A series of technical legal challenges meant that about 18,800 student visa cancellations were ruled invalid and more court challenges are likely, federal auditors say. In a report on student visas, the Australian National Audit Office urges a review of the visa cancellation regime and of the 20-hour a week work limit for overseas students.
The auditors also criticise a lack of high-level co-ordination between the immigration and education bureaucrats jointly responsible for overseas students.
However, it is unclear whether this would have made any difference to the handling of policy changes, which has proven so harmful to the education export industry.
The audit report points out that stricter rules for skilled migration and student visas emerged from “separate forums attached to cabinet processes”.
The SOL determines which occupations are eligible for independent or unsponsored skilled migration