Australia has a new education peak body after ACPET renamed to the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia and refined its focus to independent education, rather than solely private education.
Australia's vocational providers are well placed to ramp up offshore activities and help emerging countries fill skills gaps, according to a report by KPMG. It identifies five Asian countries, including China and India, as needing help to upskill populations.
Amid an eight-week election campaign followed by more than a week of counting and doubt over which party would form a government, Australian industry leaders say they are confident international education will remain buoyed by its recent upward trajectory.
The Australian Council for Private Education and Training has announced that it will produce a Preferred List of education agents to work with its members, as it publishes a new Code of Practice for working with agents and education brokers.
The number of student visas cancelled by the Australian government has more than tripled in the last two years as instances of falsified test results and/or financial documents have soared, meanwhile the number of students "course hopping" to unaccredited colleges is also a concern.
After 10 years of negotiations, a bilateral trade agreement between China and Australia will extend the number of Australia's private HE institutions featured on the Chinese government’s JSJ (Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxi Wang) or "white list" of quasi-approved institutions.