Western Australia’s International Education Sector: Performance and Prospects

WhereThe Hyatt Regency Hotel, Grand Ballroom
99 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
WhenFriday, 18 November, 2016 from 7.15am to 9.00am

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre together with the Western Australian Private Education and Training Industry Association (WAPETIA) and the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) invites you to the launch of a special report – Western Australia’s International Education Sector: Performance and Prospects.

International education has been identified as an industry with strong growth potential in Australia. While Western Australia continues to see growth in international student enrolments, WA’s share of overall international enrolments to Australia has declined.

This report outlines the performance and prospects for WA’s international education sector. We analyse trends in international student enrolments across the main sectors including higher education, VET, ELICOS, schools and non-award. Key source countries for WA are reported on, and we compare WA’s source country concentrations to those of other states and territories.

The value added contribution of international education to WA is presented, and scenario analysis explores potential future growth trajectories. Economic modelling shows the importance of various push and pull factors that determine student choice of destination. Finally, the strategies currently being undertaken by other state and territory governments aimed at promoting international education are presented and compared.

This report will assist policy makers and stakeholders in making decisions that will promote the industry in WA, to ensure that WA obtains an appropriate share of international students and optimises its potential in gaining the broader social, cultural and economic benefits that the sector brings.

The report has been funded by an Industry consortium led by WAPETIA with sponsorship from Gold Sponsors: Curtin University, Murdoch University, Navitas, Study Perth and TAFE International; and Silver Sponsor: ACPET.

We are delighted to announce the panel for this report. Join Professor Deborah Terry AO, Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, Professor Lyn Beazley AO, Chair of Study Perth, Professor Lyn Karstadt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor International of Murdoch University and Ms Karen Ho, Executive Director Service Delivery of the Department of Training and Workforce Development in a panel discussion.

About the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre is an independent economic and social research organisation located within the Curtin Business School at Curtin University. The Centre was established in 2012 through the generous support from Bankwest (a division of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia), with a core mission to examine the key economic and social policy issues that contribute to the sustainability of Western Australia and the nation, and the wellbeing of households in WA and nationally.

About the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy

The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP) was established at Curtin University in 2004 to become a pre-eminent body of public sector expertise through research, teaching and the generation of public discussion. Located in the Curtin Business School, the JCIPP is a peak body for research, education and discussion in public policy and administration. It takes a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing challenges in this area reflecting their complexity as well as the unique capacity of universities to play a key role in addressing them.

For more information about the JCIPP, visit www.curtin.edu.au/research/jcipp