The high Australian dollar and safety concerns caused the international student segment to decline.
Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) February 08, 2014
The Art and Non-Vocational Education industry in Australia is highly fragmented, offering a variety of educational services to a diverse market comprising individuals and corporations. Although the various segments exhibit differing trends, due in part to shifting fads and preferences, the industry's fortunes are generally tied to economic conditions. According to IBISWorld industry analyst Lauren Magner, “The industry's reliance on business customers, the exchange rate and the level of household discretionary income exposes the industry to some revenue volatility.” Over the five years through 2013-14, IBISWorld expects that industry revenue will grow at an annualised 2.9% to $5.2 billion. Following the global financial crisis, business confidence levels fell significantly, leading to weaker demand from corporate clients. In an effort to cut costs and preserve profitability, businesses have scaled back expenditure on discretionary services, such as professional development courses.
After the initial surge in demand for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), international student enrolments have declined markedly over the past five years, falling from 1.1 million enrolments in ELICOS in calendar year 2009 to 0.7 million in 2012. The ELICOS segment of the industry in particular has suffered due to the high Australian dollar and safety concerns following incidences of violence against international students. “The implementation of the second stage of the Knight review in March 2012 has relaxed student visa application rules and this, combined with a fall in the value of the Australian dollar, is expected to encourage an increased number of international student enrolments over the next five years,” says Magner. An improvement in student numbers is already evident, with an estimated 13.6% increase in enrolments in 2013. This is expected to contribute to revenue growth of 1.8% in 2013-14.
Demand for tutoring services has surged over the past five years, as parents seek to provide their children with a competitive advantage to ensure acceptance into their preferred tertiary programs. As school education standards continue to reach new heights over the next five years, this trend is expected to continue strongly. Improvements in economic conditions, the forecast depreciation of the Australian dollar and continued growth in discretionary income are expected to boost revenue for the Art and Non-Vocational Education industry. The industry exhibits a low level of concentration, with no one player controlling a significant amount of revenue.
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Companies in this industry offer a range of education and training services. Industry operators include tutoring services, ELICOS providers, driving schools and performing arts colleges. The industry excludes pre-schools, kindergartens, schools, higher education institutions, technical and further education (TAFE) colleges and sports instructors.
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