The conference feedback was very positive with delegates appreciating the professional opportunities that the annual conference provides in a world where universities are providing less networking and benchmarking opportunities for student support staff than ever before.
In case you missed it, on the 20 December 2017, the Home Affairs Portfolio (www.homeaffairs.gov.au ), including the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), was formally established. The Australian Border Force comes under the Department of Home Affairs http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/australian-border-force-abf. This is where ‘Studying in Australia’ and visa related information (including ImmiAccount and VEVO), is now located (use the Tab ‘Individuals and Travellers’).
The name Department of Immigration and Border Protection no longer exists and all related activities have been assimilated into the DHA.
The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media
Edited by Catherine Gomes
As the age of social media progresses, the Asia Pacific, like the rest of the world, is experiencing an increase in cultural diversity and global connection. Those within the region are witnessing rapid social and cultural changes. As individuals and groups navigate through an increasingly mobile, transnational and multicultural ethnographic landscape, social media provides a sense of belonging for these networked communities.
Social media allows individuals and groups to map and redefine their evolving communal and national identities and thus form sometimes new, vibrant and necessary communities to help create individual and group belonging and agency. While creating a sense of belonging and agency in their respective homeland(s), individuals and groups are also able to connect to global networks. Recognising these layered and intertwined complexities governing societal and cultural cohesion, the authors in this collection each discuss the innate challenges of the social media era on culture, identity and social interaction. This original empirical work documents social media as a user platform for the expression of individual and collective identities.
About the Author
Catherine Gomes is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
About Anthem Press
Anthem Press is a leading independent publisher of innovative academic research, educational material and reference works in established and emerging fields.
You can find more resources here including a range of translations.
Visa holders & migrants: information and help available in 30 languages http://www.fairwork.gov.au/languages
Record keeping Do you get pay slips? It’s a legal requirement. Try asking your boss as a first step if you’re not getting one https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/pay-slips-and-record-keeping/pay-slips
Deductions FAQ: Is it ok or dodgy for a work uniform ‘deposit’ to be taken from your first pay? It’s not a lawful deduction https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/deducting-pay-and-overpayments
Tips for young workers Compulsory meetings = $ payment. Food, clothing or other store products are no substitute https://www.fairwork.gov.au/find-help-for/young-workers-and-students/myths-and-tips-for-young-workers
Ever broken something at work & had it docked from your pay? It’s not ok! https://www.fairwork.gov.au/pay/deducting-pay-and-overpayments
Do you work in aged care or child care?
Were you born outside Australia?
If so, we’d be interested in talking to you about your experiences!
Researchers at the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney and
RMIT University are looking for volunteer participants to tell us about their experiences of working in the care sectors in Australia.
The study might be appropriate for you if:
• you were born outside Australia
• you are currently doing care work in aged care or child care
What would happen if I took part in the research project?
If you decide to take part you would be asked to participate in a face-to-face interview with a member of the research team in the next few months. The interview
would take about 45 minutes to 1 hour and would be at a location convenient for you.
We’d ask you about your pathway into the care workforce and a bit about your current experiences and preferences as a care worker. Your story will help us to understand the role of migrants working in care in Australia.
The information you provide to us will be confidential and you will not be named in any publications.
Will I be paid to take part in the research project?
You will receive a $30 voucher to say thank you for your time and for sharing your story with us.
Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?
0401 204 173
Upcoming PD and AGM the 17th October.
Guest Speaker: Mr Sam Zimmer
Psychologist, International Student Services
Sam Zimmer is a psychologist who works within the tertiary education sector as an International Student Counsellor. Sam’s more recent professional experiences involve working as an Academic Language and Learning Adviser, a TESOL English Language Instructor overseas, a Research Field Worker in the School of Psychology at QUT and as a Family and Relationships Counsellor at Mercy Family Services. Sam has a passion for supporting wellbeing and transition among international students studying at Australian universities. He also enjoys improving his professional skills and knowledge in applied psychological practice and peer program development with international students.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is reaching out to international students to encourage them to seek free help from the agency if they experience any issues while working in Australia.
The agency has launched a new strategy aimed at raising awareness of workplace rights among international students, who make up a large proportion of temporary entrants to Australia – numbering more than 560,000 as at July 2017.
In an open letter to international students published today, Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James is encouraging international students to get informed about their workplace rights and, if unsure, seek help.
Ms James has also urged international students to speak up if they have any concerns in relation to their employment, underlining that they have the same workplace rights as all other workers in Australia.
