New strategy to drive jobs in Queensland’s international education sector
The Palaszczuk Government has today launched a comprehensive plan to encourage and grow Queensland’s international education and training (IET) industry.
In launching the strategy Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Jackie Trad said that the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016 – 2026 details 36 specific initiatives aimed at boosting Queensland’s IET sector.
“This new strategy represents the most comprehensive suite of support for the IET sector in Queensland’s history, with an investment of $25.3 million over the next five years,” Ms Trad said.
“We know that with the right initiatives in place we can grow IET in Queensland from $2.8 billion and 19,000 jobs last year to an estimated $7.5 billion and 26,000 jobs by 2026.
“The benefits will flow to regional Queensland with more than a third of international students choosing to study outside Brisbane – far and away the highest percentage of any other state.
“We are establishing the Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Group (IETAG), made up of a diverse group of experienced and passionate members of the IET community, to drive the implementation of the strategy.
“As Ministerial Champion for International Education I look forward to working with the IET community to grow this great industry together.”
President of Study Cairns and IETAG member Carol Doyle said the new strategy was important to building Queensland’s IET sector.
“Through this strategy the Queensland Government has provided an excellent opportunity for regional Queensland to continue to drive growth in the international education sector, improve our local economies and create jobs,” Ms Doyle said.
Council of International Students Australia Vice-President and IETAG member Dion Lee said it was exciting that the student experience was being prioritised.
“It is great that Queensland is taking the lead in redefining how international students are supported. The strategy establishes international students as partners in charting a quality student experience for the years ahead,” Mr Lee said.
The 36 initiatives include:
- An industry partnership fund worth $6 million, over five years
- Annual Queensland IET summit
- Working with Advance Queensland to promote Queensland’s strong research and innovation industries
- Supporting affordable and high-quality student accommodation
- State-wide student hubs and a student led international students advisory group
- IET-focused trade missions
Members of the Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Group are:
- The Honourable Steve Bredhauer (Deputy Chair)
- Ms Carol Doyle, President Study Cairns
- Mr Dion Lee, Council of International Students
- Mr Fred Nucifora, CEO Reef HQ
- Ms Karen Spiller, Principal, Saint Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School
- Professor Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor University of Queensland
- The Honourable Phil Honeywood, CEO International Education Association of Australia
- Professor Sarah Todd, Vice President Global Griffith University
- Mr Richard Brown, CEO Browns English Language College
- Ms Sue Freeman, CEO First Impressions Resources
Information sessions regarding the final strategy will take place throughout Queensland from 22 November – 14 December 2016 and a full list of initiatives and programs can be found at www.tiq.qld.gov.au/iet-strategy.