International education providers forum

International education providers forum

2018 forum: The next boom reshaping Sydney, the gateway to NSW

The yearly forum for international education providers provides thought leadership around the opportunity and challenges that are unique for the sector in Sydney and NSW.

On 13 November 2018 the 6th International Education Providers Forum was held at Lower Town Hall. Over 340 delegates joined Deputy Lord Mayor Linda Scott to launch the international education action plan and heard from Tim Harcourt, J W Neville Fellow in Economics at UNSW Business School. The delegates:

  • workshopped common challenges in the sector
  • networked with industry stakeholders to enhance the international student experience 
  • heard from the newly formed International Student Education Agent Association, to be headquartered in Sydney.

Tim's thought leadership showcased Australia’s global alumni who have lifelong connections, both professionally and personally with Australia as they ’go global’, being the true value of international education.

A panel discussion reflected on achievements from the previous year and highlighted the continued need to work together  to address the complexities for international students. Following this, a panel of national and local thought leaders discussed how the sector could achieve sustainable growth through enhancing the student experience in Sydney.

Delegates workshopped the key topics of the international education action plan: welcoming, wellbeing and work-integrated learning and explored collective action. 

View the images and video highlights below.

The event was hosted by the City of Sydney and supported by StudyNSW.


If you are interested in attending the 2019 International Education Providers Forum and for more information about the Global Sydney program, please contact:

International Engagement

02 9265 9333



  • Ann Hoban, director City Life
  • Craig Madden, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Linda Scott
  • Jonathan O'Dea, Member for Davidson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer


Tim Harcourt, author of The Airport Economist and J W Neville Fellow in Economics at UNSW Business School

Panel 1

  • Meredith Turnbull, principal consultant
  • Helen Rogers, early parenting program coordinator, Primary Integrated and Community Health
  • Priyadi Prihaswan, HIV and related programs and sexual health promotion, NSW Health
  • Sean Stimson, solicitor, Redfern Legal Centre
  • Jay Reshamwala, international student intern, City of Sydney

Panel 2

  • The Hon Patricia Forsythe, chair of the NSW International Education Advisory Board for Study NSW
  • David Riordan, director City Services and council member of the Council for International Education
  • Phil Honeywood, chief executive officer, International Education Association of Australia
  • Bronwyn Gilson, national president, ISANA International Education Association Inc
  • Beau Leese, co-founder and co-chief executive officer, Practera


Last updated: Wednesday, 28 November 2018