The Council for International Education oversees Australia's role in international education and training.

Council purpose

The Council for International Education sets the direction for Australia's role
in international education and training. The Council supports the implementation of the:

The Council provides an annual progress report to the Prime Minister:

The Council's first meeting was held on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at Parliament House.

Council members

Council membership consists of:

  • Experienced international education experts and practitioners
  • Australian Government Ministers with portfolio responsibilities in international education

Ministerial members

  • The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education (Chair)
  • Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
  • The Hon Alan Tudge MP, Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs
  • Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
  • The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

Expert members

  • The Hon Phil Honeywood – CEO, International Education Association of Australia (Convener)
  • Professor Helen Bartlett – Vice Chancellor and President, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Professor Linda Kristjanson AO
  • Professor Heather Cavanagh - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Engagement, Charles Sturt University
  • Professor Michael Wesley – Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), The University of Melbourne
  • Belle Lim – President, Council of International Students Australia
  • Malcolm Baigent – Executive General Manager, University Partnerships Australasia, Navitas
  • Janelle Chapman – Executive Director, TAFE Queensland International
  • Karyn Kent – CEO, StudyAdelaide
  • Kathleen Newcombe - CEO, Sarina Russo Group of Companies
  • Derek Scott – Principal and CEO, Haileybury

More information

Learn more about the Expert Members

Read communiques from the Council for International Education meetings.

Global Reputation Taskforce

On 21 January 2020, the Global Reputation Taskforce was formed under the leadership of the Council for International Education. This was announced by the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP.

The Taskforce was formed to:

  • Shape Australia’s response in times of reputation damage or significant external risk to the sector
  • Accelerate efforts to build a strong cohesive national brand for international education

The Taskforce was active between 3 February and 19 June, meeting 18 times.Learn more about the Taskforce meetings.

Growing International Education in Regional Australia

The Expert Members of the Council for International Education consulted with the Australian community on the consultation paper Growing International Education in Regional Australia.

This involved:

  • Seeking stakeholder input in November 2018
  • A series of roundtables in regional education destinations in February and March 2019

Go to The Expert Members' formal advice, and the Australian Government response to see the results of this consultation.

Working Groups

Expert members established Working Groups to take forward work in priority areas.

Student Service Delivery

The Student Services Delivery Working Group (SSDWG) focused on the following issues over a 6 month period:

  • Workplace exploitation
  • Student accommodation
  • Pre-departure information
  • Employability
  • Communicating the benefits of international education to the community

The working group provided the Expert Members with the Outcomes of issues considered by the SSDWG report in August 2018.

Marketing and Collaboration

The Marketing and Collaboration Working Group developed The Collaborative Marketing Framework.

This Framework helps to facilitate co-operation, while not stifling healthy competition, between:

  • States and territories
  • Providers
  • Markets where a unified front is required

Latin America

The Latin America Working Group undertook an extensive consultation process with:

  • Education providers
  • Australian businesses
  • Latin-American students and many more.

The working group delivered a comprehensive report: An Educated Choice - expanding Australia's education, training and research engagement with Latin America November 2018. This report details how Australia could increase its engagement with this important region.

The report was endorsed for public release by Ministerial Members of the Council for International Education at the 29 November 2018 meeting.

India-Australia Reference Group

The Council for International Education commissioned the India Reference Group to:

  • Identify the priorities for sector engagement in India
  • Help deliver commitments under the India Economic Strategy

The Group produced the report: Positioning for deeper engagement: a plan of action in India. This provides recommendations to help better position Australian education providers' in the Indian landscape over a 3 year period.

China Working Group

The Council for International Education formed the China Working Group to:

  • Assess the Australia-China education relationship
  • Develop strategies to secure Australia’s position as an ongoing international education partner of choice for China.

The China Working Group's report The Australia-China Education Relationship: Diversity. Complexity and Maturity aims to:

  • Elevate the education relationship
  • Promote greater sharing of education policies and information

The report was endorsed for public release by Ministerial members of the Council for International Education at the 5 December 2019 meeting.

Go to Working Groups membership for more information about each Working Group.

Enabling Growth and Innovation program 

The implementation of the National Strategy is supported by an annual allocation of $3 million through the Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) Program.