Reinvigorating Australia’s tourism and international education sectors

Issue date: Wednesday, 1 March 2023

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On 2 March 2023, the Trade Subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade will hold its first public hearing for its inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors.

The Chair of the Trade Subcommittee, Senator Deborah O’Neill, stated that ‘Australia’s international education and tourism sectors have experienced many challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when Australia’s borders closed.’

The Subcommittee will hear evidence from higher education institutions, peak bodies, regulatory bodies, and international students to gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities for growth in each sector.

‘Noting that Australia has since opened its borders, the Subcommittee is interested to hear about how both sectors are recovering and rebuilding. The inquiry will assist the Subcommittee to understand different experiences and views and it is hoped it will provide greater insight into how the Australian Government can support these sectors as they recover from the effects of COVID-19 border closures,’ commented Senator O’Neill.

Further information about the inquiry and the public hearing's program, are available on the inquiry webpage.

Public hearings details

Date: Thursday, 2 March 2023
Venue: Room 3, Level 8, Building 8 (UTS Business School: 14 - 28 Ultimo Road, Ultimo, Sydney)
Time: 8:40am – 2:30pm (AEDT)

The hearing will also be live streamed on the APH website:

Media inquiries

Amelia Dalton, Chief of Staff, Senator Deborah O’Neill (Senator for New South Wales; Chair, Trade Subcommittee)
Ph: 0419 211 321

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2313

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