Since 2007 ISANA hosted an online tutorial covering the National Code. For many years, this assisted in the understanding of the Code’s standards within the international education industry.

The purpose of the new online tutorial is to assist international education professionals to understand specific standards under the National Code 2018. This tutorial is especially useful as a staff training tool for those new to the international education industry or for those wishing to update their knowledge of National Code obligations.

In 2018, Minister Birmingham announced the Department of Education had awarded $2.1M across 14 projects as part of the Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) Project. ISANA was pleased to be awarded funding to redesign the National Code Tutorial tool to address changes to the National Code 2018.

Speaking from the CISA conference in 2018, 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 among their employees.”

The project steering group comprised Bronwyn Gilson, ISANA National President, Molly Bonnefin, ISANA National Treasurer and Mary Ann Seow, Project Manager. IEKnowledgebase is collaborating with ISANA to develop the content of the new National Code Tutorial.

As part of creating the new National Code Tutorial, an industry-wide consultation included the student voice to ensure all areas are covered. The testing phase commenced in July 2019.

The new National Code Tutorial reflects changes to the Code that came into effect on 1 January 2018. The structure allows professionals to access information relevant to their professional roles. The modules explain each of the 11 Standards and provide an interactive learning experience with sector-specific scenarios.

The National Code Tutorial will be available very soon!

This project is supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education. For further information, please click here.


National Code Tutorial:



ISANA and the project team would like to thank the members who gave up their time to test the NCT on 22 July at Graduate House, University of Melbourne.

Margaret Dawson, Victoria University

Nohelia Hain, TEQSA

Abraham Punnen, La Trobe College

Sophie Wilson, Department of Education

Rob Barratt, Monash University

Christine Moore, La Trobe College

Jenny Pang, Swinburne University

Reena Chander, Deakin University

Suzanne Fernandes, Aquinas College

Paula Durance, IEK

Danielle Hartridge, IEK

Jack Dunstan, IEK

Mary Ann Seow, Project Manager

Molly Bonnefin, ISANA National Treasurer

Bronwyn Gilson, UNE

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