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Regional universities push to trial a return of international students to Australia

Exclusive: charter flights, pre-departure Covid-19 testing and alternative quarantining arrangements are proposed

Regional Universities are calling for a relaxation of Australia’s travel ban to first be trialled for international students who commit to studying outside of capital cities, with charter flights, special Covid-19 pre-departure testing and alternative quarantining arrangements as an incentive to boost numbers at regional campuses.

The calls from the Regional Universities Network come after the House select committee hearing on regional Australia on Thursday heard that universities have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in international student fees due to Covid-19.

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