Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that a code of ethics would be developed for international education agents, to enhance the quality and reputation of Australia’s international education sector.
Minister Pyne made the announcement at the Australian Council for Private Education and Training’s Asia Pacific International Education Forum and National Conference in Melbourne.
“The quality of the educational services that Australia offers to the rest of the world is an asset that we should protect and enhance,” Mr Pyne said.
“International education is Australia’s fourth largest export industry overall and our largest services export ahead of tourism, so maintaining our strong reputation for quality is important.
“We are therefore working with the International Education Association of Australia to develop an industry-led quality assurance framework to help institutions manage their international education agents.”
Mr Pyne said the Australian Government was providing funding to develop an Australian code of ethics, as well as to carry out a feasibility study into an industry-led quality framework for agents.
This forms part of the draft National Strategy for International Education, which will secure Australia’s reputation for high quality international education and deliver the best possible student experience.
“These initiatives complement our robust legislative frameworks, which offer world class student protections,” Mr Pyne said.
“These initiatives also reflect our support for the London Statement, a statement of principles that was agreed to by Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand in 2012 and outlines best practice for education agents.
“I look forward to working with international education peak bodies to formally endorse the London Statement later this year,” Mr Pyne said.
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