Australian Government

Booth: 42

Australian government agencies supporting international education and training will have a combined presence in the AIEC 2018 conference exhibition.

Participating agencies



The Australian Trade and Investment Commission–Austrade - is the Australian Government’s trade, investment and education promotion agency and is also responsible for tourism policy development and research. Through its global network, Austrade’s role in education is the international marketing and promotion of Australian education and training.


Luhua Tang 
Senior Advisor, International Education

T: +61 2 9392 2340


Australia Awards

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships, fellowships and short courses offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.

Sheona McKenna
Director, Communications and Engagement

T: +61 2 6261 9213


Australia Global Alumni

More than 2.5 million international students have studied in Australia in the last fifty years. These international students and the talented Australians who study overseas, including through the New Colombo Plan, make up Australia’s Global Alumni Community.

Sheona McKenna
Director, Communications and Engagement

T: +61 2 6261 9213


Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Biosecurity is a critical part of the government's efforts to prevent, respond to and recover from pests and diseases that threaten the economy and env​ironment. The department works to ensure continued market access for our products and to maintain our high standards for emergency response.


Amanda Kingston
Director, Compliance Division

T: +61 2 6272 4665


Department of Education and Training  

The Department of Education and Training works with the education sector, other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration. The department provides leadership and coordination across government, delivering programs and policies, to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge.

Jaclyn Lane
Assistant Director, Counsellor and Support

T: +61 2 6240 9553


Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for the management and delivery of student visas.

Bronwyn Giese
Director (a/g), Student and Graduate Visas Section



Endeavour Leadership Program

The new Endeavour Leadership Program (ELP) is the Australian Government’s two‑way mobility program for short and long‑term study, research and professional development with Australia’s priority partner countries. Announced in the 2018-2019 Federal budget, the ELP brings together two previous Endeavour sub‑programs: Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, available to individual applicants, and Endeavour Mobility Grants, available to applicant institutions, into one program.

Patrick Willix
Director (a/g), Student Experience and Mobility

T: +61 2 6240 9919


Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) is an independent statutory office responsible for promoting harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and ensuring compliance with Australia’s workplace laws. The FWO’s free services for employees and employers in Australian workplaces provide people with reliable and timely information about fair work practices, rights and obligations. It also works with stakeholders to build strong and effective relationships and promote compliant workplaces.


T: Fair Work Infoline 13 13 94


International Skills Training

International Skills Training (IST) courses have been specifically designed and developed for the offshore international student market. These non-AQF courses aim to address critical competency gaps, support skills needs in the global workforce, and provide Australian registered training organisations (RTOs) the opportunity to offer additional products to support overseas stakeholders to meet their diverse skills needs.


Clare Boutchard
Director, Industry Engagement

T: +61 2 6240 3745


New Colombo Plan

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

Sheona McKenna
Director, Communications and Engagement

T: +61 2 6261 9213


Overseas Students Ombudsman 

The Overseas Students Ombudsman is a specialist role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

The Commonwealth Ombudsman:

  • can investigate complaints about problems that intending, current or former overseas students have with private schools, colleges and universities (education providers) in Australia
  • provides information about best practice complaints handling to help private education providers manage internal complaints effectively
  • publishes reports on problems and broader issues in international education that we identify through investigations.

Melita Bigirimana
Assistant Director

T: +61 2 6276 3708


Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. Their purpose is to protect student interests and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector through a proportionate, risk-reflective approach to quality assurance that supports diversity, innovation and excellence.

Felicity Gianatti
International Professional Bodies Manager

T: +61 3 8306 2418