The first batch of returning international students are due to fly in this weekend, but Australia has a lot of work to do to maintain its pre-COVID share of the global education market.
Even before COVID-19, 22% of international students often went without food or necessities and almost half depended on paid work to cover the rent. With many of their jobs gone, they're now desperate.
There is enough policy and general advice in place about the safety of international students. We need operational programs with the police and other stakeholders, leading to evidence-based practice.