Key interest areas (conference ‘tracks’)

Key interest areas (KIAs) are the general headings – or tracks – into which presentations and sessions are organised.

The descriptions and list of topics below are intended as a guide.

Admissions and compliance (A&C)

This KIA has a specific focus on the admissions, compliance and government policies and regulations for international students across all sectors.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:qualifications monitoring and evaluation; English language competence; admissions efficiency measures and handling volume enquiries, applications, admission qualifications, offers and confirmations; good practice in compliance and related matters; standards and accountability including ASQA, TEQSA and ESOS; SSVF, student visas, immigration risk: issues relating to monitoring, reporting and quality assurance; monitoring education agents, under 18 students; key policies and regulations; local, state, national and international government initiatives and legislation; latest trends and developments in the policy and regulatory environment both in Australia and abroad; initiatives aimed at engaging policy makers and government in international education.

Business development and strategy (BD&S)

This KIA focuses on the business, commercial and strategic aspects of international education, and relates to high level, comprehensive innovative or emerging international strategies at the institutional, organisational and sectoral levels.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:comprehensive internationalisation strategies; strategic approaches to identifying new business opportunities; entry strategies for new markets; innovative business practices; bi-and multi-lateral partnerships, including public/private partnerships; innovative management structures and approaches; cost evaluation, efficiency and productivity and optimising business return; embedding an entrepreneurial approach within business structures and fostering entrepreneurialism and a spirit of business innovation amongst professional staff; and the use of technology to achieve business objectives and to streamline business practices. This KIA also includes government policies and regulations relating to international students and international education in general. This includes local, state, national and international government initiatives and legislation, new directions, programs and resourcing.

Employability (EMP)

This KIA focuses on career readiness and graduate outcomes for students.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:innovations in engaging with alumni; professional skill acquisition; language competencies; transition to employment; employer expectations; graduate opportunities.



English language (ELT)

This KIA focuses on sessions relating to the provision of intensive English language trainingfor internationalstudents as well as to English language testing.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:English language competence and testing, ELICOS and English Bridging Course program quality and standards (including teaching, delivery, management and promotion), ELICOS student visas, government policies affecting learning and teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL).

Government Policy (GOV)

This KIA focuses on all issues relating specifically to government policies and initiatives.

Topics under this KIA typically cover: new government regulations; changes to existing policies; examples from overseas of government initiatives in all areas of international education; etc.



Higher Education (HE)

This KIA is for sessions that have a sole or dedicated focus on the Higher Education sector and are not relevant to other education sectors.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:higher education policy challenges and initiatives; higher education specific case studies; university admission issues; etc.



Learning abroad (LA)

This KIA encompasses all forms of staff and student international mobility with a particular emphasis on student learning abroad,

Topics under this KIA typically cover:learning abroad programs, including exchanges, internships, practicums and study tours; creative approaches to enhancing access to and participation in learning abroad programs; trends and developments in learning abroad; innovations in learning abroad program design and destinations; mobility innovations in non-traditional settings and sectors; work and learning outcomes from participating in learning abroad; funding and grants (including the New Colombo Plan).

Marketing and recruitment (M&R)

This KIA will be of interest to people working in marketing and communication and has some overlap with the ‘admissions and compliance’ KIA. The focus is on innovations in promotion and recruitment from a marketing perspective, social media, disruptive trends, communication strategies, branding, public relations and/or market analyses.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:innovation in student recruitment strategies and practices; evaluation of success factors, including measures of cost efficiency and effectiveness; recruitment channels and networks; use of partners and other stakeholders; working with agents and other third parties; communication with potential students and other stakeholders and closing of ‘sales’, innovative approaches to institutional, state, city or education sector marketing; new approaches to brand development and delivery; innovative use of social media; evidence based market analysis relevant to existing, emerging and to new markets; marketing with partners and other stakeholders (alumni, partner institutions, businesses and industry); relationship marketing involving particular target markets; niche marketing (e.g. specialised programs; postgraduate research); media and public relations.

Pathways (PATH)

This key interest area (KIA) is defined broadly to include award and non-award programs enabling direct entry into a higher education program, such as foundation studies, HE diplomas, English direct entry programs, enabling and short bridging courses, with or without credit transfer to their principle higher education course.

Topics under this KIA typically include:innovations in pathway program; research papers with longitudinal data tracking former pathway students; contemporary solutions to the challenges associated with preparing students academically and culturally for the transition to higher level study; trends and developments in the pathway sector.

Professional development (PD)

This KIA focuses on sessions designed to provide a specific professional development opportunity for delegates.




Scholarships and fellowships (S&F)

This KIA focuses on all issues relating to international students who are sponsored to study in another country by their home government, host government or other agencies.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:managing the expectations of sponsors; meeting the unique needs of sponsored students; establishing appropriate systems to manage and support sponsored students: etc. 


Schools (SCH)

This KIA focuses on topics that are specific to the schools sector (Prep to Year 12). Topics will include areas from other key interest areas, but with a specific focus on school issues in the context of international education.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:Support for international students in schools; management and support for under 18s; National Code; transition to further study; student mobility at the school level, global citizenship, internationalisation of the curriculum.

Students (STU)

This KIA is all about international students, their expectations, needs and experiences, at all stages of the student journey.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:the student voice, student support services, accommodation, health & welfare, safety, social inclusion, community engagement, academic support skills, workplace experiences, transition and retention.

Teaching and Learning (T&L)

This KIA includes all elements of the teaching and learning process and experience in relation to international education.

Topics under this KIA typically cover: internationalisation of the curriculum (IoC); embedding international and cross-cultural perspectives within the curriculum; innovative and digitally enabled approaches to course delivery and teaching practices; curriculum badging and recognition; engaging with learners; peer supported learning processes; students as partners; innovations in work integrated learning; internationalisation at home; learning analytics; assessment innovation; program evaluation and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). 

Transnational education (TNE)

This KIA focuses on TNE management, programs and services via offshore campuses, partnerships and distance/online learning, as well as issues relating to markets, regulation and compliance, and the student experience in T


Topics under this KIA typically cover: trends and innovations in TNE strategy, policy and practice – including compliance with Australian and host country legal requirements; bi-and multi-lateral partnerships, including public/private partnerships; good practice case studies; new and emerging forms of TNE; TNE enrolment trends, practice case studies; new markets, services and delivery modes; contemporary solutions to traditional TNE challenges; role of technology in TNE.

Vocational education and training (VET)

This KIA focuses on sessions that are specific to the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Topics under this KIA typically cover:areas from other key interest areas, but with a specific focus on VET issues in the context of international education.

Key dates

21 January - Online submission opens

1 March - Online submission closes

May - Call for proposals notifications

4 June - Registration opens

1 August - Early bird registration closes

8 October - Registration closes

15 October 2019 - Conference starts