Int'l Education Reputation Taskforce

Date —

5 Feb 2020

Industry Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

The Australian Government has formed a taskforce to protect Australia’s reputation as a provider of high-quality education in an environment where students can feel safe.  The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has been appointed to the taskforce, a move that ensures the experience of independent tertiary education providers help shape government decision making.

Key Issues —

The bushfire crisis that hit the country in the latter parts of 2019 and early 2020 created a misconception overseas that many Australian tertiary education providers were closed for business, creating confusion among international students about their study options.  The following outbreak of the Novel coronavirus presented genuine challenges with travel restrictions on students coming to Australia from China.

With the understanding that these two challenges may risk Australia’s well-earned reputation for high-quality tertiary education in an environment that protects students, the Australian Government has set up a taskforce to protect Australia’s international education reputation.

The ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams, has been appointed to this taskforce.  At its first meeting it received a briefing from the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP.  The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Sen. Hon. Simon Birmingham, also participated in this first meeting.

The taskforce takes the views of ITECA members, public universities, the school sector, students and government representatives to understand the impact of these major events on the international education sector and to help government develop an immediate response.

Member Engagement —

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.

Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at

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