A message from Austrade

Thursday 2 April 2020
Australian Government Trade Commission on COVID-19

The partnership between all levels of the Australian government, industry and community to manage the spread of COVID-19 continues to be a shining light during these challenging times.

A powerful example of partnership in the international education sector has been the swift pursuit of innovation in recent weeks, to support students with an online learning environment and virtual pastoral care, while we practice physical distancing. 

Australia’s experience with online and distance learning means that we are well-placed to manage this change. Within a matter of weeks, the biggest campus for our students has in fact become the cloud. 

It has been great to hear many stories of institutions and providers transitioning online and the positive feedback from students who are now experiencing this ‘new normal’. 

Finally, we wanted to let you know that Austrade and state and territory study clusters are working together to develop common messaging around important matters such as health and wellbeing. We recognise that the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on students, teachers and education institutions is immense. Austrade is committed to working together and ensuring every member of our international education community has access to the highest level of information, support and care in the coming weeks and months.

Excerpt from Austrade Weekly News 1st April 2020