Export Education Levy suspended for 2022

The Government has decided to suspend the Export Education Levy for the 2022 calendar year.

The Export Education Levy is collected from international education providers and supports services for the sector.

The levy was suspended for the 2020 and 2021 calendar years in recognition of the significant and unprecedented financial hardship being faced by the international education sector due to COVID-19 and the global pandemic. The 2022 suspension recognises the continued financial pressure on the international education sector. Suspending the levy supports international education providers to rebuild by enabling them to redirect these funds to best support their business and students.

The Government will work with the International Education sector to introduce appropriate settings for 2023. In the meantime, services funded by the levy will be met by other revenue streams and matching service provision to sector and student needs.

The Export Education Levy helps fund a broad range of activities and projects relating to the export education industry, including promotion and marketing, quality assurance, and reimbursements for international students caught out by programme and provider closures.

The Export Education Levy is collected from international education providers. Before the levy was suspended, rates were set at 0.50% of international student tuition fees for universities, Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics, and private schools, and 0.89% of international student tuition fees for Private Training Establishments.

While expected student numbers for 2022 are uncertain, we expect the sector could have less than 20,000 international students, compared to 125,000 students when the Government released the International Education Strategy in 2018.

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