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10/10/17

Media Release RE: Elicos Standards 2018  Media Release RE: Elicos Standards 2018

Media Release RE: Elicos Standards 2018

24/01/17

26Jan17_MEDIA RELEASE_AustraliaDayAward  26Jan17_MEDIA RELEASE_AustraliaDayAward

Former Executive Director, Sue Blundell, receives Australia Day honours - awarded AM - Member of the Order of Australia

01/05/16

English Australia Media Release National Strategy  English Australia Media Release National Strategy

English Australia welcomes the National Strategy for International Education, Austrade’s market development roadmap (AIE2025) and the Australia Global Alumni Engagement strategy and encourages implementation as a priority.

17/06/15

Inaugural International Education Roundtable showcases commitment of government and the sector  Inaugural International Education Roundtable showcases commitment of government and the sector

English Australia welcomed the opportunity to participate in the first ever International Education Roundtable, which brought together education and business experts, students and communities to advise Government Ministers on the future of Australia’s largest services export.

15/06/15

Simplified student visa framework to benefit students and providers  Simplified student visa framework to benefit students and providers

English Australia welcomed the announcement yesterday of a new simplified student visa framework (SSVF) that will make applying to study in Australia less complicated for students and will provide a level playing field for low risk education providers across all sectors.

01/06/15

Sue Blundell appointed to new Coordinating Council for International Education  Sue Blundell appointed to new Coordinating Council for International Education

Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the membership of the Coordinating Council for International Education. The Coordinating Council will be responsible for finalising Australia’s first ever National Strategy for International Education. The Council will comprise six Australian Government ministers and assistant ministers with responsibility for policies and programmes that support international education and six key education and industry experts. Sue Blundell, English Australia’s Executive Director, has been appointed as one of these six experts.  

16/05/15

Australia's English language sector records a new peak in numbers of students  Australia's English language sector records a new peak in numbers of students

The release of the latest data on English language training enrolments for overseas students has been welcomed as it shows a continuation of the return to growth experienced in 2013 and reveals a new record for the number of English language students choosing Australia.  

08/02/15

English Australia launches Guide to Best Practice in Managing Professional Development in ELICOS  English Australia launches Guide to Best Practice in Managing Professional Development in ELICOS

English Australia launches its new Guide to Best Practice in Managing Professional Development in ELICOS, the latest in its suite of Best Practice Guides designed to support English Australia member colleges in working towards higher standards across all areas of their operations.  As the national peak body for the ELICOS sector in Australia, English Australia plays a strong leadership role in supporting the sector in engaging with best practice across a range of relevant areas. The Guide to Best Practice in Managing Professional Development in ELICOS showcases up-to-the-minute key features of successful continuing professional development programs that help to maximise staff engagement and buy-in. It also provides detailed case studies and examples from member colleges who have implemented innovative professional development frameworks, facilitating the sharing of industry expertise and inspiring the uptake of new ideas.

02/11/14

English Australia launches Partner Agency Program  English Australia launches Partner Agency Program

English Australia launches Partner Agency Program

22/09/14

Agent Survey Results 2014  Agent Survey Results 2014

Results of the biannual agent survey conducted in 2014.

14/09/14

English Australia Conference 2014 – showcasing the professionalism of English language teaching to international students in Australia  English Australia Conference 2014 – showcasing the professionalism of English language teaching to international students in Australia

This week English Australia hosts its annual national conference for the English language sector of international education, demonstrating why the industry in Australia is a global leader in the approach it takes to driving professional sharing and growth.  The 27th annual English Australia Conference will be held in Melbourne from 17 – 19 September 2014 and is designed to provide a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities for over 350 delegates who work in or are associated with the English language sector.  The 2014 conference has a theme of ‘Quality: walking the talk’ and will explore the concept and practice of ‘quality’, from management to marketing, from curriculum to classroom practice, from student support to student success. 

