Australia’s world-class international education sector contributed $34 billion to the local economy last year, an increase of 15.3 per cent.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said Australia hosted a record 690,000 international students in 2018 who paid tuition fees and spent money on living costs.
"Over decades of investment, hard work and the commitment of world-class scholars, teachers and administrators, Australia has established a global reputation as a leader in higher education," Mr Tehan said.
"Australia has a vibrant and high-performing international education sector, so much so the British-based Centre for Global Higher Education predicts Australia will leapfrog the UK to become the world’s second most popular destination for international students this year.
"Our Government is working to promote regional Australia as a destination for international students, so our regional communities can also enjoy the economic and cultural benefits that international students bring.
"Only the Morrison Government will keep our economy strong and allow our export industries to thrive."
The data is from the Australian Bureau of Statistics International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia, Dec 2018: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/5368.0