Conference 2017

In the first week of December delegates from across the country and from New Zealand gathered on the Gold Coast at The Star complex for our annual conference.

#ISANAconf18 was a joint conference with ANZSSA providing an opportunity for international student support staff to connect with their domestic counterparts.

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.

 

 

DIBP is now Department of Home Affairs (DHA)

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.

New Publication by ISANA member Catherine Gomes

BOOK INFORMATION

The Asia-Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media

Edited by Catherine Gomes

http://www.anthempress.com/the-asia-pacific-in-the-age-of-t…

Book Summary

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.

Fairwork Ombudsman: International Student Strategy

You can find more resources here including a range of translations.

https://www.fairwork.gov.au/about-us/our-role/corporate/open-letter-to-international-students/chinese

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

Join the VIC/TAS branch for PD: International Student Mental Health

Next VIC/TAS ISANA PD SESSION and AGM
AGM- BRANCH COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
 
Warm greetings to ISANA members and Non-members alike. I would like to remind you about our next PD session: International Students Mental Health – Common issues, challenges, strengths and useful support strategies.  There is evidence that 1 in 4 people aged 15-24 will experience mental ill-health in one year. More specifically, tertiary students with mental health issues are at higher risk of dropping out early, academic failure, limited social connections and poor health outcomes. 

This topic is relevant to all of us as we work hard every day trying to make a difference in the lives of international students. Sometimes we feel powerless to do anything positive which is why this PD is so important. The presenters bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and will provide a way for you to think about wellbeing and importantly, how to improve your own and that of others. Please see below for more information and registration details.
 

TPS Levy: Administrative and Base fees reduced for providers

From DET: 12th October 2017

Tuition Protection Service (TPS) levy – reduction in the administrative and base fees for 2018 collection
Yesterday 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.
Background
Recent 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 regards
Warwick Miles
A/g Director
Policy and Legislation | Policy and Systems

Save the Date: SA/NT Branch Conference – Nov 17

The SA / NT state Conference to is planned for November 17 and the focus will include:

  • Best practice to support LGBTI students.
  • Industry updates and projections form Study Adelaide
  • Managing expectations of international students
  • Managing issues in under 18/Homestay/Accommodation,
  • Developing coping strategies in our student populations.
ISANA VIC/TAS 18th state conference, Melbourne

ISANA VIC/TAS 18th state conference, Melbourne

Victorian Parliamentary Secretary Frank Mcguire opened the 18th VIC/TAS conference held at William Angliss Institute last month.

The committee had designed a very comprehensive program and participants were able to walk away with a tool box of ideas to take back to their work place.
Of the 121 attendees It was exciting to see that 25% were students due to the generous grant From Study Melbourne.

There were many opportunities for networking and it was a day of gratitude to all the professionals especially the student advisors who have worked tirelessly to enhance the student experience.

The One day conference has become an important event in the Victoria / Tasmania branch professional development calendar and has grown in strength over the years.

If you have suggestions for PD or events in your state you should contact your local branch committee or submit suggestions here: PD suggest

Congratulations to President Mano Guy and her conference committee!

Congratulations! #ISANAconf17 Bursary Winners

Congratulations! #ISANAconf17 Bursary Winners

Each year ISANA provides bursaries to our national conference. Members and International students from each state are invited to apply.

We would like to congratulate the following students and members who have been awarded the 2017 ISANA Conference bursary and will be joining us on the Gold Coast in December.

Students:
Henness Wong – University of Wollongong
Chen Zhang (Claire) – Flinders University
Thi Thuy Ngan Vo (Mia) – University of Melbourne
Ronja Blomberg – Griffith University

Members:
Catherine Gomes – RMIT University
Abhishek Awasthi – Bendigo Kangan Insitute

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