International network

Europe

Australia’s relationship with Europe is incredibly valuable, with deep-rooted connections in education, research, trade and investment. The department engages primarily through the European Union (EU) and its Member States, and is committed to being a strong and effective global partner working with the EU.

The DESE Counsellor to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) is based Paris.

Key Priorities

  • Supporting greater collaboration and policy connections on a range of issues across the education landscape, including education and research.
  • Representing Australia at OECD and ILO meeting discussions to promote Australia’s broader national interests and contribute to the evidence base for national policies.
  • Facilitating policy dialogues in the region concerning education matters with the aim to share best practices and lessons learnt and explore collaboration opportunities.
  • Monitoring key issues in the region that relate to education, research, qualification assessment and recognition.

Minister-Counsellor

Ms Moya Drayton

Australian Embassy France

4, rue Jean Rey

75724 Paris Cedex 15

FRANCE

Email: Moya.Drayton@dfat.gov.au

Phone: +33 1 45093394

Fax: +33 1 4059 3311

Latin America

Brazil and Argentina

The department’s Education and Science Counsellor is based in Brasilia and has responsibility for Australia’s education, training and science relationships with Latin American countries outside of the Pacific Alliance. With a primary focus on Brazil and Argentina, Australia engages to foster deeper connections on policy alignment, create opportunities for trade in education services and enhance Australia’s reputation for education excellence. An increasing number of international students from Latin America choose Australia as a study destination, particularly from Brazil, one of Australia’s largest international student source countries.

Key priorities

  • Identifying and facilitating industry-specific vocational education opportunities, systems and products to facilitate information sharing and the provision of technical expertise.
  • Reducing barriers to research cooperation through targeted virtual workshops and the treaty-level Australia-Brazil Science, Technology and Innovation Agreement.
  • Engaging through multilateral fora such as the G20 and UNESCO to progress issues of mutual benefit, including on qualifications recognition and frameworks.

Counsellor

Mr Matthew Johnston

Australian Embassy

SES Quadra 801

Conjunto K, Lote 7

Brasilia-DF-CEP70200-010

BRAZIL

Email: Mathew.Johnston@dfat.gov.au

Phone: +55 61 3255-2958  (ext. 508)

Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru

The department’s Education and Research Counsellor is based in Mexico City and has responsibility for Australia’s bilateral education, training and research relationships in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Peru and multilateral education engagement with the Pacific Alliance forum. Australia engages with partner countries to foster deeper connections on policy alignment, create opportunities for trade in education services and enhance Australia’s reputation for education excellence. An increasing number of international students from Latin America choose Australia as a study destination, particularly from Colombia, one of Australia’s largest international student source countries.

Key priorities

  • Deepening government-to-government cooperation, including through virtual engagement on focus on qualifications recognition, higher education funding and English language teaching policy.
  • Using Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Pacific Alliance forums to facilitate increased collaboration on quality industry skills training standards and practices.
  • Growing collaboration with key partners in the region on quality assurance, online education and research cooperation.

Contact

Ms Andrea Valencia Montes de Oca, Senior Policy Manager (Education& Research)

Australian Embassy

Ruben Dario 55

Col. Bosque de Chapultepaec

Mexico City 11580

MEXICO

E-mail: Andrea.Valencia@dfat.gov.au

Phone: +52 55 1101 2275 

North Asia

China

Cooperation in education, science and training is a major component of the bilateral relationship between Australia and China. The education and research relationship spans more than forty years with a strong focus on policy dialogue, information sharing and partnerships to achieve mutual benefits.

In the last decade China has become one of the world’s leading science producers and one of Australia’s most important research partners. 

Key priorities:

  • Working with Chinese government and government affiliated education counterparts in support of the Australia-China bilateral education relationship
  • Facilitating and advancing opportunities for strategic collaboration between Australian and Chinese education, research and training institutions and stakeholders
  • Representing Australia’s international education sector at events and in key fora, and providing information/clarification on relevant policies, laws and strategies
  • Encouraging student, teacher and academic exchange and mobility between Australia and China, and
  • Supporting Australian stakeholders operating in and with China, including by providing updated information on the regulatory and policy environment applicable to China’s.

