The English Language Teaching (ELT) sector has been significantly impacted by the closure of ELT centres across ASEAN and Australia and the temporary cancellation of face to face English classes. This has in turn impacted the preparation of international students for entry into pathway, undergraduate and post-graduate courses across the region. It has also been a challenge for high-stakes English Testing providers such as IELTS and the Pearson Test of English.

The AAED October Webinar addresses the key challenges for the ELT sector. Our expert panel consists of leaders from across ASEAN and Australia. We invite you to join us.

In November we turn our focus to the VET sector and Indonesia. We are partnering with Study NT at the Northern Territory Government of Australia to support a virtual VET webinar. The focus is on building partnerships between NT VET providers and Indonesia including the eastern islands provinces which are neighbours with northern Australia. There has been a 300-year history of trade, language and cultural exchange between Aboriginal communities along the north and north west coast of Australia and Indonesian communities from eastern Indonesia. Skills exchange was historically part of this partnership.

The signing of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) in July 2020 provides a modern platform for increasing co-operation in the VET sector between the Northern Australia and Indonesia.


Thursday, 29th October 2020

2:00PM - 3:30PM (Sydney)



English is the official language of ASEAN. Across the region, online learning is the new normal in a COVID-19 era. How are education institutions in the ELT sector approaching the issues of Quality Assurance (QA) and Best Practice? 


This webinar will provide a platform to share experiences from both an ASEAN and Australian perspective, drawing on the learnings from English Language Training (ELT) institutions and quality assurance bodies.


This session will explore: 


  • How have ELT institutions been managing the challenges of online learning in a sector that has historically had face to face teaching and learning as a key feature of delivery?


  • How is the Digital Divide impacting on student access to online learning for ELT in ASEAN and Australia? What steps are being taken to address the challenges?


  • Is there an understanding and agreement emerging on what constitutes “best practice” in online learning for ELT and how is this being encouraged and evaluated?


  • How is the shape of QA in ELT centre management changing due to the pandemic?


  • What are students feeding back about their recent experience of online learning?


  • How is the English Language Testing ecosystem responding to COVID-19?


  • What will the ASEAN ELT sector look like in 2025 including the benchmarking of Teacher Qualifications as well as Professional Development?

VET Virtual Delegation Day - Australia's Northern Territory and Indonesia

Thursday 19th Nov 2020

12pm - 2.30pm (Darwin)



Indonesia- Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) came into force in July 2020.


The Northern Territory government will host a virtual delegation on 19 November 2020. This is an online event to introduce and connect Territory vocational education and training (VET) providers with Indonesian governments, businesses and education providers who have an identified need for upskilling. The virtual event will also launch the NT VET Capability Statement which will highlight relevant offerings of the Territory’s VET sector.



Australia's Northern Territory VET providers participating in the NT VET Capability Statement who are seeking to develop VET partnerships in Indonesia.


Indonesian governments, businesses and polytechnics with a need to address workforce upskilling and to develop a deeper understanding of Australia’s national competency-based training.



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