ISANA (NSW) partnership on student workplace exploitation project awarded #StudyNSW funding.

We are delighted that Information For Impact: Enabling Education Providers To Address Exploitation Of International Students In Accommodation And At Work has been successfully selected as a StudyNSW Partner Project for 2018-19.

ISANA NSW is a central partner in this landmark project. In addition to UNSW Sydney and UTS: Sydney, other partners include English Australia, the Fair Work Ombudsman, Redfern Legal Centre, education agents, and CISA.

We are writing to providers to seek help with mapping the landscape of information that international students currently receive on working conditions and workplace rights in Australia, and on accommodation.

We would greatly appreciate if your College/University/Provider could please:

  • provide a description, and if possible copies, of examples of information that you provide to students in relation to work rights and accommodation
  • indicate when and how each item is conveyed to students (e.g. email, on website, social media).

We also welcome your views on information that you believe will make an impact in relation to student accommodation and employment.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Lyndall Benton

ISANA NSW and ACT (ACTiveNSW)

Email: activensw@isana.org.au

QLD: Project Global Citizen Survey

Project Global Citizen is a ground-breaking approach to on-boarding international studentsand optimising their experience in Australia.

A pilot project has been awarded Queensland Government support through the Queensland International Education and Training Partnership Fund (IET Partnership Fund) managed by Study Queensland at Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ). For more information about Project Global Citizen and the consortium, here is the link: http://bit.ly/ProjectGlobalCitizen

Working hand-in-hand with Study Queensland, the Project Global Citizen consortium comprises ISANA Qld, Alphacrane Intercultural Specialists and CTC, Cultural Transition Consulting.

ISANA Qld President Samantha Hilbig is the project sponsor for Project Global Citizen.

2018 Survey and Cultural Quiz for International Students and Industry Professionals

The 2018 Project Global Citizen Survey will measure the cultural challenges that international students encounter during their studies in Queensland.

This will be Queensland’s most extensive global survey to date for identifying cultural competency gaps of students in relation to academic learning, social integration, securing
internships, employment and safety.
Key survey findings will be shared with participating international education industry members to enhance their delivery of services to international students.

The survey findings will also inform the development of Project Global Citizen programs and resources that equip international students with cultural skills to survive and thrive in Australia.

International students who take the survey will receive a personalised Cultural Adjustment Risk Assessment as well as Cultural Adjustment Tips to help them achieve success in their
student experience.

The survey is open until 31 October 2018 and can be accessed from
projectglobalcitizen.com

ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

ISANA and CISA sign memorandum of understanding.

An MOU with CISA was signed last night in Sydney at the StudyNSW 2018 International Student of the Year Award.

ISANA was pivotal in the the formative years of CISA and continues to provide support. The organisations have committed to working more closely on improved outcomes for International Students in Australia.

The ISANA president thanked Council members who contributed to bringing this signing about as it has been 2 years in the making.

ISANA awarded Study Melbourne Grant for improved critical incidence response.

ISANA

has been successful in three grants application to Study Melbourne including the ‘Contact Points: Enabling international students during critical incidents’ project.

The Critical incident working group had their 1st meeting on 5th July 18.

Manorani Guy (VicTas President), Shanton Chang (Associate Professor from The University of Melbourne), Catherine Gomes (Associate Professor from RMIT University), ISANA VicTas student volunteers – King Yu Steffi Lee, Miku Ogawa, Reena
Gurung.

For more information please contact president@isana.org.au.

Media Release: ISANA awarded funding to update and improve National Code Online Tutorial

Since 2007 ISANA has hosted an online tutorial covering Part D of the National Code, which assists in the understanding of the standards within the international education industry. The purpose of this online tutorial is to assist international education professionals to understand specific standards under the revised National Code. This tutorial has been especially useful as a staff training tool for those new to the international education industry.
Today Minister Birmingham announced $2.1m across 14 projects as part of the Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) Project.

ISANA is pleased to have been awarded $128,223 to upgrade and redesign the National Code Tutorial tool to bring it in line with recent changes to the National Code.