Minister-Counsellor

Brooke Hartigan

Australian Embassy

21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie

Sanlitun

Beijing 100600

PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA

Email: brooke.hartigan@dfat.gov.au

Phone: +86 10 5140 4241

Fax: +86 10 5140 4337

Japan

Australia and Japan have a long history of collaboration both in bilateral engagement and in student flows. The bilateral relationship between Australia and Japan is a strategic priority for both countries and the education, research and science relationship provides important economic, institutional and people-to-people benefits for both nations.

Key priorities:

  • Strengthening government-to-government engagement in areas of mutual priority
  • Strengthening partnerships to increase student mobility numbers in both directions 
  • Building on research linkages to increase research collaboration and awareness of Australia’s research sector

Counsellor

Mr Adam Coin

Australian Embassy Tokyo

2-1-14 Mita

Minato-ku

Tokyo 108-8361

JAPAN

Email: Adam.Coin@dfat.gov.au

Phone: +81 3 5232 4055

Fax: +81 3 5232 4064

Republic of Korea

Australia and Korea have a longstanding bilateral relationship grounded by people-to-people links. A key pillar of this relationship is a proud history of high-quality collaboration in education and research. Korea is Australia's eighth-largest source of international students, with most Korean international students enrolled in vocational education and training (VET).

As an important research and innovation leader globally, Korea is becoming a major research partner for Australia. In particular, Australia’s strength in basic research is complementary to Korea’s expertise in applied research and commercialisation.

Key priorities:

  • Strengthening government-to-government engagement in areas of mutual priority
  • Supporting the delivery of transnational education, particularly in the VET sector
  • Increasing research linkages between Australia and Korea which highlight Australia’s research capacity

Counsellor

Mr Adam Coin

Australian Embassy Tokyo

2-1-14 Mita

Minato-ku

Tokyo 108-8361

JAPAN

Email: Adam.Coin@dfat.gov.au

Phone: +81 3 5232 4055

Fax: +81 3 5232 4064

South Asia

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Australia has long-standing education relationships with South Asian nations. These strong, mutually beneficial relationships are underpinned by high levels of student mobility, close government-to-government relationships, and a significant diaspora within Australia.

Australia hosts large numbers of students from South Asia, particularly India and Nepal. As our relationships further strengthen and diversify, the presence of Australian education providers in the region is growing, as is our collaboration in research and vocational education and training.

DESE’s Education and Research Counsellor is based in New Delhi and has responsibility for leading Australia’s engagement on education, training and research across the region.

Key priorities:

  • Engaging with governments in the region to share knowledge and best practices on education, training and research systems
  • Information sharing with partners in South Asia on quality assurance, online education and qualifications recognition
  • Developing opportunities for Australian education institutions to establish markets in the region, share information and provide technical expertise
  • Reducing barriers to research collaboration and promoting greater institutional relationships with South Asia
  • Increasing two-way student and academic mobility between Australia and the region

Counsellor

Mr Brett Galt-Smith

Australian High Commission

1/50 G Shantipath

Chanakyapuri

New Delhi 110021

INDIA

Email: brett.galt-smith@dfat.gov.au  

Phone: +91 11 4149 4356

Mobile: +91 96501 10153

Fax: +91 11 2687 3172

Southeast Asia

Indonesia

The department’s Education and Science Counsellor is based in Jakarta and has responsibility for Australia’s education, training, and research relationship with Indonesia. Indonesia is a significant strategic partner for Australia due to its geographical proximity, economic importance and increasing global influence. Indonesia’s economic growth trajectory, growing young population, and identified need for quality education, training and research also make it a key partner country for Australia’s international education sector. Australia engages to foster deeper connections on policy alignment, create opportunities for trade in education services and enhance Australia’s reputation for education excellence.

