Department of State Development
  • International Education

    Enabling globally engaged education sectors

The International Education office (IE), within the Department for Trade, Tourism and Investment, provides a range of policy and governance support in order to achieve the State Government’s growth strategy for the International Education sector.  

International education is South Australia’s largest services export. There were nearly 36,000 international student enrolments in South Australian institutions in 2017, compared to 11,100 enrolments in 2002.

Given the importance of the international education and training sector in South Australia, the South Australian Government engaged with Deloitte Access Economics to provide an up-to-date overview of the sector and its contribution to the South Australian economy.

The ‘International Education in South Australia 2018’ report delivers a comprehensive and in-depth account of the international education sector in South Australia and expands on the sectors future trends and opportunities. The report will help to inform a new international education strategy for South Australia, due to be released in 2019.

International education in South Australia
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  • Implementing the South Australian Government’s key election commitments for the sector, by implementing a range of measures to boost international student enrolment, including:
    • Doubling the international student ambassador campaign
    • Undertaking an agent engagement campaign to strengthen connections and interactions with overseas education agents
    • Investigating a new International Student Hub in the CBD
    • Identifying ways to grow homestay and accommodation options for the school student market
    • Coordinating a marketing plan for specific countries
  • Leveraging international networks, such as:
    • South Australia’s overseas representative offices
    • Sister-state and sister-city relationships
    • Contacts from governments overseas and education institutions
  • Providing support services to industry, including:
    • Facilitation of partnerships in international education and research and development commercialisation
    • Identification and follow up of international education opportunities and identification of relevant international contacts
    • Business matching and facilitating meetings for inbound and outbound business missions
    • Representing and advocating for South Australia’s international education sector’s interests in national fora, such as Education Council, Education Visa Consultative Committee, Commonwealth, States and Territories International Education and Training Forum
  • Supporting industry collaboration and consultation through the:
    • Management of consultations
    • Coordination across-government sectors
    • Cooperative development of international education plans and targets
    • Secretariat and policy support for Ministerial Advisory Committee
  • Facilitating international education projects, including:
    • An international student internship program
    • Scholarship programs focused on State Government diplomatic initiatives
    • Sector projects and support (e.g. VET and school)
    • South Australia’s international education promotional materials (including Door to Learning and Research)
  • Providing a range of policy and governance support functions, including:
    • Policy advice
    • Commonwealth policy
    • Briefings on full range of international education topics
  • Working closely with various stakeholders, including:
    • Immigration SA: In areas such as student visas and post study visas, permanent skilled migrants, and connecting innovative and entrepreneurial international students with public universities’ incubator program and key organisations
    • StudyAdelaide: Assisting StudyAdelaide to raise the profile of South Australia’s international education and training, supporting StudyAdelaide’s key initiatives on destination marketing and student experience
    • Working with other agencies, including the Office of the Training Advocate and education institutions


The IEO coordinates government activities and works with South Australian education and training providers to achieve South Australia’s international education export targets. Through boosting education exports, the IEO contributes to increasing South Australia’s export revenue and plays an important role in:

  • Bringing in new ideas, know-how and technology that is essential to the state’s economic transformation
  • Strengthening South Australia’s cultural and social ties with other countries
  • Reinforcing our global standing and reputation
  • Boosting South Australia’s competitiveness in attracting international students
  • Linking international education more closely with tourism and trade opportunities
  • Increasing market share for the state’s international education.

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A dedicated International Education team is on hand
to assist attracting international students to South Australia.