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

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.

ISANA Australia and New Zealand…From The PIE News

From The PIE News…
The PIE: What role do your organisations play in international education?

“We’re the voice of the students but also the voice of the staff who work with the students”

LM: I think we are the voice of the students. We know a lot of our practitioners are working at the grassroots level and they are interacting with students, so they get to know what students want, and we provide a forum to escalate that.

MAS: ISANA Australia and New Zealand memberships are basically staff who work at the coalface with students. Not only do they get to be the voice of the students, and that’s more so in New Zealand where they don’t have an organisation like the Council of International Students Australia, we deal with students day-in-day-out.

We are able to give feedback of critical information on the effect of any policy changes. With policy legislation changes, we can say ‘hang on a second, if you want to do this, these are the implications it will have’ because we are the ones who will actually be implementing it. So we’re the voice of the students but also the voice of the staff who work with the students.

“Our international student numbers have increased and once they are here we want to retain their skills and knowledge”

LM: Also, with a lot of international student support staff, there’s no formal training and so ISANA is there to provide professional development. Anyone can go into the role, but there’s all these transferable skills we’re looking for, and a lot of them are intuitive skills which are very warm and fuzzy, but that’s what you need in student support. A lot of those people do not have formal training so we provide professional development throughout the year.

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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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Congratulations to Dr Paula Durance (Dunstan)!

Congratulations to National Council member Dr Paula Durance (Dunstan) whose PhD was awarded on 21 December 2016.

Dr Durance was supervised by Professor Bob Lingard and Associate Professor Gloria Dall’alba at the University of Queensland and her thesis was entitled, ‘Bringing the World to Melbourne: Transnationalism, Agency and Contributions of International Students to Making a City, 2000-2010’.

On behalf of all members we congratulate Paula on her achievement and her contribution to International Education in Australia.

We would love to hear any news that you have to share. Email us @ communications@isana.org.au

 

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