The Honourable Kate Jones MP, Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games

Kate Jones took on the role of Ministerial Champion for International Education effective from December 2017.

The role of the Ministerial Champion is to:

  • chair the International Education and Training Advisory Group (IETAG), the peak governance group of the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026 (IET Strategy), which meets three times a year
  • coordinate Ministerial leadership across other relevant portfolios
  • lead engagement and/or consultation with peak bodies, industry partners and stakeholders
  • announce key milestones and events related to implementation of the IET Strategy
  • provide leadership on policy development and transformational projects to advance international education and training in Queensland
  • lead international missions, events and activities that promote international education and training in Queensland’s 20 priority markets
  • share responsibility with supporting Ministers to attend and officiate at events, speaking engagements and functions.

The International Education and Training Unit, within TIQ, is responsible for implementing the IET Strategy and reports directly to the Ministerial Champion.

The IETAG comprises 10 industry experts and was formed in November 2016 to guide implementation of the IET Strategy. Membership was approved by the Premier and Cabinet. The IETAG is highly engaged and supportive of the Queensland Government’s approach to growing the international education and training sector.

Title Focus area
The Honourable Kate Jones MP
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Steve Bredhauer
Trade and Investment Queensland
Deputy Chair
Professor Peter Høj
Vice Chancellor, University of Queensland
Higher education, research
Professor Sarah Todd
Vice President Global, Griffith University
Higher education, student mobility
The Honourable Phil Honeywood
Chief Executive Officer
International Education Association of Australia
National leadership, advocacy and professional development
Mr Richard Brown
Chief Executive Officer
Browns English Language College
English language, private sector
Ms Carol Doyle
Study Cairns
Regional and study cluster representative
Mr Vincent Tawiah
Outgoing President
Council of International Students
International student representative
Fred Nucifora
Chief Executive Officer
Reef HQ
Tourism and edu-tourism
Ms Sue Freeman
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
First Impression Resources
Vocational education and training, offshore delivery
Karen Spiller
John Paul College
Schools representative

The IETAG is now chaired by the Ministerial Champion for International Education, the Honourable Kate Jones MP. The group met three times in 2017–18. Mr Steve Bredhauer, Chair of the TIQ Board, is the Deputy Chair of IETAG. Full membership is outlined in the table above.

Note: Additional details of IETAG membership can be found at