Terms of Reference

Inquiry into Australia’s tourism and international education sectors

The tourism and international education sectors are important contributors to the Australian economy. These sectors contracted significantly following the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020 and the subsequent closure of international borders. Noting that Australia has since opened its borders, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT) will inquire into the international education and tourism sectors as key contributors to the post-COVID-19 recovery of the Australian economy, with a focus on:

(i) in relation to tourism:

  • the challenges and opportunities for growth in tourism and how Australia can reassert itself as a leader in the international tourism sector;
  • the effectiveness of recent tourism campaigns overseas;
  • the promotion of regional Australia as a world class international travel destination;
  • the role of Australia as a hub in support of tourism in the Asia Pacific region; and
  • other related matters that may assist in the inquiry.

(ii) in relation to international education: 

  • challenges associated with the loss of international student numbers as a result of the significant disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and effective measures to attract and retain students to Australia;
  • online innovations in education delivery and potential opportunities to strengthen the sector's resilience;
  • initiatives to ensure positive international student experience and support pathways to build their skills and contribute to Australia's prosperity; and
  • opportunities for international education to support strategic and foreign policy objectives.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 2313

About this inquiry

The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has commenced an inquiry into the post COVID-19 recovery of Australia’s tourism and international education sectors.


Track Inquiry

Past Public Hearings

20 Feb 2024: Adelaide
07 Feb 2024: Canberra
29 Nov 2023: Canberra


Inquiry Status

Accepting Submissions

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