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Positive results for the international education sector

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

Data published by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations shows that the export income from international education activity contributed $18.3 billion to the Australian economy in 2010.

Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator Chris Evans today welcomed theAustralian Education International (AEI) Research Snapshot, which showed international education earnings in 2010 were only marginally down from the peak in 2009.

The (AEI) Research Snapshot shows education services was Australia’s largest services export industry by far at $18.3 billion in 2010, followed by personal travel services at $12.2 billion.

This is only slightly down from the peak during the 2009-10 financial year where the sector recorded earnings of $18.7 billion.

“Our international student sector faced a number of challenges in 2010 such as a stronger Australian dollar, the ongoing impact of the global financial crisis in some countries, strong competition in the education market and stronger student visa integrity measures,” Senator Evans said.

“I congratulate the international education sector for continuing to achieve strong results in the face of these challenges.”

“The international education sector is going through a period of readjustment after several years of unprecedented and unsustainable growth,” Senator Evans said.

“The Gillard Government is firmly committed to supporting quality and sustainability in the international education sector.

“The Government has already implemented many of the recommendations from the Baird Review which will better protect international students by further strengthening education providers’ registration requirements, and expanding the role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman for external complaints by international students relating to private providers.

“The Government has also conducted a re-registration of all international education providers last year, which has raised the quality of education and training delivered to international students. It also accompanies the Student Visa Program Review, which is due to report in the middle of this year

“These results are testament to the quality of education provided in Australia”.

To view theAustralian Education International (AEI) Research Snapshotvisit http://www.aei.gov.au/AEI/PublicationsAndResearch/Snapshots/Default.htm