The announcement by the New South Wales Government to introduce a pilot program for the return of international students will be good for the economy, according to the National Retail Association (NRA).

NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the program would greatly assist in solving the current retail labour drought.

“The New South Wales Government has already done a superb job in its management of COVID and this announcement is a very good one,” Ms Lamb said.

“International students play an important role in the overall economy and their return will help many retailers fill job vacancies. This will in turn help many businesses grow as Australia seeks a swift rebound from the COVID-recession.

“According to the government there is roughly 50,000 overseas students attempting to get into NSW, so this scheme presents a real economic opportunity.

“It’s also one more step in the right direction to putting the pandemic behind us and we encourage other state governments to explore similar initiatives.”

For more information, contact the NRA media unit on 0467 792 013.