Australia education exports top AUS$15bn in 2013


05 June, 2014


The export of international education services contributed over AUS$15 billion to the economy in 2013, a 3.8 per cent increase over the previous year, according to data released by Australian Education International.   



Education export income by state and territory, 2013. Source: Australian Education International, www.aei.gov.au.


The export of international education services contributed over AUS$15 billion to the economy in 2013, a 3.8 per cent increase over the previous year, according to data released by Australian Education International.   

The figure of AUS$15 billion, relating to spending on fees and goods and services by onshore international students holding a student visa, was an increase over the AUS$14.5 billion recorded in 2012, but less than AUS$16.1 billion in the peak years of 2009 and 2010.

An additional AUS$571 million arose in 2013 from other educational services, including educational consultancy services onshore.

The higher education sector generated AUS$10.2 billion in export income, 68.2 per cent of total education exports, followed by: the VET sector with AUS$2.5 billion (16.5 per cent); Elicos with AUS$807 million (5.4 per cent); secondary schools on AUS$579 million (3.9 per cent); and the non-award sector on AUS$545 million (3.6 per cent).

The AEI data relates only to spending by international students on student visas. As recently reported, the Elicos sector reported an economic impact of AUS$1.845 billion in 2013, based on all visa streams.

In terms of individual student markets, China accounted for over AUS$4 billion of spending – 25.9 per cent of the total. India, contributing almost AUS$1.3 billion and 8.3 per cent, was the second largest importer of Australian education, followed by Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia.

By state, New South Wales was the largest exporter of international education, representing over a third of the total at AUS$5.5 billion, followed by Victoria (AUS$4.4 billion) and Queensland (AUS$2.3 billion). Education services are Australia’s largest services exports, ahead of personal travel (AUS13.1 billion), according to AEI.

At the time of writing, AUS$1 = US$0.92

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