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Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criterion to be reviewed

Monday, March 10 2014


The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criterion for student visas remains a contentious barrier to studying in Australia.

Since its introduction in November 2011, ACPET has collated hundreds of examples of questionable visa refusals on the basis of the GTE criterion, applied to applicants in many low migration risk as well as higher migration risk countries. This factor is preventing genuine students from being able to study in Australia.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has completed an internal review of GTE and is now seeking feedback from the sector, which will be presented to Assistant Minister the Hon Michaelia Cash for her consideration.

ACPET will prepare a response to this review, highlighting inconsistencies in the application of the GTE for prospective international students. Members can contact me by email or phone on 03 94125912 to provide their views on GTE in order to inform the ACPET submission.


Share your success stories about graduate employability, and promote your institution and your students’ success.

The Australian Government, through its Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) recently commissioned a research grant to study strategies and best practice approaches for supporting the employability of higher education graduates. The institutions collaborating on the project comprise ACPET, Bond University, James Cook University and the University of Southern Queensland.

The project aims to identify how educators best support the employability of their graduates. This may be through:

  • a combination of careers advice and specific employment skill development
  • development of graduate portfolios
  • establishment of  mentorship networks between graduates already employed and currently enrolled students
  • or other innovations.

We want to hear stories of success from ACPET higher education members.
Staff members that have made a strong contribution to employability, or have supported the knowledge, skills and attributes that lead to career success for your graduates, please share your success story with us and with other higher education practitioners. Tell us about current practices and innovations that have resulted in a ‘dream’ job for one of your graduate. Share your insights into what makes the graduate successful in obtaining employment.

Should you have any questions I encourage you to contact ACPET’s Senior Researcher, Dr Laura Hougaz by email to discuss this project.

Ben Vivekanandan
General Manager Policy Research


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