Minister for Trade, Martin Pakula announced on Wednesday 17 February the appointment of former Victorian Premier John Brumby as the new Chair of the state’s International Education Advisory Council.

Photo of John Brumby

Mr Brumby (pictured) brings extensive education sector experience to the role as Chancellor of La Trobe University and Chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Melbourne School of Government. He will lead the Council in providing independent advice on issues relating to Victoria’s renowned international education sector.

Minister Pakula thanked the outgoing Chair, Jane den Hollander AO, for her service to the Victorian international education sector and the community.

The International Education Advisory Council comprises industry representatives and provides advice to the government to help Victoria maintain its standing as a destination of choice for international students.

Victorian Government is working closely with education providers and the Australian Government to welcome international students back to Victoria when it is safe to do so. The current Budget provides $33.4 million to lay the foundation for a strong recovery for the sector.

“International education enriches our society, supports the funding of university research and brings real diversity to the student population. It is Victoria’s largest export earner and a huge driver of jobs". International Education Advisory Council Chair John Brumby

When restrictions were introduced to slow the spread of coronavirus, the government responded quickly to support students and the sector.

Support has been provided through the $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund, the $50 million Emergency Hardship Support Program, the $350 million Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund and a $260 million TAFE funding package.

New International Education Advisory Council members will be announced on the Study Melbourne website as they are appointed.