Key priorities

  • Supporting the Government of Indonesia with its education reforms by identifying industry-specific vocational education and training opportunities for Australian providers to help meet Indonesia’s needs as it upskills and reskills its workforce 
  • Encouraging growth in Australian offshore higher education services through provision of ongoing policy advice, both bilaterally and in multilateral fora
  • Growing research cooperation and mobility by strengthening the bilateral research relationship.

Counsellor

Ms Elizabeth Campbell-Dorning

Australian Embassy

Jalan Patra Kuningan Raya Kav 1-4  

Jakarta Selatan 12950

INDONESIA

Email: Elizabeth.Campbell-Dorning@dfat.gov.au

Phone: +62 21 2550 5549

Fax: +62 21 2550 5567 

Malaysia

The department’s Education and Science Counsellor is based in Kuala Lumpur and has responsibility for Australia’s education, training, and science relationship with Malaysia. Malaysia is a priority country partner and we share a solid and significant education relationship, built on longstanding cooperation and fostered by our warm people-to-people links.  Our government partnership extends back to the original Colombo Plan from the early 1950s, and our strong historical ties present numerous opportunities for Australian education providers. Australia engages to foster deeper connections on policy alignment, create opportunities for trade in education services and enhance Australia’s reputation for education excellence.

Key priorities

  • Expanding opportunities for Australian education providers through collaboration on the Malaysian Government’s education reform agenda
  • Reducing barriers to trade in education services to facilitate cross-border education through bilateral and multilateral engagement
  • Advocating for the interests of Australian providers already in-country and identifying opportunities for Australian providers to develop education partnerships and delivery in Malaysia.

Counsellor

Ms Fiona Morris

Australian High Commission

6 Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

50450 Kuala Lumpur

MALAYSIA

Email: Fiona.Morris@dfat.gov.au  

Phone: +60 3 2146 5604   

Fax:  +60 3 2145 7807    

Thailand

The department’s Education and Science Counsellor based in Vietnam also has responsibility for Australia’s education, training, and research relationship with Thailand.

Thailand is an important strategic partner for Australia. We enjoy extensive cooperation across many areas of mutual interest, with education a central and significant pillar.  Our relationship with Thailand is mature and developed, with our formal diplomatic relationship going as far back as the 1950s. Australia engages to foster deeper connections on policy alignment, create opportunities for trade in education services, and enhance Australia’s reputation for education excellence.

Key priorities

  • Reducing barriers to trade in education services to facilitate cross-border education through bilateral and multilateral engagement
  • Encouraging qualification recognition through multilateral fora such as the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework
  • Growing collaboration with key partners in vocational education and training, higher education (including online), and research cooperation.

Counsellor

Ms Jen Bahen

Australian Embassy

8 Dao Tan Street

Ba Dinh District

Hanoi

VIETNAM   

Vietnam

The department’s Education and Science Counsellor is based in Hanoi and has responsibility for Australia’s education, training and science relationship with Vietnam and Thailand. Vietnam is a key priority partner country of increasing importance. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1973, Australia and Vietnam have developed deep connections in education.  Vietnam’s impressive economic growth, our strong bilateral relationship and its fast-burgeoning middle class present significant opportunities for Australia’s education providers. Australia engages to foster deeper connections on policy alignment, create opportunities for trade in education services and enhance Australia’s reputation for education excellence.

Key priorities

  • Expanding opportunities for Australian education providers through collaboration on the Malaysian Government’s education reform agenda
  • Reducing barriers to trade in education services to facilitate cross-border education through bilateral and multilateral engagement
  • Advocating for the interests of Australian providers already in-country and identifying opportunities for Australian providers to develop education partnerships and delivery in Malaysia.

Counsellor

Ms Jen Bahen

Australian Embassy

8 Dao Tan Street

Ba Dinh District

Hanoi

VIETNAM