International Student Data 2016

Department of Education and Training international 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 and state/territory.

International student enrolments in Australia 1994–2016

International student enrolment statistics for 1994 to 2016 are summarised in the chart below. This chart should be used for indicative purposes only, as data for the periods 1994-2001 and 2002-2016 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 Department of Education and Training Higher Education Statistical Collection, CRICOS, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
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 cover 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 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.

Monthly time series of student enrolments for 2016 – 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 2016 Detailed Monthly Tables section below.
Please click on the images below to view the tables individually or a full set of the tables 1–6 (pdf 91KB) are available to download.
Table 1: All sectors
AEI All sectors  
Table 3: Higher education
AEI Higher Education  
Table 5: Schools
AEI ASchools  
Table 2: ELICOS
Table 4: VET
Table 6: Non-award
AEI Non-award 

2016 pivot tables

In an effort to reduce the size of downloads, a subset of the data from 2012 onwards has been created. The full time series from 2002 onwards is available in the indicated links (as larger downloads). All pivot tables are compatible with Excel 2003 or later.
Basic pivot table 2013–2016
(zip 701KB, 2.1MB unzipped)
Basic pivot table 2002 onwards
(zip 2.5MB, 7.5MB unzipped)
Includes the variables state and territory, sector, nationality, month and year for year-to-date enrolments and commencements.
To assist you with using the Department of Education and Training pivot tables, please refer to the User Guide (pdf 1.1MB). This manual is intended to provide new users with basic pivot table skills and advice on how to browse this website to locate international student data and reports.
Please contact us if you experience any technical difficulties.

2016 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 7–12 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 7–12
January (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
February (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
March (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
April (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
May (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
June (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
July (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
August (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
September (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
October (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
November (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)
December (pdf 71KB or xls 494KB)

Explanatory notes for Department of Education and Training international student enrolment data