Policy & Advocacy

IEAA is the only cross-sectoral organisation representing international education in Australia. As such, we are in a unique position to lobby and advocate on behalf of the whole industry. This important role extends to:

Government advocacy

One of IEAA’s key objectives is to keep the Government – and the wider community – informed of the social and economic benefits that the international education industry provides to Australia. In particular, we keep Australia’s three levels of government (federal, state and local) appraised of and better informed about issues affecting Australian education providers, academics, professional staff and international students.

Peak body coordination

Successful advocacy calls for a coordinated effort. As such, IEAA regularly convenes joint meetings and facilitates strategy development on behalf of the peak bodies involved in international education. These include the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET), the Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE), English Australia, Independent Schools Council of Australia, TAFE Directors Australia and Universities Australia. We also lead visits and delegations to Ministers and Shadow Ministers, which is particularly important in the lead up to Federal Elections.

Government enquiries and reviews

IEAA provides comprehensive input into Government enquiries and reviews pertaining to international education. In recent years, IEAA has made submissions to the International Education Advisory Council (Chaney Review), the Australia in the Asian Century (Henry Review), and the Risk Assessment Levels Review.

Submissions have also been provided to State and Territory Governments, the most recent of which was the NSW Taskforce on International Education and Research. IEAA also provides evidence to Federal and State Government Parliamentary committees and enquiries. The most recent of these was to the Senate, All Party Education, Science and Training Committee.

Global representation

IEAA represents Australia at numerous global forums hosted by international affiliate organisations, including the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education (APAIE), the European Association for International Education (EAIE), NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the International Association of Universities (IAU), the British Council’s Going Global and the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA).


IEAA regularly provides media commentary and contributes to public discourse on issues pertaining to the international education industry. Regular commentary is sought by and provided to numerous Australian media outlets, including Campus Review, the Australian Financial Review and The Australian’s Higher Education Section. We provide commentary for numerous global publications, including the Times Higher Education Supplement, The PIE News and University World News. IEAA’s biannual magazine, Vista, also provides high-quality editorial on issues currently facing the international education profession.


Every industry needs to be supported and underpinned by world-class research. To this end, the IEAA auspices a specialist Research Committee and the International Education Research Network (IERN), which brings together leading and emerging academic researchers from around Australia.

Together they deliver a suite of annual research events and high-level national symposia which contribute to and inform Australia’s international education research agenda. Much of this collaborative research work is also used in putting together the program for the annual Australian International Education Conference (AIEC), which is jointly presented by IDP Education and IEAA.