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.
Council for International Education

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​
  • 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, 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
  • Ms Belinda Robinson – CEO, Universities Australia
  • Mr Derek Scott – Principal and CEO, Haileybury
Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund

In 2016, the Australian Government announced funding of $3 million per year for the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund. The program will support projects that progress the implementation of the National Strategy.
On 29 June 2017, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, announced 14 projects that would be supported through the program in 2016-17.
View the full list of funded projects (pdf,docx).
View the program guidelines (pdf,docx) for 2016-17 funding.