 
These data are a snapshot of Chinese nationals holding student visas who were offshore. Not all of these students may be in mainland China.   
These data represent student visa holders and do not include students holding other types of visas that permit study. In particular,  ELICOS students might not  hold student visas.
Data include both primary and secondary applicants
Dates of entry/commencement are not specified.
  
 BY LOCATION

Student visa holders with valid visa at 1 February 2020 (23:59:59) where the country of residence is CHINA, PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF (EXCL SARS)

 

 

Location

In Australia

Outside Australia

Total

% Outside

Location % of Total

Australian Capital Territory

2,030

5,496

7,526

73%

4%

New South Wales

27,102

40,515

67,617

60%

36%

Northern Territory

180

93

273

34%

0%

Queensland

12,603

12,932

25,535

51%

14%

South Australia

5,427

5,878

11,305

52%

6%

Tasmania

1,432

1,314

2,746

48%

1%

Victoria

28,969

33,825

62,794

54%

33%

Western Australia

2,634

3,468

6,102

57%

3%

Unknown*

1,837

3,159

4,996

63%

3%

Totals

82,214

106,680

188,894

56%

100%

 

 

Source: Department of Home Affairs, 2020 (RFI 23821.01)

 

 

 

Caveats

 

 

 

 

 

These data are a snapshot of Chinese residents holding student visas who were offshore. Not all of these student visa holders may be in mainland China.   

These data represent student visa holders and do not include students holding other types of visas that permit study. In particular, ELICOS students might not hold student visas.

Data includes both primary and secondary applicants.

Dates of entry/commencement are not specified.

*Location not given in Home Affairs data

 
 
Information last updated on Friday 14 February 2020.​
 
 
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