ITECA Leads International Student Return Advocacy

Date —

30 March 2021

Education Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) continues to lobby politicians from across the political spectrum for the delivery of measures that will support the sustainability of the nation’s international education sector including a considered strategy to support the path for the safe return of students from overseas.

Key Issues —

An analysis of international student commencement data and feedback from ITECA members in the international education sector continues to show that the international education sector will experience challenges through 2021. In many respects, this year is set to be more challenging that 2020, as significant numbers of onshore students complete their courses and the new students that would otherwise replace them are unable to arrive.

ITECA is keenly aware of the challenges before its members and the distress this is causing, particularly for the teams working within providers across the independent higher education, vocational education, training, and skills sectors. It is in this context that ITECA is working with Ministers and departmental stakeholders to secure a number of initiatives.

Thanks to the great support of its members, ITECA is currently working on a range of initiatives including those set out below.


ITECA Member Advocacy 
A Sustainable International Education Sector

  Return Of International Students: Development and implementation of a plan to support the arrival into Australia of students from overseas as soon as it is safe to do so.
    A Coordinated Strategic Approach: That the next-generation international education strategy adopt a whole-of-government approach that, through a new International Education Commission, supports the sector attract and support international students.
      Direct Financial Support: Ongoing wage support to protect jobs within independent tertiary education providers most impacted by the downturn in international student enrolments.

CRICOS Fee Relief: The extension beyond 30 June 2021 of the suspension of certain fees and charges associated with registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

The priority, naturally enough, is on expediting the return of international students in a Covid-safe fashion as this is the key to the sector's long-term sustainability.


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International Education Sector Forum

  ITECA International Education Provider Interest Group Meeting

Collaboration with other peak bodies remains centre to ITECA's approach which is reflected in a recent meeting with key stakeholders including Universities Australia (UA), English Australia (EA) and the International Student Education Agents Association (ISEAA).

Additionally, ITECA is actively working with members looking to deliver tertiary education programs in Indonesia in partnership with local providers.

Getting Involved —

Members in the vocational education and training sector play a lead role in setting the framework for vocational education and training reform through their participation in the ITECA International Education Reference Committee.  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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