Programme 3.7 International Education Support

International education builds linkages between Australian and international students, institutions and governments and plays a role in preparing productive global citizens.

Programme 3.7 aims to advance the sustainable development of Australia’s international education and research engagement, including through support for student, researcher and professional exchange and institution-to-institution linkages. The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships programme supports doctoral and postdoctoral research and executive development. The International Education Group works with counterpart ministries and the sector to ensure successful student mobility.

In order to ensure that Australia’s education system is recognised as world class and globally connected, a national strategy for international education will be developed that provides a blueprint for the sustainable growth of Australian international education.

The department also supports the legislative requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, which contains arrangements, such as the Tuition Protection Service, to ensure quality education. The Tuition Protection Service’s annual report can be found at Appendix 5.

Provision of international education support

The components of Programme 3.7 that contributed to achieving the objectives during 2013–14 are:

  • Assessment Subsidy for Overseas Trained Professionals
  • International Education and Training
  • Tuition Protection Service
  • Overseas Student Tuition Fund.

International students’ satisfaction with studying and living in Australia

The department’s performance in delivering Programme 3.7 is indicated by the levels of satisfaction expressed by international students who choose to study in Australia. The performance indicators below were reported in a national survey that collected responses from over 50,000 students studying across Australia’s higher education and vocational education and training, English language and schools sectors.

Performance information

Table 17: Programme 3.7 International Education Support performance information

Provision of international education support

Deliverables 2013–14 estimate 2013–14 actual
Number of projects and/or activities funded by Regional Links 26 24
Number of projects and/or activities funded by the Increased profile of Australian International Education Sector programme 12 18
Number of international scholarships, fellowships and exchange opportunities supported (Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships and AsiaBound Grants programme) 6,128 6,128
Number of eligible applications funded through the Assessment Subsidy for Overseas Trained Professionals programme 465 366

International students’ satisfaction with studying and living in Australia

Key performance indicators 2013–14 estimate 2013–14 actual
Proportion of international student survey respondents who are satisfied or very satisfied with studying in Australia >80% 86%
Proportion of international student survey respondents who are satisfied or very satisfied with living in Australia >80% 88%
Highlight

National registration of institutions providing education to international student visa holders

Until recently, institutions registered to provide education services to international students were required to register separately in each state or territory in which they were operating. Recent changes to the Education Services for Overseas Students legislation and the Provider Registration and International Student Management System ( PRISMS) have been streamlined to enable institutions to combine registrations into one. System changes to the registration process have saved education institutions, as well as the national regulators for tertiary education, a significant amount of manual data entry. This is projected to save PRISMS users more than 50,000 transactions by the end of 2013–14.