“The number of international students reporting issues to the Fair Work Ombudsman is disproportionately low compared to other categories of visa holders, despite the fact that international students represent a significant proportion of overseas visitors with work rights,” Ms James said.
“We know that international students can be reluctant to speak out when something is wrong, making them particularly vulnerable to exploitation. This is especially the case when students think that seeking assistance will damage future job prospects or lead to the cancellation of their visa.
“We’ve seen cases where employers have threatened international students with deportation for working more than the number of hours permitted under their visa when they have raised questions about their entitlements.
“In some cases these same employers have altered payslips and underpaid hourly rates in order to disguise the number of hours the student has worked,” Ms James said.
“I would like to reassure international students that in line with an agreement between my agency and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, you can seek our assistance without fear of your visa being cancelled, even if you’ve worked more hours than you should have under your visa.”
The conduct against international students the Fair Work Ombudsman sees is often serious and highly exploitative.
This is reflected by the large percentage of cases the Fair Work Ombudsman files in court that involve one or more international students, despite the low numbers of international students reporting issues to the agency.
Last financial year, 49 per cent of litigations the Fair Work Ombudsman filed in court involved a visa holder – over a third of these involving an international student.
Research commissioned by the Fair Work Ombudsman found that many international students were not aware of their rights under Australian workplace laws and did not know where to go for help.
Some students told researchers they had been subject to intimidation by their employers, who threatened to deport or “blacklist” them for future work if they complained.
“The research showed that when it comes to international students in the Australian workplace, 60 per cent believe that if they report a workplace issue to their employer the situation will either remain the same, or get worse,” Ms James said.
“Our international student strategy focuses on raising international students’ awareness of their workplace rights and letting them know that they can come to the Fair Work Ombudsman for free advice and assistance.
“We know that it can be difficult to understand what is right or wrong at work, or to speak up if you are concerned.
“This is why we are committed to making it as easy as possible for international students to access the help they need,” Ms James said.
Ms James encourages all international students to get informed by visiting the Fair Work Ombudsman website, which has information available in 30 different languages.
Resources available on the website to help workers understand their rights and entitlements include the Pay and Conditions Tool at www.fairwork.gov.au/pay, which can be used to calculate the correct pay rates that apply to their work.
The Fair Work Ombudsman also recently launched its popular Anonymous Report function in 16 languages other than English, enabling non-English speakers to report potential workplace breaches in their own language, without being identified. The tool can be accessed at www.fairwork.gov.au/inlanguageanonymousreport.
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s ‘Record My Hours’ app is aimed at tackling the persistent problem of underpayment of young workers and migrant workers around the country. The app, which equips workers with a record of the time they spend at their workplace by using geofencing technology to register when they arrive at work and when they leave, is available for download from iTunes or Google Play stores.
International students seeking assistance can visit www.fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or our Translating and Interpreting Service on 13 14 50.
Below is a list of some recent matters investigated by the Fair Work Ombudsman involving international students:
Tuition Protection Service (TPS) levy – reduction in the administrative and base fees for 2018 collectionYesterday the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training has reduced the administrative and base fee components of the TPS levy by 75 per cent. Based on projected international student enrolment figures, this will save international education providers more than $3 million in 2018 and approximately $16.6 million over the forward estimates.The Legislative Instrument attached specifies the dollar amounts for the administrative and base fee components of the TPS levy payable by providers in 2018.In 2018, the administrative fee component will be the sum of:(a) $107; and(b) $0.55 multiplied by the total enrolments for the provider for the previous year (2017).In 2018, the base fee component will be the sum of:(a) $215; and(b) $1.36 multiplied by the total enrolments for the provider for the previous year (2017).If the Minister does not make a new instrument for the following calendar years, the instrument will continue to apply but with annual indexation. In making any adjustments to the administrative and base fees, the Minister cannot exceed the current legislated fees.BackgroundRecent changes to the Education Service for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework enable the Government to proactively manage the Overseas Students Tuition Fund in response to changing market conditions. The Minister can now determine the administrative and base fee components of the TPS levy, which were previously prescribed in the ESOS (TPS Levies) Act) 2012.The Government will work closely with the TPS Advisory Board and the international education sector to ensure sufficient reserves are maintained in the Fund to protect students’ investment in their tuition.If you have any questions regarding the information provided in this email, please email ESOS-PolicyTeam@education.gov.au or call Brett Galt-Smith, Acting Branch Manager, Policy and Systems, on (02) 6240 0627.Kind regardsWarwick MilesA/g DirectorPolicy and Legislation | Policy and Systems