Dr Paula Durance – In Appreciation

The ISANA International Education Association is a professional association run by volunteers. The contribution made by members on State and National committees and at our professional development events is invaluable. ISANA could not operate without their contribution, expertise and support.

Dr Paula Durance is no exception, she has most recently been ISANA’s Vice-President (Planning and Development), she was ISANA’s National President in 2005- 2006 and was awarded Life Membership.

Paula advised Council of her decision to resign and step down from the position in July this year to devote more time to family and new ventures.

Paula’s final contribution to ISANA was to organize and chair a planning day to discuss the association’s future strategy. We have reluctantly agreed to accept her resignation and take this opportunity to thank her for time, expertise and support on Council.

We thank Paula for her contribution but know that she will continue to contribute to the international education field.

ISANA Professional Development: Upcoming opportunity in NSW

Understanding the International Student Life-Cycle and Managing Critical Incidents

Date: 29th June 2017
Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Venue: Department of Premier and Cabinet, 52 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000

Highlights of these two interactive workshops

Session 1 (9.30am- 12.30pm)
Exploring the international student lifecycle and identifying challenges they face
Sharing best practice and discussing available community resources
Developing strategies that contribute to a positive international student experience
Session 2 (1.30pm – 4.30pm)
Definitions and Examples of a critical incident
Critical Incident preparation and response
Policy Development
Self Care
About the presenter:
National President: ISANA International Education Association
Current ISANA national president, Mary Ann Seow, has been a member of the ISANA National Council since 2009 and has been actively involved in international education in Australia for over 15 years. Her passion lies in working in the international education sector and collaborating with agencies, student groups and peers to assist and support international students and to advance research in international education.

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Become an ISANA member!

Become an ISANA member!

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.

If you would like to become a member, please complete the ISANA Membership Form available here and email or fax it to the Secretariat at isana@isana.org.au or fax it to+61 3 6231 1522.
*Membership with ISANA is individual based not institutional.
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.

International Student Exploitation in the spotlight

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

From the President….

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.

ACEN Scholarships – Applications now open

ACEN Scholarships – Applications now open

2017 Student Scholarships now open
Eight scholarships of $1,500
Applications are now open for scholarships to provide financial support for students undertaking a work integrated learning (WIL) placement in a regional or remote area of Australia as part of their 2017/2018 university studies.
Once again eight scholarships to the value of $1,500 each are being offered to eligible university students who may experience financial disadvantage from having to complete a WIL placement. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and assessed against the criteria.
Applications close on April 21, 2017
The 2017 ACEN Scholarship applicants:
  • 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.

Redfern (Sydney, NSW) Legal Service for International Students

What is this service?

We give free, confidential legal advice to international students living in New South Wales.

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International students in NSW can get advice about housing problems, fines, debts, car accidents, employment, discrimination, family law, domestic violence, and complaints about colleges or universities. We can also advise how these problems affect student visas.

How to access this service

Call us on (02) 9698 7645. Advice is by appointment on a Wednesday evening, either in person, by phone or using video-link up.

To call us using a free telephone interpreter, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450.

Please note that we can make arrangements to advise students living anywhere in NSW.

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National Council Planning Weekend – Melbourne

This last weekend the ISANA National Council gathered in Bundoora Melbourne for the annual planning weekend. The council members came from all corners of the country as well as our sister organisation in New Zealand. The council rose early and worked on plans and budget for the coming year. Look out this year for our Professional Development webinars, new awards and join us on the Gold Coast for the conference in December!

ISANA is entirely member funded and the Council and Branch members are all volunteers.

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