Joint Media Statement – International education needs a champion

Australia’s education peak bodies will this week urge the Federal Government, Opposition and all political parties to get behind measures to restore global competitiveness and innovation in Australia’s international education sector.

In their second joint statement this year, the influential associations will warn that Australia is losing ground to international competitors whose governments place a higher value on international education than Australia does.

Expensive and inflexible student visas, a complex and stifling regulatory system and a reluctance by governments to aggressively promote Australian education abroad are combining to turn potential students away from Australia and into the welcoming arms of Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

“International education returns $15 billion a year to our economy, directly employs more than 100,000 Australians and delivers enormous cultural and diplomatic benefits to the nation,” said Phil Honeywood, Executive Director of the International Education Association of Australia.

“It therefore beggars belief that we lack a strong government champion or the focused support afforded to other important industries like manufacturing, mining and tourism.”

The full Media Statement is available in Media Releases.

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