International education and training

Our international education and training sector is relatively small but has significant growth potential. The Northern Territory has international students studying in schools, vocational education and training, English language training, and in higher education at undergraduate, master and doctorate level. Global competition is strong so it is important that we develop and sustain our unique value proposition.

To grow international student numbers, government will work with education providers, businesses and multicultural organisations to increase the range and quality of education offerings and the Territory experience for students. Significant opportunities exist to attract higher education and school study tour groups and to provide work experience opportunities for students.

International education, research and training are also critical in growing relationships to support the Northern Territory’s diplomatic, trade and investment efforts. 

International students strengthen cultural, social and economic partnerships, and bring the world to Territorians. International students contribute to creating vibrant economic, social and cultural precincts. International students who remain in the Northern Territory after completing their studies add diversity and skills to our workforce.

The actions identified recognise that the Territory’s offerings in international education and training are highly dependent on attracting researchers and academics of the highest quality, with facilities that are integrated with the broader community, offering students a high level of amenity and a unique experience.

High level action Measure Lead / partners Lever
Develop an international education and training strategic plan with a target to achieve 10,000 students by 2022 across higher education, vocational education and training (VET), schools and English language training Plan delivered
10,000 international students by 2022
Education providers
NT Govt (NTG)
Enterprise and innovation
International students experience life as Territorians Collaboration between education providers, NTG, community and business to widen student experiences outside the classroom, measured through student satisfaction surveys Education providers
NTG
Liveability
Locate Charles Darwin University faculties, other education providers and student accommodation in the Darwin Central Business District (CBD) Innovative use of Darwin CBD buildings to provide learning spaces and student accommodation
Numbers of students studying and / or living in the Darwin CBD
Charles Darwin University (CDU)
NTG
Enterprise and innovation
Darwin student hub opened in the CBD Hub opened NTG Connectivity
Provide ‘Study in Australia’s Northern Territory‘ scholarships for international students to study in the NT Number of scholarships jointly funded with education provider NTG
Education providers
Capital
Attract top academics to improve Charles Darwin University’s rankings Attraction and retention of top academics
CDU’s world rankings increase
Increase in research funding
CDU
Menzies
People
Grow edutourism across the NT, using regional icons Increase in edutourism student numbers Education providers
Tourism industry
Land councils
Traditional Owners
NTG
Connectivity
Deliver a Homestay program for international students, focusing on high school and edutourism students Number of Territorians hosting international students Education providers
Territorians
People
Deliver an NT alumni program in priority countries Number of alumni program participants in priority countries NTG
Education providers
People
Showcasing the Territory to the world - increase joint marketing of the Northern Territory as a study destination Number of joint marketing campaigns Education providers
NTG
Connectivity
Last updated: 20 Jun 2017