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Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Our CEO, Dr Peter Hendy, has extensive experience in leadership roles in higher education, government and private sector governance.  


IHEA is a peak body representing Independent Higher Education providers in Australia.

Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) is Australia’s leading peak body for high-quality independent higher education providers.

Australian higher education is recognised world-wide for teaching and learning that develops the skills students need for employment and successful careers. An Australian education prepares students to be the professionals and leaders of the future.

Australia’s world class education is not built on public universities alone. Today more than 170,000 students choosing an independent higher education. That’s 10% of all enrolments in Australian higher education. And these numbers are continually growing: enrolments at independent providers are increasing at a faster rate than public universities.

Students consistently rank Australia’s independent higher education providers ahead of all others in quality surveys conducted by the Australian government.

Independent providers are attractive to students for the quality student experience they provide – a focus on learner engagement, skill development, industry connection and graduate employability.

Our members are committed to high teaching quality, with courses that reflect students’ career choices and employers’ requirements. And classes are usually smaller, meaning better student support, and learning environments.

IHEA has a strong voice in advocating for a higher education system built on equal access for all students to achieve their educational goals and aspirations.

Our members are Australia’s high quality independent providers who deliver world class education and enable today’s learners to be the leaders of tomorrow.