Support for International Students studying in Western Australia

New program to promote WA to international students

7/12/2022 9:00 AM

  • $1 million international education familiarisation program to showcase the State as a preferred study destination
  • WA international education providers can apply to receive up to $50,000 in grant funding per familiarisation program
  • Program is part of the McGowan Government’s $41.2 million investment in international education initiatives

International education providers can now apply for grant funding to deliver familiarisation programs to showcase Western Australia as a study destination and promote the experiences the State has to offer.

Through the $1 million International Education Familiarisation Program, WA providers can apply to receive up to $50,000 in grant funding per familiarisation program.

The program will allow key overseas stakeholders to experience WA firsthand so they can promote the State to prospective international students, and raise awareness of international education offerings through training, networking, site visits, and tourism experiences.

Two categories of familiarisations will be supported by the program: the Education Trade Familiarisations – hosted by the McGowan Government’s Education Business Development Managers – and the Collaborative Familiarisation Fund, accessible to the WA international education sector.


Financial Support for International Students

$16.8 million boost to encourage students to study in WA

14/09/2022 9:00 AM
  • McGowan Government invests $16.8 million to encourage international students to study in the State
  • $10 million committed to the Agent Incentive Scheme in 2022-23 to promote WA as the Australian study destination of choice to prospective international students
  • $6.8 million for the continuation of the International Student Accommodation Subsidy and ELICOS Bursary to attract international students to WA
  • McGowan Government announced $41.2 million in May for international education initiatives as part of the 2022-23 State Budget

International students are being encouraged to study in Western Australia with the launch of $16.8 million in programs to incentivise agents and continue international student support initiatives.

Funding of $10 million was committed to the Agent Incentive Scheme in the 2022-23 State Budget to promote WA as a study destination of choice to prospective international students.

While WA education providers have longstanding formal agreements with education agents across the globe, this initiative will provide an additional incentive to agents from the State Government in recognition of successful enrolments at WA education providers.

The Agent Incentive Scheme will provide payments of:

  • $500 per student to agents enrolling a confirmed international student in a school, ELICOS or VET provider; and
  • $1,000 per student for a confirmed enrolment at one of the five WA universities.

A further $6.8 million was committed to continuing the International Student Accommodation Subsidy (ISAS) and International Student ELICOS Bursary (ISEB) to support and attract international students to WA.

The international student incentives will provide one-off payments of:

  • ISAS – $1,500 for up to 2,500 eligible students to offset accommodation expenses while studying full-time in WA in Semester 2, 2022; and
  • ISEB – $1,500 for up to 2,000 eligible international students to offset fees when undertaking an approved ELICOS course in WA.

Each of these programs support the McGowan Government’s commitment to international education and form part of the additional $41.2 million in international education initiatives announced in the 2022-23 State Budget.

Expressions of interest to participate in the Agent Incentive Scheme will open on 14 September 2022 for CRICOS-registered education and training providers located in WA. Agents who enrol a confirmed international student, with those providers electing to participate in the scheme, may be eligible for the incentive payment.

Providers wishing to register an expression of interest can find further details relating to the Agent Incentive Scheme by visiting

Applications for the Semester 2, 2022 ISAS and ELICOS Bursary programs will open on Wednesday, 14 September 2022. For further assistance with your application, staff support will be available at StudyPerth Student Hub. Students wishing to find further details of these programs and in-person support can visit


Major package to drive growth of international education sector

Thursday, 12 May 2022

  • State Budget 2022-23 provides major boost to diversify the economy and create jobs
  • $41.2 million of international education initiatives include scholarships and a familiarisation program for overseas stakeholders
  • Priority areas include building a pipeline of future onshore international education students, re-engagement of the international education agents network and support for the sector’s reconnection effort

The McGowan Labor Government has provided a massive $41.2 million boost to support Western Australia’s international education sector and diversify the WA economy as part of the 2022-23 State Budget.

The additional funding has been allocated following extensive consultation with the sector, including a roundtable with the Premier, International Education Minister and key stakeholders.

For full statement, visit:

The WA Government announced that the international education sector will receive $16 million, as part of the Safe Transition Industry Support Package to help individuals and businesses most affected by the delay in the full reopening of the border.

Applications are currently open for the International Student ELICOS Bursary (ISEB) fund.