The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan has said a small number of students may be able to fly back to Australian shores as early as the end of 2021.
Nearly 130,000 international students are currently stranded overseas, according to government data.
Mr Tehan told the Indian media that students from the South Asian nation can return to the Australian shores in time for the next intake in 2022.
The first phase of the NSW plan is anticipated to bring back 500 students to Sydney on chartered flights, a small group of 160 students will be allowed back into Adelaide as part of the SA government’s plan.
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