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New scholarship to attract international students to the Goldfields

Federal Member for O’Connor is thrilled with new measures by the Morrison Government to attract more people to the Goldfields.


A new tertiary scholarship program to attract Australian and international students to study in regional Australia will provide $15,000 scholarships to more than 1000 domestic and international students each year.


“International students studying at regional universities will also be able to access an additional year in Australia on a post-study work visa,” Mr Wilson said.


“This will certainly make places such as the WA School of Mines in Kalgoorlie an attractive location for international students to come and study and then find work in the region,” Mr Wilson said.


“This follows on from earlier this week where we signed the Designated Area Migration Agreement (DAMA) with the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, which is aimed at ensuring skilled migrants contribute through employment in key roles where Australian workers are not available.


“Our population policy includes stronger incentives for new people to our country to settle outside the big capitals in areas that will welcome their skills and expertise, such as the Goldfields.


“The new policies will mean more migrants will stay in regional Australia longer-term, as they will build ties to a particular location through workforce participation and community involvement.”



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.