Parliament Considers International Education

Date —

21 August 2020

Education Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had an adverse impact on the international education sector, there remains an opportunity for growth in the years ahead. What this may look like, and what’s required to get there, will be the advice that the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) will give to a Senate Committee hearing.

Key Issues —

The Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth is undertaking a review to understand whether there is a need for Australia to diversify its trade markets and foreign investment profile.

As the peak organisation representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors, ITECA has been asked to provide advice to the committee.

The closure of international borders to contain the Covid-19 pandemic has cause immense problems for the international education sector. The most practical outcome is that students are unable to travel to Australia to undertake their studies. As ITECA has noted, the pilot schemes currently in place do not serve independent tertiary education providers are all well.

In any ‘normal’ year, independent tertiary education providers support more than 200,000 students from overseas to study in Australia.

Although ITECA will undoubtedly address the parliamentary’ committees’ primary area of interest, this being the diversification of Australia’s economic interests, the opportunity will be used to highlight the significant cultural benefits that economic students bring to Australia.

“Independent providers are pleased to offer international students quality training and learning outcomes. In the same way that these students benefit from an Australian tertiary education, as a nation we’re much richer for the cultural diversity that comes with hosting large numbers of international students,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

ITECA continues to work with the Australian Government, plus each state and territory government, on a viable and safe pathway for the large-scale return of international students.

Getting Involved —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on 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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