Australia’s education exports reached a record $21.8 billion in 2016 – up 17 per cent on 2015.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today confirm international education is among the key contributors to Australia’s economy with enrolments passing 700,000 for the first time during 2016.

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, said international education has enjoyed consecutive years of growth under the Coalition and there is considerable potential for that to continue as the Turnbull Government pursues an ambitious trade agenda.

“There is strong global demand for Australian education and training and we are helping Australian providers to pursue opportunities,” Mr Ciobo said.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said international education now supported more than 130,000 jobs.

“The Turnbull Government is supporting the strength and competitiveness of the international education sector with the first concerted approach through the National Strategy for International Education 2025, the Australian International Education 2025 market development roadmap, and the Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy 2016-2020,” Mr Birmingham said.

“These strategies are a framework for cooperation between governments, education providers and businesses. They create opportunities for Australian providers and will help to sustainably grow the sector over the coming decade.”

Deloitte Access Economics analysis has revealed there will be more than one billion learners actively seeking education and skills by 2025 – presenting incredible opportunities for our world-class international education and training providers.

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