The Pathways SIG provides a national forum for international pathway providers to share information, develop and benchmark good practice and participate in government policy development.

It includes members from public and private higher education institutions as well as schools, VET and ELICOS providers of academic pathway programs.

In this context, Pathways is defined broadly to include award and non-award programs, foundation studies, enabling and short bridging courses, with or without credit transfer to a principal course.

Membership is open to IEAA members and non-members.


  • Promote the standing of pathway programs through improved and standardised data collection, including longitudinal student tracking data
  • Enhance student outcomes by ensuring they have appropriate academic and cultural preparation for their principal course
  • Contribute to professional skills development for staff working in the pathways sector through IEAA's professional development program
  • Work with members and regulators (TEQSA & ASQA) to achieve consistent application of course accreditation standards, including those for Foundation Programs.

Current conveners

Heidi Reid, Convener

Heidi Reid is the Principal of the Australian International College of English in Sydney and has more than 17 years’ teaching experience in North America, Asia and Australia. She has her Masters in TESOL and is currently studying for her MBA. Heidi is also on the Board of Directors for NEAS.

Denise Bush, Deputy Convener

Denise is Dean of Pathways at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne. She has worked in international education for 28 years and has managed pathway colleges at ANU, Hawthorn-Melbourne and La Trobe. She has also worked for the Department of Education in Canberra, has been on the Board of English Australia and NEAS, and is a TEQSA expert in Foundation Studies and ELICOS.

Kirsten Watkins, Deputy Convener

Kirsten has worked in the education industry for over 20 years as an academic, consultant and now Operations Director of International Institute of Business and Technology (IIBT), a private pathway provider in WA with sister operations throughout Asia. With IIBT, Kirsty is responsible for partnerships, strategy and management of the leadership team.

Past conveners

Nathan Asher Deputy Convener October 2013 October 2014
Andrew Dawkins Deputy Convener October 2011 October 2013
Rosie Giddings Deputy Convener October 2012 October 2014
Peter Krikstolaitis Convener October 2013 October 2016
Paul O'Halloran Convener October 2011 October 2013
Ben Pocius Deputy Convener October 2014 October 2015


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