Release type: Media Release


Council for International Education


Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck
Minister for Tourism and International Education
Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment

On Saturday 30 April I formally announced the creation of the new Council for International Education at the launch of the National Strategy for International Education 2025.

This Council will work with Government and the sector more broadly to implement the National Strategy for International Education 2025 – realising the ambitions outlined in this policy document, the marketing roadmap Australian International Education 2025 and Australia’s alumni program.

International education is one of our top services exports and one of five key super-growth sectors that will help our economic transition to a knowledge and service-based economy.

The Turnbull Government’s innovative strategies will strengthen and grow our international education sector over the coming decade – creating jobs for Australians.

This Council will provide the vital industry experience to enable Australia’s international education sector to be more adaptive, innovative and globally engaged.

I am delighted to advise that I have invited the following people from the industry to be members of the inaugural Council for International Education:

  • Brett Blacker, CEO, English Australia

  • Tim Beresford, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University

  • Rod Camm, Chief Executive Officer, ACPET

  • Claire Field, Principal, Claire Field and Associates

  • Phil Honeywood, Chief Executive Officer, International Education Association of Australia

  • Jenny Lambert, Director, Employment, Education and Training ACCI

  • President of CISA (rotating membership, currently Nina Khairina)

  • Simon Maddocks, Vice-Chancellor, Charles Darwin University

  • Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive, Universities Australia

  • Helen Zimmerman, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Navitas

This membership represents a broad section of the international education sector and an absolute wealth of experience. I welcome the opportunity to work with them as we progress the aims of the National Strategy for International Education 2025.