International arrivals starting slowly 

Students from Singapore arrived in Sydney and Melbourne yesterday

They arrived under the own-steam, using the Aus-Singapore bubble for the fully vaxed and separate from the NSW universities-arranged scheme. The students are enrolled in ACT, NSW and Victorian universities but there is no word on numbers.

Victoria joins NSW in not mandating quarantine

Victoria will allow “a limited number” of fully vaccinated international students into the state without requiring quarantine. The state government says students, “could begin returning” by year end.

The scheme appears in line with the NSW arrangement, where universities decide which students. The Vic Government states “places will be prioritised for university students who urgently need to return to Victoria to do practical work, such as health and medical students, and postgraduate research students.”

While there is no Vic announcement on how many students will arrive for first semester, the NSW plan so far is for 250 arrivals on two flights next month.

A second stage in Victoria will allow entry by a wide range of  students “including” internationals enrolled at TAFE, English-language colleges, private providers  “and other universities.”

More information on this will be available “soon” and will presumably include advice on the “other universities” involved.

As with NSW, the state government stresses vaccination status for entry is a matter for the Commonwealth.