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Celebrating 25 years of Australian international education


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today celebrated the achievements of international education in Australia at the launch of the new publication Making a difference: Australian international education.

“Over the last three decades Australia has developed into one of the world’s leading international study destinations,” Senator Evans said.

“It is estimated that around 2.5 million international students have been educated at Australian institutions in the last 25 years, creating long-term friendships between us and our international neighbours.

“This publication records our proud history of achievement and details the global context, history and development of international education in Australia.

“I congratulate its editors and all those contributed to the publication.”  

Senator Evans said international education is Australia’s nation’s third largest export with annual revenues of more than $16 billion.

The recent appointment of Michael Chaney to chair the International Education Advisory Council, reflected the importance of the industry to the Australian economy.

“As we look to the challenge of maintaining a strong and diverse economy in the Asian Century, the Government is acutely aware of the truly global and competitive environment in which the industry of international education now operates,” Senator Evans said.

“The Council will bring a new rigour to the strategic focus of the industry and will inform the Government’s development of a five-year national strategy to underpin the quality and sustainability of international education.

“Labor is committed to keeping Australia at the forefront of this industry.”