Education Adelaide is charged with developing and expanding South Australia’s share of the national education export market. We promote Adelaide as a centre of education excellence and highlight the many advantages for international students who choose to live, study and work in Adelaide.

Established in November 1998 under the Public Corporations Act, Education Adelaide reports to the Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education. The organisation grew out of the former Education Industry Development Council (EIDC), which aimed to promote and market the export potential of the state’s education industry.

The organisation’s stakeholders include key South Australian Government agencies and education providers, and Education Adelaide is committed to fostering and strengthening these ties.

The State Government funds Education Adelaide through the Department of Further Education, Employment Science and Technology (DFEEST). Principal funding is also provided through the Adelaide City Council and South Australia’s public universities: The University of Adelaide; Flinders University; and the University of South Australia.

Education Adelaide’s membership program also provides more than 42 participating institutions (including Carnegie Mellon University from the United States and University College London from the United Kingdom) with key market intelligence and access to a diverse range of innovative, dynamic marketing opportunities and community support programs for students.


Our Industry

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) states that the international education industry provided $925 million to the South Australian economy in 2010-11.

Adelaide continues to attract record numbers of international students, with more than 31,000 choosing Adelaide as their study destination in 2011.

International education generates more than 6,500 local jobs and is the state’s largest service sector export and the fourth largest overall export, behind wine, copper and wheat.

International students pay full fees for all courses and are not subsidised by government. This is mandated in Federal legislation under the Education Services for Overseas Student (ESOS) Act, which is administered by Australian Education International (AEI). AEI is the international arm of the (Federal) Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) in Canberra.



Hon Grace Portolesi MP

Hon Grace Portolesi MP

Education Adelaide is responsible to the Hon Grace Portolesi MP, Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister for Science and Information Economy, Member of the Executive Council.




Our Team

Denise von Wald

Stephen Connelly, Chief Executive

Stephen joined the Education Adelaide team in September 2013. He is Immediate Past President of the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and has 25 years experience in international education, including a combined 8 years as Deputy Vice Chancellor International at RMIT and Swinburne universities.




Lisa Toole Public Relations Manager [email protected]
Greg Marshall Brand and Marketing Manager [email protected]
Rebecca Hadad Market Analyst  [email protected]
Michael Gurner Student & Community Support Manager [email protected]
Vanessa Calvaresi Marketing Project Manager [email protected]


Rachel Xie Marketing Project Manager [email protected]