Many Universities in Australia are gradually resuming offline courses!Western Australia announces student aid scheme

2022-04-21 0 By

Australia will reopen its international borders to all visa holders, including tourist visas, from February 21, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Monday.As a result, Australian universities are updating their teaching arrangements, and some “offline courses” will resume this semester.Most courses at the University of Sydney have been delivered remotely over the past two years since the 2020 outbreak.However, on February 7, the University of Sydney updated its teaching schedule for the new term. It is understood that the university’s vice-chancellor has told all staff and students that it has decided to resume face-to-face teaching for classes with fewer than 120 students.Distance learning will still be available for international students who have not yet returned to Australia.The University of Technology Sydney, The Australian National University and the University of Wollongong have also announced the return of online classes.Classes at UTS begin on 21 February.Courses that involve interactive learning, such as LABS and tutorials, will be offered face-to-face, a university spokesman said.In addition, lectures will be online, as will courses for overseas students.The WA government has launched a $77 million Secure Transition Industry support program to help eligible businesses and individuals in industries most affected by the decision to delay the full reopening of WA’s borders.The package includes nine support programs for the international education, tourism, aviation and events sectors.Support for international education International students and international educational institutions will receive the following support: · $6 million industry support program to assist eligible small and medium sized education providers affected by international border closures;· A $8 million Student Quarantine Support Program – Semester 1 2022 available to assist international students with quarantine related costs studying at educational institutions in Western Australia;· $2 million for University services to the Student Support Program – a supplementary payment of $500 to affected international students to provide support services.Support tourism Tourism Support. Eligible businesses can choose to apply for either of the following $20 million tourism support programs – $10,000 in assistance to the self-employed and $20,000 to businesses that employ them to offset the costs of preparing for the full border opening originally planned;· $15 million Travel Deposit Refund program – provides up to $50,000 in assistance to eligible travel businesses that have already returned deposits on some canceled interstate and international bookings.Other travel and travel-related support includes: · Funding of $10 million to the existing Aviation Recovery Fund as part of the Reconnect WA package – bringing the total to $75 million;· $3 million Travel Agency Support Fund – grants of up to $10,000 for eligible home-based businesses and $20,000 for eligible brick-and-mortar businesses.Support will also be provided to eligible event organizers and suppliers who support events, including: · $10 million to extend and expand the “Get the Show Back on Track” program – to cover up to 75% of lost ticket sales, including a direct request from the WA Government to cancel events;Self-cancellation events related to border delay decisions;And meet the criteria for a significant reduction in ongoing activities;· $3 million Event Vendor Support Program – payments to eligible event vendors for ticketed events, grants of $10,000 for self-employed individuals, $20,000 for small businesses, and grants of $50,000 for large businesses with pre-COVID annual turnover over $1 million.Applications for these schemes will be open soon.