Speaking from the CISA conference

ISANA President Bronwyn Gilson said…
We are very excited to be able to make improvements and updates to such an important tool, over the last 14 years many new student services professionals have had their introduction to the National Code through the online tutorial and this will allow us to ensure that at a minimum there will be a basic level of understanding across the profession in Australia. It is essential that every person working in the sector understands and complies with the code and this will allow providers to be more confident of the level of understanding amongst their employees.”

This project is supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education and Training. For further information, please visitwww.internationaleducation.qov.au.

Further details of the projects can be found at https://internationaleducation.gov.au/International-network/Australia/InternationalStrategy/EGIProjects/Pages/EGI-Projects.aspx

About ISANA:
ISANA: International Education Association is an association of Australian and New Zealand international education professionals whose members are dedicated to the advancement of international education through:
  • leadership, promotion and advocacy of best practice standards in the service of international education;
  • the facilitation of relevant forums, training and information exchange for its membership and the community; and
  • working in partnership with stakeholder organisations including international students, educational, government, business and community groups
For Media enquiries please email president@isana.org.au

Press Release 19 March 2018 International Student Support in Australia

Press Release

19 March 2018

ISANA President: Bronwyn Gilson

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT IN AUSTRALIA

This week the ABC aired a 7.30 Report and Background Briefing podcast titled ‘The Death of Jeremy Hu’. ISANA is deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances of Jeremy’s death and we wish to express our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.

ISANA is conscious of the issues raised in the report and will continue to support staff working in International Education with ongoing Professional Development and peer support networks. Jeremy’s case illustrates the cultural challenges faced by international students and recommends that all students receive culturally appropriate information about Australia.

As noted by ISANA State President for Victoria/Tasmania Branch, Manorani Guy, international students are significant contributors to the Australian economy to whom we have a moral obligation to support and assist. Support staff need to be provided with access to resources and ongoing support to assist the growing numbers of international students, whether or not the student is on a Student Visa.

ISANA works closely with student leaders, government and stakeholder groups to develop and refine strategies and policies to support students. With the release on 1 January 2018 of the National Code 2018, ISANA applauds the Government for reviewing, broadening and strengthening legislation related to international student safety. ISANA will ensure information and best practice on how to implement and action related policy and processes are shared amongst staff supporting international students.

ISANA is concerned that the student accommodation sector, including the provision of Homestay and guardianship services, is largely unregulated. We strongly recommend closer cooperation between stakeholders to ensure that quality provision of support services and accommodation for students especially for the under-18 year olds, is provided under a national set of standards. Many under age and over 18 year old international students are placed in Homestay programs and there are still significant efforts to be made by State or Federal Governments to regulate this industry, as it does with other accommodation/ tenancy arrangements. This is a current oversight that needs attention as a matter of priority.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-03-15/death-highlights-obligation-to-protect-international-students/9538860

For Media Requests please email President@ISANA.org.au

Website: www.ISANA.org.au

ISANA Conference Student Bursary: Applications Now Open!

ISANA Conference Student Bursary: Applications Now Open!

Since 2012, ISANA has invited international students from each State and Territory to the Annual National Conference through a Student Conference Bursary.

This Bursary valued at $1000 plus a conference registration is awarded to one student from each State and Territory. The aims of the Student conference bursary are to:

  • Provide opportunities for engagement with other students and professional and academic staff in the international education sector;
  • Ensure that international students interest’s and opinions are heard and noted in general discussion and through presentations;
  • Develop leadership potential in the international student community
  • Disseminate international education information through the student community

We invite ISANA members to nominate continuing international students who will be worthy recipients for your State or Territory. Nominated International students will need to submit complete applications to the ISANA Secretariat isana@isana.org.au by 31st July 2017

If you are an international student interested in this opportunity, please contact your student services office and ask to speak with a staff member who is an ISANA member.

ISANA Vic/Tas Professional Development: Child Safe Standards

ISANA Vic/Tas Professional Development: Child Safe Standards

On Monday April 10th, Fifty-five International Support professionals gathered in Melbourne to hear from The Commission for Children and Young People

“The day was a very thought provoking and crucial day where the Child Safe Standards were explained and we workshopped scenarios where we had to apply these new standards. Vigorous discussion took place in the workshops and the attendees came to the realisation that the standards have made changes to the way we respond to students and their issues/crises”  

You can find more about the standards here:

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