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In the wake of the challenges that began to rock the Australian international education sector in 2008–2009, some of the highest-profile and most anticipated government moves to counter declining enrolments have been with respect to streamlining visa processing for international students - now available to public universities, selected private colleges, and TAFEs (Technical and Further Education colleges).
Private-sector providers, meanwhile, are still waiting. And while they wait, they are at a distinct competitive disadvantage relative to other Australian institutions with respect to visa processing times for incoming students.
Read our accompanying ICEF Monitor article ''Australian private-sector providers continue to call for visa reforms'' here http://bit.ly/1AdDuVx.
And for those of you interested in further information on how the government's changes are impacting the sector, please see our article and video interview here: on http://monitor.icef.com/2012/12/the-changing-face-of-agency-engagement-with-australia/
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