Programme 2.7 International Education Support

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Australian international education is a core element of Australia’s economic prosperity, social advancement and international standing. Programme 2.7 advances Australia’s international engagement in education, training and research.

Draft National Strategy for International Education

In April 2015, the Australian Government released the Draft National Strategy for International Education for consultation. The Australian Government has established a Coordinating Council for International Education to oversee the finalisation of a national strategy and an implementation plan. A national strategy will help set a clear path for sustainable growth and strengthen all aspects of Australia’s international education and training engagement.

Case Study

Vietnam, A Study Abroad Guide

Image of the cover of 'Vietnam: A Study Abroad Guide'Working with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the department published a new study abroad guide providing information about study opportunities in Vietnam for Australian students.

The guide will help further the government’s objective to increase the global engagement of Australian students. It profiles 40 Vietnamese universities which offer courses in English, located in areas with good access to accommodation, transport and other services, and which have experience in hosting foreign students. Vietnam is already a popular destination for Australian students, with over 400 students going to Vietnam in 2015 under the department’s Endeavour Mobility Grants and the New Colombo Plan.

During a visit to Australia in March 2015, the Vietnamese Minister for Education and Training, Professor Pham Vu Luan, was able to preview the guide during a meeting in Canberra with the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education and Training.

Qualifications recognition

The department supports mobility through qualifications recognition. It is party to a number of UNESCO regional recognition conventions which promote best practice, and participates as Australia’s national information centre within these networks. Qualifications recognition practices that are equitable, consistent, non-discriminatory and transparent are essential to the successful mobility of students, academics, researchers and workers, and therefore vital to Australia’s productivity and participation strategy. The department engages domestically and internationally on qualifications recognition policy, and encourages improved recognition practices through a range of information services to support recognition authorities to make quality decisions.

Student protection

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 establishes legislative requirements and standards for the regulation of education and training institutions offering courses to international students in Australia on a student visa.

The Tuition Protection Service assists international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The Tuition Protection Service’s annual report can be found at Appendix 4.

Supporting two-way student mobility

The Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships promote individuals of academic merit with high quality learning opportunities that contribute to Australia’s standing as a world leader in education and research. Endeavour Mobility Grants support Australian undergraduate, postgraduate and vocational education and training students to have an international study experience that contributes to their Australian qualification.

Case Study

Dr Ray Lovett is from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and was the first Indigenous graduate to attain a PhD from the Australian National University in the field of epidemiology.

Ray is working with world leading teams at the University of Oxford to develop the first national longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing.

'My Endeavour fellowship will provide me with both the skills and the confidence to apply my international knowledge in my own country. The application of what I acquire will positively influence the longitudinal study. My intention is to utilise the expertise of others to contribute to and advance the cause of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their health and wellbeing,’ Ray said.

Ray’s fellowship will allow him to design aspects of a large-scale longitudinal study for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population. In combination with Australian experts, the University of Oxford has expressed an interest in the design and ongoing implementation of the longitudinal study. As a result, a collaborative and ongoing relationship with the University of Oxford will be established through Ray’s Endeavour programme.

International network

The department’s international network of counsellors manage the Australian Government’s engagement with partner countries across the world on matters related to education. The network plays a valuable role in exchanging information and advice with host governments and in-country institutions and organisations. It is uniquely placed to build strong education partnerships internationally. In October 2014, the department established a new counsellor position in Brazil and renewed its cooperation efforts with countries in Latin America.

Multilateral engagement

The department’s primary forums for multilateral engagement on education are the East Asia Summit and APEC, as well as SEAMEO, UNESCO, the OECD and the European Union.

Data and research

The department provides up-to-date data and research on international education including a monthly report on international students studying in Australia, information on offshore education delivery by Australian providers, and research snapshots on many aspects of international education in Australia and globally. The department investigates different areas of international student experience, including the biennial international student survey. The performance indicators below reflect responses from over 50,000 students studying across Australia’s higher education, VET, English language and schools sectors.

Performance Information

Table 12: Programme 2.7 International Education Support performance information




Provision of international education support



Number of projects and/or activities funded by Regional Links programme a



Number of projects and/or activities funded by the Increasing the Profile of Australian International Education Sector programme



Number of international scholarships, fellowships and exchange opportunities supported (Endeavour and mobility programmes)



Number of eligible applications funded through the Assessment Subsidy for Overseas Trained Professionals programme



a The Regional Links and Increasing the Profile of Australia’s International Education Sector programmes funded projects that supported Australia’s international education, training and research engagement with overseas partners.

Key Performance Indicators Estimate Actual
International students’ satisfaction with studying and living in Australia
Proportion of international student survey respondents who are satisfied or very satisfied with studying in Australia  >80% 87%
Proportion of international student survey respondents who are satisfied or very satisfied with living in Australia  >80% 89%


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