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Report on international opportunities for Australian school curriculum, assessment and regulatory products released

26 Jul 2019

This report explores a set of six priority markets that could provide opportunities for increasing exports of school curriculum, assessment and regulatory products. It reflects the culmination of a project led by the NSW Education Standards Authority and was conducted by Nous Group, commissioned through an Enabling Growth and Innovation grant from the Department of Education.

Education is becoming progressively international. Flows of international students continue to increase, and there is sustained growth in the number and type of institutions that offer some form of internationalised education. Australia is at the forefront of international education, with a thriving higher education sector, a diverse vocational education sector, and school systems including individual schools that are active in student exchanges and a range of partnership models. The quality of Australian education is highly regarded, and education is now our fourth largest national export.

This report outlines key opportunities for Australia to sell school curriculum, assessment and regulatory products overseas. This activity is supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education. Projects commissioned under the Enabling Growth and Innovation fund support the implementation of the National Strategy for International Education 2025, a 10-year plan for developing Australia’s role as a global leader in education, training and research. The lead contractor for this project has been the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). NESA subcontracted Nous Group to deliver this project.


There are six key sections to this report:

  • Section 1 outlines opportunities to expand exports of schooling products
  • Section 2 provides a high-level analysis of demand for internationalised schooling
  • Section 3 discusses the supply for internationalised schooling
  • Section 4 explores Australia’s potential in the internationalised schooling market
  • Section 5 outlines priority market opportunities for Australia in six key countries
  • Section 6 considers a range of factors that could support the export of Australian school products.