04/05/14

Good news for international education: but growth uneven  Good news for international education: but growth uneven

English Australia’s latest figures on growth in English language training enrolments for overseas students have been welcomed as the best news for five years for international education in Australia. Pleasing as this growth is, it would be more sustainable if spread more evenly across all types of programs/providers within the sector; stand-alone ELICOS as well as those providing pathways to higher education.

19/03/14

Australia leads the way with online English language know-how  Australia leads the way with online English language know-how

English Australia has entered a partnership with the Massive Open Online English Course (MOOEC), to provide opportunities for professional development in online training in English Language. English Australia will offer a series of workshops across Australia in 2014, helping language teachers develop and showcase their online training abilities.

10/02/14

Possible Future Scenarios for the English Language Industry in Australia  Possible Future Scenarios for the English Language Industry in Australia

English language industry peak body, English Australia, has produced a report that identifies possible future scenarios for the English language sector of international education in Australia.  The report summarises the outcomes of a scenario planning workshop held in December 2013.

23/09/13

Highlighting the professionalism of English language teaching to international students  Highlighting the professionalism of English language teaching to international students

This week English Australia hosts its annual national conference for the English language sector of international education, demonstrating why the industry in Australia is a global leader in the approach it takes to driving professional sharing and growth.  The 26th annual English Australia Conference will be held in Perth from 25 – 27 September 2013 and is designed to provide a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities for delegates who work in or are associated with the English language sector.  The 2013 conference has a theme of ‘It’s still about the students...’, reflecting the fundamental approach that drives success for English language colleges – putting the student at the forefront of everything they do.  

23/09/13

English Australia Program wins International Education Award  English Australia Program wins International Education Award

The English language sector peak body and professional association English Australia is delighted to announce that its Action Research in ELICOS Program has won a prestigious Award for Best Practice/Innovation in International Education under the IEAA Excellence Awards Program for 2013.  

08/09/13

English Australia and IALCA sign important agreement  English Australia and IALCA sign important agreement

English Australia, the association representing the leading English language colleges in Australia, and the Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents, IALCA, are pleased to announce that they have concluded an important collaboration agreement. Growth of 60% over the last two years in the number of Italians going to Australia to study English has seen Italy become the #1 source of students from Europe and the #8 source of students across all nationalities for Australia. The signing ceremony was hosted by the Australian Ambassador David Ritchie AO, who used the opportunity to emphasise the valuable contribution that educational and language exchange makes to the relationship between the two countries.

12/08/13

International education needs a champion  International education needs a champion

Joint media statement by Australia’s education peak bodies “International education needs a champion”. Released on Wednesday 14 August for the Federal Election 2013 and addressed to the Australian Government and to all political parties and candidates.

12/08/13

International Education Peak Bodies Communique August 2013  International Education Peak Bodies Communique August 2013

Communique released by Australia’s education peak bodies on Wednesday 14 August for the Federal Election 2013 and addressed to the Australian Government and to all political parties and candidates.

19/06/13

New Visa Application Charge to Hit International Education & Tourism  New Visa Application Charge to Hit International Education & Tourism

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will slug temporary visitors to Australia with an additional $700 Subsequent Temporary Application Charge for those wishing to stay onshore as a short term tourist post completion of study or to extend their study opportunities.  ATEC’s Deputy Chair, Peter Ovenden, and English Australia’s Executive Director, Sue Blundell, call on the government to revisit this charge.

11/05/13

International Education Peak Bodies Communique May 2013  International Education Peak Bodies Communique May 2013

A JOINT COMMUNIQUE BY AUSTRALIA’S EDUCATION PEAK BODIES - AN ACTION PLAN FOR THE INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION INDUSTRY Released on Monday 13 May for the Federal Election 2013 and addressed to the Australian Government and to all political parties and candidates.

05/03/13

$4 Million Global Youth Campaign  $4 Million Global Youth Campaign

English Australia is delighted to see the launch today of a new $4 million global youth campaign by Tourism Australia.  The campaign aims to demonstrate to young people of the world why ‘There’s nothing like Australia’ and create a level of engagement and interest that will increase the number of working holiday makers in Australia by 20%.

