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ISANA & IEAA: Under 18s Masterclass 2021

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEDT

In response to the significant interest in all issues related to under 18 international students, ISANA and IEAA are pleased to announce the second annual Under 18 Masterclass. Three Masterclasses will be hosted online and address key issues associated with academic progression, accommodation, welfare, and risk management of under 18 international students. Experienced professionals will share good practice on each of the key topics. Participants will be encouraged to discuss challenges and explore solutions.

Cost for the three Masterclasses: IEAA and ISANA* members $50 | Non-members $90 (*ISANA Members, please contact the ISANA Secretariat to receive your discount code)
: https://www.ieaa.org.au/events/event/isana-ieaa-under18s-masterclass-2021
Registration/booking queries: admin@ieaa.org.au
ISANA Membership queries: isana@isana.org.au 


Masterclass 1: In-house Under 18 Support

Wednesday 27 October, 12 – 1:30pm AEDT

Presenters: Nicolle Walker, Under 18 Manager, Deakin College and Rachel Maissan, Acting Academic Manager of Learning Support and Retention, Deakin College


Deakin College developed an Under 18 program that gives staff the opportunity to build a positive rapport with students by having a live-in caretaker housed at the on-campus residence site, and a dedicated Deakin College ‘in-house’ guardian. In this Masterclass, members of the Student Services and Learning Support teams will discuss how this holistic support benefits Under 18 students. They will show how teams throughout the College and partner University work together to support students socially, emotionally and academically. Through interactive quizzes and breakout rooms, they will discuss case studies and solutions as well as various initiatives that have been tried.


Masterclass 2: Trinity College Partnership Agreement

Date: Wednesday 3 November, 12 – 1:30pm AEDT 

Presenter: Jen Walsh, Senior Manager Student Accommodation and Experience Trinity College, the University of Melbourne


Our Pathways School operates in a highly regulated environment. All education provided to overseas students studying in Australia is governed by multiple authorities administering numerous pieces of state and federal legislation and regulations. The fact that a large percentage of Trinity College Foundation Studies cohort is under the age of 18 further complicates the legislative framework that governs the operations of the Pathways School. This Masterclass will address how Trinity College assures compliance with legal obligations for our students living in third party accommodations

The expected learning outcomes from the session are:

  • Gain an understanding of key pieces of Australian legislation or other regulatory requirements relating to child welfare and safety.
  • Understand preparations a provider must have in place if it accepts responsibility for approving accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements.
  • Understand your organisations responsibility with the current legislation context.

Masterclass 3: Risk Management and Under 18 student’s welfare arrangements for return to Australia

Date: Wednesday 10 November, 12 – 1:30pm AEDT

Presenters: Robert Chasse, Education Partnerships & Integrations, Sonder and Nathan Pugliese, Manager, Strategy & Performance, Education Queensland International (EQI), DE International


This Masterclass focusses on risk management and support strategies for Study Providers who are preparing for Australian borders to re-open. The session delves into the students predicted journey and highlights the safety and wellbeing concerns for study providers with possible return plans. A perspective from the Queensland Department of Education and Sonder is explored by Nathan Pugliese (Queensland, Department of Education, International) and Robert Chase (Sonder). Insights from the Queensland, Department of Education are offered from their recent participation in the Australian Government’s Year 11 and 12 international student travel exemption Scheme. The partnership highlights an approach that is most practical for international student’s needs, legislative requirements and appropriate for the needs of students under the age 18.

  • The expected learning outcomes from the session are:
  • What are the risks of returning younger overseas students to Australia?
  • What should study providers consider when planning for return plans wen available?
  • How to consider a student centric risk plan based on risk identification and implementation of control measures.
  • Providing the best welfare care and humanising international student return plans to Australia.


October 27
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm AEDT

ABN: 42 335 124 078


Email: isana@isana.org.au

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