Asian International Students, Temporary Graduates and Skilled Migrants in Australia: Settlement, Wellbeing and Employment

Associate Professor Ly Tran1, Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett2, Professor Jill Blackmore1, Mr John van Kooy3

1Deakin University, Burwood, Australia, 2Monash University, Clayton, Australia, 3AMES Australia, Melbourne, Australia

Chair: Professor Ly Tran


Asian student mobility and skilled migration to Australia are crucial to the nation’s cultural, social and economic development and the connection between Australia and the region. Latest figures from the Australian government show that there are more than 703,000 international students in Australia, of whom the majority is from Asia. In addition, there were nearly 92,000 international graduate visa holders as temporary migrants in Australia as of June, 2019, which constitutes around 0.7 per cent of Australia’s 13.5 million labour force. Many of these temporary visa holders were driven by migration aspirations and/or employment prospects in Australia. The post-study work arrangements and opportunities for this temporary graduate-migrant cohort have significant implications for the nation’s international education, skilled migration and talent acquisition agendas. This panel brings together members from Australian Universities and AMES Australia to address crucial issues related to three different but interrelated groups: Asian students, Asian temporary graduates and Asian migrants in Australia.

It will discuss: the mental health and wellbeing of Asian students in Australia; how ‘best fit’ excludes international graduates from employment in Australia; key factors that affect the employment outcomes of international graduates who stay in Australia on the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485); a program for improving employment outcomes for professionally skilled migrants.


The Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) is the peak body of university experts and educators on Asia in Australia. Established in 1976, we promote and support the study of Asia in Australian universities and knowledge of Asia among the broader community. Our membership is drawn mainly from academics and students, but also includes industry and government Asia experts. We take a strong interest in promoting knowledge about Asia in schools and in contributing to state and Commonwealth government policies related to Asia. We provide informed comment on Asia to a broad public through our bulletin, Asian Currents, and specialist research articles in our journal, Asian Studies Review. Four book series published under our auspices cover Southeast Asia, South Asia, East Asia and Women in Asia.

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