27/02/13

Action needed on international education  Action needed on international education

English Australia welcomes the long awaited release of the Chaney report, Australia - Educating Globally, and urges the government to act immediately on the report's most urgent recommendations.

14/02/13

English Australia releases results of Agent Survey  English Australia releases results of Agent Survey

English Australia conducted an Agent Survey at the end of 2012 to measure agent awareness and understanding of English Australia. The survey closed in Janaury 2013 with over 700 agents from 72 countries completing the survey. The results indicate English Australia is well recognised but there is work to be done to improve agent understanding of the support English Australia can provide. We thank those agents who completed our survey.

12/12/12

IALCA Famil to Australia a great success  IALCA Famil to Australia a great success

In November/December 2012 English Australia hosted a familiarisation visit to Australia for members of IALCA, the Italian Association of Language Consultants and Agents.  Seven IALCA agents were joined by three journalists for a whirlwind 11 day tour around Australia.

16/09/12

English Australia Conference 2012 – highlighting the professionalism of English language teaching to international students  English Australia Conference 2012 – highlighting the professionalism of English language teaching to international students

The 25th annual English Australia Conference will be held in Sydney from 19 – 21 September 2012 and is designed to provide a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities for more than 350 people working in or associated with the ELICOS sector of international education.  Executive Director, Sue Blundell, said that she was expecting delegates to respond positively to a strong program that focused on supporting them in meeting current challenges. “The industry has been through some tough times recently and it is important that we come together to focus on positioning ourselves as a professional industry that delivers excellent English language outcomes to our students from all over the world” she commented.

03/07/12

New Research Shows High Levels of Satisfaction with English Language Sector  New Research Shows High Levels of Satisfaction with English Language Sector

English Australia is delighted to launch a new publication that reveals the latest findings regarding the international student experience in the English language sector. Almost 9,000 students from 49 English language colleges across Australia shared their views on their experience in a wide-ranging online survey undertaken at the end of 2011. The results from the ELT Barometer were overwhelmingly positive and showed high levels of satisfaction on almost all aspects of their experience, from pre-arrival, through learning and living to student support. Furthermore the 2011 results show significant improvement from a similar survey undertaken in 2009. The English language sector performs well in comparison with the international student response from the university sector in Australia on almost all indicators.

10/06/12

First English Australia Chair honoured  First English Australia Chair honoured

The inaugural Chair of English Australia, Christine Bundesen, received an Award in the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours List released today. The current Chair of English Australia, Chris Wallis, congratulated Ms Bundesen on behalf of the Association's member colleges and everyone in the English language training community. “The award is wonderful news and much-appreciated recognition of our sector of international education, an important contributor to education and cultural exchange between Australia and the rest of the world. “Christine Bundesen was one of the prime movers in the establishment and development of the Australian international education for overseas students industry which has grown in just 25 years to become one of the nation's largest exports. “She has been both a pioneer and an exceptional leader of the English language training sector and international education as a whole both nationally and globally” Ms Wallis said.

01/05/12

English Australia launches new StudentConnect Program  English Australia launches new StudentConnect Program

English Australia used the opportunity presented by the 2012 ATEC Backpacker & Youth Industry Conference, held on the Sunshine Coast this week, to launch its new StudentConnect Program.  This new program signals an important step forward in bringing together Australia’s two largest services export industries – education and tourism – both of which are confronting the challenges to exports posed by a strong Aus$.

30/03/12

Quality, support and assurance revealed in a vibrant new brand  Quality, support and assurance revealed in a vibrant new brand

English Australia is delighted to announce the launch of a new brand identity which has been revealed to key stakeholders across all states of Australia and internationally.

19/03/12

English Australia announces new Chair and Deputy Chair  English Australia announces new Chair and Deputy Chair

English Australia is pleased to announce that Chris Wallis, Director of Swinburne College, has been appointed to the role of Chair of the English language industry peak body, with Marc Weedon‐Newstead, Principal/Group Executive of the UNSW Institute of Languages, taking up the role of Deputy Chair.