Queensland’s international education sector posted decade-high growth in 2018–19 to inject $5.38 billion into the state, new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows.

The value of international education and training rose 16% – a post-GFC benchmark for Queensland – in the 12 months to 1 July.

This eclipsed the state’s 8% average yearly increase over the last decade, and was better than both the 15% national increase and the 14% growth recorded by New South Wales, Australia’s largest international education market.

TIQ’s Study Queensland team plays a key role in promoting Queensland’s world-class education and training to potential students around the world.

Ministerial Champion for International Education and Training Kate Jones said the sector was going from strength to strength, delivering benefits to students and communities across Queensland.

‘Queensland is unique – 1 in 3 international students are enrolled outside Brisbane, which is great for communities right throughout our regions,’ she said.

‘Schools, colleges and universities aren’t the only organisations to benefit.

‘When students come to study in Queensland, the flow-on benefits are great.

‘Our strategy to expand this sector, along with global demand for high-quality education, means student numbers will continue to grow in the future.’

Queensland – like other Australian states – draws its highest numbers of international students from China and India, but is also seeing significant growth in emerging markets.

For example, federal Department of Education figures for January–October 2019 show that the number of Colombian students enrolled in Queensland rose to 6,835, up 19% on the same period the previous year, while the number of students from the Philippines more than doubled to 3,826.

‘Queensland’s appeal is far-reaching on the international stage,’ said Ms Jones.

‘We’re aggressively marketing Queensland throughout Asia and the sub-continent to make sure our state is best placed to capitalise on the demand for education.’

International education and training is identified as one of Queensland’s most important services exports in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

Study Queensland offers a range of grants and other programs to support, develop and promote Queensland’s international education and training sector.