Over a 12-month period, the Department’s website and social media platforms will be used to publish key messages to Student visa (subclass 500) holders, Facebook posts will begin next week. Messaging will be along the following lines:
- Student visa holders must maintain enrolment in a registered course that is the same AQF level as, or higher than, the course for which they were granted their visa (condition 8202).
- If a student changes to a course at a lower AQF level, even with the same education provider, they must apply for a new Student visa (with the exception of a student changing from a doctoral degree (AQF level 10) to a Masters degree (AQF level 9).
- It is a student’s responsibility to check whether they need to apply for a new Student visa if considering changing courses.
- A student will be in breach of their visa conditions if they change to a lower level AQF level course without applying for, and being granted, a new Student visa. This may result in their visa being considered for cancellation.
More info here https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud/more/changing-courses
The new tuition assurance arrangements for non-university higher education providers (NUHEPs) offering FEE-HELP and the VET Student Loans (VSL) program, which will commence on 1 January 2019 subject to the passage of legislation.
The Australian Government has made the decision to expand the Tuition Protection Service (TPS), for international students, to the NUHEP FEE-HELP and VSL programs. The current TPS arrangement will continue as a dedicated service for international students, with its own quarantined account and the same protections and support through placements and refunds. TPS levy arrangements will remain unchanged.
The new model will ensure students, providers and the higher education and training sectors are supported if a provider ceases a course or closes. Providers will be required to pay levies commensurate with their size and risk factors.
Information on the new model will be made available on the department’s website. Consistent with the TPS, the new arrangements will be managed by a statutory appointed Director, who will be supported by an independent Advisory Board. The Director will be the same person as the TPS Director.
The new arrangements do not extend to any other tuition assurance schemes in place for students who pre-pay fees, for example, the tuition assurance requirements under the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 or the Higher Education Standards Framework 2015.
If you would like further information, the department’s website is being updated with relevant questions and answers, or you can contact the department at:
TPS (International Students): firstname.lastname@example.org
VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans: VETTuitionAssurance@education.gov.au.
Since 2007 ISANA has hosted an online tutorial covering Part D of the National Code, which assists in the understanding of the standards within the international education industry. The purpose of this online tutorial is to assist international education professionals to understand specific standards under the revised National Code. This tutorial has been especially useful as a staff training tool for those new to the international education industry.
Today Minister Birmingham announced $2.1m across 14 projects as part of the Enabling Growth and Innovation (EGI) Project.
ISANA is pleased to have been awarded $128,223 to upgrade and redesign the National Code Tutorial tool to bring it in line with recent changes to the National Code.
Speaking from the CISA conference
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 amongst their employees.”
This project is supported by the Australian International Education: Enabling Growth and Innovation project fund, Department of Education and Training. For further information, please visitwww.internationaleducation.qov.au.
Further details of the projects can be found at https://internationaleducation.gov.au/International-network/Australia/InternationalStrategy/EGIProjects/Pages/EGI-Projects.aspx
ISANA: International Education Association is an association of Australian and New Zealand international education professionals whose members are dedicated to the advancement of international education through:
- leadership, promotion and advocacy of best practice standards in the service of international education;
- the facilitation of relevant forums, training and information exchange for its membership and the community; and
- working in partnership with stakeholder organisations including international students, educational, government, business and community groups
In case you missed it, on the 20 December 2017, the Home Affairs Portfolio (www.homeaffairs.gov.au ), including the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), was formally established. The Australian Border Force comes under the Department of Home Affairs http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/australian-border-force-abf. This is where ‘Studying in Australia’ and visa related information (including ImmiAccount and VEVO), is now located (use the Tab ‘Individuals and Travellers’).
The name Department of Immigration and Border Protection no longer exists and all related activities have been assimilated into the DHA.
ISANA was pleased to submit to this inquiry earlier in 2017:
The Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training has tabled its report for the Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy.
The report can be found at the following link.