National Strategy for International Education 2025


Council for International Education

The Council for International Education held its first meeting at Parliament House on Wednesday 23 November 2016.

The Council supports the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025 and consists of experienced international education experts and practitioners and Australian Government ministers with portfolio responsibilities in international education.

Council membership includes:

Ministerial members

  • Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training
  • The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
  • Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science.
  • The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
  • The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Expert members

  • Professor Kent Anderson – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement), University of Western Australia
  • Mr Brett Blacker – CEO, English Australia
  • Ms Sue Freeman – CEO and Managing Director, First Impressions Resources
  • The Hon Phil Honeywood – CEO, International Education Association of Australia
  • Ms Tracey Horton AO – Non-Executive Chairman, Navitas
  • Ms Karyn Kent – CEO, StudyAdelaide
  • Ms Nina Khairina – President, Council of International Students Australia
  • Mr Gerald Lipman – Chief Executive, International College of Hotel Management
  • Mr David Riordan – Director of City Operations, City of Sydney
  • Ms Belinda Robinson – CEO, Universities Australia
  • Mr Derek Scott – Principal and CEO, Haileybury

Learn more about the expert Council members.

View the Council Terms of Reference.

National Strategy for International Education 2025

Australia’s first National Strategy for International Education 2025 enables Australia’s international education sector to be more innovative, future-focused and globally engaged.

It further strengthens our international reputation for high quality education and training, drives collaboration in education and research, and increases opportunities for Australian providers and communities.

The National Strategy is based on three broad pillars:

  • strengthening the fundamentals of Australia’s education, training and research system and our regulatory, quality assurance and consumer protection arrangements
  • transformative partnerships between people, institutions and governments, at home and abroad
  • competing globally by responding to global education and skills needs and taking advantage of emerging opportunities.

To view the National Strategy, visit

Complementing the National Strategy, the Australian International Education 2025 (AIE2025) market development roadmap will position Australia to capitalise on new opportunities and markets over the next decade.

The Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy will strengthen the relationships with our alumni to grow our diplomatic, trade and investment links.

The National Strategy also aligns with the National Innovation and Science Agenda, which aims to further enhance Australia’s global reputation as a leader in research and education into the future.


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Did you know...

  • International education delivered over $19 billion to the Australian economy in 2015
  • International education is one of the five super-growth sectors
  • Australia is the world's third most popular destination for international students in tertiary education
  • Almost half a million international students studied in Australia in 2015

National Strategy for International Education 2025: A coordinated national approach to international education will ensure we build our reputation and global market share.


  • Delivering the best possible student experience
  • Building on a world-class education, training and research system
  • Enhancing mobility
  • Building lasting connections with alumni
  • Strengthening partnerships at home and abroad
  • Providing effective quality assurance and regulation
  • Embracing opportunities to grow international education
  • Promoting our excellence