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International education is worth $20.8* billion to the Australian economy.
There was $11.9 billion paid as Goods and Services and $8.9 billion paid as Tuition fees.
*In 2021-22, there was $4.3 billion paid as tuition fees from students studying outside Australia due to travel restrictions.
Education export income by sector (A$ million)
|Note: New Zealand students do not study on student visa and have no sector data.|
|Vocational Education and Training||$8,041||$7,878||$6,098|
|English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)||$1,430||$372||$295|
|Korea, Republic of (South)||924||690||541|
|Rest of the world||10316||7858||6316|
Considerations for interpreting this data
- The figures in the tables above represent the data on international education exports released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in its International Trade in Services series.
- The total export income generated by all international education activity includes spending by onshore students as well as earnings from other educational services and royalties. The ABS uses the term ‘education-related personal travel’ for this term.
- Includes international students studying onshore on student visas only.
- Export income does not include income generated by the operations of offshore campuses of Australian institutions.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics data