International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026

Trade and Investment Queensland is seeking feedback on the refreshed Start Here. Go Anywhere. Queensland’s International Education and Training Strategy 2016–2026.

A review of the current strategy was conducted in 2019 with 53 responses received. Based on this feedback, the strategy has been refreshed to reflect changing market conditions in the International education and training sector.

Your feedback will inform how the Queensland Government supports the international education and training sector in the future.


The International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016–2026 (Strategy) was launched by the Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Ministerial Champion for International Education and Training at the Queensland University of Technology on 9 November 2016.

The Strategy details 36 specific initiatives aimed at supporting international education and training in Queensland.  The strategy is supported by $25.3 million over the next 5 years.

Key focus of the strategy

Read more about the Strategy’s key focus areas

The Strategy is built around 4 key areas:

  • Promoting Queensland internationally
  • Enhancing the student experience
  • Strengthening the regions, and
  • Connecting the industry.

Read about the Strategy’s key focus areas →

Government and industry working together

The Strategy provides a framework for industry and government to work together to grow the industry and enhance the state’s reputation as a leading global provider of international education and training services. 

This approach supports the state’s broader trade and investment strategies and the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland plan. It articulates the Queensland Government’s vision for the industry:

A strong and sustainable international education and training industry that facilitates global engagement, produces lifelong ambassadors for Queensland, and becomes a key catalyst for growing Queensland’s knowledge economy.

Snapshot of the Queensland IET industry

Click the image below to view the full Snapshot of the Queensland IET industry [PDF].

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Industry Advisory Group

To inform the strategy implementation, the Queensland Government has formed an Industry Advisory Group, with senior representative from all industry sectors.

Members of the Queensland International Education and Training Advisory Group are:

Title

Position

Focus Area

New/Reappoint/Term

The Honourable Kate Jones MP
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games (Ministerial Champion)

Chair

Chair

Ex-Officio

The Honourable Steve Bredhauer
Chair, Trade and Investment Queensland

Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair

Ex-Officio

Professor Peter Høj
Vice Chancellor, University of Queensland

Member

Higher education, research

Reappointed
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Professor Sarah Todd
Vice President (Global), Griffith University

Member

Higher education, student mobility

Reappointed
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

The Honourable Phil Honeywood
CEO, International Education Association of Australia

Member

National leadership, advocacy and professional development

Reappointed
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Mr Richard Brown
CEO, BROWNS English Language College

Member

English language, private sector

Reappointed
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Ms Carol Doyle
President, Study Cairns

Member

Regional and study cluster representative

Reappointed
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Ms Kathleen Newcombe
Chief Executive Officer, Sarina Russo Group

Member

Vocational Education and Training

Reappointed
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Ms Karen Spiller
Principal, John Paul College

Member

Schools representative

Reappointed
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Professor Nick Klomp
Vice Chanvellor and President, Central Queensland University

Member

Regional

New
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Professor Melissa Banks
Pro Vice Chancellor International at James Cook University, President International Education Association Australia

Member

Regional and National leader advocacy

New
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Rachel Colaso
Head of Education, Brisbane Marketing

Member

Study Cluster representative

New
04 October 2019 – 3 October 2022

Mili Mishra

Member (rotating)

Student Representative

One year – elected by Queensland International Student Advisory Panel

 

The Hon Kate Jones MP

The Honourable Kate Jones MP
Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
Ministerial Champion and Chair

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 Hon Steve Bredhauer

The Honourable Steve Bredhauer
Chair, Trade and Investment Queensland
Deputy Chair

The Honourable Steve Bredhauer is the former Queensland Government Special Representative to China and Vietnam. He has extensive experience in various sectors including mining, technology, infrastructure, green building and sustainable urban development, maritime, education and training, and agriculture. He was the Queensland Member for Cook from 1989 to 2004 and also Minister for Transport and Main Roads from 1998 to 2004.

