An ISANA membership underpins the work of those who work in the Australian and New Zealand international education industry. The organisation provides the information, training and networks that assist these international educators, administrators and student support staff to accomplish their daily work and advance their careers.
The Importance of Collaboration in Providing Information to International Students
Friday, 9 June 2017
University of Tasmania
International Education Providers often find it challenging to disseminate information to students. These include information on courses, academic enrolments, accommodation, health, social events, career and employment and other support services. Often the challenge of providing information is compounded by a misunderstanding of how students access information in the digital age.
Opening Session: Encouraging stronger business and industry links for our international studentsKey Note speech from Associate Professor Shanton Chang: The importance of Collaboration in Providing Information to International Students
Panel Discussion: Connecting with international students: How and where do they get information? What are the challenges?
Working together: Solution-focused support for International Students in the 21stCentury.
Friday, 1 September 2017
It is no secret that it has been a challenging year in international education. ISANA is focused on meeting the needs of those whose lives touch international students. The VIC/TAS 2017 state conference will break new ground by blending knowledge and practice skillfully to leave the delegates feeling invigorated and more able to face the challenges in their association with international students.
Themes to be explored:
Accommodation, visa class changes, use of social media, student support services, OSHC, MYKI, student safety, under 18 students, sexual health and equity, the important of networking and the latest research on international student social network behavior and changes.
Call for Presentations:
Professional Development: When the Government Knocks
Tuesday, 4 July 2017
This is the PD session that the whole industry looks forward to every year. Representatives from DIBP and DET ensure that this session is relevant across many sectors, and unprecedented access to the speakers makes this a PD that is not to be missed!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Work exploitation of international students
The recent story on SBS on the exploitation of international students in the Vietnamese hospitality sector is unfortunately not a new story. It is distressing to read that the exploitation of vulnerable international students is a continued practice. The article does note importantly that it takes two parties for this practice to occur. Students are sometimes willing to accept poor working conditions because they are either ignorant of their rights or preferring to accept under-payment to unemployment. ISANA reminds all members of the news in an earlier newsletter where we informed members of efforts by DIBP and the FWO to address work exploitation of international students. Here is the excerpt:
Temporary visa holder like international students with a work entitlement and who may have been exploited, need to be aware that DIBP will generally not cancel a visa, detain or remove individuals, provided they have reported their circumstance to the FWO. Please make this information known to your international students. For more information, please refer to the media release from Minister for Employment, Sen. M Cash and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Hon P Dutton of 15 February 2017.
ISANA National President
Mary Ann Seow
No doubt, most of you would have noted that international education has been in the news lately and unfortunately, the news has caused concerns. I encourage members to follow ISANA on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on international education.
457 visa changes
The recently announced changes to the 457 visa sub-class has received quite a bit of coverage. While the changes do not extend to student visas, there have been concerns amongst students about to graduate of the impact these changes will have on them. This is particularly concerning for research students. A recent article in The Australian strengthens Universities Australia request for urgent clarification on the changes. Importantly, they have highlighted the continuing need for Australia to recruit world leading global researchers and academics. ISANA supports UA and the many start-up companies that will benefit from the talent that is currently being trained in our universities and research institutes.
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:
- Must be from institutions that are financial members of ACEN. (See http://acen.edu.au/list-of-financial-institutions/ for a list of current financial institutions.)
- Must be studying a postgraduate or undergraduate degree program which requires a WIL placement as a part of their studies
- Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply.