The Australian government wants graduating overseas students to stay and work here, right?

Graduation crisis for Australian students

Higher education enrolments, overseas students, 2010–2020
Overseas student enrolments, image by Parliament of Australia
 Australia Increases Permanent Immigration to Boost International Students
Australia Increases Permanent Immigration to Boost International Students. Image by the Pie News


  • Background

This will be an introduction to the national shortage of staff for various jobs in Australia and the consequent long-term need for highly skilled recent graduates to migrate to Australia. Since COVID-19, international students from around the world have been unable to enter Australia to study, resulting in the inability to graduate and the lack of employment opportunities in Australia. With the opening of the Australian Gateway in 2022, a large number of overseas students have migrated to Australia to live and work. The government is also offering more conditions for skilled migration for recent overseas graduates and more visas to allow more recent overseas graduates to work in Australia to build the country.

This article discusses how the Australian government can continue to attract recent overseas graduate migrants to Australia and address the country’s labour shortage.

  • Publication and Audience

I will be publishing this feature on Honi Soit, the University of Sydney’s weekly student newspaper, which is one of the most authoritative and representative student news platforms in Australia and is available both in print and online. I chose Honi Soit as the publisher because the University of Sydney can provide highly educated graduates and address the fact that there is a shortage of highly skilled Australians, which is more in line with the readership and the future direction of the country after graduation.

The target audience for this feature is international students approaching graduation, mostly aged 20-30 years old, especially those about to graduate and seeking employment, both locally in Australia and in their own countries, and Honi Soit targets just over 50,000 local and international students and over 10,000 academic staff at the University of Sydney. It even includes some regional Australian university youth groups.

  • Newsworthiness 

Information about overseas students graduating with work visas to legally stay and work in Australia is available on the Australian home affairs website. The article “Important changes to Australian student visas from 1 July 2023″(Rebecca.M, 2023) shows that the Australian government has started to offer longer work visas to graduating overseas students.

  • Sources

I will be interviewing two international students about their views on staying and working in Australia after graduation:

Interviewee 1:

Name: WANG Songming

He is a bachelor student who from University technology of Sydney is going to graduate this summer. And he has already decided what he wants to do in the future.

Contect Information:

Interviewee 2:

Name: GUAN Xiekai

He is a master student who from University of Sydney is going to graduate next summer. But he has no idea where he is heading to in the future.

Contect Information:

  • Multimedia

This news feature will have full link inserts as well as images and video inserts to provide an interactive, extended news story, as well as links to other social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Hoit Soit will also provide an electronic version to make it easier to share and make the text more interactive.

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  1. This is a fascinating topic for a news feature! You have clearly and distinctly captured the real-time issues in Australian society and focused on a group of international students just like yourself. The layout of your text is very clear, which makes your web interface look very inviting to read. While increasing the reader’s interest in reading, you also make the reader understand your reasoning for the news feature by adding photos of relevant data. Your audience is specific, and you’ve divided them between 20-30, which is a good target for the average age range of international students.

    However, you only considered publishing the piece on Honi Soit. Did you consider more social media, such as Twitter and Instagram, which are very promotional and are the preferred social platforms for most young people? Also, add to your list of interviewers someone with experience in handling study abroad so that you can better research from a competent and objective perspective.

  2. I consider this topic as well-chosen. There is a clear indication of a newsworthy issue of International student seeking a job in Australia, which is increasing. There is a clear outline of structure and a provision of relevant data and infographics. There is a specific audience that specifically planned, and there is a very well description of interviewees unlike some articles (including mine).
    There are certainly points to improve however. Honi Soit is a narrow range of publication and as a paper focuses more on issues within uni life. You can also add more sources of information and cite them in the background part of the article.

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