Roundtable on international education – a shared vision for the future

18 Jun 2015 Media release

The first ever roundtable on international education will today bring together education and business experts, students and communities to advise Government Ministers on the future of Australia’s largest services export.

Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the roundtable as a key step towards finalising Australia’s ground-breaking National Strategy for International Education.

“We will have education and training providers, businesses, students, community groups and all levels of government in the room to exchange new ideas and innovative approaches that will help make Australian international education the best in the world,” Mr Pyne said.

“We want to work together on a shared vision – to secure Australia globally as an education leader that offers the highest quality education services.”

The roundtable is led by the new Coordinating Council for International Education — consisting of senior Ministers with an interest in international education, plus figures in public and private education, training, industry and community.

Minister Pyne will chair the event and the Council and be joined today by colleagues:

  • the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Minister for Industry and Science
  • Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, and
  • Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training.

The roundtable will provide participants a chance to examine and refine feedback on the Draft National Strategy for International Education.

“Our draft strategy places international education at the heart of our nation’s future prosperity. We are holding this roundtable, and another in August, because we want to ensure the final strategy represents a shared national vision,” Mr Pyne said.

For more information on the Draft National Strategy for International Education, visit: