The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data reveals the value of international education exports to the economy rose from $30.8 billion in 2017 to $35.8 billion in 2018 — an increase of 16 per cent.
Education-related travel contributed $13.1 billion and $11.8 billion to the NSW and Victorian economy.
It also injected $5 billion into the Queensland economy, $1.8 billion into South Australia, and $1.9 billion for WA.
Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said international alumni are a vast global network of informal ambassadors and advocates for Australia.
“Not only does international education boost domestic travel, goods and services across our economy — but these students strengthen our links with our region and the world,” she said.
“Australians understand the value of this contribution, both economically and to our long-lasting cultural and diplomatic ties.”
Earlier this year, a survey by trusted social researchers at JWS Research found four in five Australians say international students are important to Australia’s economy.
“Australia also leads on international student satisfaction with nearly nine in 10 saying they are happy with the quality of education and the lifestyle we have to offer.”
“International students can go anywhere in the world to study. They choose Australia because of our strong track record of a world-class education and a safe and welcoming environment.”