Australia and India establish taskforce to develop mutual qualification recognition

Australia and India establish taskforce to develop mutual qualification recognition

by Freya Lucas

March 25, 2022

Early childhood educators and teachers with qualifications obtained in India could soon find it easier to secure positions in Australia after an announcement that the two countries will establish a taskforce to develop qualification recognition arrangements to enhance two-way mobility.


Announced earlier this week by Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, the taskforce will address the recognition of online and blended learning, joint degrees and offshore campuses.


Stakeholders will be consulted to identify opportunities for the recognition of Australian and Indian higher education qualifications, and to make recommendations to improve arrangements based on best principles and practices in recognition, Acting Minister for Education and Youth, Stuart Robert explained. 


“Australia has a longstanding and strong relationship with India across education, skills and research,” Minister Robert said.


“The taskforce will pave the way for new opportunities for graduates of both India and Australia to use their qualifications, serving both countries by expanding cooperation in education, and optimising mobility outcomes for Australian and Indian students and graduates, and Australian education institutions.”


Minister Robert hopes that the improved qualifications recognition arrangements will also underpin trade in professional services between Australia and India and support the implementation of the Australian Strategy for International Education 2021-2030, which strengthens bilateral education cooperation on the recognition of Australian qualifications to support sustainable growth of Australia’s high quality education services offshore.


The taskforce will deliver a mechanism for expanding education qualification recognition between Australia and India by the end of the year, with implementation to take place in 2023.


“Education remains key to the bilateral relationship between Australia and India,” Minister Robert said.


“This important work showcases that Indian students continue to be a valuable part of our community.”


The announcement may be reviewed here