Return Of International Students Pathway

Date —

22 January 2021

Education Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

Stakeholders across the international education sector are working collaboratively to see the return of international students in large numbers. There are a number of factors that will determine when this possible and a briefing has been organised to inform independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

Key Issues —

The commercial sustainability of many independent tertiary education providers hinges on the large scale return of international students and there is great uncertainty as to when this will occur.

Some intimately involved in these discussions have concluded that the large scale return of international students is not likely until early 2022 given current policy settings – is this the case and, if so, why?  Alternatively, if students are to come in large numbers earlier, what will need to change?

A number of peak bodies have been working collaboratively with the Australian Government to consider the many issues that must be addressed so that students can return in large numbers. To empower independent tertiary education providers with the information to make informed business decisions, a briefing is being convened which will allow you to hear from the following opinion leaders:


International Student Pathway Return Briefing


◾ Phil Honeywood – Chief Executive Officer, International Education Association Australia (IEAA)
◾ Brett Blacker – Chief Executive Officer, English Australia (EA)
◾ Robert Parsonson – Chief Executive Officer, International Student Education Agents Association (ISEAA)
◾ Troy Williams – Chief Executive, Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA)
◾ Belle Lim, President – Council of International Students Australia (CISA)

You’ll also receive an overview on the first functional pilot program for the return of international students that’s underway in the Northern Territory from Michael Hall, ITECA Northern Territory Chief Executive Officer.

There is no cost to members of ITECA, IEAA, ISEAA or ITECA to participate in this briefing and $60.50pp for others.  The event will be around ninety minutes in duration and can register online at:


Register Online 
International Student Pathway Return Briefing


Monday, 15 February 2021 – 3:30PM AEDT
Online Webinar

This briefing will not present you with a firm date for the return of international students; however, it will provide you with confidence that the peak bodies in the sector are working collaboratively with the Australian Government on the steps that need to be taken to achieve this goal.

Getting Involved —

Members in the international education sector play a lead role in setting the framework for ITECA's engagement with the Australian Government through their participation in the ITECA International Education Reference Group.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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