English Australia requests $87 million Coronavirus rescue package

English Australia requests $87 million Coronavirus rescue package

The CEO of English Australia has written to the Australian Prime Minister requesting a $87 million Coronavirus rescue package for the country’s English language training sector.

The onset of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic is obliterating Australia’s English language training sector (ELICOS) and if the government does not intervene, experts claim that many high end educational institutes would be forced to close.

According to English Australia, their CEO wrote to the Australian Prime Minister and has requested a rescue package of $87 million to help them get through these troubling times.

Brett Blacker, the CEO of English Australia, claimed to have written to the Treasurer, Minister for Education, and Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment with these requests.

Blacker also stated that he has been in contact with other senior officials from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment in regards to the rescue package request. 

Blacker said: “We are separately writing to each of the State/ Territory Premiers requesting dedicated sector support within the state stimulus packages.

“A teleconference was held with the Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland, The Hon Jackie Trad MP last Friday with support from Study Queensland. 

“As a sector 100% reliant on foreign nationals the impact is clear. Our message is clear. We need support and we need it now. “

Terms requested in English Australia Coronavirus rescue package

The rescue package has eight points which English Australia wishes to be implemented as soon as possible:

  • Eligible ELICOS businesses to receive concessional loans of up to $500,000.
  • Businesses get grants of up to $20,000 to facilitate online courses.
  • Eligible small-medium businesses to receive payroll assistance grants of up to $100,000
  • A sector support payment to facilitate English Australia support its members, business owners and students.
  • Waiver of regulatory fees  and the Annual Registration Charge (ARC), Tuition Protection Service and ASQA/TEQSA fees and charges for 2020-2021 under the ESOS Act
  • Student visa fees to be waived
  • Removal of Austrade service fees to access marketing and data assistance
  • Expansion of eligibility to CRICOS providers to the Provision of Service For The Adult Migrant tender

Pic: Brett Stone

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

You can reach Zahra at zahra@globaleducationtimes.org

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