National Strategy and Council for International Education

The Expert Members of the Council for International Education seek stakeholder input on the consultation paper Growing International Education in Regional Australia. The Secretariat within the Department of Education and Training will collate all feedback for consideration by the Expert Members.​  Please respond before COB 30 November 2018.

Council for International Education and Expert Members 

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

The Council supports the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025 (The National Strategy) and the Australian International Education 2025​ market development roadmap. Council membership consists of experienced international education experts and practitioners and Australian Government ministers with portfolio responsibilities in international education. 

Council membership includes:
Ministerial members​

PLEASE NOTE: As a result of the new Ministerial arrangements announced by the Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison on 26 August 2018, the ministerial membership of the Council for International Education will be revised. The Ministerial members will be updated once they have been confirmed.

  • 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 Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation
  • The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
  • The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Assistant Minister for Home Affairs

Expert members

  • Professor Kent Anderson – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Community & Engagement), University of Western Australia​
  • Mr Brett Blacker – CEO, English Australia
  • The Hon Phil Honeywood – CEO, International Education Association of Australia
  • Ms Tracey Horton AO – Non-Executive Chairman, Navitas
  • Ms Karyn Kent – CEO, StudyAdelaide
  • Mr Bijay Sapkota – President, Counc​il of International Students Australia​​​
  • Mr Gerald Lipman – Chief Executive, International College of Hotel Management
  • Mr David Riordan – Director of City Operations, City of Sydney
  • Mr Derek Scott – Principal and CEO, Haileybury

Learn more about the Expert Members.

Read the communiques from meetings of the Council for International Education here

Working Groups

Expert members have established Working Groups to take forward work in three priority areas – Student Service Delivery; Marketing and Collaboration; and, Latin America.  The working groups draw on additional sector expertise.  You can view the membership of the working groups here.

Outcomes of issues considered by the Student Service Delivery Working Group (pdf).

The National Strategy for International Education

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.

Sustaining Growth and Excellence in Australian International Education (docx) is the Expert Members’ progress report to the Prime Minister on the first year of the Council and the Strategy.