19 March 2018
ISANA President: Bronwyn Gilson
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT IN AUSTRALIA
This week the ABC aired a 7.30 Report and Background Briefing podcast titled ‘The Death of Jeremy Hu’. ISANA is deeply saddened by the tragic circumstances of Jeremy’s death and we wish to express our sincere sympathy to his family and friends.
ISANA is conscious of the issues raised in the report and will continue to support staff working in International Education with ongoing Professional Development and peer support networks. Jeremy’s case illustrates the cultural challenges faced by international students and recommends that all students receive culturally appropriate information about Australia.
As noted by ISANA State President for Victoria/Tasmania Branch, Manorani Guy, international students are significant contributors to the Australian economy to whom we have a moral obligation to support and assist. Support staff need to be provided with access to resources and ongoing support to assist the growing numbers of international students, whether or not the student is on a Student Visa.
ISANA works closely with student leaders, government and stakeholder groups to develop and refine strategies and policies to support students. With the release on 1 January 2018 of the National Code 2018, ISANA applauds the Government for reviewing, broadening and strengthening legislation related to international student safety. ISANA will ensure information and best practice on how to implement and action related policy and processes are shared amongst staff supporting international students.
ISANA is concerned that the student accommodation sector, including the provision of Homestay and guardianship services, is largely unregulated. We strongly recommend closer cooperation between stakeholders to ensure that quality provision of support services and accommodation for students especially for the under-18 year olds, is provided under a national set of standards. Many under age and over 18 year old international students are placed in Homestay programs and there are still significant efforts to be made by State or Federal Governments to regulate this industry, as it does with other accommodation/ tenancy arrangements. This is a current oversight that needs attention as a matter of priority.
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