Submissions from students and parents to a select committee inquiry suggest the student accommodation sector is overdue for tougher regulation.
The residential hall for international and local university students equipped them for a globalised world, more than anything they could learn in a class.
Australia has student accommodation with nearly 100,000 beds, many now empty. The large purpose-built student housing facilities are well suited for quarantining returning international students.
Australia is currently experiencing one of the largest booms in international student enrolments, which needs to be sustainable if we're going to continue to benefit economically.
With the impasse between South African universities and students over free higher education a forum has been set up to look at possible reforms.