Australia's first National Strategy for International Education 2025 sets out a 10-year plan for developing Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research. The strategy and its goals and actions have been developed looking through three lenses: the benefits and opportunities for students, for Australia, and for the world. This balance is essential to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of students, business and industry while we grow. 

Australian international education: now

Australian international education is a world-leading brand. Hundreds of thousands of students are attracted to Australia each year, and Australian teaching and research is delivered around the world. It provides high-quality education for students at all levels, from school through to higher education, vocational education and training and English language tuition. It is a valuable component of the Australian economy, and it builds capacity and networks for national and international business and industry. However, there continue to be significant opportunities to expand and improve our education offerings. 

National Strategy for International Education 2025

The National Strategy for International Education 2025 aims to build on the current success of the system to grasp new opportunities. 

The strategy is built on three pillars:

Pillar 1—Strengthening the fundamentals

  • Goal 1: Building on a world-class education, training and research system
  • Goal 2: Delivering the best possible student experience
  • Goal 3: Providing effective quality assurance and regulation

Pillar 2—Making transformative partnerships

  • Goal 4: Strengthening partnerships at home
  • Goal 5: Strengthening partnerships abroad
  • Goal 6: Enhancing mobility
  • Goal 7: Building lasting connections with alumni

Pillar 3—Competing globally

  • Goal 8: Promoting our excellence
  • Goal 9: Embracing opportunities to grow international education.

The development of the strategy has been informed by consultation with sector stakeholders through the Coordinating Council for International Education.

Strategy benefits and opportunities

The pillars, and their accompanying goals and actions, are designed to deliver benefits and opportunities for students, for Australia and for the world. Students will benefit from high-quality education, supported by effective industry links and student services. Australia will benefit from increased market share, connection with new and emerging markets, and stronger international relationships. The world will benefit from industry-ready graduates and increased capacity in education and research. 

Australian international education: into the future

We have immense opportunities to grow Australian international education: new markets, new partnerships, new areas of teaching and research, new technology, and new modes of delivery. Our innovation will capitalise on technological advances to meet the needs of students and provide them with the skills needed by tomorrow’s industries. New markets and partnerships will support delivery of Australian education across the globe. Most importantly, we will continue our commitment to the quality that is the essential foundation for all of these efforts.