Professor Peter Høj

Professor Peter Høj
Vice Chancellor, University of Queensland

Professor Høj has been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Queensland since 2012. He was previously Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia (2007-2012), Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (2004-2007) and Managing Director of the Australian Wine Research Institute (1997-2004).

Professor Høj was educated at the University of Copenhagen, majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, and has a Master of Science degree in biochemistry and genetics, a PhD in photosynthesis, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Copenhagen, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Adelaide.

Professor Høj is a Director of the Board of Group of Eight (Go8) Universities and in 2017 was the Chair. He is a member of the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board (AMRAB) and from 1 January 2019, Professor Høj is a member of the Wine Australia Board.

He served on the CSIRO Board 2011-2014 and was member of the Prime Minister's Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC) (1999-2004, and 2006-2007).

Professor Sarah Todd

Professor Sarah Todd
Vice President (Global), Griffith University

Prior to joining Griffith, Professor Todd was the inaugural Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at the University of Otago from 2006-2013, and before that held the position of Academic Dean in Otago's Business School and was Professor of Marketing. While in New Zealand, Professor Todd served on several committees and boards related to international education, including the Stakeholder Adviso1y Committee for Education New Zealand, being a member of the Universities New Zealand International Committee, and serving as a trustee on both the board of Education New Zealand and Education Dunedin. Additionally, Sarah chaired the New Zealand Women in Leadership Steering Committee.

The Hon Phil Honeywood

The Honourable Phil Honeywood
National Executive Director, International Education Association of Australia

Phil Honeywood has been International Education Association of Australia's Chief Executive Officer since November 2011. Previously, he was a Member of the Victorian State Parliament (1988-2006), Minister for Tertiary Education, Training and Multicultural Affairs (1996-1999) and Deputy Leader of the Opposition (2002-2006).

Since retiring from politics, Phil worked at Stott's Business College and Cambridge International College.

Richard Brown

Mr Richard Brown
CEO, BROWNS English Language College

Richard Brown is the Managing Director of BROWNS English Language College, based in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. BROWNS English Language school is the largest private English language school in Queensland. Richard has been a member of the IETAG since 2016.

Carol Doyle

Ms Carol Doyle
President, Study Cairns

Carol Doyle has been the President of Study Cairns Management Committee over the past seven years, as well as serving on the Committee for a total of eight years. Carol also manages her own business You Study International, a Cairns-based and distance education college providing Australian Nationally Accredited Training in business, training and education. You Study International, a Cairns-based and distance education college. Carol is a member of IETAC-Q and at the invitation of Trade and Investment Queensland, has represented the region in the development of the recently released International Education & Training Strategy to Advance Queensland. Carol is incredibly passionate about growing International Education for the Tropical North Queensland region.

Kathleen Newcombe

Ms Kathleen Newcombe
Chief Executive Officer, Sarina Russo Group

Kathleen Newcombe is a passionate advocate for lifelong learning and has over thirty years of experience in the Higher Education, Vocational Training and Employment sectors both in Australia and the United State of America. Kathleen also spent three years in leadership roles in the Insurance industry where she successfully managed a Health Insurance business catering to the International Education sector.

Karen Spiller

Ms Karen Spiller MBA, MEdAdmin, BA, BEdSt, FACE, FAIM, FACEL, FAHRI, FAICD, FCEOI
Principal, John Paul College

Karen Spiller's experience is broad across all aspects of primary and secondary education and includes extensive experience in not for profit boards at the national and state level. Karen is the immediate past National Chair of the Association of Heads of Independent Schools and was a board member of this Association for ten years and was a previous Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Karen is currently the Chair of Independent Schools Queensland, a member of the Independent Schools Council of Australia and a member of the national Yalari Board.

Nick Klomp

Professor Nick Klomp
Vice Chancellor and President, Central Queensland University

Professor Nick Klomp is the Vice-Chancellor and President of CQUniversity Australia.

