Queensland’s plan to get international students back in 2022

Queensland has a plan to get international students back into the state for next year, and it involves the state’s new regional quarantine facilities.

State Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has revealed to state parliament that a ‘Student Arrival Plan’ has been submitted for approval to the federal government.

It would allow up to 350 students to come to Queensland every fortnight from January.


They’ll be allowed to quarantine at the state-built Wellcamp quarantine facility in Toowoomba, and must be fully vaccinated in order to enter the state.

“This is important to do until we have higher vaccination rates,” Minister Hinchliffe told state parliament this morning.

“We don’t know if, or when, mutation number five will arrive.”

The international education sector is worth billions to the Queensland economy, and delivered as many as 27,500 jobs pre-covid.

While the federal government still has to approve the plan, the Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has posted to Twitter that “International students will return to study in Queensland in 2022”.

“They will be the first to use the Regional Quarantine Facility at Wellcamp.

“Students will be required to be fully vaccinated and a proportion of students will study at universities outside of Brisbane,” the tweet reads.