#we are all in this together


During these difficult and uncertain times, I know you are all going above and beyond to help our international students and your colleagues. But please remember, to be able to help someone else you must also look after yourself, so investigate what your institution offers in the way of welfare support and check out the links to support programs below.

With everything moving so quickly ISANA is looking to organise a webinar/s to discuss and give tips on the ‘detail’ we all need to be aware of including regulatory ‘relaxation’. Look out for a survey coming shortly which will ask you what the top issues are you would like us to hold a webinar on so we can arrange one asap.

At this time all other ISANA Professional Development and Events have been either postponed or cancelled. Remember #we are all in this together and ISANA is here to help and support you.

Bronwyn Gilson
ISANA National President

Helpful resources and links:

Recent documents with education specific content:

Department of Education, Skills and Employment latest information here

Department of Home Affairs here

International students allowed to work additional hours in certain industries – see Special Arrangements for Students who are in Australia here (NB. the Employer has to register to allow international students to work increased hours)

Study in Australia information here

Department of Social Services dedicated page dealing with financial support available for those impacted by COVID19 here

Headspace ‘Mindfulness for your everyday life’ here

COVID-19 Support (Department of Health) 10 Steps of sSupport here

Lifeline Australia here

Black Dog Institute here

A joint statement from the regulators, ASQA and TEQSA:

All AQF training and assessment must meet high quality standards regardless of the location of the student and the mode of delivery. As long as the student remains enrolled with their provider, and the assessment requirements of the course allow it, the location of the student and the mode of delivery should not form an impediment to attainment of an Australian qualification.  National regulators, including ASQA and TEQSA, will be flexible in order to support students to study online either in Australia or offshore.  Providers should assure themselves that such arrangements maintain assessment and quality standards and are appropriately documented. Not all qualifications are suited to online learning, this may include those with mandatory work placements. If providers have questions about their specific circumstances, they should contact their relevant regulator

This statement is included in the DESE fact-sheet on regulatory information, available at https://docs.education.gov.au/node/53248  and at https://www.asqa.gov/coronavirus-advice

From ACEN: Seeking authors, theories, practices, research.

‘Theories, Practices and Research in Work-integrated learning in Australia:
Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future’

Seeking authors

ACEN is seeking Expressions of Interest from authors to write a chapter for the publication Theories, Practices and Research in Work-integrated learning in Australia: Enhancing employability capabilities for a sustainable future(edited by Sonia Ferns, Anna Rowe and Karsten Zegwaard).

The book is a peer-reviewed collection of scholarly chapters from researchers, practitioners and experts in WIL. All chapters must be informed by the latest cutting-edge research and written in language accessible to a wide audience.

Objectives

The objectives of this publication are to:

  • reflect on the work done so far;
  • critically discuss leading views of the area; and
  • make recommendations to guide future research and practice.

The publication aims to:

  • raise the profile of WIL;
  • review, critique and integrate existing research and scholarship; and
  • offer recommendations for future work.

Key themes include diversity, sustainability, innovation, economic well-being and employability.

You can contribute

To contribute to the book, please submit an Expression of Interest here by 31 May 2019.

Expressions of Interest will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Author/s commitment to, and experience in WIL.
  • Focus, cohesiveness and sequence of narrative.
  • Advances WIL research and scholarship.
  • Proposes a clear framework.
  • Aligns with the aim of the book.
  • Writing is of a high academic standard.
  • Informs future directions of WIL.

#Isana30years

lSANA would like to thank Life Member Dr Gavin Sanderson for sending in the attached newsletter from 1997; Gavin was in charge of ISANA National Communications at the time.
You will find the Asparagus Soup recipe inside along with much, much more!


If you have any memories you would like to share with us please visit the ISANA website for more information on how to do so.

Media Release in response to ABC Four Corners report about International Students. 07/05/19

The recent episode on Four Corners highlights the importance of international education for Australia’s education sector.

It is critical that all stakeholders adhere and comply with the national standards. The integrity and quality of the sector must be maintained.

The student experience benefits from an acknowledgement that we all have an important role.
ISANA members are concerned that while Australian institutions continue to accept increasing numbers of international students the support services for these students are not also increasing.
International students bring their own special and different academic, social, economic and cultural needs.

