Local Government's role in International Education: welcoming, wellbeing and work-integrated learning


This e-poster presentation will examine the City of Sydney as the epicentre of the international student market in Sydney and NSW. There are more than 150 education providers including universities, TAFEs, intensive English language colleges, and vocational education and training providers. More than 35,000 international students are studying in Sydney and making a significant contribution to the economy, culture and communities.

During their stay, the students’ families and communities rely on us, as the host city, to provide a safe and rewarding experience. By partnering with the education sector and its key stakeholders to provide a harmonious experience we enable international students and their families to form a lifelong connection with Sydney that strengthens our global ties.

The City of Sydney offers a range of initiatives: an ambassador program; an education provider forum; grants, sponsorships and research; welcoming and orientation events and information; and co-designed projects in partnership with students, education providers, state government, NGOs and agencies.

The City of Sydney’s International Education Action Plan, developed in consultation with the sector including students, the NSW Government, educational institutions and other stakeholders, sets out a framework for how the city will approach support for the international education sector over the next 10 years. It identifies three key themes where the city is best-placed to support the sector.

They are: welcoming; wellbeing; and work integrated learning. The plan details commitments and priority actions across these themes based on findings of extensive research as well as consultation with key partners from the international education sector.

Learning objectives:

Participants will gain understanding of the importance of collaboration, strategic vision and co-designing principles – and how involving international students in policy and programs is critical to success.

Key interest area: Students (STU) 
Other key interest areas: Business development and strategy (BD&S), Employability (EMP)

Ms Anouschka Inglis

Strategy Advisor, Economic Strategy, Strategy and Urban Analytics

The Council of the City of Sydney

Anouschka Inglis

Strategy Advisor

City of Sydney