Department of State Development
  • International Education

    Enabling globally engaged education sectors

International Education 2030

International Education 2030International Education 2030 sets an ambitious target of achieving a $3 billion industry and employing 23,500 South Australians by the year 2030 in education-related jobs and those within the wider economy.

International Education 2030
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南澳国际教育2030 (Chinese version)
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Adelaide Student Accommodation Demand and Supply Analysis - JLL Report

JLL report 2019South Australia’s future accommodation needs for the growing demand from international students has been outlined in an independent JLL report commissioned by the South Australian Government. The report outlines the demand and supply landscape for purpose-built student accommodation for international students in Adelaide city and surrounding suburbs.

Adelaide Student Accommodation Demand and Supply Analysis - JLL Report
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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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  • 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.

International education assists in identifying opportunities, by leveraging international connections with South Australia’s overseas representatives, Austrade’s overseas posts, and with the state’s international cooperation partners through sister-state and sister-city relationships. 

Trade Offices 

The South Australian Government has representation in key overseas markets that provide export assistance to South Australian businesses, including government and non-government organisations, and help attract business investment and migration to the state. 

The State Government has established a global network and is looking to expand its overseas representation and establish a new office in China (Shanghai), Japan, United States of America, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates. These offices will provide South Australian exporters a conduit to assist them establish their market presence, build relationships with training and education partners and create opportunities for South Australian businesses and education institutions. 

Overseas officers are also able to provide offshore representation for South Australia’s international education sector. Each year these officers participate in a familiarisation program to better understand the range of providers operating in South Australia and provide them with in-country support and assistance.

All stakeholders are encouraged to engage with and utilise in-country officers’ services.

Sister-state and sister-city relationships

Sister-state relationships were established to help develop enduring networks of communication between the cities and regions of the world. 

Most sister-state relationships focus on building trade and tourism links, connecting and enabling small to medium businesses access markets. Over the years these relationships have grown to encompass cultural and educational aspects attracting more international students to Adelaide and celebrating and sharing culture with both communities. 

We have sister-state relationships with:

  • Shandong
  • Rajasthan
  • West Java
  • Okayama Prefecture
  • Chungcheongnam-do Province
  • Regional Council of Bretagne  


International students and talented Australians who study overseas make up our state’s global alumni community. The Australian Government has developed an Australia Global Alumni Engagement Strategy to reach out to the global alumni community, inviting alumni to connect and engage with Australia and the region.

Individual institutions also have their own alumni communities and currently conduct their own engagement to pursue international opportunities that align with their distinctive missions. 

International education facilitates collaboration between the South Australian Government, the Australian Government and the international education sector through the following forums. 

International Education Governance Structure for South Australia 

Ministerial Advisory Committee for International Education 

The Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment established a new Ministerial Advisory Committee for International Education (MACIE) in July 2018 to facilitate dialogue between the education sector and the Government, leading to closer collaboration on further initiatives to grow the sector. 

The purpose of the Committee is to:

  • Foster collaboration across South Australia’s international education sectors
  • Provide a forum for advice to government on strategic issues and initiatives relating to international education
  • Provide a platform to progress a range of domestic and international activities to achieve the Government’s vision and growth aspirations for South Australia’s International education sector.

Memberships include:

  • Department for Trade and Investment
  • StudyAdelaide
  • Department for Education
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Flinders University
  • University of South Australia
  • Torrens University Australia
  • Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET)
  • English Australia
  • The Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA)
  • Catholic Education SA (CESA)
  • The SACE Board of SA

The Office of the Training Advocate

The Office of the Training Advocate (OTA) is a statutory authority established under the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 (SA) to respond to questions or complaints about any aspect of the training system as it relates to South Australia. It covers vocational education and training, apprentices and trainees, higher education, adult community education and education services for overseas students. 

The OTA operates in accordance with a Charter of Functions designed to enhance consumer protection and work toward improving the quality and responsiveness of the training system. The OTA also liaises with other statutory authorities to assist in protection of rights and streamline complaints handling for international students.

View the Office of the Training Advocate website.


StudyAdelaide Board 

  • Managing Government organisational arrangements including government funding
  • Providing linkages to StudyAdelaide including a Board position and membership of the Audit and Risk Committee
  • StudyAdelaide funding from the SA Government
  • Managing Government appointments to the StudyAdelaide Board
  • Managing key Governance issues including the Public Corporations (StudyAdelaide) Regulations 2011 Act, Memoranda of Administrative Arrangements, StudyAdelaide Charter and Performance Statement. 

Australian Governance structure for international education

Education Visa Consultative Committee 

The Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) plays a role in implementing Australia's National Strategy for International Education 2025 by maintaining competitive visa settings (as per Goal 6: Enhancing mobility), which supports the sustainable growth of the sector. 

The Education Visa Consultative Committee (EVCC) was established to provide a forum for the Australian Government to engage with key stakeholders to share information and discuss policy matters regarding visa options that support the international education sector.

The EVCC is chaired by Home Affairs and includes key Australian Government agencies with an interest in student visas, peak bodies representing the international education sector, states and territories and representatives of business and the unions

Inbound and outbound trade missions

The Department for Trade and Investment plans and delivers an annual program of inbound and outbound missions in key markets. These missions provide a unique platform for South Australian organisations to explore new off-shore markets, develop new relationships, or build on existing ones. 

International Education is responsible for developing the education program covering all sectors from schools, vocational education and training, higher education and research. 

The education business stream is not designed for direct student recruitment; however, depending on the specific mission there may be opportunities for recruitment activities.

Assistance with in-country activities is also provided by a network of off-shore regional officers and Austrade’s in-country education business development managers who work closely with delegates to determine their business needs, identify high value commercial education opportunities, provide advice, as well as organising business-to-business meetings. 

The value of participating in a business mission is that it offers the opportunity to:

  • Meet local education and training providers and institutions
  • Identify partnering opportunities for onshore and/or offshore delivery and to develop transnational education models including research partnerships
  • Attend briefing and networking events with guests from local institutions, business councils and other councils influential in the education and training market
  • Undertake site visits to local facilities where your services may be applied
  • Develop skills and experience in international education markets
  • Enhance their international profile

Want to know more?

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