Advocacy – ITECA Parliamentary Roundtable


Independent tertiary education providers play a lead role in delivering the quality outcomes that students and their employers are looking for. To raise the profile of the independent tertiary education sector, and to ensure that the issues of concern to providers are understood by the nation’s political leadership, each year the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) convenes a roundtable meeting in Parliament House, Canberra.

This annual meeting allows ITECA’s leadership and representatives of major providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sector to meet parliamentarians and senior departmental / agency heads in order to share ideas and identify a pathway that supports the work of independent tertiary education providers.

The meeting is coordinated by the ITECA Chief Executive Officer within the context of the ITECA Political Engagement Strategy.

Given that ITECA is recognised across the nation as the peak boy representing independent tertiary education providers the meeting is as keenly attended by external stakeholders as it is ITECA member representatives.

2019 ITECA Parliamentary Roundtable Attendees —

  • Sen. Hon. Michaelia Cash  Minister for Employment, Skills, Small & Family Business
  • Hon. Steve Irons MP – Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships
  • Hon. Tania Plibersek MP – Shadow Minister for Education
  • Ms Ged Kearney MP –  Shadow Minister for Skills 
  • Mr Graham Perritt MP - Shadow Assistant Minister for Education and Training
  • Mr Andrew Laming MP – Chair, HoR Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training

After each roundtable ITECA holds a parliamentary reception which allows the broader ITECA membership to meet other members of the House of Representatives and Senators. In 2019 around fifty parliamentarians will be attending.

The ITECA Parliamentary Roundtable is a key priority that supports the 2019-20 ITECA Strategic Plan that sees ITECA, with the support of our members, take a lead role in shaping the policy environment independent tertiary education providers deliver students and their employers with the quality outcomes they are looking for.

Member Engagement —

ITECA provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results. Policy priorities are determined by members serving on the ITECA Higher Education Policy Reference Group and the ITECA Vocational Education & Training Policy Reference Group.

Further Information ―

If you have an interest in ITECA’s policy advocacy that supports independent tertiary education providers, for updates subscribe to the Twitter @ITECAust and follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust. Alternatively, you can contact ITECA via email at policy@iteca.edu.au or by telephone on 1300 421 018.


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