New data shows Queensland’s strategy to diversify its international student intake is working, with growing numbers of Latin American students helping Queensland pull ahead of other states in the diversity stakes.

The three countries sending the most students to Queensland – China, India and Brazil – account for 42% of the state’s international enrolments.

In comparison, New South Wales draws almost 50% of its international intake from its 3 top source markets, while Victoria draws 56% from its 3 top markets.

Researcher Deloitte Access Economics unveiled Queensland’s broadening global appeal, noting that the state’s international education and training export revenue reached $5 billion for the first time in 2018.

Ministerial Champion for International Education Kate Jones said attracting a diversity of students was a key part of building a sustainable sector.

‘We can’t put all our eggs in one basket,’ she said.

‘Today’s data proves that our international education sector is more stable than any other in Australia.

‘This is a testament to the fact that our strategy to diversify our population of international students is working.’

Asia remains the top source of international students for all eastern states, but Latin America is a growing source of student enrolments in Queensland.

Brazilian student numbers in Queensland increased by around 10% from 2017 to 2018, while Colombia jumped to fifth on Queensland’s overseas ladder with an 18% gain in enrolments.

The Deloitte research also found that in the 2018 calendar year:

  • $5.2 billion in export revenue was generated by international education and training – a rise of 16% year-on-year
  • student enrolments increased by 9.6%
  • 1 in 3 international students in Queensland studied outside of Brisbane
  • $98.8 million was generated across the state through visits by students’ friends and relatives.

Ms Jones said the Queensland Government was marketing its educational opportunities to a broad spectrum of students from around the world.

‘Asia will always be important to Queensland’s prosperity but embracing Latin American markets like Brazil and Colombia opens up new economic and cultural opportunities.

‘Engaging more students in more countries limits Queensland’s reliance on any single market, providing a foothold for continued growth and emerging opportunities,’ she said.

International education and training is Queensland’s fastest growing services export, with more than 135,000 international students enrolling in Queensland in 2018 – a record number.

It is identified as one of Queensland’s export priorities in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.