The benefits that international students bring to an institution should be reflected by increased and improved welfare and academic support services. This is an important and critical responsibility.
At the same time, staff working in international student services and support indicate that they have difficulty accessing appropriate professional development. Any institution benefiting from enrolling international students should also invest in its staff members who support those students.
ISANA supports any conversation that leads to improved welfare and academic support services for international students who have chosen Australia.

Please contact president@ISANA.org.au for any media enquiries.

Sydney: NSW Health Student Focus Groups

Sydney: NSW Health Student Focus Groups

Are you on a student visa, aged 16 years or older and studying in Sydney?

We want to hear your thoughts and experiences of sexual and reproductive health information and services by participating in FocusGroup Discussion on 25 May 2019 or 1 June 2019 at 11am – 1pm.

Please click the link to register your interest here

Lunch will be provided and you will also receive a $40 gift card for your participation.

All personal information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please also feel free to share this event your social media or with other International Students who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007

Results from #Ausgov international student survey 2018

2018 International Student Survey

Every two years since 2010, the Australian Government has funded a national survey of international students across Australia’s major education sectors. The 2018 survey is the biggest so far, with over 80,000 international students participating.

The main 2018 survey covers students in Higher Education, Vocational Education and Training, English language institutions and international students in secondary school. The survey found 89 per cent of international students were satisfied or very satisfied with their living and learning experience in Australia.

More here https://internationaleducation.gov.au/research/pages/data-and-research.aspx

Survey for Education Providers – Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness

Survey for Education Providers – Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness

This survey aims to build a better understanding of current sexual and reproductive health awareness and practices among education providers, organisations and agents providing services to international students.

This includes the frequency, type of information, services and resources used, as well as ways to improve information and services.

Participation involves completing a 15-20 minute online survey. You do not need to provide any identifying details.

All information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please click on the link here for more detailed information about this study and to access the online survey.

Please feel free to share this post with people who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007

NSW: Survey for International Students

NSW: Survey for International Students

We invite you to promote the following survey to your international students who are over 16 yo.

Are you on a student visa, aged 16 years or older and studying in Sydney? We want to hear your thoughts and experiences of sexual and reproductive health information and services by participating in a survey (available in several languages which involves completing a 15 minute online survey.

Please click the link to access the online survey in your preferred language: English, Nepali, Bahasa, Traditional Chineseand Simplified Chinese.

All personal information provided will remain anonymous and confidential.

Please also feel free to share this post or the attached flier on your wall, or with other international students who may be interested in participating.

This study has been approved by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Human Research Ethics Committee HREC reference number: 19/007. The survey will be open from 4 April until 1 May 2019.

NSW: Youth week in Sydney. International Students invited to assist with planning.

NSW: Youth week in Sydney. International Students invited to assist with planning.

Dear Students,
We are seeking interested and skilled students to join a planning committee for Intercultural Sports Day, one of many Youth Week events.

Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities and events.

Intercultural Sports Day will be held on Friday 12 April 2019 from 3pm – 9pm at the King George V Recreation centre in the Rocks. It will be heaps of fun with activities, sport, food and opportunity to meet your peers from all universities and colleges in Sydney! If you have talent, interest, skills, enthusiasm and commitment – we want you!

We need students who can assist in the following areas:
· Project management
· Event planning
· Graphic design
· Advertising and promotions – online, social media, print

We will have teams of students in various event planning specialisations. It will look great on
your resume and you get to make new friends.

Please complete online registration form on Eventbrite by 29 March 2019.
https://intercultural-sports-day-2019.eventbrite.com.au

NSW: City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students – 11 April 2019

Newly arrived international students are invited to the City of Sydney’s Lord Mayor’s Welcome for International Students on 11 April 2019. This is a special annual event hosted by Lord Mayor Clover Moore to welcome newly arrived international students and celebrate their contributions to the cultural life and diversity of Sydney.

Each year, about 1,000 international students gather at Sydney Town Hall to connect with their fellow students, cultures and essential services in Sydney.

Many of you have been very involved with the event in the past to help promote social inclusion, safety and wellbeing, and introduce students to local Aboriginal cultures and inspiring guest speakers.

We are pleased to offer you the opportunity to invite your newly arrived international students to come join us. Tickets are free and limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The event and booking details are:

Tickets are free and limited and will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis. The event and booking details are:

Thursday 11 April 2019

5pm registration for 6pm start – 7.30pm

Sydney Town Hall

Register now (please select City of Sydney ticket category)

This event is supported by Study NSW, the University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney and the University of New South Wales.

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