Support for International Students studying in Western Australia

Major boost for international education to diversify WA’s economy


  • $13.1 million investment in Western Australia’s international education sector funded in 2023-24 State Budget
  • New package includes international student support and destination marketing programs
  • Latest funding brings total spend on international education over four years to $75.4 million
  • Premier’s upcoming official visit to China to support mutually beneficial exchanges in trade and investment across a range of sectors, including international education

The McGowan Government will provide a major boost to Western Australia’s international education sector to attract students from overseas and further diversify the State’s economy.

Building on the success of the Government’s $41.2 million investment in the sector as part of the 2022-23 State Budget, Premier Mark McGowan today announced $13.1 million in new funding to support student welfare and continue developing a sustainable pipeline of future students, ahead of departing for a historic trade mission to China.

The trade mission is the first official visit to China in four years, and will focus on supporting mutually beneficial exchanges in trade and investment across energy, resources, international education, aviation and science and innovation.

The funding boost in the 2023-24 State Budget recognises the importance of the international education sector to WA’s economy, including the benefits of further diversification and setting the State up for long-term success.

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International students encouraged to apply for financial assistance


  • Applications now open for the third round of the McGowan Government’s International Student Accommodation Subsidy and International Student ELICOS Bursary
  • Programs provide one-off payments of $1500 to offset accommodation and ELICOS course fees expenses
  • Open to international students studying full-time in Western Australia

The McGowan Government is continuing to provide assistance to international students who have chosen to study in Western Australia, opening a new round of the International Student Accommodation Subsidy (ISAS) and International Student ELICOS Bursary (ISEB).

The programs provide international students with financial assistance to cover costs in Semester 1, 2023, such as:

  • The International Student Accommodation Subsidy – a $1,500 payment to eligible students to offset accommodation expenses while studying full-time; and
  • The International Student ELICOS Bursary  a $1,500 payment to eligible international students to offset fees when undertaking an approved English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) in WA.

In total, $6,750,000 in program funds are available through the ISAS and ISEB.


New program to promote WA to international students


  • $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.