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ICEF: Study finds an uncounted AUS$1 billion in Australian education exports

4 May 2016 A new study finds that official estimates of the size of Australia’s education exports undervalue the sector by nearly AUS$1 billion Factoring in previously uncounted expenditures on short-term English language studies as well as revenues from offshore and distance programmes, the study estimates the real value of Australian education exports at nearly [...]

ICEF: Australia postpones new “backpacker tax” for working holiday makers

18 May 2016 Australia had planned to implement a new income tax for working holiday makers on 1 July 2016; the tax has now been postponed until 1 January 2017 pending a government review of the working holiday programme Industry analysis highlights that working holiday numbers are down in Australia over the last two years, [...]

ICEF: Early results point to continued growth for Australia in 2016

18 Jul 2016 Year-to-date April 2016 data indicates continued growth for Australia’s international enrolment Total enrolments increased by 11.6%, compared to the same period in 2015, and commencements grew by 11.8% The higher education, VET, and school sectors all recorded strong gains China and India continue to be the major sending markets, but Australia’s enrolment [...]

ICEF: Australia reduces planned tax increase for working holiday makers

5 Oct 2016 Australia has reduced a planned tax increase for working holiday travellers A new tax rate of 19% on all earnings up to AUS$37,000 will now take effect on 1 January 2017 The government has also reduced the cost of a working holiday visa for Australia The new measures were welcomed by stakeholders [...]

$6bn vocational loan fiasco ends

The Australian October 5, 2016 Education Minister Simon Birmingham will today move to shut the rort-ridden VET FEE-HELP student loans scheme that has ransacked more than $6 billion from the public purse in four years. It will be replaced with a new program with 22 measures limiting access to only credible colleges and legitimate students, [...]

NCVER: Apprentice and trainee numbers decline

Media Release 5 September 2016 The latest release of apprentice and trainee data show that commencements in the March 2016 quarter decreased by 3.7% to 56 100 compared with the same period last year. The data, published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), provides a picture of apprenticeship and traineeship activity nationally [...]

NCVER: Shedding light: private ‘for profit’ training providers and young early school leavers

By George Myconos, Kira Clarke, Kitty Te Riele Research report 23 September 2016 Description This research aims to shed light on the role of private providers in delivering training to a particular cohort of learners, young people who have left school early. The authors surveyed 130 private ‘for profit’ registered training organisations (RTOs) to find [...]

Want to get more involved in IEAA’s Student Mobility SIG?

14 Jul 2016 Passionate about all things student mobility? Keen to get more involved with the wider mobility sector across Australia? IEAA is now inviting expressions of interest for the position of Deputy Convener. This role helps shape the direction of the SIG, encourage information sharing and networking among staff in the mobility sector. The [...]

Call for expressions of interest: community impact

21 Jun 2016 IEAA is seeking expressions of interest from interested researchers for a forthcoming research paper on the impact of international education on Australian communities. Background The economic impact of international education in Australia is well understood and is frequently a key focus of policy research and public dialogue on international education. The international [...]

Transnational education and the Australian schools sector

01 Aug 2016 Improved transparency and greater access to data are vital to strengthening transnational engagement in the schools sector, according to a new report from IEAA. Commissioned for IEAA’s Transnational Education Forum 2016, the report examines the nature, levels and models of offshore engagement within the schools sector. “Competing state interests may help explain [...]