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Our international data and research page brings together links to information, along with observations to help members ‘make sense of the numbers’.

Latest highlights are:
International Student Survey 2016

Every two years since 2010, the Australian Government has funded a national survey of international students across Australia’s major education sectors. The 2016 survey is the biggest so far, with over 65,000 international students participating.

The main 2016 survey covers students in Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training and English language institutions, with a separate smaller survey covering international students in secondary school (hence the results of the schools survey are not comparable with results from the other sectors). The main survey found 89 per cent of international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their living and learning experience in Australia. This is the highest score measured so far in these biennial surveys and higher than a comparable global score measured from international students in other countries over the same time period.

The overall headline findings and sector-level findings are captured in the infographic fact sheets below:

Australia's international students: What's important for sustainable growth? 

Steve Nerlich, Director of the International Research and Analysis Unit, delivered this 26 minute video presentation to the 2016 International Student Advisers Network Australia (ISANA) conference. The presentation provides an overview of Australia’s international education system and of the half a million international students Australia has hosted in recent years. Mr Nerlich identifies some key ‘pull factors’ which underlie international student decisions to choose Australia as a study destination, drawing on the most recent findings from the 2016 International Student Survey that over 65,000 international students participated from across all of Australia’s education sectors. Institution-level data from the 2016 survey is now available to Australian education providers who participated in the 2016 survey and the integrated national data is expected to be available in early 2017.

This presentation is available for streaming from here.

The value of international education to Australia

This report has been commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to assess the value of international education to the Australian community. This assessment encompasses the sector’s contribution to the Australian economy and its broader economic and social impact on regional communities, tourism and the calibre and productivity of Australia’s workforce.
The analysis encompasses international students studying at schools, vocational education and training (VET) providers, higher education providers and those studying English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) courses.

This report is available here.

There are many sources of valuable information around international education, including:
Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Australian Bureau of Statistics
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