As the Vice-Chancellor, he leads the University by driving its strategy and academic vision, enhancing its culture and external profile, strengthening its finances and supporting its communities, across a national network of campuses.

Prior to his appointment as Vice-Chancellor in 2019, Professor Klomp was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Canberra, where he was responsible for academic strategy and teaching and learning quality across five faculties, as well as student recruitment and administration, student experience, marketing, international activities, graduate outcomes, and student equity and support. Prior to that role, Professor Klomp was the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Charles Sturt University, leading a large and diverse faculty in seven schools across six campuses, with disciplines ranging from Veterinary Science to Dentistry, Nursing to Environmental Science, Forensic Biotechnology to Wine Science, Agriculture to Allied Health and more.

Professor Klomp is passionate about student engagement in learning, excellence in teaching, and research with impact. He has been presented with a teaching excellence award, has been nominated for awards in the promotion of science, and was a Science Correspondent for ABC radio for more than a decade.

In addition to his extensive teaching career, Professor Klomp is recognised internationally for his research in applied ecology and environmental science, having produced two books and around 60 refereed publications, successfully supervised more than a dozen doctoral students, and attracted several nationally-competitive grants.

Professor Klomp has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Curtin University, First Class Honours from Murdoch University and a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Glasgow.

Melissa Banks

Professor Melissa Banks
Pro Vice Chancellor International at James Cook University, President International Education Association Australia

Melissa Banks is the Pro Vice Chancellor International at James Cook University. Melissa provides leadership and oversight of JCU’s international engagement encompassing strategy direction and implementation in the areas of international partnerships and alliances including joint programs and collaborative research centres, inbound international student attraction, international student support and development, and outbound student mobility. Melissa is also Chair of the Board of JCU College Pty Ltd, a wholly owned entity of James Cook University responsible for teaching English Language and academic pathways.

Melissa is the current President of the International Education Association Australia (IEAA). This peak body is a member based organisation providing professional development for members, and leading key research studies and workshops concerning topics relevant to the advancement of the international student experience and outcomes.

Melissa is an experienced leader in the international education sector, and has contributed to national and international forums through research papers, book chapters and conference keynote speeches, to advance the international education sector in Australia. She has over twenty-five years of experience in senior leadership roles in various institutions, and has worked across multiple education sectors. Melissa is a member of the Universities Australia DVC International Committee and a new member of the International Engagement and Training Advisory Group for the Queensland State Government.

Melissa is a recipient of the prestigious award for Distinguished Contribution to the Field of International Education (IEAA), and was recently identified as a key influencer of change and innovation in the Australian Higher Education sector.

 

Rachel Colaso
Head of Education, Brisbane Marketing

 

Mili Mishra (Rotating Student Respresentative)

The Queensland International Student Advisory Panel (QISAP) is an initiative under the International Education and Training Strategy to Advance Queensland 2016-2026. QISAP gives students a voice in the implementation of the strategy. The Queensland Government works with the Council for International Students Australia (CISA) to co-create the QISAP model.

Key enabling initiatives

IET Partnership Fund

The $6 million IET Partnership Fund will provide financial support for collaborative initiatives that assist in positioning Queensland as a leader in international education.

An annual fund of $1.2 million will be available to consortia to deliver initiatives relating to the strategic imperatives of the Strategy and will encourage matching funds to leverage greater investment in international education and training.

Read more about the IET Partnership Fund →

Annual IET Summit

The Annual IET Summit will bring together industry and other enabling partners, such as local government, tourism, community and business, to plan future activities. The IET Summit will enable coalitions to form around projects and initiatives and will be a key means to gather intelligence on the IET Strategy’s progress.

Queensland destinations will have the opportunity to stage the IET Summit, with the 2020 Summit being held in Townsville on 4 June 2020. Expressions of interest to attend the Summit will open soon.

Read more about the IET Summit →

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