Export Income to Australia from Education Services in 2008-09

This snapshot highlights the latest data on education services exports released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 5 November 2009 in their International Trade in Services series.

Size of exports

International education activity contributed $17.2 billion in export income to the Australian economy in 2008-091, up 23.2 per cent from the previous financial year.

Australia’s international students continue to be predominantly from the Asian region (see table below for details). China contributes more than one-fifth of Australia’s total exports from education services, and India a further 16 per cent.

Education services is Australia’s largest services export industry ahead of personal travel services ($11.7 billion) and professional and management consulting services ($3.7 billion).

Study in Australia, export income form the education services 2004-05 to 2008-2009

Education sector2

In 2008-09, the higher education sector generated $9.5 billion in export income (57.1% of total on-shore earnings). VET was the second largest, generating $4.3 billion in earnings (26.0%). Export income from schools was $951 million (5.7%); ELICOS (student visa only), $1.0 billion (6.2%); and non-award, $566 million (3.4%).

States and territories

Income generated in New South Wales through expenditure by international students amounted to $6.4 billion or 38 per cent of
export income from all onshore students in 2008-09. Income in Victoria and Queensland was $5.4 billion and $2.4 billion respectively, while income in the other States and Territories was a further $2.4 billion.

Export income by state and territory, 2008-09
Australian student visa, export income by state and territory, 2008-09

 

Australia’s Exports of Education Related Services

A$ million

% share of

2008-09

% change

2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

2007-08 to 2008-09

Education related travel services3

11,109

13,538

16,610

96.6%

22.7%

1 China

2,506

3,059

3,787

22.0%

23.8%

2 India

1,298

1,971

2,819

16.4%

43.0%

3 Republic of Korea

903

1,019

1,107

6.4%

8.6%

4 Malaysia

643

711

808

4.7%

13.6%

5 Thailand

456

544

669

3.9%

23.0%

6 Vietnam

243

359

591

3.4%

64.6%

7 Hong Kong

578

566

557

3.2%

-1.6%

8 Indonesia

478

505

553

3.2%

9.5%

9 Nepal

99

268

505

2.9%

88.4%

10 Brazil

234

311

407

2.4%

30.9%

Other countries

3,657

4,223

4,802

27.9%

13.7%

Other educational services4

361

414

553

3.2%

33.6%

Education consultancy services

116

115

147

0.9%

27.8%

Correspondence courses

23

23

25

0.1%

8.7%

Services through educational institutions

93

152

220

1.3%

44.7%

Other education services

129

124

161

0.9%

29.8%

Royalties on education services

8

6

27

0.2%

350.0%

Total education related services exports

11,478

13,958

17,190

100.0%

23.2%

1 Sourced from Tables 2, 9, 10 and 12 of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ publication International Trade in Services, by Country, by State
and by Detailed Services Category, Financial Year, 2008-09 (ABS Catalogue no. 5368.0.55.003).

2 International students from New Zealand and those on AusAID/Defence scholarships contributed a further $129m and $141m respectively.

3 Includes international students on student visas only.

4 Export income does not include income generated by the operations of offshore campuses of Australian institutions.

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