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International student flights to Australia to restart in September

The students will travel from Singapore on flights arriving by early September in Australia. The group also includes students from Hong Kong, China, and Japan. International students, who pay an average of more than $30,000 a year to study in Australia have not been eligible for government benefits during the pandemic, prompting queues at restaurants and food banks for free meals. There were more than 500,000 international students in Australia at the start of the pandemic.

The first flights are set to increase pressure on other states to follow as the university sector sheds thousands of jobs to manage the revenue downturn.

Student accommodation providers had also established plans to charter busloads of students to and from campus to their accommodation to avoid interaction with the wider community.

The new quarantine is expected to involve the standard 14-day hotel stay for all international arrivals before students are allowed to attend classes.