International student data 2012


AEI student enrolment data are derived from the Provider Registration and International Students Management System (PRISMS) database and counts enrolments by students studying in Australia on a student visa. The data includes commencements and year-to-date counts. It is broken down by nationality, sector, state/territory, field of education and level of study. 


International student enrolments in Australia 1994-2012

International student enrolment statistics for 1994 to 2012 are summarised in the chart below.  This chart should be used for indicative purposes only, as data for the periods 1994-2001 and 2002-2011 are not comparable due to the different sources used to compile the data. Click on the chart to open a printable pdf copy with associated data table.

Note: There have been significant changes in methodology between 2001 and 2002.
1994 to 2001: Data were sourced from the DIISRTE Higher Education Statistical Collection, CRICOS, the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs and AusAID.
From 2002: Onshore student data are derived from the Commonwealth Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS).  The data show enrolments across all sectors for all students holding a student visa.  THese do not covers students on other visas, which in the case of ELICOS, involves a large number of students on tourist visas and, to a lesser extent, working holiday visas.  As a general 'rule of thumb', for each ELICOS student on a student visa there is another on a non-student visa.  For further information, please see Explanatory notes for AEI International Student Data.
The data do not cover offshore activity where Australian providers supply education services to foreign students overseas or by distance education where the student remains offshore.  Data on offshore activity by Australian higher education institutions are available from the Higher Education Statistical Collection.  Data on the Delivery of VET Offshore by Public Providers from the National Quality Council.


Monthly time series of student enrolments for 2012  summaries by sector 


The following tables give a month by month analysis of international student data by sector, including information on enrolments, commencements, finishes and year to date totals. More detailed data are contained in the 2012 Detailed Monthly Tables section below.

Please click on the images below to view the tables individually or a full set of the tables 16 (pdf 161KB) are available to download.

Table 1: All sectors  Table 2: ELICOS 
Table 3: Higher education  Table 4: VET 
AEI Higher Education AEI VET
Table 5: Schools  Table 6: Non-award 
AEI Schools AEI Other

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2012 pivot tables


In an effort to reduce the size of downloads, a subset of the data from 2008 onwards has been created.  The full time series from 2002 onwards is available in the indicated links (as larger downloads). AEI advises that the pivot table is compatible with Excel 2003 or later.


Basic pivot table 2012  
(zip 720KB, 2.2MB unzipped)

Includes the variables state and territory, sector, nationality, month and year for year-to-date enrolments and commencements.

Pivot table 2002 onwards
(zip 1.8MB, 5.5MB unzipped)


To assist you with using the AEI Pivot Tables, please refer to the AEI User Guide (pdf 1.1MB).  This manual is intended to provide new users with basic pivot table skills and advice on how to browse the AEI website to locate AEI data and reports.

Please contact AEI if you experience any technical difficulties.


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2012 detailed monthly tables


The detailed monthly tables expand on the information provided in tables one to six. These tables include information on monthly enrolments, commencements and year-to-date data. Monthly data adds new enrolments for the month to the number at the start of month.

Tables 712 contain information about each sector by top 10 nationalities and state and territory. These tables count the year-to-date activity up to and including the reference month.

The data in the following tables is updated throughout the year, resulting in some revision to previously published data.

Tables 712

January (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
February (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
March (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
April (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB
May (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
June (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
July (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
August (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
September (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
October  (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
November (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)
December (pdf 52KB or xls 203KB)


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Explanatory notes


Explanatory notes for AEI enrolment data



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