4 June 2019: Federal minister for education Dan Tehan says ensuring physical safety and mental health wellbeing of international students is a priority for the Morrison government and all levels of law enforcement.
“Earlier this year, I instructed the Education Department to consult with the sector on the further development of strategies to address mental health issues among international students. This national consultation will now be expanded to also look at ways to better ensure the physical safety of students,” Mr Tehan said in a press statement.
The minister’s mention of “physical safety” comes amid media reports about a dozen or so robbery incidents in which international students from the Monash University were targeted.
The Morrison government has condemned attacks on overseas students, “Our Government wants to ensure all students who come to Australia are living in a safe, supportive environment.”
Under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018, education providers must provide access to support services to ensure the mental and physical wellbeing of their international students, Mr Tehan said in the press statement.
The minister further added that the federal government is working closely with state and territory governments and education providers to ensure Australia is a safe and welcoming country for international students.