Students graduating from higher education institutions have had their plans disrupted by COVID-19

May 29, 2020

BY CARLOS COLINA

The economic and social impact of the pandemic is expected to affect young Australians (ages 15-24) in the coming years.

Every year more than 340,000 higher education students graduate in Australia, and international students represent more than a third of those enrolled in universities.

A new report has found that young people face a profound impact on their job prospects in the coming years, unless immediate action is taken in the next six months.

Highlights:

  • Every year more than 340,000 higher education students graduate in Australia

  • Families of international students cannot come to Australia due to restrictions

  • The unemployment rate among recent graduates is very high


Before the pandemic struck, youth unemployment in Australia stood at 11.5%, more than double the rate for the general population.

That number rose to 13.8% in April, and young people ages 15-24 represented 35% of the record number of nearly 600,000 Australians who lost their jobs that month.

Co-author of the report, Professor Paul Flatau - from the Center for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia - says the youth unemployment rate will increase further by the end of the year.

The impact on those who graduate also occurs in families who planned to come to Australia to attend the ceremonies of their children, family and friends. 

On the situation of the students who finish their tertiary studies, we spoke with the director of planning of the RMIT University in Melbourne, Ángel Calderón. 

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