Australian Embassy
Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Update on AIBT and AIBT-I

For the information of international students who are enrolled with the Australia Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT), International Brighton Pacific (trading as AIBT) has a second arm to their company, a Registered Training Organisation called AIBT-International. 
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has advised AIBT-International (AIBT-I) of the proposed cancellation of their registration earlier this month. This decision will take effect on 19 June. AIBT-I has announced on their website that they will contest ASQA's decision.
AIBT-I is entitled to continue operating until a final legal decision has been made about the cancellation.
Our records indicate that around 900 Nepalese are current or prospective students with AIBT-I. Our advice to them at this time is to:
• continue attending classes and meeting other obligations in line with their student agreement with AIBT-I; and
• ensure that they maintain legal visa status.
If AIBT-I does close, students will be covered by Australia's Tuition Protection Service (the TPS). The TPS is aware of ASQA's decision to cancel. 
As we have in the case of Brighton Pacific, the Department of Education will publish information for students on its website as events develop. We encourage students to monitor the Department of Education website for information updates.


Direct Aid Program 2019-2020 Call for Expression of Interest opens

Expression of Interest is sought from suitable organisation for suitable project for Direct Aid Program funding. You can visit More information about DAP activities can be found at Australian Embassy Nepal Facebook page @australianembassynepal and Twitter account @AusAmbNP. 


Media Release: Australian Institute of Business and Technology - cancellation of registration

21 February 2019

The Australian Embassy Nepal is aware that on 19 February 2019 the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) notified Brighton Pacific Pty Ltd, trading as the Australia Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT), that it had made the decision to cancel AIBT’s Vocational Education and Training registration and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration.

Full Press Statement


Human Rights Core Group: Transitional Justice Statement - January 2019


MEDEP closes

The DFAT-funded Micro Enterprise Development Program (MEDEP) officially closed on 31 July 2018, handing its mantle over to the Government of Nepal’s Micro Enterprise Development for Poverty Alleviation (MEDPA) program. MEDEP made a significant contribution to Nepal’s development, supporting Nepal’s objective of poverty alleviation. During its implementation over 20 years, MEDEP – together with MEDPA – assisted 131,680 poor and socially marginalised Nepalese with improved livelihoods and economic engagement through microenterprises.

Short video on micro-enterpreneurs (3min)

Documentary on micro-enterpreneurs (20min)

Anthology of 108 successful micro-enterpreneurs



Department of Home Affairs has introduced a new web based enquiry form for written communication. As of 1 May 2018 this has replaced the use of a mailbox for e-mail communication with visa applicants from the region. Please note, the mailbox,, is no longer being monitored as of 1 May 2018. People sending emails to this address now receive a message redirecting them to the web enquiry form. The web form is hosted on the Home Affairs website and located at: 

Pre-lodgement enquiries are still routed to our Service Delivery Partner (VFS) but post-lodgement are being sent directly to the High Commission through the web form. There is no change to the phone enquiry process which will continue to be managed by VFS. If you need to provide the phone numbers for VFS Nepal: 1800 0910117 (Toll-free for national callers)


Online Registration of Australians Overseas

We encourage use of this online registration service by Australians planning to reside overseas for extended periods, and those travelling to locations where there are security risks.

For the information of international students who are enrolled with the Australia Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT), the latest fact sheet from the Australian Government:


Information for Australian Travellers


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