Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030 – Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Ever thought that Australia needs a new approach to international education? Has COVID forced us to think differently?

The expert members of the Council for International Education are asking the same questions in the consultation paper, Connected, Creative, Caring: Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030. Developed with the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) feedback is open to the international education sector and community to help prepare the Strategy.

The new strategy is being developed for the next 10 years and will:

  • respond to the changing environment
  • guide the recovery of the sector post COVID
  • outline goals and the approach to international education
  • respond to emerging opportunities, including changes in student demands
  • maintain Australia’s position as an effective and trusted partner in international education.

The context and reasons for a strategy are described in the opening words in the paper.

‘COVID-19 significantly affected Australia’s international education sector in 2020, with border closures and prolonged disruption to our partner country economies hindering student mobility flows globally. Our institutions are facing a drop in onshore student numbers that will continue for some years to come.

The effects of COVID-19 will be felt for coming years, both in Australia and across the globe. The economic and social impacts of the pandemic will affect many of the countries where students are attracted to studying in Australia. The full impact is unknown and is likely to vary between countries and economies. This will drive a need for the international education sector to look at new ways of educating students and building new partnerships to manage these changes’.